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Earlier today, I posted about Chris Matthews' remark today that Hillary Clinton is doing well in the Democratic primaries because "her husband messed around" and that she didn't become a Senator "on her own merit" but because people felt that "[she] stood up under humiliation..." (among other odious statements).

Now, I'm just going to let the following Chris Matthews quotes speak for themselves.  Then, at the end of this post, you'll find two ways you can contact MSNBC to let them know what you think.

June 13, 2005:

On MSNBC's Hardball, host Chris Matthews said Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY) "looked more witchy" because she criticized the Bush administration's homeland security spending priorities on July 8, a day after the London bombings...

MATTHEWS: I hate to say this. I'm not going to hate to say it. It's a fact. You [Clinton] look more witchy when you're doing it like this.

November 6, 2006:

Discussing the victory speeches of Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY) and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (CA) during MSNBC's special election coverage on November 7, co-anchor Chris Matthews told Republican pollster Frank Luntz that Clinton gave a "barn-burner speech, which is harder to give for a woman; it can grate on some men when they listen to it -- fingernails on a blackboard."

August 10, 2007:

On the August 10 edition of MSNBC's Hardball, during a discussion of recent financial news, host Chris Matthews told CNBC's Erin Burnett: "[Y]ou're beautiful" and "[y]ou're a knockout," before closing the interview by saying, "It's all right getting bad news from you."

Matthews began the segment by asking, "So what's going on with the stock market? Yesterday, the stocks on Wall Street suffered their biggest one-day decline since February. Should we be worried?"

But at the conclusion of the interview, Matthews asked Burnett, who anchors CNBC's Squawk on the Street and Street Signs, "Could you get a little closer to the camera?" Burnett replied, "My -- what is it?" Matthews then said, "Come on in closer. No, come in -- come in further -- come in closer. Really close."

After Burnett began to comply, Matthews stated, "Just kidding! You look great! Anyway, thanks. Erin, it's great to -- look at that look. You're great." He went on: "No, you're beautiful. I'm just kidding. I'm just kidding. You're a knockout. Anyway, thank you, Erin Burnett."

September 26, 2007:

During last night’s post-Democratic presidential debate analysis, MSNBC host Chris Matthews was hung up on the fact there is a woman running for president. After questioning Sen. Chris Dodd (D-CT) about Sen. Hillary Clinton’s (D-NY) position on entitlement reforms, he then asked Dodd, "Do you find it difficult to debate a woman?" Dodd, not surprisingly, said, "[N]ot at all."

November 18, 2007:

On the November 18 edition of the NBC-syndicated Chris Matthews Show, host Chris Matthews teased a discussion by asking, " 'She Devil?' Republicans are absolutely demonizing [Sen.] Hillary Clinton [D-NY]." While he spoke, an image of Clinton appeared on screen with the words "She Devil?" below it...

MATTHEWS: "She Devil?" Republicans are absolutely demonizing Hillary Clinton. Rudy [Giuliani] openly mocks her, and Mitt [Romney] says she'll run the country into the ground. Are Republicans trying to win by branding a President Hillary as unthinkable?

[See the link for the screen images.]

December 4, 2007:

During the December 4 edition of MSNBC's Hardball, host Chris Matthews asked about Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY): "So does her attack on him [Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL)] for having had ambition as a teeny-bopper -- not a teeny-bopper, a kindergartner, does she look like Nurse Ratched here?" This is not the first time Matthews has referenced Nurse Mildred Ratched, a character in Ken Kesey's novel and in the movie based on the novel, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, when discussing Clinton. In fact, a Media Matters for America Nexis search found that hosts, including Matthews, and guests of programs on NBC, MSNBC, and CNBC have a long history of associating Clinton with Kesey's fictional character, whom Cliff's Notes describes as a "scheming, manipulative agent" who "asserts arbitrary control simply because she can."

December 17, 2007:

On the December 17 edition of MSNBC's Hardball, host Chris Matthews claimed: "Every day I pick up the paper and there's another quote out there from somebody who's a wannabe, saying whatever the Clinton people told them to say apparently." Moments later, Matthews asked Financial Times U.S. managing editor Chrystia Freeland: "[A]ren't you appalled at the willingness of these people to become castratos in the eunuch chorus here or whatever they are?"

[Part of an ongoing "castrator/ballbuster" narrative in relation to Sen. Clinton.]

December 17, 2007:

MATTHEWS: The biggest news of this week, it's all weekend -- it's all we've been talking about, it went again this morning. The worst week of last week was Hillary Clinton. She may have gotten The Des Moines Register's endorsement the other day, thanks to her husband's lobbying with its female editors and publisher, but voters have spotted the dagger, and they don't like what it looks like. Hillary's loyal lieutenants are ready to scratch the eyes out of the opposition right now.


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  •  He's a Dick! (1+ / 0-)
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    Nuff said!

    We're not a democracy. It's a terrible misunderstanding and a slander to the idea of democracy. In reality, we're a plutocracy, a government by the wealthy.

    by tshaw1 on Wed Jan 09, 2008 at 03:31:59 PM PST

    •  And well said, tshaw... It's weird seeing all (2+ / 0-)
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      Athena, tshaw1

      those quotes laid out like that. It freaks me out that I actually remember most of them, which really freaks me out because it means I'm watching WAY too much of tweety bird...

      Hillary Clinton, ready to go on day one!

      by Rumarhazzit on Wed Jan 09, 2008 at 04:47:21 PM PST

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      •  I guess... (3+ / 0-)
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        Athena, astoundedstill, Rumarhazzit

        so many of us are such political junkies that we'll put up with his crap to get the scarps of news that occur on Hardball despite Tweedy... if CNN would broadcast a competing political broadcast in that time slot with a competent anchor... I'd be there as soon as I get home from work every-night instead of MSNBC...

        We're not a democracy. It's a terrible misunderstanding and a slander to the idea of democracy. In reality, we're a plutocracy, a government by the wealthy.

        by tshaw1 on Wed Jan 09, 2008 at 04:56:18 PM PST

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  •  here's Chris and Imus: (3+ / 0-)
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    MichDeb, PsychoSavannah, captainlaser

    (-8.00,-7.85) "Jesus Christ was the first nonviolent revolutionary." --S. Stills

    by bubbanomics on Wed Jan 09, 2008 at 03:36:07 PM PST

  •  he is a great candidate for therapy (9+ / 0-)

    Is there a psychotherapist specializing in gender issues in MSNBC's house?

    Find out what firefighters really think of Rudy Giuliani

    by desmoinesdem on Wed Jan 09, 2008 at 03:40:30 PM PST

  •  For a man who dies his hair yellow - - - (10+ / 0-)

    he's really hung up on sexual roles.

    Oprah? Nah, I'm voting however Jerry Springer tells me to.

    by Barry in MIA on Wed Jan 09, 2008 at 03:40:38 PM PST

  •  Ok, Who's tazing my TU? (2+ / 0-)
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    ChapiNation386, Rumarhazzit

    Pretty strange goings on here....

  •  Matthews worships the Ol' Boys' Club (7+ / 0-)

    No grils aloud. This meanes you Hilery!

    "The great lie of democracy, its essential paradox, is that democracy is first to be sacrificed when its security is at risk." --Ian McDonald

    by Geenius at Wrok on Wed Jan 09, 2008 at 03:40:49 PM PST

  •  Screw Tweety! (12+ / 0-)

    The SOB has no credibility in the world of real news watchers and has simply become a parody of FauxNewsCorpCheerleaders.

    Hey, MSNBC?  You have a little bit of something good going on over there.  How about ridding yourselves of the chaff (including Tucky) and adding David and Rachael?  Americans would thank you for it and a real News Channel might emerge.

    Another day, another devalued Dollar. -6.00, -6.21

    by funluvn1 on Wed Jan 09, 2008 at 03:41:14 PM PST

  •  I knew there was a reason (5+ / 0-)

    I never watch this piece of crap.  I can't grab the remote fast enough to turn him off.

