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True Colors
Posted by: McQ on Thursday, November 06, 2008

If Chris Matthews could be any more of a mealy-mouthed hypocrite, please tell me how:
CHRIS MATTHEWS: Yeah, well, you know what? I want to do everything I can to make this thing work, this new presidency work, and I think that —

JOE SCARBOROUGH: Is that your job? You just talked about being a journalist!

MATTHEWS: Yeah, it is my job. My job is to help this country.
Obviously that's a newly discovered "job" given his performance over the last 8 years as a "journalist".

What an abject piece of "journalistic" offal.
 
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I got a thrill going up my leg while reading that one...
 
Written By: Titus Quinn
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good luck on any real reporting ever happening. Off course this would be the best time for the gov to do all the real nasty things it wants to do.
 
Written By: capt joe
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Who ever said Chris Matthews was a journalist ?

He’s a political pundit.

 
Written By: Doug Mataconis
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If someone told Matthews that Obama put out a hit on him, my bet is that he would be thrilled that it was a liberal who was doing it.

No wonder he worked for "Tip" O’Neill, who gave the word "liberal" a whole new meaning. Meaning that it meant C-R-A-P for America.
 
Written By: James Marsden
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Who ever said Chris Matthews was a journalist ?
Why Chris Matthews said he was.
 
Written By: McQ
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If he wants to help the country he can eat a bullet
 
Written By: shark
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shark: That would be an EPA-violating exposure to toxic heavy metals.

Also, it’s hard to chew them.
 
Written By: Sigivald
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Matthews’ mouth running begat the full frontal Olbermann and now the full frontal Olbermann begets a hyper-mouth orgasmic up-the-leg Matthews.

It’s a competition.

I once compared Olbermann to Father Coughlin, but now I think that’s a bit unfair to Coughlin.
 
Written By: Martin McPhillips
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Matthews and Olberman, wow there’s a pair, oh not journalists, just a pair. Have the ability to get fair media coverage seekers to change the channels in record time!
 
Written By: Brent
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THE majority of news were in the tank one wqay or the other.cnn seemed almost balanced.it is appaulling that reporters should’nt do this preachers can’t their pulpit is secular it is no less a pulpit.none of the media has time for GOD if they did news would be reported truthfully and campaigns would have no choice.vertually everything’s a manipulation.fact check.com creates a whole new media market.truth in advertising now that would be GODLY. advertisments are almost always lies some less than others ads are usually better than the product.why can’t ads be truthful whether its a product a service or campaign.toss some sex in sell alot more.do you want your wife,daughter or mom to be promoted for their sexuality?its cool looking at somebody elses.i have been as guilty as anybody.thanks to GOD i think now.JESUS will show you a better way HE is the way.GOD gave us freewill.your free to serve HIM or not.
 
Written By: dieselis
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If Democrats aren’t successful, it will be difficult for him to make a run for Arlen Spectre’s Senate seat in 2010.

But since when has Chris Matthews ever been a journalist?

He’s a political commentator. Just because he tries to pretend he has some independence (he shilled hard for Bush 2000, and cleary for Obama 08), doesn’t mean he’s actually supposed to maintain journalistic qualities of objectivity, except on the occasions when say in the anchor chair, but that didn’t turn out so well, because HE’S NOT A JOURNALIST.

I know he’s not a beacon of objectivity like Sean Hannity, and don’t forget, O’Reilly, the most watched (still?) political commentator claims to be an independent with no affiliation, but...

Here’s a list political commentators, are any of them objective? (Chris Matthews is on the list)

Glenn Beck
Neal Boortz
David Brooks
William F. Buckley, Jr.
Tucker Carlson
Roger Cohen
Stephen Colbert
Alan Colmes
Ann Coulter
Lou Dobbs
Maureen Dowd
Roger Ebert
Al Franken
Nancy Grace
Sean Hannity
Bob Herbert
Ezra Klein
William Kristol
Paul Krugman
Rush Limbaugh
Rachel Maddow
Bill Maher
Michelle Malkin
Chris Matthews
Keith Olbermann
Bill O’Reilly
Frank Rich
William Safire
Joe Scarborough
Michael Savage
Mark Steyn
Gore Vidal


Mountains... molehills

Is it just me, or is that last post kind of creepy?
 
