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I was unfair in my analysis of Chris Matthews

I was unfair in my analysis of Chris Matthews

last night in the Saturday Night Card Game, in which I suggested that Matthews’ hyperbolic, non-stop accusations of Republican racism were a marketing ploy to secure himself a coveted media niche.

With the benefit of some hindsight, I think I was too kind in my analysis.

I think Matthews is looking to provoke a reaction and thereby create a self-fulfilling prophecy.

And Matthews is getting a reaction.

At an MSNBC on-site location two people mockingly shouted at Matthews and MSNBC’s security detail then roughed them up:

A scuffle involving an MSNBC producer and two men who heckled host Chris Matthews was being investigated by security officials Thursday night a few blocks from the Republican National Convention.

Matthews was hosting a show at a makeshift outdoor stage near the Tampa Bay Times Forum after Mitt Romney accepted the GOP presidential nomination. During a break, two men shouted, “Hey Chris, how’s that tingle up your leg?” The comment was a reference to Matthews’ 2008 comment that a Barack Obama speech sent a “thrill up his leg.”

According to witnesses, a shoving match ensued.

“Then this short dude who works for MSNBC pushed them,” said Toby David, who came to the defense of the two hecklers. Another witness, Kim Churchman, added, “One of them was smiling and didn’t know it was coming, and the guy just shoved him.”

Matthews also was met with jeers at a restaurant in Tampa and Matthews fired back:

Matthews was booed and sworn at as he was leaving the Tinatapas restaurant, which is near the Tampa Bay Times Forum. Matthews turned back and confronted the taunting GOP officials. The Hill witnessed the exchange and interviewed Republican delegates after the confrontation.

Matthews told The Hill in a phone interview that after he left the restaurant, he heard a group of guys “heckling” and “hooting and hollering” at him.

He headed back into the restaurant to mix it up with them. “I wanted to confront them,” Matthews said, describing his exchange with the men as “towel-snapping” among guys.

Matthews said he told the rowdy group, “What’s this, a douchebag convention?”

The Republicans became angry and retorted back.

It’s publicity gold for Matthews.

Don’t take the bait folks.  It’s what Matthews wants.


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It isn’t much of a step from propagandist to provocateur.

In fact, if you are going to be the first, why not be the second, as well? You’ve already crossed the Rubicon of justifying rationalization. Anything is OK after that.

    LukeHandCool in reply to Ragspierre. | September 2, 2012 at 1:25 pm

    There will always be a bad apple or two in every profession.

    I was relieved to hear George Snuffleupagus declare that there is no media bias.

    You know media journalist George … from the Clinton administration.

No, tke the bait. Everytime.

“Don’t take the bait” is anti-Alinsky.

Re-read Saul Alinsky’s 12 Rules for Radicals.

Hit back every time, twice as hard.

    Thank you. But better yet, don’t just hit back smartly, directly and relentlessly. Go on the offensive. Like Breitbart.

    Whatever you do, whatever you say, make sure to keep your cool and KEEP YOUR VIDEO CAMERAS ROLLING.

    Then when the SOBs lie about it, plaster them with video evidence. When your cameras are spitting out 30 frames per second of truth, it’s like sunlight against vampires.

      JackRussellTerrierist in reply to scooby509. | September 3, 2012 at 1:16 pm

      Run the video BEFORE they can lie about it. That way, there is no trail of tainted eyes and ears who never get to hear the good guys’ side to the controversy.

      Do this over and over, preface every showing of any video about anything relevant with, “Hey, Dems (or media Dems), don’t even think about lying.” Let that become a popular slogan – something like, “Don’t taze me, bro” or “It’s the economy, stupid.”

So, then, there’s little difference between this “scene” and what he says and how he act “on the air.” And, you get just about as much from one as the other.

For me, he’s typical of what most of MSM. Carried this over from another post.

“MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry became visibly upset over business owners calling themselves ‘risk takers’ and began screaming on air.”

    Ragspierre in reply to ALman. | September 2, 2012 at 10:58 am

    What you are seeing is a pandemic break-down as the Collective sees the coming election, along with the demonstration of the failure of their ideology.

    Since 2010, they have been spinning up to this (literally), and they’ve seen one ploy after another fail, one hope that the economy would…magically…turn around disappointed after another.

    Expect to see a LOT more craziness in the next two months as the preference cascade gathers like a breaking wave.