  •  Some day Keith is going to duke it out... (10+ / 0-)

    with Tweety (proverbially, of course). It's going to be a beautiful moment. I don't see how such an intellectually honest man can avoid it.

    Time lost is always a disadvantage that is bound in some way to weaken him who loses it. -Clausewitz

    by Malachite on Wed Jan 09, 2008 at 03:42:03 PM PST

  •  Kos is right about this one.... (5+ / 0-)

    For God's sake if you keep this up she's going to come away with the nomination!  This derision is only to her benefit.

    •  I think I can call out sexism and still (7+ / 0-)

      support Edwards, (and Obama as my second choice) without throwing the election to Hillary. I believe that the Republicans want to run against her. That doesn't stop me from respecting her, and criticizing sexist attacks on her.

      "though we rush ahead to save our time- we are only what we feel" Neil Young- 1968

      by blindyone on Wed Jan 09, 2008 at 03:52:53 PM PST

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      •  I love Dkos. It has done more to (1+ / 0-)
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        preserve my brain cells, because it takes attention to be able to jump back and forth between issues and sub issues, and sub, sub, issues, then back to the main issue which is, in this case, Tweety's misogynism.

        "This is not our America and we need to take it back." John Edwards.

        by mcmom on Wed Jan 09, 2008 at 05:16:24 PM PST

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  •  The guy is trapped in a time warp (14+ / 0-)

    Someone rewired his brain and he thinks that it's an alt-version, never-never land version of 1958, where every family is straight out of Ozzie and Harriet, the local factory pays a family wage, men married their high school sweethearts and started families before they were old enough to order a beer, Father knew best, and everyone knew their place.

    "What if we could have an election that was not a referendum on either the Clinton or Bush presidencies?"--Frank Rich.

    by Dump Terry McAuliffe on Wed Jan 09, 2008 at 03:42:54 PM PST

  •  He's a rube. (7+ / 0-)

    This is not necessarily sexist, but I recall that when KO remarked about Desperate Housewives' James Denton standing behind Edwards, he asked the panel of very serious people if they watched the show.

    Ahem, of course not.  Watch that superficial show?  Never.  (Perhaps their wives and gay sons do?)

    Matthews' response:  "No, but I like Teri Hatcher."  

    What a rube.

    Will return when (if?) the primary season tomfoolery stops.

    by Joelarama on Wed Jan 09, 2008 at 03:43:12 PM PST

  •  You have got to be kidding me.. (4+ / 0-)
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    are ready to scratch the eyes out of the opposition right now.

    He really said that?!?

  •  He's really lain it bare. (13+ / 0-)

    He doesn't think she was elected Senator by virtue of any sort of merit.

    I mean, if there were anything remotely true about that, I'd feel the same way. But it was an amazing display.

    Between him not realizing that there was, like an election in New York where people actually voted for her to be their Senator, and Tom Brokaw schooling him on the fact that there IS something journalists can do besides sitting around trading horse-race predictions they pulled out of their asses, Matthews was the across-the-board loser last night.

  •  What a pig. (5+ / 0-)

    No longer Tweety, he's now Suey!

    Look at these people! They suck each other! They eat each other's saliva and dirt! -- Tsonga people of southern Africa on Europeans kissing.

    by upstate NY on Wed Jan 09, 2008 at 03:44:47 PM PST

  •  This place is Bizarro World (11+ / 0-)

    There have been so many diaries here parroting a lot of the same attitude you catalogue above, including the conspiracy theory about the DMR endorsement. I'm thinking especially of all the diaries lately insisting that HRC was faking her tears.

    This kind of attack on HRC has been the bread and butter, the meat and potatoes of this entire primary season on this site. Why now is the front page focusing on sexism? Where have you been?

  •  Reality Check on HRC's qualifications (7+ / 0-)
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    vard, rapala, MichDeb, Montague, mcmom, Nespolo, santh

    And about sexism in American politics, when the wonderful Patricia Schroeder ran for President:

    A Patricia Schroeder quote:

    • If some soldier raises his hand and says, "Knock it off, guys, the women in this unit are doing very well," it's like he's got lace on his boxer shorts. He's a sellout. So why stand up for women? What's in it for you? Nothing. So you keep your mouth shut, and the people who are against women in the military start to believe everyone agrees with them.

    "The Science of Propaganda" and search NYPL website for "Lakoff"

    by LNK on Wed Jan 09, 2008 at 03:45:17 PM PST

  •  What do you expect from an Irish altar boy? (0+ / 0-)

    He probably still holds a grudge against the nuns in the Catholic school.

    In the same genre, from Wikipedia:

    "Ravishing" Rick Rude kissing women following his matches, but getting spurned by Cheryl Roberts, the (legit) then-wife of Jake "the Snake" Roberts. In subsequent matches, Rude began wearing tights with Mrs. Roberts' image on them. Roberts – who had warned Rude to stop wearing the tights – charged to the ring one night and stripped Rude of the tights. Although the footage was censored for television airings (to make it seem Rude had actually been stripped naked), the live audience saw Rude wearing a thong.

    We could start blogging about WWF.  It makes about as much sense as the geek show that Chris Matthews is.

    If you want to vote for somebody with whom you are in perfect agreement, be prepared to put your name on the ballot : Tom Schaller

    by captainlaser on Wed Jan 09, 2008 at 03:45:30 PM PST

    •  Thanks for using a slur to fight a slur. (2+ / 0-)
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      Because after all, everybody knows Irish Catholic males are all sexist pigs.

      I am endlessly vindicated by the unfolding of history.

      by Rob Cole on Wed Jan 09, 2008 at 03:53:42 PM PST

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      •  No, they all are not... (2+ / 0-)
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        I have several Irish Catholic male cousins (well half Irish....from their father's side) and they are mostly liberal, respectful of women as their equals men.

        Unfortunately the face of Irish Catholic men on the tube consists of Jack Welch and his boys: Russert, Matthews, Williams.  As well, they constantly invite that idiot Bill Donahue of the Catholic league on their shows. And then there's Sean Hannity and Bill O'Reilly and Pat Buchannan.

        Irish Catholic men need to get those faces OFF the air and give themselves some better representation.

        So do the Italians.  As an Italian American I CRINGE at Guiliani, Alito and Scalia. It saddens me that they are now the face of Italian Americans.  

    •  Thanks for nothing - don't blame the nuns (1+ / 0-)
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      This is a fine example of what we shouldn't be doing.

      "It's the planet, stupid."

      by FishOutofWater on Wed Jan 09, 2008 at 03:55:41 PM PST

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      •  Hey, I got nothing against nuns. (0+ / 0-)

        Some of my friends are nuns.

        But they should have taught Tweety a bit more humility and civility around women.  The way I see it, Tweety should have paid attention to deadly sins 5-7.

        If you want to vote for somebody with whom you are in perfect agreement, be prepared to put your name on the ballot : Tom Schaller

        by captainlaser on Wed Jan 09, 2008 at 04:16:03 PM PST

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      •  Bob Somerby (0+ / 0-)

        of the incomparable Daily Howler has frequently discussed the influence of Irish Catholicism on the punditocracy.  Somerby is also Irish Catholic and is not loath to note that many of the Clintons' detractors in the press are also Irish Catholic.

        Chris Matthews is a sick puppy.

        by Radiowalla on Wed Jan 09, 2008 at 04:54:39 PM PST

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      •  Blame the priests too (0+ / 0-)

        His kind of repressed snickering is a very Catholic thing.

        I grew up having to listen to nuns and priests, and I have to admit that Matthews' leering style is very well-represented in Catholic-land.

    •  Not the nuns but ... (0+ / 0-)

      (I don't want to go there.)

      He's also a old money snob -- thinks the rather gauche and tasteless George and Barbara Bush have class.

