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Saturday, January 05, 2008

Chris Matthews Wants to Tell You Something...

Chris Matthews (Tweety) Wants to Tell You Something...

I meant to post this yesterday, but time got the better of me. When I was watching the caucus coverage (wrap that rascal!) on MSNBC, Chris Matthews repeatedly went out of his way to intimate that Barak Obama is not from America, that he is from Kenya. (Barak Obama was actually born in Hawaii.)

He delivered his slimy sideways digs at Obama in a strange, obseqious fashion. He would gush about what a swell guy Obama is, but over and over he would throw out these weird statments that repeatedly emphasized Obama's race and nationality.

Keith Olbermann was Matthews' co-host for the event, which spanned both of their programs and beyond. It was noticible that Olbermann did not talk as much as Matthews did. Olbermann had a sort of fixed sphinx-like grin on his face throughout the program, apparently just giving Matthews as much rope as he wanted to possibly hang himself with.

The MSNBC transcripts for the shows are out now, and these are some of Matthews' quotes:

Barack Obama, son of Kenya as well as America. With Kenya in turmoil right now, to be a son of that country, to be over here as a candidate for president and to win the Iowa Caucuses is a change of American history. [...]MSNBC

And I’m thinking, well, we picked an African-American guy who is literally an African-American—his father from Kenya and his mother is from the middle part of America, one parent black, one parent white. [...]

A guy named Barack Hussein Obama from—whose father is from Kenya, war-torn Kenya right now, who has grown up in Indonesia, a good part of his youth, came to America, had a first-rate education, was very successful in politics, and here he is on a victory projectile to win the Democratic nomination, defeating the president’s wife. [...]

A man with an interesting background, his father is from Kenya, which is right now in the midst of amazing turmoil. So we’re being refreshed as to history of Kenya again. [...]

But there’s something about Obama, where he comes from, he’s almost delivered to us through Indonesia, through a Kenyan father. He’s a man of the world, a Third World, in many ways, person, not just an American. [...]

his father is from Kenya, which is right now in the midst of amazing turmoil. So we’re being refreshed as to history of Kenya again. [...] MSNBC

Yesterday morning I could only find one link that discussed the choice of words used by Mathews, and that was on Air America's website:

8:53 PM: OH MY GOD Chris Matthews just called Obama "son of Kenya" and talked about how touching it was that he could "come here" and run for president. He was born in Hawaii. [...]

9:25 PM: Chris Matthews just interrupted Huckabee's campaign manager to say that NBC is declaring the Iowa caucus for Obama, or as he said "Barack Hussein Obama from war-torn Kenya." I am not making this up. Air America

I was surprised that Media Matters didn't cover it, but they did cover Matthews doing the exact same thing the following morning on MSNBC's Morning Joe hosted by Joe Scarborough.

(You know who Joe Scarborough is, right? He the Former Republican Congressman who had to leave office because one of his attractive young aides, Lori Klausutis, was found murdered dead in his office under extremely suspicious circumstances. [ 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. ] He now has his own TV show!)

This morning when I checked Google I found fifteen links that talk about Matthews and his repeated attempts to bring up Obama's origins, but some of the links are actually Republican sites blasting Matthews for being too "supportive" of Obama.

I think that Matthews' odd comments sort of fell by the wayside in light of the results of the caucus itself, and of course Matthews' ridiculous fawning interview with sixth last place Republican candidate Rudy Giuliani was probably a lot funnier to talk about.

You do have to give Matthews some credit. He did manage to get through the entire evening without once mentioning certain characters from the made-for-TV movie "Roots" or the lyrics to musical theme from the introduction of the television program "The Jeffersons."

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At Sat Jan 05, 12:12:00 PM, Blogger Randal Graves said...

I'd have no problem voting for LeVar Burton. At least he's pro-reading.

Too supportive? Wow, simply saying Hussein doesn't cut it anymore, huh. "Barack Hussein Obama from war-torn [redacted] Iran!"

At Sat Jan 05, 09:34:00 PM, Blogger BAC said...

Dr. Zaius, Matthews was so lusting after Obama I expected to see him with a cigarette and a towel following a commercial break. The guy LOVES Obama ... which is fine on his own time, but what about at least trying to appear objective when he's on MSNBC.

He also clearly hate Hillary Clinton. He kept saying "two thirds of the people voted against Hillary" ... to which Rachael Maddow responded "two thirds voted against ALL of them, that's what happens in a three-way race!"


At Sat Jan 05, 09:50:00 PM, Blogger Swinebread said...

thanks for the Joe Scarborough tip

Liberal media may ass!

