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After the damage he did shilling for Republicans during President Clinton's impeachment and during the 2000 elections, as well as fawning over Bush's theatrics in the years following nine-eleven, Chris Matthews had begun, lately, to function like an actual journalist. From his pursuit of the Cheney gang and their efforts to destroy Plame and Wilson, right up until a couple of weeks ago when he suggested that the neocons had committed war crimes, Tweety seemed to finally being taking his role seriously.

But media-whore Matthews was on the scene again Thursday following Alberto Gonzales' testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee. On a day when the Attorney General of the United States disgraced himself and the Bush Administration, Evil Tweety couldn't help but take some vicious swipes at the Democrats.

Matthews did ask some serious questions during Thursday's Hardball and David Shuster's report was professional and incisive, as usual. But Tweety found it necessary to both mock the Democrats and questions their motives. And if he had cause to do so, he didn't share it with his audience.

Right out of the gate, Matthews began by deriding Senator Leahy's concern about the scandal. This was Tweety's first question on the Gonzales hearing:

Is this, as Chairman Pat Leahy said, the greatest crisis of leadership unrivaled in the 137 year history of, I guess, whatever? Is this the biggest thing, this guy firing eight U.S. Attorneys?

His first guest, Robert Raben, patiently explained that the "crisis of leadership" is about how Gonzales is running DOJ, not just the U.S. Attorney purge.

Tweety then turned to his other guest, Republican hack David Rivkin, and asked:

Is this the biggest, bad thing in the world? Or is it a fundraising campaign by Chuck Schumer and the Democrats?

Just stop it! Rivkin responded "Pretty much," and went on to say that "there was very little substance," to the hearing, that "they didn't talk about specific attorneys," and "it was posturing, all about generalities." And, of course, Matthews didn't challenge him on those obvious falsehoods. But Robert Raben responded to Tweety's accusation:

I'm not sure [Republican] Senator Coburn would agree that he's involved in a conspiracy with Senator Schumer to raise money for the Democratic Party.

Later, Tweety, in fact, contradicted his whole bizarre, partisan-fundraising thesis by claiming, almost bemoaning, that none of the Republican Senators had defended Gonzo:

He didn't even have a ringer up there looking out for him.

Apparently, Matthews missed Orrin Hatch's attempt to do everything but nominate Gonzales for a Nobel prize.

Tweety went on to wonder why Patrick Leahy was being so "personal," and repeatedly asked, "What is the crime? What is the crime? What is the body of evil?"

Matthews also speculated that Bush could bring in a new "stellar candidate" for Attorney General, "somebody like Ted Olsen, who would make everyone feel better." Wha??? Ted Olsen? Yeah, Ted Olsen would never politicize the DOJ. You're a hack, Matthews. Why not just suggest Ken Starr for AG?

He then asked if the Democrats would "pay for hitting a Latino?"

Finally, Tweety repeated his worst, and wholly unsubstantiated, slur:

Has Chuck Schumer had enough of this case...has he raised enough money yet?

Perhaps it never occurred to Matthews that not everyone is motivated exclusively by greed and careerism. Tweety's entire charade on Thursday was just a transparent attempt to inject some kind of artificial balance into the story, and burnish his own "independent" credentials. That kind of self-serving, phony journalism simply isn't acceptable.

Chris Matthews -- once a media whore, always a media whore.

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Originally posted to ryeland on Thu Apr 19, 2007 at 09:22 PM PDT.

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  •  Recommended (16+ / 0-)

    Apparently, Matthews missed Orrin Hatch's attempt to do everything but nominate Gonzales for a Nobel prize.

    on that line alone.

    progressive registered Democrat - in that order.

    by Night Owl on Thu Apr 19, 2007 at 09:20:55 PM PDT

  •  The answer to Atrios' recent question (10+ / 0-)

    Where's Tweety been?

    Apparently at a political reeducation camp.  He'd been a little too uppity lately, so apparently IV Kool-Aid infusions were necessary.