      What FDR giveth; GWB taketh away.

      by Marie on Wed Jan 09, 2008 at 04:20:09 PM PST

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  •  This list (6+ / 0-)
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    OLinda, cosette, rapala, Krush, Femlaw, blindyone

    probably just scratches the surface of all the stupid sexist things he's said.

    "You can dream the American Dream, but you sleep with the lights on and wake up with a scream" - Warren Zevon

    by thursdays child on Wed Jan 09, 2008 at 03:45:31 PM PST

  •  Uncomfortable (3+ / 0-)
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    kfred, rapala, thursdays child

    watching him last night after the debates talk about Hillary was incredibly awkward, and yet refreshing.  He's saying exactly what most men know better than to say.  its not right and he should be fired because of it, but its not shocking.

  •  He's auditioning for Boston Legal (8+ / 0-)

    He thinks he'll be the next Denny Crain once Shatner succumbs to Mad Cow.

  •  Yeah, well..... (12+ / 0-)

    Did you see his interview with Elizabeth Edwards the other day?  He totally was rude to her, telling her trial lawyers are the scum of the earth (she's a lawyer) and not accepting her defense that they are people like everybody else, and talking over her and everything, and then at the end laughing and saying, no, really I like you, you have a nice face, or something like that.  He said it twice, laughing through that froggy mouth, and he did say for sure, "I'm not patronizing you."  Sure.

  •  Mathews is pathetic (10+ / 0-)

    He's one of those insecure males who doesn't know how to handle a powerful woman.

    Thanks for posting the contact information - I'm writing letters now; he needs to be off the air.

  •  Matthews is that type of pathetic little worm (4+ / 0-)

    whose only recourse is to belittle females he knows he has no chance of mating with.

  •  Matthews is a sexist? I thought he was just a (5+ / 0-)


    Once in a while you get shown the light in the strangest of places if you look at it right.

    by darthstar on Wed Jan 09, 2008 at 03:47:41 PM PST

  •  That Erin Burnett thing (9+ / 0-)

    would probably jeopardize your career at most places of business. It was sexist, creepy, and almost a form of harassment, especially since the guy has a more senior position in the organization.

    "though we rush ahead to save our time- we are only what we feel" Neil Young- 1968

    by blindyone on Wed Jan 09, 2008 at 03:47:41 PM PST

  •  What I don't get about Matthews... (9+ / 0-) that he's married to a woman.  Presumably he's had sex with her.  And maybe some others!

    So why does he behave like an 8th grade boy with too many hormones firing?   Alternately full of hostile misogyny and overtly horny.  

    Yeah, Erin Burnett is gorgeous, but so what?  He's never talked with a beautiful woman before?  Maybe they're something especially exciting about doing it via satellite.

    Is it that he views women as inferior?  Perhaps, but surely his wife doesn't put up with that kind of obnoxious bullshit.  

    I'm usually pretty good at figuring people out, but I have to say that Matthews puzzles me.  Maybe he's just a fucking loon.

    "Raybin is not a lying maniac. I've found this person to be an extremely clever and devious lying conartist, but never a maniac."--RElland on Daily Kos

    by Raybin on Wed Jan 09, 2008 at 03:47:55 PM PST

    •  His wife probably never watches his show. (8+ / 0-)

      Imagine what it must be like at the dinner table:
      "Honey,couldyoupassthepotatoes?I'maskingyoutopassthepotatoes.Why don'tIhavethepotatoesyetwhenIaskedyoutopassthepotatoes?"

      Once in a while you get shown the light in the strangest of places if you look at it right.

      by darthstar on Wed Jan 09, 2008 at 03:51:37 PM PST

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      •  Heh. Sometimes I wonder... (2+ / 0-)
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        ...if he freebases coffee.  Drinking it just doesn't provide a sharp enough buzz.

        "Raybin is not a lying maniac. I've found this person to be an extremely clever and devious lying conartist, but never a maniac."--RElland on Daily Kos

        by Raybin on Wed Jan 09, 2008 at 03:52:38 PM PST

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        •  Was Matthews drinking? (0+ / 0-)

          My wife is skeptical about my Kossack Chris Matthews rants.  

          He claims to have stopped drinking a while back, but even she speculated that he was drunk last night.

          The Republican Party is a criminal enterprise.

          by Bronx59 on Wed Jan 09, 2008 at 05:23:46 PM PST

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    •  Leering... (0+ / 0-)

      He must be taking a page from BillO's book.

    •  If Benny Hill hosted a news show this (1+ / 0-)
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      is what it would be like. It might not be called Hardball, but let your imagination run wild.

    •  Arrested Development (4+ / 0-)
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      Radiowalla, MichDeb, CParis, mcmom

      I agree - the 8th grader mentality sums it up.  The better title for his show would be "Hardon - with Chris Matthews".

      I mean really, the drooling alone - drooling over the women who get him going (blanking his mind), drooling over the manly men he idolizes -

      Then the abrupt crash back to reality.  Utter derision for women as "players".  No girls allowed in the he-man woman-haterz club.  Utter astonishment when a girl, a mere girl, does something outside his little box:

      "I will never underestimate Hillary Clinton again"

      (The mind miasma cleared for a bit, but he was over
      it by morning - probably talked to a manly man.)

      "Of course, Hillary is only a Senator cause Bill 'messed around'."

      yeah, never again.

  •  Byebye Chris.. that shit don't play here (1+ / 0-)
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    How did I live without him?

    by Pumpkinlove on Wed Jan 09, 2008 at 03:49:42 PM PST

  •  Catholic Kosniacs . . . a little help here. (2+ / 0-)
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    housesella, kelley74ny

    As a raging Protestant (with Taoist leanings), I don't know, but I've always heard, that Catholic school could really mess up the weak ones.  He kind of has a LoveHate/Hate Thing going on with strong women.

     . . . and, at the same time, has a strange fascination with man-smells.

    I can't begin to analyze that.  Any insight?


    The distinction that goes with mere office runs far ahead of the distinction that goes with actual achievement. H.L. Mencken

    by BenGoshi on Wed Jan 09, 2008 at 03:50:06 PM PST

    •  I can help with that. (3+ / 0-)
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      Yes, Catholic schools inevitably mess up 'the weak ones' and make them haters of strong women.

      Just like Hebrew schools and madrassas.

      Everybody knows that.

      That help any?

      I am endlessly vindicated by the unfolding of history.

      by Rob Cole on Wed Jan 09, 2008 at 03:58:14 PM PST

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      •  As a Methodist . . . (0+ / 0-)

        . . . my biggest traumatic Sunday School related event as a child was either getting thrown-out (you know, with those big, red "playground" balls) twice in a row in kickball; or being very distraught over being too young to go with the teenagers on their annual MYF* beach trip.

        It was a very suburban, Wonder Bread, public school, God is in His Heaven and going to the Orange Julius at the Mall kind of upbringing.  Props to my mom and dad for keeping me safe from too many weirdnesses**.


        *Methodist Youth Foundation.

        **Not to worry - I made up for lost time during college and in my adult life. . . and then some.

        The distinction that goes with mere office runs far ahead of the distinction that goes with actual achievement. H.L. Mencken

        by BenGoshi on Wed Jan 09, 2008 at 04:19:43 PM PST

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    •  He wants a relationship with a dominatrix (3+ / 0-)
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    •  I went to Catholic schools (1+ / 0-)
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      at about the same time as Chris Matthews.  They taught paternalistic, women as subserviant things in those days.  I don't know about now.

      But then....very anti woman.  

      •  Thanks. (0+ / 0-)

        So then, it's indeed something like, "The nerve of that, that, that woman!  Well, I'll just put her in her place!"


        The distinction that goes with mere office runs far ahead of the distinction that goes with actual achievement. H.L. Mencken

        by BenGoshi on Wed Jan 09, 2008 at 04:29:37 PM PST

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        •  Absolutely (1+ / 0-)
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          I remember being told by priests that girls sins of sex were DOUBLED because boys could not help themselves so if we girls gave in, we get double catholic that means twice as long in Purgatory for the same sins of the flesh as the boys.

