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Cross-posted from Bold Faith Type

Last weekend, Faithful America members from the Boston area confronted Chris Matthews at a book signing in Framingham, Massachusetts about his track record of inviting Family Research Council President Tony Perkins on Hardball as a representative of Christian voters. FRC was named a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center in 2010 for spreading hateful lies and junk research about the LGBT community -- and in part because of an incident in which a senior FRC staffer said on Hardball that there should be "criminal sanctions against homosexual behavior."

Matthews, who just received Human Rights Campaign's Ally for Equality award, responded by falsely claiming that Perkins has never "pulled that homophobic stuff on my show," and insisting that "every time he's on he's challenged."

That's just not true. After SPLC named FRC a hate group, Matthews invited Perkins on to defend his organization. Perkins took the opportunity to repeat his false accusations that gay men are more likely than heterosexual men to molest children, and said "the research is overwhelming that homosexuality poses a risk to children."

Since that November 2010 appearance (which did include SPLC Senior Fellow Mark Potok), Perkins has appeared on Hardball six times -- and neither Matthews nor any of his guests have brought up Perkins' long record of spreading hateful anti-gay lies.

Instead, Matthews has gone out of his way to give credibility to Perkins, calling him an "honest conservative" with "true views" whose conscience he trusts. Viewers who trust Matthews's judgment and honesty come away with the impression that they should do the same of Perkins.

Asked to stop inviting Perkins on the air, Matthews accused the Faithful America members of "trying to silence people" -- a curious charge given that he recently urged his fellow MSNBC anchors to stop booking Franklin Graham because of Graham's persistent false attacks on the President's faith.

As you can see in the video, when Faithful America member Jeff Bridges raises the question of legitimizing Perkins's off-air comments, Matthews has no real response, admitting that "you may be right. I may agree with you, but not right now."

It’s long past time for Matthews to stop giving Tony Perkins a platform. As Bishop Gene Robinson explained to MSNBC representatives last month highlighting the shockingly high suicide rate among gay teens, the lies people like Perkins tell "are killing us and they're killing our kids."

Originally posted to Bold Faith Type on Fri Mar 30, 2012 at 10:44 AM PDT.

Also republished by Angry Gays.

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  •  Mathews is the definition of a process guy, (13+ / 0-)

    and he thinks politics is the highest art form.
    People who do it well impress him, whatever line theyre peddling.
    People who are bad at it piss him off.
    Hence his enduring fondness for Pat Buchanan, and his loathing of Mitt Romney. To mention just 2 of many examples.
    Perkins is a very smooth low-key operator, and never comes off as a raving wild eyed loon.

    •  Buchanan muddies the case against Perkins (4+ / 0-)
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      drawingporno, Nisi Prius, devis1, vernonbc

      Matthews probably has people in his family who are represented by Buchanan on some level. To break with Buchanan would be like to disown your RW brother or father. Buchanan is not a cable invention, he really does represent a minority Republican bloc of America-First white guys who couldn't win an election in their heyday and are dying off. I couldn't agree but at least I understand the argument on Buchanan. Buchanan and Matthews sit in the same pews, had the same Irish Catholic upbringing, had the same jobs for opposing parties.  It's a squishier case for him.

      Perkins is another story. Perkins is a slick and venomous snake-salesman, a professional made-for-cable front man and would not exist without Hardball. He's a liar and a bigot who pays the rent spreading a political platform based on suppressing rights and fighting equality.  Perkins is not representing anyone. Yet Matthews gives him an audience. Perkins in on Matthews.

      Eliminate the Bush tax cuts Eliminate Afghan and Iraq wars Do these things first before considering any cuts

      by kck on Fri Mar 30, 2012 at 11:35:13 AM PDT

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    •  But Mathews does it so badly (2+ / 0-)
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      Nisi Prius, DrTerwilliker

      Why does anyone listen to him? He is a shill, and only exists to be the "even the liberal (my ass) Chris Mathews says...(insert right wing talking point),  while he sits on his porch in Marthas Vinyard and pretends to be a working class guy.