      This might be what the Left will do when they are forced to talk about the economy: feign outrage and hope that enough people fall for it.

      It might also be what Obama will try during the debates: unleash a flood of emotional BS and act like he’s won. Hopefully the Romney people have gamed this out.

      In a competitive environment, reckless strategies look invincible against weak opponents, but they get exposed by strong opponents.

        Ragspierre in reply to gs. | September 2, 2012 at 1:18 pm

        One kind of amazing (to me) success from the RNC convention (one among several, btw) was the revelation of a three dimensional Romney.

        On a really visceral level, Romney is the anti-Obama. A good-doer, as opposed to a do-gooder. A man who does really fine, humane things only the people who benefit and his kids…who he’s teaching by example…know anything about.

        MORE stark contrasts! The trick is to get that contrast out to the American people effectively.

Tingles just can’t help himself; his leg is throbbing in eager anticipation of seeing Buttboy in Charlotte this week.

Even if no one confronts Matthews, he will claim that several people did. It’s like the time in ’09 when Black Congresspersons and Nancy were walking up the Capitol steps and later claiming that racial epithets were “hurled” at them while the video showed NOTHING of the sort.
Besides when you wrestle with a pig, you get dirty and the pig likes it.

Small man syndrome.

Po’Wittle Cwissy…So manic, yet so egomaniacle, but at least he’s utterly infantile.

Sorry Professor, But as soon as one of Matthew’s thugs laid a hand on me, I would have DECKED him….The aftermath would have given me the stage to expose Tingle’s bullying as many witnesses were present….

A dogwhistle just blown? Of all the possible examples this is interesting

Obama: GOP agenda outdated, like watching ‘black-and-white TV’

I disagree with the whole “publicity” thingy.

To believe that is to say that they are merely “pretending” to be unhinged and reactionary.

In my opinion, what you see is who they are–

They live in a cocoon, separate and apart from the real world. Any threat to the cocoon is met with hysteria and panic.

You can Google “MSNBC host” and see example after example of on-air conniption fits, but here’s the latest:

MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry became visibly upset over business owners calling themselves “risk takers” and began screaming on air.

    98ZJUSMC in reply to Browndog. | September 2, 2012 at 4:37 pm

    They live in a cocoon, separate and apart from the real world. Any threat to the cocoon is met with hysteria and panic.


The lefties have been hyperventilating about the imaginary right-wing, Tea Party-inspired violence without a shred of evidence. They can’t keep that up forever. Remember the phony Dateline exploding truck segment? Rig the evidence if need be, because fake but accurate gives you warm fuzzies when truth leaves you out in the cold.

Matthews is first a minister for Obama’s Rev. Wright racist church.

Obama never really left his “Black Liberation Theology” (BLT) church doctrines. He brought the media and unions into the White House team, with regular meetings with Stern and Media Matters. But he is also combining his church and our state. On this level, Matthews and his ilk have been ordained as evangelists, exposing white oppressor devils.

Consider the words of Cone, a 1960’s founder of “BLT”.

James Cone writes that there is a need for “a theology whose sole purpose is to apply the freeing power of the gospel to black people under white oppression.”

He goes on to explain that the, “complete emancipation of black people from white oppression by whatever means black people deem as necessary, the methods may include selective buying, boycotting, marching or even rebellion.”

He also claims that, “White racism is a disease. No excuse can be made for it. We blacks can only oppose it with every ounce of humanity.,2933,354158,00.html

The BLTs supported the Sandinistas and Marxists, so it is little surprise Obama joined Castro and Chavez in supporting Zelaya’s attempt at dictatorship. Any that don’t join the Marxist/Progressive revolution with Obama, obviously still have the “inexcusable disease”. Opposition to Obama IS the symptom.

Rev. Matthews and his ilk may just be true believers in Obama’s racist church of state. Exposing us heretics is their mission.

The next level of “bait” is fretting about it after it happens.

Ignore it.

NC Mountain Girl | September 2, 2012 at 1:09 pm

Several years back I recall someone noting that for most network executives the only blacks and Hispanics they ever come into contact with are doormen, drivers, mail room clerks, housekeepers, gardeners and the occasional nanny.

So ‘fess up Chrissy. How many black neighbors do you have? How many blacks work for MSNBC in a professional capacity? Which minority friends do you hang with when you’re not working?

    C’mon…!!! In Chevy Chase…???