          And boys in my class got to give the Valedictorian and Salutatorian speeches even though two girls came in as #1 and #2 academicallt (actually #3 also).  WHY?  Because they told us that boys were better speakers.

          Now remember this was back in the sixties.  So those things I hope have changed but Matthews is my age.  He hasn't let go.

  •  A link to a fabulous ass-kicking essay (14+ / 0-)

    by Rebecca Traister is what I am going to include in my emails to Hardball and

    Here are some of the last few paragraphs of the essay, which beautifully explains why many woman who were of the 'anyone but Hillary' variety became an ardent supporter of her last night.

    The five days between Iowa and New Hampshire were discombobulating for anyone who had begun to get comfortable with the apparent ease with which American history had weirdly, smoothly made room for a female candidate. A woman had led the Democratic nominees for nearly a year with barely a whisper -- save for the occasional unflattering wrinkled photo -- of serious double-standard resistance from a nation that has yet to break its streak of white Christian guys sitting behind the Oval Office desk. It had all been so deceptively easy. But here were the buttoned-up white boys over at "Meet the Press" going all "Lord of the Flies" on her. Cintra Wilson called the spectacle "a little witch-burny," while Time's Michael Scherer blogged about a call he'd received from a conservative pundit who told him, "The witch is dead, and life is going to change." The pundits, Clinton's opponents, her colleagues -- they were making sport of Hillary's immolation. They were rolling in it. Exulting in it. It reeked of a particular kind of relief, relief from the guys who had thought they were going to have to hold their noses and get pushed around by some dame. They were behaving like men who had received a sudden and unexpected reprieve, and classily reacted by pulling down their pants and peeing on her.

    And then ... people began to notice. In my circle, mothers in particular began to notice. My friends and colleagues told me of their despondent moms. Even my own, whose politics list far to the left of Clinton's, bowled me over by expressing her sadness about the treatment Hillary received. I think she was surprised herself as she confessed that she was "sad" about Iowa. "Whether or not it's Hillary," she said, "I just think this shows that any woman who's going to be aggressive enough to make a go of it is going to be too aggressive to be likable."


    By the time the New Hampshire numbers started to roll in on Tuesday night, the pundits were beginning to notice that something, though they couldn't quite put their finger on what, was not turning out as they had so jeeringly, confidently predicted. Women, it seemed, had come to the polls in New Hampshire and voted for Hillary Clinton.


    Is it possible that for the first time in my life, my reaction to a political news cycle could have mirrored a larger national feeling? Could Matthews and his threatened brethren, who came damned close to putting this Hillary disbeliever on the path to feminist redemption (who knows how I'll vote; but I do know that I am happy that I'll now likely have the opportunity to cast a vote for the candidate of my choice and not of MSNBC's), actually have shaped what happened on Tuesday in New Hampshire in a similar fashion? Exit polling and analysis be damned, we'll likely never really know what electoral alchemy landed Hillary Clinton an unexpected victory. Finally, around 11:30, Matthews was forced to suck it up. Looking like he was chewing on a lemon, he said of his nemesis, "She stood there and took the heat under what looked to be a difficult time. I give her a lot of personal credit. I will never underestimate Hillary Clinton again."

    An unlikely promise. But here's a message from the women of New Hampshire, and me, to Hillary Clinton's exuberant media antagonists: You have no power here. Now be gone, before somebody drops a house on you!

  •  Matthews doesn't belong on TV (5+ / 0-)

    not that many of the bobbleheads do, but Matthews is particularly loathsome. I don't watch any of them and haven't for a couple of years.    

    "I believe that ignorance is the root of all evil. And that no one knows the truth." - Molly Ivins

    by littlesky on Wed Jan 09, 2008 at 03:50:30 PM PST

  •  Enough already... (6+ / 0-)

    MSNBC needs to give Tweety the gong.

  •  Last night (4+ / 0-)
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    Chris made a comment that he wished they had more women on their panel to talk about the gender gap in the vote tally.


    But, I kinda doubt he'll remember to push for that the next time they convene one of these panels on MSNBC.

    And we can't forget that he has history with the Clintons.

    May all your pickles be bright

    by Light Emitting Pickle on Wed Jan 09, 2008 at 03:51:07 PM PST

  •  What to do with Chris Matthews? (2+ / 0-)
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    How do you deal with someone like that?  If you whine too much about him, he becomes some sort of martyr ("chris matthews is willing to say what he thinks, and here is the radical left who can't handle his honesty" blah blah etc.).  If you just ignore him, though, he keeps on inflicting his awfulness on us all.  I think our candidates should be interviewed with him, but only if they can successfully patronize him.  This man needs to be effectively patronized (in a way that doesn't make voters turned off to the Democrat, of course).

    •  What happened to Don Imus? (0+ / 0-)

      If enough sponsors get told that he is costing them business....

      he's gone.

      If you want to vote for somebody with whom you are in perfect agreement, be prepared to put your name on the ballot : Tom Schaller

      by captainlaser on Wed Jan 09, 2008 at 03:53:51 PM PST

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  •  I sent this letter (5+ / 0-)
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    Chris Matthews is a national disgrace. He made a fool of himself last night with his ridiculous and off-based commentary and then made it worse by using sexist language to derogate Hillary Clinton.

    I enjoy MSNBC and intended to make it my election-night choice for news coverage. But Matthews has proven so abhorrent that I will not watch any coverage which includes him and now intend to watch CNN.

    He who can destroy a thing, controls a thing - Mua'dib

    by Shane Hensinger on Wed Jan 09, 2008 at 03:51:29 PM PST

  •  Not a Hillary Fan, (3+ / 0-)
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    but I absolutely cannot stand Matthews.  Why MSNBC lets him near a microphone, I have no idea.  He never shuts up.  He is sooo in love with the sound of his voice and his own wit.

  •  Quick, someone distract granny! (1+ / 0-)
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    while some sylvester gets in a few rhetorical licks at this ding dong bird.

  •  What is sexist and what is true... (1+ / 0-)
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    Well, let's just be clear: Hillary Clinton got to be Senator because of her husband, one way or another. She probably would've risen to some elected office or another had she not been First Lady -- she put her potential electoral life on hold while Bill ran -- but that's hypothetical. What's not hypothetical is the chain of events that led to her election. She played the leading role in her campaign, but Bill's status and misdeeds were very very important.

    Where Matthews' sexism comes into play, is that many, many Senators and Representatives have "unmerited" rides into Congress. Some are multi-millionaires or billionaires (Edwards!), as if that qualified them to represent people. Some are Senator's kids (Gore!). Some get appointed after a sudden death. Some get in because they live in a district that can be swayed by racism, and they use racism in their campaign. Some get in because they're up against, I'll just say it, Alan Keyes (Obama!).

    But all of them, except the appointed ones, have to campaign themselves. And all have to vote one way or another. It's more important how you govern than how you got there (though I'll not if you got there clean you'll probably govern clean).

    But Matthews never, ever harps on them. That's the sexism, not being aware of the factors surrounding Hillary's 2000 Senate run.

    Luckily for everybody, Matthews is not Obama. Vote Obama!

    (-2.75, -4.92) | Barack Obama: Our last chance for a long time...

    by Addison on Wed Jan 09, 2008 at 03:51:51 PM PST

  •  Chris who? As in, who gives a squat what he says? (0+ / 0-)

    Damn the neo-cons! Full speed ahead!

    by Aaa T Tudeattack on Wed Jan 09, 2008 at 03:51:59 PM PST

  •  Very sexist, but. . . (2+ / 0-)
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    4 years ago, we had a mayor's race in San Francisco where almost the only thing the media could talk about was the candidates' contrasting hairstyles.

    Except this time it was two men . . .

    Newsom, with his bright smile and moussed hair, has been routinely compared to a young John F. Kennedy. He is married to San Francisco prosecutor Kimberly Guilfoyle, a former model who often appears on cable news channels as a legal commentator.