Written By: CaptinSarcastic
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Is it just me, or is that last post kind of creepy?
No, you’re right. It is you AND the post.
 
Written By: Is
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No, you’re right. It is you AND the post.
heh heh. I guess I walked into that one.
 
Written By: CaptinSarcastic
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CaptinSarcastic,

I think McQ already dealt with this: Chris Matthews himself says that he’s a journalist. He even has proof. His DMSNBC bio says in part:
In March 2004, he received the David Brinkley Award for Excellence in Broadcast Journalism. He has also been awarded The Abraham Lincoln Award from the Union League of Philadelphia and in 2005 he received the Gold Medal Award from the Pennsylvania Society.

Matthews worked for 15 years as a print journalist, 13 of them as Washington Bureau Chief for The San Francisco Examiner (1987 - 2000), and two years as a national columnist for The San Francisco Chronicle, which was syndicated to 200 newspapers by United Media.
But I accept your argument that he’s currently a commentator, not a reporter: Hardball is an opinion show.

The problem is that he is openly partisan. For those of us on the right it’s no surprise, but it clearly demonstrates the media bias that we’ve railed about for years. Further, in light of dem (spit) talk about bringing back the Fairness Doctrine, one wonders if it will apply to shows like Hardball, and, if so, what people like Matthews will think about that.

I will say that having a media person say openly say that "My job is to help this country" is quite a refreshing change from the past eight years. Perhaps the MSM will stop publishing classified information, broadcasting / publishing enemy propaganda, and denigrating our efforts in Iraq. I would also add that I wish that they’d stop talking down the economy, but I suspect that this will come to a rapid stop after Coronation Day. Instead of reports like "unemployment rises to 10.4%", it’ll be "nearly nine in ten Americans have jobs".

But it may be that, as far as Matthews and his fellow journalists are concerned, they HAVE been "helping this country" for the past eight years, and especially for the past several months as they’ve done everything in their power to help the dems win the election: if they think that the country is better off with a dems (spit) in control, then they certainly HAVE been helping the country. A lot. And I expect them to do even more to "help" the country in future.
 
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Is it just me, or is that last post kind of creepy?
apparently it is from Jesus. One too many ’ludes there pal :)
 
Written By: capt joe
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I think McQ already dealt with this: Chris Matthews himself says that he’s a journalist. He even has proof. His DMSNBC bio says in part:
Yes, he, his organization, and the rest of the community treats him as a journalist so using that appelation is accurate.

As for myself, I consider him a horse’s ass and I would be happy for him to use that fair and accurate term for what he does. However, no real chance of that.
 
Written By: capt joe
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Yes, he, his organization, and the rest of the community treats him as a journalist so using that appelation is accurate.
Sounds like two standards, one for Chris Matthews, and one for these guys...

Glenn Beck
Neal Boortz
David Brooks
William F. Buckley, Jr.
Tucker Carlson
Roger Cohen
Stephen Colbert
Alan Colmes
Ann Coulter
Lou Dobbs
Maureen Dowd
Roger Ebert
Al Franken
Nancy Grace
Sean Hannity
Bob Herbert
Ezra Klein
William Kristol
Paul Krugman
Rush Limbaugh
Rachel Maddow
Bill Maher
Michelle Malkin
Chris Matthews
Keith Olbermann
Bill O’Reilly
Frank Rich
William Safire
Joe Scarborough
Michael Savage
Mark Steyn
Gore Vidal

Whatever, have fun with this. Matthews is going to be more an more openly Democratic as he nears his decision too run for the Senate. If by chance he gets tough on the new administration in the coming months, then expect that he’s lobbying for the Meet the Press seat, but I don’t see that happening, primarily because one cannot jump in and out of the journalism/commentator role, once someone becomes a commentator, they are forever commentator, even if they do the work of a journalist and break stories. Objectivity is not something that can be regained, ask George Stephanopolis.



 
Written By: CaptinSarcastic
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Sounds like two standards, one for Chris Matthews, and one for these guys...
How so? Do those other guys self-describe themselves as journalists?
 