At Sat Jan 05, 11:15:00 PM, Anonymous the ardent thread said...

I can't help it. Every time I hear "Kenya" this comes to mind:

Try to get THAT tune out of your head.

(from the poster previously known as midnight/noise)

At Sun Jan 06, 06:53:00 AM, Blogger Distributorcap said...

matthews gets a lot of boners lately -- he has a big one for Tom Delay --- i think the diabetes has destroyed any semblance of rational thought from this man....
he sometimes is on the mark, and then veers so towards insanity it is quite remarkable to watch...

he LOATHES hillary and it is so obvious -- but he LOVES rudy and he hasnt decided if he needs to get an erection over Huckabee

matthews could care less about anything other than the horse race and theatre of this process -- issues are boring to him -- he reminds me of the follower girls from mean girls - clueless except how other people think of him

At Sun Jan 06, 09:03:00 AM, Blogger Jess Wundrun said...

I turned on the tele on Friday morning and all I could think was "who the fuck believes the shit that comes out of Tim Russert's mouth anymore".

Yes I know this is a post about Matthews. Still it must be said. The Douchebag from Buffalo just makes shit up and everyone goes 'oooohhh'. Watch him some time and count how many times he says things like "well, if asked, Obama supporters will say '.....'". What? How does he get away with that?

Oh, what I really meant to post here was that if they are going to insist on using Obama's full name they really ought to always use "Willard Mitt Romney" and "John Sidney McCain". Just sayin'

At Sun Jan 06, 09:17:00 AM, Blogger Dr. Monkey Von Monkerstein said...

That's the liberal media again for ya.

At Sun Jan 06, 05:14:00 PM, Blogger Comrade Kevin said...

Matthews' behavior can be extremely bizarre at times. His opinions can occasionally be dead on but often he gets so obsessed with the sound of his own voice and his own supposedly unique viewpoints that he vamps off into a totally different hemisphere.

At Sun Jan 06, 08:11:00 PM, Blogger FranIAm said...

I kept expecting Matthews to proclaim Obama a Muslim. It was pathetic to watch.

At Sun Jan 06, 08:13:00 PM, Blogger FranIAm said...

Actually after leaving my comment I went back and read the other great comments.

Russert and Matthews are both fart-bags of the media.

Ugh. And Chris' hatred of Hillary is so clear it makes me uncomfortable and I don't even support her!

At Mon Jan 07, 02:04:00 AM, Blogger Dr. Zaius said...

Randal Graves: Yes, but do you think that Barack Hussein Obama from war-torn [redacted] Iran is too far left of center for the American people? He is the illegitimate son of Karl Marx, after all.

BAC: All of Matthews' apparent show of support for Obama was a false front that was used to deliver lies and innuendo about About Obama's origins. He only has a hard on for McCaine and Guiliani.

His "two thirds" bit was one of the other really stupid things he said!

Swinebread: I think that a lot of people don't know about Joe Scarborough and the death of Lori Klausutis. We should spread the word!

The Ardent Thread: Ha! That's hilarious!

Distributorcap: I think that you hit the nail on the head. He LOVES McMaine too, or at least used to. When he was interviewed on the Daily Show you got a real glimpse of his mind set. He can't accept the idea that anyone would ever challenge him. It's beyond his scope of reasoning.

Jess Wundrun: I agree, Tim Russert is a major tool as well. I think that Russert can actually get away with more because he is npt as obvious as Matthews. He pulls the same tricks, but is more clever about it. "Willard Mitt Romney" and "John Sidney McCain" - are those really there middle names? Good research!

Dr. Monkerstein: Yep! The very nerve.

Comrade Kevin: He is freakin' crazy! He truly is like a silly cartoon character.

FranIAm: So you you saw it? I was embarrassed just watching it.

FranIAm: Matthews' hatred of Hillary is so noticeable that I am sure he could get a good job at FOX News.

At Mon Jan 07, 08:08:00 PM, Blogger Madam Z said...

I just hope that Chris Fucktard Matthews does not succeed in his attempt to undermine Obama. For the first time in my 17 year relationship with my right-wing, Republican husband, he and I are willing to vote for the same candidate - Barack Obama. That fact alone makes me think that, maybe, just MAYBE, Obama could POSSIBLY bring a bit of unity to our fractured political landscape.

At Tue Jan 08, 11:25:00 AM, Blogger Dr. Zaius said...

That's really cool! But I am not sure if you're husband's change of party is so much Obama good deeds as Bush's bad ones.


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