    "Newsom is sculpted and tailored. He's got his hair blown into the right shape. He's out of central casting. Gonzalez is rumpled and spontaneous," said Peter Keane, dean of the Golden Gate University School of Law and a Gonzalez supporter.

  •  Tweety meet Sylvester (5+ / 0-)

    Sylvester eat Tweety


    I like the silence of a church, before the service begins better than any preaching. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

    by Norwegian Chef on Wed Jan 09, 2008 at 03:53:01 PM PST

  •  Matthews possesses all the... (4+ / 0-)

    ...subtlety and attributes of a porn producer.

    Meaning he judges his men on their masculine odor. And how well they look dressed up in fake air force gear.

    Then he judges his women on how close he can coax them to the camera.

    All he is missing is the gold medallion  necklace (which doubles as a place to stash his coke), unbuttoned silk shirt, Elvis side-burns, pinky ring & porn 'stach.

    Neoconservatives never err. They are only victimized by the flaws of others.-Glenn Greenwald

    by wyvern on Wed Jan 09, 2008 at 03:53:10 PM PST

  •  Definitely a creepy old guy vibe off him (5+ / 0-)

    Pair this with his constant reference references to Obama being "Third World" and I don't know how MSNBC can keep him on. (Though I'm sure Fox would pick him up in a heartbeat)

  •  Ugh, i was watching when he almost assaulted (2+ / 0-)
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    the CNBC lady, i wanted to puke, soo creepy.

  •  What a brief list (1+ / 0-)
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    Matthews isn't as sexist [on air] as I imagined

    Colbert is the most qualified

    by Krush on Wed Jan 09, 2008 at 03:55:19 PM PST

  •  Thank you, PP, very much. (1+ / 0-)
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    In the last block quote it says Clinton's lieutenants "are ready to scratch the eyes out" of the opposition...

    That could be bolded also as sexist. Would he say any of the male candidates' people are ready to scratch eyes out?

  •  Get over she is a woman already (1+ / 0-)
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    It does not make her a better candidate.  Sexist comments or not.  Sympathy or not.  She has taken large sums of money from the Health Care Industry.  Rupert Murdock has held fundraisers for her.  She had a felony campaign bundler that was not screened.  She had high ranking people working in her campaign slandering other candidates (she cannot control her campaign, how would she run a country?).  It goes on an on.  I only care what she does and the more I see, the less I like.  Find out for yourself and forget about this trivial stuff.

    •  For the purposes of this diary (7+ / 0-)

      what one thinks about HRC isn't relevant.

      This is about pushing back against a media frame in general.

      Not only is it the principled thing to do, you might consider that one day he may well turn his rhetoric on a female candidate you do like.

    •  Are you clueless or what? (3+ / 0-)
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      Read the diary.  This is not about whether or not you like or hate Hillary, whether or not you support.  It's about sexism, pure and simple and if you are a true liberal/progressive, sexism should be UNACCEPTABLE no matter who it is against.

      •  This diary was because of hillary (0+ / 0-)

        I don't see any diaries about the plight of Blue Whales.  This election cannot be decided by such trivial stuff.  This needs to get off this stupid topic and back on to issues that are actually important.  No one dies if some senile old man says unkind things about HRC on TV.  Everyone has to endure people not being nice to them, get over it.  But my friends kid is going to be deployed to Iraq.  I don't want Hillary Clinton winning and continuing Bush's Iraq Plan (her so called remaining military as well as political mission) and him coming back in a body bag.

  •  Dan Rather gave him a good talking to. (2+ / 0-)
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    To bad it took him so long.

    He who can destroy a thing, controls a thing - Mua'dib

    by Shane Hensinger on Wed Jan 09, 2008 at 03:56:59 PM PST

  • watch him? (1+ / 0-)
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    KO was the only reason I started to watch MSNBC...Tweety was too irritating and idiotic...Dan Abrams is coming on well....just waiting for Rachael to shout Pat down but she is too intelligent to do that...Dan shut PB up the other night and left him saying "but Dan....but Dan.." too sad for the old thugs to be let out to pasture...

    Tweety needs to go!!!!!!!!!!!!

  •  Along the lines of the... (2+ / 0-)
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    ...Erin Burnett interview, Chris told Laura Ingraham that she looked great and was God's gift to men...and that's a quote.  Not that I share any political ideals with Laura, but Matthews completely dismissed their entire conversation with that sexist send off.  I've e-mailed Hardball so many times...I mean SO MANY TIMES...almost nightly if I watch his wretched show but, I've never received even a robo response.  I hope the backlash against the media following the NH primary and Clinton's treatment will continue and render Mr. Matthews and his opinions irrelevant.

    Conscious evolution, it's what turns me on. There's got to be a difference between right and wrong.-DTB

    by alicia on Wed Jan 09, 2008 at 03:58:37 PM PST

  •  He's a pig! (1+ / 0-)
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    His poor wife Kathleen Matthews.

  •  These are great examples... (0+ / 0-)

    but, to add to them, I heard it in so much of his talking last night (I can rarely palate Tweety).  His dismissive attitude toward women (or is it just Hillary) drips from virtually every comment he makes.

    And I'm a guy with a terribly irreverent sense of humor.  

    Neutralize your personal 7.5 ton/year CO2 footprint.

    by Five of Diamonds on Wed Jan 09, 2008 at 04:01:45 PM PST

  •  how come Tweety doesn't (2+ / 0-)
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    make eyes at Ms Maddow?
    I think she's hot...certainly hotter and more intelligent than the Billo Bimbos...
    a real for god's sakes woman!!!

  •  sent my comments along to the editor (1+ / 0-)
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  •  My Email (6+ / 0-)


    Chris Matthews used to be a slightly irritating buffon. Over the past few weeks he has morphed into something much more sinister, a full blown misogynist with the mindset of stalker (regarding HRC). The man is absolutely obsessed and he really is dragging your political coverage down. Without Matthews,  the MSNBC team are head and shoulders above the competition.

    Various examples of Matthews misogyny and HRC obsession can be found at

    Thank you  for taking the time to read this


    The end game is the presidency not the nomination

    by stevej on Wed Jan 09, 2008 at 04:04:10 PM PST

  •  does he have a prehensile tale (2+ / 0-)
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    to go with this reprehensible tale?

    it's impossible to do hard-hitting, bare-knuckles journalism when you need your knuckles to walk.

    f&#%ing troglodyte.

    Time for Miles to soothe me again, because jazz is the antibush. --zic

    by homo neurotic on Wed Jan 09, 2008 at 04:04:19 PM PST

  •  39 to 117+ in the time it took (2+ / 0-)
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    ...or me to write my email to MSNBC. We are numerous, we are intelligent, some of us are in the right demographic groups....and we are a force. Now if we could all spend some of the time spent here on that email, they might get the point that the money people are ready to go elsewhere.

    Do remember to say something nice about MSNBC and how Matthew is ruining them or your relationship to them.

    If any one needs the FDL's template for how to write an LTE, I have it.  It should not however be that complicated, as this case is so outrageous.

  •  Matthews: Bush/Cheney Team "Good Guys" (0+ / 0-)

    If Matthews' October claims about Bush/Cheney that "they will not silence me" ring a little hollow, they should. After all, Chris Matthews has spent the last several years telling us that President Bush, his White House and the Republican leadership team are "good guys."

    For the history of Matthews' praise for the good guys of the GOP, see:
    "Chris Matthews: Bush White House 'Good Guys' Won't Silence Me."

    •  According to Chris Matthews (1+ / 0-)
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      George W. Bush has a "sunny nobility" and the only people that dislike him are the "whackos on the left."

      Even now, Matthews cannot bring himself to diss Bush.  According to him, poor W is simply the victim of evil CHeeeeney.  

      Matthews is a pig, a sexist, repugnant, right wing pig.

