Saturday, October 06, 2007

Is Chris Mattews delusional?

Via Political Wire.

On the one hand we get this startling admission:
    ...In front of an audience that included such notables as Alan Greenspan, Rep. Patrick Kennedy and Sen. Ted Kennedy, Matthews began his remarks by declaring that he wanted to "make some news" and he certainly didn't disappoint. After praising the drafters of the First Amendment for allowing him to make a living, he outlined what he said was the fundamental difference between the Bush and Clinton administrations.

    The Clinton camp, he said, never put pressure on his bosses to silence him.

    “Not so this crowd,” he added, explaining that Bush White House officials -- especially those from Vice President Cheney's office -- called MSNBC brass to complain about the content of his show and attempted to influence its editorial content. "They will not silence me!" Matthews declared...
Okay, the news isn't surprising, but Matthews' admission of it is. On the other hand we get this:
    On a side note: Matthews was overheard discussing his Tuesday appearance on "The Daily Show," which featured a heated exchange with host Jon Stewart. According to one source, Matthews was steadfast in his belief that the debate left Stewart crestfallen, and Matthews victorious.
Judge for yourself, but I thought Stewart eviscerated Matthews. The fall of the right wing has clearly unhinged the Hardball host; his up is now down and his black is now white. As Stephanie Miller would say, he's gone all scrambly.


mbk said...

Stewart DID eviscerate Matthews. How could anyone think otherwise, including Matthews? After all it was Tweety himself who said it was the "interview from hell".
If Stewart was crestfallen about anything, it was about Tweety's book, which does sound depressing. I really liked Stewart a LOT that night: he made very very serious points in a kind of light-hearted (but really heavy-hearted) way.

Lynn said...

Chris is just spinning. Watch the video again and see the moment where Chris looks really hurt. It actually made me like him better, that he does NOT live his life like a campaign, and has feelings just like all of us do. He couldn't cover up his reaction like the cold calculated politicians he supposedly admires. Chris is not like them, and one day he'll come to terms with that, and realize it's a good thing.

Diane said...

Maybe so, Lynn, but I've been watching Matthews long enough to be convinced that he has no core values at all. He is a hollow man. And Chris is ALWAYS spinning. He'll say something honest one minute, and then do backflips a minute later, in order to agree with the next right wing shill he's hosting.

Chris did look hurt, but I thought he had it coming, and then some. He's so used to his own little backslapping world that it was like a slap in the face to be confronted with Stewart's revulsion at the book's premise. Frankly, I find it revolting too. The idea of living your life as if you were running for office?? I've come to realize that I hate politics, and I really hate the idea that one should live one's life playacting.