    -4.50, -5.85 Conventional opinion is the ruin of our souls. -- Rumi

    by Dallasdoc on Thu Apr 19, 2007 at 09:24:05 PM PDT

  •  Robert Raben fucking agreed with David Rivkin (5+ / 0-)
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    am, Paulie200, Blueiz, coffeeinamrica, uniongal

    Thta there was no underlying crime.

    That really pissed me off, Rabin, who was an attorney under Clinton, actually ended up agreeing with the Republican, that there was not a crime.

    That was ridiculous for the democrat to say this, when clearly, there were many crimes committed!

    The Original Star Trek is the Word! Uhura: Chapter 4, verse 1

    by steelman on Thu Apr 19, 2007 at 09:28:26 PM PDT

    •  it isn't a crime to fire people (2+ / 0-)
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      gsbadj, Blueiz

      that you appointed.  Even when you do it for shitty, political reasons.  but that doesn't make it acceptable.  Note that firing those 8 hasn't kept Doolittle or Renzi out of trouble.  Perhaps Lewis is next and we just don't know yet. Lam's replacement could be getting ready to indict him.

      Tweety is just setting a (false) high bar for booting Abu Gonzales.  I'd like to boot him about 3/4 of the time.  Windbag.

      •  Sure but... (2+ / 0-)
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        mswsm, xanthippe2

        ... as one of the questioners said yesterday, if the only requirement to retain your job is that you don't do anything illegal, you're setting the bar pretty low.

        "I intend to live forever. So far, so good." Steven Wright

        by gsbadj on Fri Apr 20, 2007 at 03:12:31 AM PDT

        [ Parent ]

        •  hi/lo (0+ / 0-)

          measure from either direction and we end up in agreement.

          Tweety is just doing the Bush cover-all-asses two step.  It's just like Rove.  we went from "anybody involved in leaking a CIA agents identity will be in hot water" to "no crime charge".  They just run to whatever standard keeps their insider buds in place.

  •  It just seems so unfair... (8+ / 0-)

    that the access a guy like Tweety has, is wasted on a guy like Tweety.

    Great diary!

    If Liberals hated America, we'd vote Republican.

    by ord avg guy on Thu Apr 19, 2007 at 09:29:43 PM PDT

  •  Leahy on Newshour (14+ / 0-)

    Maybe Tweety should have been watching:

    JUDY WOODRUFF: Senator Leahy, is anything about this episode clearer now in your mind after the attorney general spent today before the committee?

    SEN. PATRICK LEAHY: I think it's clear one of the things that we suspected the most, that the Department of Justice was becoming an almost political arm of the White House. You don't have that clear, bright line between the two.

    I know the president has a White House counsel, and he should have, but the attorney general is supposed to be the attorney general of the United States, not the attorney general of the president. And I think that they never figured out where you let the political arm of the White House, Karl Rove and other political operatives there, into the Department of Justice.

    When you see the e-mails, "Well, we have to fire these people, we have to put loyal Bushies in, we'll send a signal," that's -- everything is wrong about that. Everything is wrong.

    If you give this signal that only certain types of prosecutions will be allowed, that they have to have a political basis to them, that hurts everybody all the way down to the cop on the street. It removes the independence of the criminal justice system.

    Now, I mean, this actually goes way beyond the fate of Attorney General Gonzales. This goes to what has to be one of the most significant parts of our whole country, the Department of Justice. And I'm afraid it has been badly, badly compromised.

    Leahy is well aware that we are starting to tip the iceberg and just like the real thing...they're coming down, and fast.  Between the partisan taking of DOJ to Abramoff to everything else yet to be discovered, Tweety better figure out whether he's evil, as in see no evil, speak no evil, hear no evil...or whether he cares about this country by reporting the truth.

    Wake up, Tweety!