  •  good work Plutonium Page. (2+ / 0-)
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    It is time to take Tweety down.  We should get a list of those who advertise on his show and contact them as well...

    "Life has taught me to think, but thinking has not taught me how to live." ~Alexander Herzen

    by rickyscorpio on Wed Jan 09, 2008 at 04:07:09 PM PST

  •  asdf- (2+ / 0-)
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    My email to MSNBC, this morning, was my fifth or sixth, on the subject. To be fair, a few of them were about Russert and Tucker, but mostly, they've been complaints about Chris Mathews.

    Hilary clinton is not my first choice, and I won't be voting for her in the CA primary.

    But I am so angry, at such a deep level, at the raw sexism of the media.  

  •  For a long time, I thought it was just me... (5+ / 0-)

    who thought ill of Matthews's comments.  So here's part of my short email to msnbc:

    ...his sexism has worn on me, and so I have now stopped watching his show.

    Being a sexist is just as bad as being a racist or a homophobe.  He must have a hard ball for and against women.

  •  You guys see the Hillary-Matthews clip? (0+ / 0-)

    He asks a question, she starts to answer, he interrupts, she says "I'm not on your show here, so let me answer" or something like that.

    So he invites her onto her show, and Hillary's like "Yeah right.  What do I do with men who are obsessed with me?"  Pretty funny stuff.

    That said, I love his '64 Phillies references.

    •  She handles him quite well (1+ / 0-)
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      She's smart, witty and funny.  It takes a lot to deal with idiots like Matthews and I give her full credit for doing it so well.

    •  That was interesting He (2+ / 0-)
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      pinched her on the cheek and she gave him a hug. She probably wanted to slap him but she killed him with kindness. Imagine anyone pinching the cheeks of any of the other candidates. She is a better person than I am. I would have kicked his butt on the spot in spite of my sig line

      In every moment of every day we only have two choices. Act out of fear or act out of love

      by Jlukes on Wed Jan 09, 2008 at 06:35:58 PM PST

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    •  speaking of idiots (0+ / 0-)

      In the rest of that segment Chris goes on to say how he always has liked Hillary and how well they get along personally. They obviously know each other quite well.

  •  Gone and done it (3+ / 0-)
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    cc: to the editor

    Dear Mr. Mathews,

    In the United States of America, women are equals of men. They have the right to vote, drive, wear what they want, and have the right to work without being sexually harassed by their men coworkers. Women also have the right to contest for and get elected high offices in the US government.

    Just thought you might like to know these facts because  the statements you make on your show clearly indicate that you are not aware of them.


  •  I'll compose a nastygram and send it to MSNBC (1+ / 0-)
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    That sorry excuse for a "man" has some deep rooted issues with women. I wonder if he's in therapy.

    May I have ten thousand marbles, please? - Flounder

    by SecondComing on Wed Jan 09, 2008 at 04:12:20 PM PST

  •  I did not complain about Hillary (1+ / 0-)
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    and her mistreatment.  When I wrote to msnbc, I told them Matthews did not control himself when in the presence of lovely ladies, and was also sexist towards relatively less lovely lady politicians. Either way, they need to control him if he can't do it himself, and he also needs to take some therapy to change his behavioral patterns.
    And I will never watch his show, and never did like it, and it reflects badly on his employers.  
    Nobody is comfortable around people who are not in full control of their libido.

    Cowards die many times before their deaths... Shakespeare, Julius Ceasar, II, 2

    by on the cusp on Wed Jan 09, 2008 at 04:12:31 PM PST

  •  Hillary loses = unlikable Obama loses = racism (3+ / 0-)
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    At least according to Chris Mathews!  It as if women have always run for president and there is no prejudice against them.  Hey Chris maybe the people in Iowa have something against a woman running for president and in New Hampshire they have no problem with a woman running.  In fact maybe the women in Iowa think a woman's place is in the kitchen and not on the campaign trail.  If racism is rampant in New Hampshire then sexism is in Iowa!  By the way Chris you're looking like Trump brushing the thinning hair forward, if it is real!


  •  My Email (2+ / 0-)
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    mcmom, santh

    Dear MSNBC,

    Please remove Chris Matthews from is position.

    His continual sexist and misogynist comments are offensive and must no longer be tolerated.

    Please review the transcript from his appearances on 6/13/2005, 11/6/2006, 8/10/2007, 9/20/2007, 11/18/2007, 12/4/2007, 12/17/2007.

    Study these examples along with his most recent coverage of Hillary Clinton's victory in New Hampshire ... they will make you ill.

    The man is an embarrassment.


  •  I'm not sure but I think him real email is (0+ / 0-)

  •  Tweety has serious gender identity (2+ / 0-)
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    Plutonium Page, santh

    issues.  Slobbering with desire for the codpiece in chief when he stepped off the fighter jet and continuous sexist trashing of Hillary makes it so obvious.  Tune out, turn off and ignore him works well for me.

    What FDR giveth; GWB taketh away.

    by Marie on Wed Jan 09, 2008 at 04:16:37 PM PST

  •  I desperately wish Matthews would stop (3+ / 0-)
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    "helping" my candidate.  The comments about Clinton are beyond the pale.

    If we want hope to survive in this world today, then every day we've got to teach on, teach on. - Ysaye Maria Barnwell

    by Femlaw on Wed Jan 09, 2008 at 04:21:29 PM PST

  •  Mathews servant of "Old Money" (4+ / 0-)
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    Just heard a 2007 interview with Mathews on City Arts & Lectures. He had quite a praiseworthy history before he was seduced by the Dark Side.

    PeaceCorp volunteer, Congressional staffer for Ed Muskie, speechwriter for Jimmy Carter, top aide to Tip O'Neil, Columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle... wha' happened?

    Among his anecdotes during the interview he actually says that "old money" people really deserve to be in the White House... "they just know how to comport themselves among all the paintings and fine china".

    He swooned over George H.W. Bush's ability to show "the common touch" among the little people.

    I guess that's what happens to poor boys from Boston who grow up in the shadow of Beacon Hill and finally gain acceptance into the parlors the bluebloods. Shades of The Great Gatsby!

    That's why he hates the Clintons. They're not "old money".

  •  I Like Him (0+ / 0-)

    I watch his show every day, and I would hate for someone to watch me talking politics for over an hour a day and pull quotes!

    Chris Matthews is an independent voice in general and he's smart, and he is also human. I do NOT always agree with him, many times I don't. But I enjoy watching him mix it up with his guests.

    "Was it difficult debating a woman?" That's legitimate if ineloquent. Lazio self-destructed debating HRC bc the punditry agreed he came across as an "abusive husband". I was in New York at the time, I remember. Just give it a rest.


    If you don't like Matthews, then change the channel. We have bigger issues to address. Argh.

    "We are all atheists about most of the gods that societies have ever believed in. Some of us just go one god further." - Richard Dawkins

    by TX Unmuzzled on Wed Jan 09, 2008 at 04:40:04 PM PST

  •  Matthews is kind of a loony bird----all over (0+ / 0-)

    the map-----views are susceptible to change overnight----he is just to be viewed with whatever amusement you can muster.
     But I seriously have a real hard time trying to muster much sympathy for any real or perceived wrongs done against Clinton after all the down and dirty garbage they threw at Obama pre-Ia. caucus.  Spreading racist and religious slander of the worst sort----and Bill Clinton losing it-- telling lies about Obama's record, fabricating Obama's stands on issues, playing the fear card---the bad guys are gonna' blow you up if Obama is president.  All the worst of the worst political tactics.  
     I'm not like those women in N.H.  I know too much about the Clintons.  I have no sympathy.

  •  Matthews has always been a bit of a dork ... (0+ / 0-)

    of course.

    But I have a theory – and it's just a theory – that if a very close look were taken at his behavior by some competent psychoanalysts they would be able to detect a shift over time to more and more over the line acting out type behavior on Matthews part.  And this shift would fairly closely correlate with Keith Olbermann's ascendancy at MSNBC.