    And, really, how “authentic” are Vernon Jordan and Al Sharpton?

    Naw, Chrissy is at LEAST as cocooned as anyone in the Beltway.

Biden piles on:

“You might as well have listened to it on a black-and-white radio.”

    Ragspierre in reply to LukeHandCool. | September 2, 2012 at 1:26 pm

    Hey, it worked for all those Roosevelt TV “fireside chats”, right? You remember…doncha…?

      NeoConScum in reply to Ragspierre. | September 2, 2012 at 1:44 pm

      Rags…I’ve got more than enough gray in my nefarious neocon beard to remember Jimmah Cawtah’s fireside chats to us’suns. Even wore a golf sweater and a new part in his hair. How’d that work for The Useless One,’Yo?

        Ragspierre in reply to NeoConScum. | September 2, 2012 at 2:07 pm

        Ah, memories…

        That good ol’ empty garment-bag totin’ “man of the people”, The Man From Plains.

        In so many respects, it is hard to believe we’ve seen worse now…all in one life-time. Lucky us…

          NeoConScum in reply to Ragspierre. | September 2, 2012 at 9:07 pm

          Indeed. He’s a happy, happy oldster as he realizes with relief that he is no longer the Worst President in One Hundred Years!

          I look back with a fair amount of regret that I voted for Jimmah for a 2nd term. My last vote for a Democrat. Ronaldus Magnus aided my ‘mugging by reality’ soon thereafter, Thank God.

    Browndog in reply to LukeHandCool. | September 2, 2012 at 1:40 pm

    I noticed the talking points meme on the morning hack shows was “back to the 50’s”–Leave it to Beaver–like somehow that was a bad thing.

    Another thing I’ve noticed over the past week, there has been much discussion among the politic chattering class about “things unsaid”.

    Another brilliant strategy.

    Hey everybody–let’s debate imaginary quotes and texts.

    Every show this morning had someone on who uttered “What you haven’t heard”…or, “what they really said by not saying..”

    This, from a columnist in this morning’s Detroit Free Press is a classic example:

    Rochelle Riley: Mitt Romney’s praise of his wife held hidden meaning|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE

ConserveLiberty | September 2, 2012 at 1:26 pm

Here’s the key …. I’m surprised no one has yet remarked on this

“He headed back into the restaurant to mix it up with them. “I wanted to confront them,” Matthews said, describing his exchange with the men as “towel-snapping” among guys.”

Kris Tingle went back in looking for a conflict. Game over.

I see that Governor O’Malley(D)of Maryland told Bob Schieffer that Americans aren’t better off than they were four years ago, but added:”…we are not as well off as we were before George Bush(GASP!!)brought us the Bush job losses, the Bush recession, the Bush deficits, the series(again,GASP!!)of desert wars–charged for the first time to credit cards, the national credit card.”

Schieffer’s reply, a True GASP Inducer, was:”George Bush isn’t on the ballot.”

Bob, Baby-Boobie-Bunky, is that the(tiny)sign of a possible lump in your MSM-Testicular Concavity?

My strategy: Wear a wetsuit , enter the liberal monkey throngs , provoke them into indiscriminatly slinging feces. It shouldnt be hard , thats what monkeys do.

Ps : Chris Mathews noticably reeks of monkey crap and urine. Thats a GOOD thing! It transfers to Obama. Everyone knows Chris is Obamas buttboy.

It reminds me of a false flag scenario, in which Mathews wants to provoke a violent reaction toward him so that he may paint tea party/indy-conservatives as brutes (per the extreme left worldview). As a bonus, he seems to want to get the MSNBC goons with him to initiate said violent reaction.

I can’t stress this enough: If you go to an event where Mathews and his ilk are doing this, grab your video cameras and start filming. This tactic cannot work with today’s social media options.

Citizen journalists are now the true 4th estate

“towel-snapping” among guys.”

Sounds to me as if Chrissy subliminally yearns to hang out in the shower room with Barry and Reggie.

Is Comcast Chairman and CEO, Brian Roberts, really this stupid.
The brand of NBC News is now forever tainted by this asshat.

Well, when ya can’t dazzle ’em with brilliance (a totally-losing proposition from widdle Chrissie Legthrill), then you resort to what Stormin’ Norman Schwarzkopf said the Iraqi propagandists were putting out plenty of during Desert Storm:

Bovine scatology