      If the Republicans ever find out that Barack Obama favors respiration, we'll be a one-party system inside two minutes. - Alan Lewis

      by MadRuth on Fri Mar 30, 2012 at 05:22:48 PM PDT

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  •  Matthews says Perkins is a legitimate voice (3+ / 0-)
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    It sounds like Chris Matthews is saying that Perkins and Buchanan, who he said is in the same category as being attacked by opponents in order to silence them, represent a legitimate segment of thought that deserves to be represented. Matthews is saying they're representative and deserving of a thoughtful diverse audience.  

    I appreciate diversity and actually don't watch, say, Olbermann, due to the very low likelihood of hearing new information, new analysis, or different opinion.

    However, airtime and argument are both limited resources. There has to be some discretion, some concept or vision used to decide who to and not to have on, without being guilty of censoring or silencing opinion. Is David Duke a legitimate voice for Matthews as a regular guest? What about a regular guest to argue for holocaust denial or birtherism? Matthews has a line and he's already enforcing his discretion. It's just different than mine (ours?).

    William F. Buckley Jr. had opposing views well represented on his show which I always watched. I can't imagine a hack like Perkins paid to spread a platform of bigotry being on Firing Line. It's not like there isn't a shortage of thoughtful conservative bigots willing to air their opposition to equal rights.


    Eliminate the Bush tax cuts Eliminate Afghan and Iraq wars Do these things first before considering any cuts

    by kck on Fri Mar 30, 2012 at 11:07:35 AM PDT

  •  I thought you meant Marlin Perkins (3+ / 0-)
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    MKSinSA, Gooserock, blueoasis

    I wasn't sure what Mutual of Omaha is up to. ;-)

  •  Viewers who trust Matthews's judgment and honesty (6+ / 0-)

    are definitely NOT part of the progressive/left.

    Hell, they're not even liberal.

    They're Chris' "regular people", and I doubt if I have to explain who these "regular people" actually are if you're part of the progressive-left... or even if you're just liberal...

    I am not now, nor have I ever been, a member of the Republican Party.

    by OnlyWords on Fri Mar 30, 2012 at 11:25:32 AM PDT

  •  I disagree with this diary (1+ / 0-)
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    and agree with Chris Matthews. I also don't consider myself to be a rabid progressive. I think we should be shining a light on these people and that is exactly what Chris Matthews does with Tony Perkins. He does challenge him and any of the other idiot right wingers that he hosts. I watch Chris Matthews every night... right before I watch Al Sharpton.

  •  My Chris Matthews analogy. (0+ / 0-)

    Look at him go!

  •  Haven't watched him for a long time now, (5+ / 0-)

    but mainly Matthews just says shit, sometimes good, sometimes not, but always talking, with what appears to be a somewhat leftist leaning.  And he uses the false equivalency, sensationalist tactics, and unending quest for one-liners just as the great majority of his beltway peers, with varying stylistic approaches, all do.

    I doubt that he will change with Perkins, et al, unless, until, prayerfully someday, the fundamentalist/dominionists are no longer allowed to represent traditional, mainstream Christian values through their narrow, slanted, and bigoted perspective.

    99%er. 100% opposed to fundamentalist/neoconservative/neoliberal oligarchs.

    by blueoasis on Fri Mar 30, 2012 at 01:22:28 PM PDT

  •  havent watched for a long time either (0+ / 0-)

    because I really don't like to scream at my television set, ESPECIALLY to tell the guy who the show is named after how much of an idiot I think he is.

    republished to angry gays.

    Economic Left/Right: -6.00, Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -6.31 All it takes is security in your own civil rights to make you complacent.

    by Dave in Northridge on Fri Mar 30, 2012 at 05:21:58 PM PDT

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