    "The Taking of America, 1..2..3" title of GWB biography

    by pattisigh on Thu Apr 19, 2007 at 09:29:54 PM PDT

    •  Interesting.... (0+ / 0-)

      When you see the e-mails, "Well, we have to fire these people, we have to put loyal Bushies in, we'll send a signal," that's -- everything is wrong about that. Everything is wrong.

      Did we ever see an email like that one?  Sounds like Leahy has.  Was Sampson squirreling away emails to pass along...just in case?

  •  There were no crimes:it's all about 'fundraising' (3+ / 0-)
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    am, jimreyn, uniongal

    These things that the U.S. Attorneys that were fired were investigating, nothing but 'politics' ..  no crimes here! Tweety says "Just look away!"

    Doolittle, Lewis, Renzi and god knows how many more Republican Congresscritters, no no no, they aren't felons waiting to be indicted, riding like surfers on a tidal wave of crime!

    Nothing they have done could possibly be wrong. If you aren't certain, ask Tweety. He'll tell you! As Matthews says, and his posse of clowns that stick their goony faces on my TV all agree, it's all about 'politics'! So it must be true!  

    Cunningham, DeLay, Ney .. they didn't commit crimes, they were just 'politicians', right Chris?

    I'm glad I don't watch these idiots,
    I'd be replacing my TV set at least 3 times a month day.

  •  Tweety (2+ / 0-)
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    Paulie200, uniongal

    Off his meds again.

    That line about no one protecting him almost me me throw up my dinner.  SPEW ALERT   Gee, Tweety, maybe at the next hearing we should have YOU up there lobbing (or licking) your softballs.

    "In order for this country to be credible, the President has to mean what he says." -- G.W. Bush 4/18/07

    by litigatormom on Thu Apr 19, 2007 at 09:56:02 PM PDT

  •  Anti-semitic? (3+ / 0-)
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    am, Paulie200, Xeno of Elia

    The jew Schumer only interested in raising money? As Atrios wondered about Tweety's prolonged absence, it looks as though Chris has had a talking to in the GE/NBC/Universal Cone of Silence.

  •  Tweety didn't notice Orrin Hatch's head (0+ / 0-)

    bobbing up and down under Gonzales' desk?

  •  I guess we're seeing (2+ / 0-)
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    Night Owl, am

    the impact of the Dan Abrams hiring. What with MSNBC ignoring the story all day, and Tweety's pod person performance, it looks like Dan-O is throwing down the gauntlet.

  •  It's amazing... (3+ / 0-)
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    Night Owl, am, gsbadj

    but the new standard for integrity in the Bush administration is you have to have "proof beyond reasonable doubt" of wrong doing.
      The politicos of the Bush administration take the exceedingly rare action of firing eight U.S.Attys, and they JUST HAPPEN TO BE the same ones who are pursuing Repubs, or not pursuing Democrats in legal actions.  A STRONG prima facie case exists of tampering with the legal system that far exceeds the actions of Nixon in Watergate. The A.G., Justice Dept., the White House are all withholding or slow-walking evidence, the A.G. has lied on a number of occasions... and Tweety can't see the problem?  What an ignoranimus... what a maroon!

    It is bad foreign policy to make enemies faster than you can kill them.

    by Paulie200 on Thu Apr 19, 2007 at 10:21:27 PM PDT

  •  Tweety is a bleach-blonde goper attack dog (0+ / 0-)

    His spiritual sisters-in-arms are Coulter, Schlussel and the nameless legions of wingnut warrior babes. All he needs is glossier lipstick and a little black dress with a crotch-grazing hemline to fit right in.

    Tweety the Ho (Original source: http://www.bartcop.com.)

    There is no such thing, at this stage of the world's history in America, as an independent press. - John Swinton, 1890

    by Xeno of Elia on Thu Apr 19, 2007 at 10:53:16 PM PDT

  •  Evil Tweety (2+ / 0-)
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    Paulie200, coffeeinamrica

    progressive registered Democrat - in that order.

    by Night Owl on Thu Apr 19, 2007 at 11:10:06 PM PDT

  •  chris is chris (1+ / 0-)
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    drag0n

    Sometimes sharp, sometimes dull
    Sometime too cynical and sometime too gullible.