    Who would have thought that anyone who went head to head against O'Reilly would last very long in ratings driven corporate media?  Certainly not Chris Matthews, who had previously viewed himself as numero duo to Tim Russert at NBC (while secretly considering himself better, of course – not that strenuous a feat admittedly).  And now he is faced with the reality that when he and Keith happen to show up at the same cocktail party, all of the razor sharp and good looking staffers start flocking around Rock Star Keith, not poor Tweety.

    Just a theory, mind you, but it does potentially illuminate his compulsive and increasingly blatant and embarrassing sexism.  He's just getting even with the girls.

  •  Why don't we boycott advertisers (0+ / 0-)

    of Hardball?

    Aren't they mostly ED pharma ads?

  •  Limbaugh-Lite! n/t (0+ / 0-)

    The People shouldn't fear the government, the government should fear the People. V

    by rubine on Wed Jan 09, 2008 at 04:53:58 PM PST

  •  "Do you find it difficult to debate a woman?" (6+ / 0-)
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    While the least verbally offensive of his many bizarre statements, I think this actually reveals more about Matthews that some of the other comments.  How - in this day and age can you be an adult male in a profession and NOT debate a woman?  Not because you want to debate with a woman - but because unless you are in a monastery you are dealing with women peers day in and day out.  And the only way you can avoid "debating" with a woman is to either being saying "yes" to everything she says, or having her in a position where she is saying "yes" to everything you say.  And that is NOT the professional world I live and work in, so I figure Matthews must live in some kind of alternate universe - which is also consistent with his comments to Ms. Burnett.

    Somebody needs to by commercial time and just play his sexist comments over and over again during his show....

    •  Actually, that's a great question, (0+ / 0-)

      though I didn't hear it.

      As it stands now, if you treat Mrs. Clinton like any other candidate and rough her up, you're accused of picking on her. If you treat her with kid gloves, you're condescending.

      Then she launches the dirty campaign tactics, but if you respond, you're treating her unfairly.

      If you accuse her of taking credit for her husband's accomplishments, you're a sexist pig, but later in the day she may send Bill out to defend her honor because you're picking on his wife.

      And when she cries, you'd better not doubt its authentic!

      At this rate Hillary could set feminism back a generation.

      Accidental Wisdom

    •  Yeah, or if you've ever been married. Or dated. (0+ / 0-)

      What kind of relationships has this guy been in, if he has no idea whether it's hard to debate a member of the opposite sex?

      Does he only date men? Then where on earth in the 21st century has he been able to find a female partner who he's never had to debate?  How could he possibly have no idea what it's like, so as to have to ask about it?

  •  Just sent my email with the following title.... (2+ / 0-)
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    Matthews misogynist bias has lost this MSNBC viewer

    'nuf said

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    by AntKat on Wed Jan 09, 2008 at 04:58:32 PM PST

  •  Mathews is a not-so-hidden (0+ / 0-)

    misogynist. I keep wondering why KO doesn't just, well, KO him.

    "This is not our America and we need to take it back." John Edwards.

    by mcmom on Wed Jan 09, 2008 at 05:00:19 PM PST

  •  Buck Laughlin (1+ / 0-)
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    Watching Chris Matthews discuss these primaries reminds me of Fred Willard's character in Best in Show.  "Do you think we can dress the Bloodhound up in a Sherlock Holmes hat & a little pipe?"  "I went to obedience school once but I ended up paying 300 dollars to get wax poured on my private parts."  He's loutish and stupid and has NO FILTER between his brain and his mouth.  I don't think he's a hateful person deep down-but he wears his ignorance and his simplicity on his sleeve.  When Fred Willard does it, it's comic genius.  When the anchor of a cable new channel does it, it's pathetic.  I suggest we no longer call him Tweety.  From this day forward, Matthews is Buck Laughlin to me.

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    by SpiderStumbled22 on Wed Jan 09, 2008 at 05:03:51 PM PST

  •  Here is my (5+ / 0-)


    To whom it may concern:

    Your "Hardball" host, Chris Matthews, seems to be drowning in a misogynistic swamp of his own making.  Could MSNBC possibly find a host, in the year 2008, who is not terrified of Girl Cooties?  Even if the girl is Senator Clinton?  I am not a Clinton supporter, but Matthews' anti-Clinton hysteria is really getting worrisome.  

    Perhaps an intervention is in order? Perhaps a book club featuring "Feminine Mystique" and moving on to "Intercourse" (Andrea Dworkin's germinal work)?  Perhaps having him write, "Girls are not icky" 100 times on Tim Russert's white board?

    This is really getting absurd.  Matthews' has already reveled in the manliness of George Bush's codpiece when he exited the jet during his infamous "Mission Accomplished" stunt, waxed poetic about Fred Thompson's "aqua velva" macho aura - this, along with "HILLARY CLINTON HAS A VAGINA!  OH MY GOD!" -  is what passes for political commentary?

    There is a reason that the "mainstream media" is becoming a joke among political aware Americans.

    Sincerely, and with no hope you will actually do the right thing on this,

    "Kibbutz Amiad"

    PS My sympathies to Keith Olbermann, who was forced to sit alongside the increasingly insane Mr. Matthews during "Primary Tuesday".

  •  I love writing letters (0+ / 0-)

    Chris Matthews is turning your network into a joke. He has nothing to say except for sexist insults against Hillary Clinton. She is not my candidate; I support John Edwards.

    The only things that can get my remote pointing in your direction are Keith Olbermann, the best commentator on TV, and Rachel Maddow. I'm not sure that's enough. It might be time to stick with CNN.

  •  Tweety's a turd (0+ / 0-)

    Today, January 9, he said that the Democratic women in NH who voted for Hillary Clinton are all racists. Why was he not fired immediately?

  •  Jane, you ignorant slut! (1+ / 0-)
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    Not since SNL's halcyon days has more misogyny spewed from the lips of a television "journalist" than from those of Chris Matthews.

    I dumped him a long time ago because of his blatantly sexist comments and his dismissive treatment of female guests. (His balls might be hard, but methinks they are also very very tiny.)

  •  I would love to see ... (0+ / 0-)

    Sen. Clinton, Rep. Pelosi, or any other woman who has had to put up with his juvenile misogynistic sexist crap, haul off and deck him, either literally or rhetorically.

    Heck if Sen. Clinton did that I'd become one of her most loyal supporters

    Either way tweety needs to be called on his BS.

  •  Matthews is Great! (0+ / 0-)

    If you think he's a sexist, too bad. He's not hateful guy. He clearly doesn't like HRC, too bad. If you want me to help you shut down free speech, forget it. Spend your energy trying to take down the conservative hate/fear-mongers.

  •  wow... (0+ / 0-)

     I wonder what would happen if like, giselle budechen or Hedi Klum brought him an indictment...would he be like all horny on TV then?

  •  Bill Clinton (0+ / 0-)

    You want to know a sexist? Bill. Give it some thought. You don't have to go back to his use of women for sexual degradation and humiliation, you just have to listen to him:

    "Don't my girls' look great!"
     February 6, 2008, as the Clinton's arrived in New Hampshire.

    Check out my girls, they're lookin' good. Forget one is my daughter and one is my wife, who just happens to be running for president.

    You want a sexist. There he is, in all his scurvy glory.

    •  Arnold Schwarzenegger for one. (0+ / 0-)

      Arnold is probably on a dozen watchlists for his proclivity for getting woman upset with his antics.

      "Anyone who is capable of getting themselves made President should on no account be allowed to do the job." - Hitchhiker's Guide

      by Wynter on Wed Jan 09, 2008 at 07:26:38 PM PST

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  •  I was thinking of you folks... (0+ / 0-)

    This afternoon I was listening to Jay Severin, whose a right wing blowhard in the Boston radio market. He was making the argument that Chris Matthews was trying to be more like Keith Oberman, because Matthews was the original left winger at MSNBC and he was somehow jealous of Keith's recent success. I thought of you guys and how you think Chris is such a right winger.