Written By: McQ
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McQ - Do those other guys self-describe themselves as journalists?

And do they claim that, "My job is to help this country"?
 
Written By: docjim505
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And you get this sort of crap

It was living proof of my personal belief that the greatest role for journalists is not to make sure that every story has 50 percent of one side and 50 percent of the other side – but that the vital function for reporters is to preserve democracy and the freedom of the press, because without those freedoms a valid media would cease to exist. Yes, they’re voicing outrage today inside the sacred sanctuary of the Temple of Objective Journalism , where the celebrants nervously fingered their rosaries rather than confront the Constitutional bonfire that was building outside.

But for eight years now, there’s been an out-of-control fire raging outside of that temple – a fire that was built upon the USA Patriot Act and Guantanamo and rendition and torture and signing statements and 16 words in a State of the Union Address. Ultimately, saving the last fabric of democracy is more important than worrying about what contrived commandments of journalism were stepped on while the blaze was finally extinguished.

I myself would call it truth-telling, and honest journalism, but now we have some who want to call it “media bias.” That’s fine with me, but understand this.

“Media bias” may have just saved America .
FOR THE CHILDREN!!!

snort!
 
Written By: capt joe
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McQ - Do those other guys self-describe themselves as journalists?
I did one search on one guy on that list, using the search term hannity journalist.

First page, fifth hit...


HANNITY: Mr. Gibbs, I’m a journalist who interviews people who I disagree with all the time, that give their opinion. Fox has all points of view. We’re allowing you on the program, and I don’t agree with hardly anything Obama says.

Next....

 
Written By: CaptinSarcastic
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Next....
So are you saying you accept Hannity as a journalist and he’s as partisan and hopeless as Matthews?

Or are you saying Hannity isn’t a journalist even though he says he is?
 
Written By: McQ
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So are you saying you accept Hannity as a journalist and he’s as partisan and hopeless as Matthews?

Or are you saying Hannity isn’t a journalist even though he says he is?
I am saying that neither are journalists, they are political commentators, paid to express opinions, the main difference, besides ideology and that Hannity is a lunatic, is that Matthews was once a journalist.

I would expect that Matthews is more capable of shedding his subjectivity, but that’s not his job, and by more capable, I don’t mean he’s that good at it, just far better than Hannity.

More, I am saying that most political commentators refer to themselves as journalists (self-identify as you say) at least occasionally.

Bill O’Reilly wrote in his book that he’s a journalist.

From his new book, A Bold Fresh Piece of... "I’m a journalist not an evangelist."

So I don’t disgaree that one should not call themselves a journalist when they are paid for their subjectivity, not objectivity, but to single out Matthews I think is a bit disengenous, unless you weren’t aware that these other folks were running around calling themselves journalists, then it’s just a mistake.

 
Written By: CaptinSarcastic
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I am saying that neither are journalists, they are political commentators ...
Ah, so your claim is more valid than their claim?

Nice piece of work there, Cap.
 
Written By: McQ
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Nice piece of work there, Cap.
Thank you
 
Written By: CaptinSarcastic
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"Sounds like two standards, one for Chris Matthews, and one for these guys..."

Just a minor nit, but I have never heard Limbaugh described as a journalist by anyone other than you or those who claim he is violating some standard of serious journalism. Limbaugh himself repeatedly and strenuously refers to himself as an entertainer.
Of course, all this depends on your definition of journalist.
 
Written By: timactual
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Just a minor nit, but I have never heard Limbaugh described as a journalist by anyone other than you...
Huh?

Limbaugh is part of the group of political commentators, of which most have referred to themselves as journalists at ne point or another. Perhaps Limbaugh never has, which would distinguish him from the rest, but my point is that none of these people are journalists, they are political commentators.

See, here’s what I said about political commentators...
He’s a political commentator. Just because he tries to pretend he has some independence (he shilled hard for Bush 2000, and cleary for Obama 08), doesn’t mean he’s actually supposed to maintain journalistic qualities of objectivity, except on the occasions when say in the anchor chair, but that didn’t turn out so well, because HE’S NOT A JOURNALIST.
 
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