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Sen. Hillary Clinton: "I don’t know what to do with men who are obsessed with me. I honestly have never understood it."


Chris Matthews: "It’s not obsession."

If you have ever watched an episode of Hardball on MSNBC, you may find Chris Matthews’ above statement a bit suspect...

After all, as Media Matters for America has previously documented, after The New York Times published an article on Hillary and Bill Clinton’s marriage in May of 2006, Matthews asked at least 90 questions on the subject over the course of seven broadcasts on his two programs (Hardball and The Chris Matthews Show). One of his guests during these broadcasts, Washington Post reporter Lois Romano, called Matthews out after he repeatedly inquired about how many days the Clintons slept under the same roof. "[W]hat is your obsession with logistics here?" she asked.

To get an idea of the type of language Matthews regularly uses when covering Clinton, take a look at this sampling:

She may take the brunt of his vitriol and sexist commentary, but Clinton is far from the only woman targeted by Matthews. Here are some other notable examples:

On House Speaker Nancy Pelosi:

    Described her as "scary"
    Suggested she would "castrate" House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer
    Wondered how she could disagree with President Bush "without screaming? How does she do it without becoming grating?"

On Michelle Obama during the first Democratic presidential debate:

    "I thought Michelle, whatever you say about Obama, his wife looked perfect -- perfect for the occasion ... I'm sorry, those things are important. You guys are ignoring it. Some people are, by the way, just watching tonight. They stopped listening a half-hour in, and they noticed how pretty she is -- Michelle -- and they said, ‘I like the fact he's got this pretty wife. He's happily married. I like that.’ " After Matthews’ take on Michelle Obama’s appearance, NBC News chief foreign affairs correspondent Andrea Mitchell was compelled to remind Matthews that Mrs. Obama is a Harvard-educated lawyer.

On potential future female presidential candidates:

On women who live in the suburbs who "may not work outside the home":

    "They're talking around election time -- the husband and the wife -- you know, she says, ‘I sort of like this Hillary, the first woman president. She's pro-choice.’ And the husband says, ‘You know, dear, you know, this is going to kill our tax bracket. You know that tuition thing we pay every couple of years for the kids, every year, we can't do that if we get a higher tax bracket. We have to pay more money.’ "

On right-wing radio talk show host Laura Ingraham:

    "I get in trouble for this, but you're great looking, obviously. You're one of the gods' gifts to men in this country. But also, you are a hell of a writer."

On CNBC anchor Erin Burnett:

    "Come on in closer. No, come in -- come in further -- come in closer. Really close ... No, you're beautiful. I'm just kidding. I'm just kidding. You're a knockout. Anyway, thank you, Erin Burnett ... It's all right getting bad news from you, even, OK?"

Matthews’ clearly misogynistic commentary has landed him in the middle of a grassroots firestorm. Over the weekend the Associated Press ran this piece, which has appeared in more than 60 papers around the country, and we at Media Matters have been following the amazing work the blogosphere has done in bringing his comments to the public at large.

It’s crucial for us to keep pressure on Matthews and MSNBC. Please take a moment to write a post on your blog, tell your friends and neighbors, and contact MSNBC and Chris Matthews today. Tell them what you think about this kind of sexist commentary polluting the airwaves.

Mr. Phil Griffin,
Senior Vice President, News
NBC Television Network
30 Rockefeller Plz
New York, NY 10112

Steve Capus,
President, NBC News

30 Rockefeller Plz
3rd Fl
New York, NY 10112
(212) 664-4444

Chris Matthews

It's time to play a little "hardball."

Originally posted to David Brock on Tue Jan 15, 2008 at 10:22 AM PST.

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