    I laughed in my car.


    Travis Stark
    Accidental Wisdom

  •  Hi. I'm back from Oregon. (0+ / 0-)

    Here's what I just sent to the big sexist fucks over at MSNBC:


    This Chris Matthews guy is really a detriment to you and your programming. He is so sexist he makes Pat Robertson look like Ellie Smeal. I kid. He is so sexist he makes you all look like the kinds of people who pay more attention to what a female politician is wearing (not including Rudy "does this frock make my ass look fat" Giuliani)than to what she is saying, you know, like the Britney Watchers. Lose this loser. He is an ass of the first caliber.

    Cindy "I don't ever go to MSNBC" Rose

    Is that okay?

    "Every idiot that goes about with Merry Christmas on his lips should be boiled in his own pudding and buried with a stake of holly through his heart."--Scrooge

    by crose on Wed Jan 09, 2008 at 07:16:34 PM PST

  •  FEC Regulating Fox News? I wish! (0+ / 0-)

    The whole mainstream media needs an enema of huge proportions much like Congress in general. I was thinking earlier this year that we need to truly review what we allow to be put on the public airwaves labeled as "News". We have laws stipulating general rules as to what people can claim as fact in various situations to protect the public from scam artists. Why not do the same thing for the political scam artists?

    We have the FCC supposedly out there regulating who gets what part of the radio spectrum. And the FEC regulating how much our politicians can abuse the funding to their campaigns. Why not put both of them to good use and have them oversee what falsehoods get put on the airwaves all in the name of true news? I am all for Free Speech, but I also think an Orange is an Orange and an Apple is an Apple. If Fox News wants to put out rightwing propaganda then they shouldn't be permitted to label their show with the term "News" in it. We have regulations on labeling of foods to inform the public on its actual content then why not protect the public from predatory practices of the media?

    You could even include Campaign advertisements in the mix stating that each Campaign ad must have some documentation that can be used to verify the authenticity of the claims in its content. We do it for other advertisements. Why not clean up the wide rhetoric and make politicians clear their wild statements that they put on the airwaves?

    It's not blocking Free Speech exactly, it's protecting the public from scam artist's of the political persuasion from prying on Grandma and Grandpa Kettle from getting suckered by the Pols. Whether they are Sunday Morning Political Talk Shows or so-called News Broadcasters explaining the intracies of the day's political content. It could be as simple as giving a Warning Label or Disclaimer to the public telling them that "The following program contains rhetoric and innuedos that may be false and totally baseless lies. Please listen responsibly." Fox News is desperately needing this!

    Just telling it like I see it,

    "Anyone who is capable of getting themselves made President should on no account be allowed to do the job." - Hitchhiker's Guide

    by Wynter on Wed Jan 09, 2008 at 07:21:47 PM PST

  •  This is par for the Tweety course . . . (1+ / 0-)
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    Last night I watched in horror as he made completely racist remarks to two African-American commentators (guests on his show). Do you know what their response was? They ignored it and went straight to their points instead. I mean, what the hell are you (were they) going to do? For me, this is more about what it's like to be a woman or an african american or anyone other than a straight white male in this society (you have to let shit like this fall off your back in order to fight a bigger battle) then about what a turd Matthews is. Moreover, it's entirely possible that the more Tweety says these kinds of things about Hil. the more he helps her. Plus, where the hell have you been? This is NOTHING compared to the racist and homophobic things Tweety has said over the years. In the end, Tweety is starting to look more looney by the minute and it isn't lost on viewers.

  •  Is Matthews a product of (0+ / 0-)

    an all-male education? He doesn't really know how to behave around a woman, does he?

    tragically un-hip

    -5.88, -6.82

    by Debby on Wed Jan 09, 2008 at 09:46:30 PM PST

  •  Page missed one...anyone remember this? (0+ / 0-)

    He had a female pundit on his show (not a regular) and was having trouble getting past her looks as he talked about Romney being a phoney.  He asked her, "what would do if a man took your trust like that?" and framing the conversation in terms of a sexual relationship.

    Can anyone remember who the woman was so we can look this one up?

  •  Odd, all the agonizing (0+ / 0-)

    on this site about Tweety. Does anyone living outside the kos bubble have any idea how low the ratings are of MSNBC in general and Tweety in particular compared to the other two cable news channels?

    I realize that MSNBC has taken a recent turn to the left and though I love it, I also realize that they just ain't got the viewers.

    Poor Dan Abrams on his show spends a lot of his time bashing Faux which just makes him look desperate and pathetic and gives PR to Faux.

    If you don't like Tweety, just don't watch him. Olberman's show is higher-rated, anyway, than Tweety's.

    Frankly, I can't stand any of the cable news pundits. They're a bunch of egomaniacal bloviators who all have a biased ax to grind--and finally, none of them are as cogent or astute as many of the posters on kos! Hell, I've read some diarists here that outshine the pundits when it comes to incisive and informative commentary.

    There has never been a good government--Emma Goldman

    by Libertaria on Thu Jan 10, 2008 at 02:56:44 AM PST

  •  I have written (0+ / 0-)

    to MSNBC for years complaining about Matthews.  They do nothing!  They will take your letter and put it in their circular file.  He's sexist and hateful and everybody complains about him and yet he flourishes nicely, thank you very much.  

    Just remember, MSNBC is the same network who brought you Imus.  

  •  I like Tweety (0+ / 0-)

    I like the show and Tweety. A bit of a blowhard, but certainly better than anything on fox.


  •  Chris Matthews' sexism (0+ / 0-)

    First, I'm so glad to be not the only atheist commenting here. Yes, there are more critical things to rail against, and I do, but we must answer loudly to sexist crap or we're in effect part of the problem - the poison spewed infects another generation. It was decades ago Isaac Asimov pointed out, re the upbringing of girls as opposed to that of boys, that we have serious problems and we are damn foolish wasting half our brain power by relegating the distaff side of the equation to living under patronage and subservience. Also decades ago, Shirley Chisholm pointed out, while running for president - instead of being relegated to help a man get elected by "doing the lickin' and the stickin' along with the other ladies" in the candidate's HQ mailroom - that she had suffered more prejudice in being born female than in being born black. It's more than embarrassing to see pundits straining to look well informed, even erudite, then regressing to the level of teenagers when the subject is a woman. If the situation were reversed the commentator would lose credibility, but a man making a cheap condescending comment, especially when cloaked as a "compliment" is still seen as legitimate. Matthews is a half-baked goofball who laughs inappropriately, generally says nothing to further the argument and would be no loss. Perhaps now that there seems to be some evidence that the virulent kneejerk backlash against Hillary and the juvenile "Iron my Shirt" demonstration both backfired, we can make room for a pundit operating on a higher level, and Americans might become slightly less provincial and truly progressive.

    (A middle aged atheist white broad who wished she liked HRC more than she does.)

    If you believe the meek will inherit the earth, you're just where they want you.

  •  Matthews is one sick fuck (0+ / 0-)

    Then again, maybe not. Maybe he's just Catholic.

    Sorry folks. I grew up in a Catholic family, and got put through the whole church ringer myself as a kid, so I feel safe making this generalization.

    Weirdly creepy, guilt-driven, repressed, titillated, immature, peeping-tom attitudes about sex tend to congregate (heh) around Catholics.

    c.f. Bill "Falafel" O'Lielly too.

    Which isn't to slam Catholics either. I know quite a few BSDM players, almost all of whom grew up Catholic, who enjoy their kinks in a safe, sane, consensual manner. That's beautiful and wonderful and totally healthy. So I'm not trying to be bigoted here.

    But O'Lielly and Matthews are imposing their weird sexual fantasies non-consensually, on political leaders, on media figures, and an entire country. They need to either come out, find a consensual and healthy way to express their kinks, or get help.

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