    He said some stupid things tonight, some not so stupid. This scandal isn't one of his best subjects. I was impressed that so much of the show covered it rather than another hour of the recent tragedy.

    I'll want to read the transcripts before I say much about the DOJ talk, I didn't remember him being "evil", just not smart. The videos link tell me to download something first that I don't feel like downloading.

    I was left with a sort of positive sense maybe because of what he said when they turned to Iraq, a good subject for him. The republican gave the line about how the Democrats confirmed Gates and then are not giving him a chance to carry out his plan.
    Chris said the obvious that most people don't. He asked if they are suppose to reject him and leave the position empty? When the republican started talking about how it was his plan Chris said Gates didn't write that, it was a neocon plan and went into that a little bit.

    •  Yeah, as usual (0+ / 0-)

      the moment someone on the teevee doesn't march lockstep with this blog some people start screaming for the guys head. I just caught the piece and people are way over-reacting.

      •  no (0+ / 0-)

        It doesn't have anything to do with marching "lockstep with this blog." It's about basic journalistic standards and credibility.

        Going on and on about how the Democrats are pursuing this investigation for fundraising purposes was bullshit. Sitting back and saying "it's not so bad, you're over-reacting" just enables the behavior.

        Hacks like Matthews need to be kept on a very short leash, not excused or given the benefit of the doubt.

        Ahhhh, I love the smell of oversight in the morning. - CHS

        by ryeland on Fri Apr 20, 2007 at 01:28:24 AM PDT

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        •  He wasn't going on and on about it (0+ / 0-)

          He mentioned it a couple of times along with a whole bunch of things that were less than flattering to the administration. I read this diary before seeing the show and quite frankly - I think it's blown way out of proportion.

          •  Maybe but... (0+ / 0-)

            this is the sort of weasily approach he took about the war so he could go both ways no matter the eventuality.  

            He's more up front about being against the war now than when he was "enthralled" with Bush's flight suit, called him Atticus Finch, speculated that he should be on Mount Rushmore and said every likes Bush except for left wing nuts like Michael Moore.

            At the same time he repeatedly cast doubt on Gore's mental health because of his weight, went banana's that Hillary uttered the word "plantation."  

            The guy has motives, the first of which is Chris Matthews.

          •  creating artificial balance where not exists (0+ / 0-)

            should not be the purpose of news, journalism, or punditry.

            a whole bunch of things that were less than flattering to the administration

            Criticizing Republicans, based on facts, does not give Tweety license to make shit up about Democrats. I'm not sure I understand why that doesn't bother you. Perhaps I just have a lower threshold for mendacity.

            Ahhhh, I love the smell of oversight in the morning. - CHS

            by ryeland on Fri Apr 20, 2007 at 10:19:18 AM PDT

            [ Parent ]

  •  Please just stop watching his show. (3+ / 0-)
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    Boorad, Blueiz, viscerality

    Your not doing yourself or anyone else any good by watching it.

    Completely undecided between Richardson, Edwards and Obama

    by Feanor on Fri Apr 20, 2007 at 12:52:23 AM PDT

  •  Tweety's final point (1+ / 0-)
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    gsbadj

    if I remember correctly, was that the trouble Gonzo is in reflects the weakening of this presidency. He said it kinda wistfully, but it seemed like his whole line of questioning (and yes, he was all over the lot) was leading up to the point that BushCo no longer can just keep the lid on anything.

  •  Matthews preemptive talking point for admin (0+ / 0-)

    Has Chuck Schumer had enough of this case...has he raised enough money yet?

    Matthews didn't get much reinforcement on this "talking point."  However, if he listened to Schumer after the hearing, he would've known that his opinion is that this fiasco seems to be leading into the whithouse and he would like to hear what Rove and Meier's have to say.   (or)  Maybe he does know that and he's helping set up the "talking point" preemptively.

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