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Matthews: Tea Party Activists Are Like Nazi SS, When Will They Start Wearing Uniforms?

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MSNBC host Chris Matthews yesterday compared Tea Party activists to the Nazi SS thugs of the 1930s and wondered when they will start wearing uniforms.

His comments were made during a “Hardball” segment concerning on the MoveOn.org activist who was stomped on by a Rand Paul supporter earlier this week.

This is the “kind of stuff we saw from hoodlums in the ’30s in another country I will not mention,” he said. “What is this behavior by American political activists where they now arrest people, stomp them? These are supposed to be people who are just good old American tea partiers.”

Matthews also talked about what happened in Alaska when security for GOP Senate nominee Joe Miller briefly detained a blogger.

“I gotta wonder when people are gonna start wearing uniforms. I mean they’ve got an army out there in Alaska of militia people. You’ve got these guys going around acting like street thugs. I mean it isn’t far from what we saw in the thirties, where all of a sudden, political parties started showing up in uniform.”

Here is the AP video:

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Conservatives have said that eyewitness reported Valle was lunging at Rand Paul, trying to shove a sign in his face and start trouble. They have pointed to this video for their evidence.

http://www.youtube.com/v/yiLeud-sxrM&hl=en_US&feature=player_embedded&version=3

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October 28, 2010 at 6:29 pm

Daily Kos Founder Moulitsas Responds to Chris Matthews’ Comments

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Daily Kos founder and publisher Markos Moulitsas took on Chris Matthews today, albeit on MSNBC’s “The Ed Show.” Here is his conversation with Ed Schultz.

http://www.dailykostv.com/flv/player.swf

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December 18, 2009 at 11:09 pm

Chris Matthews: Obama Spoke at the ‘Enemy Camp’ at West Point

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Chris Matthews of MSNBC yesterday described the cadets and soldiers listening to President Barack Obama at West Point as “the enemy camp.” It’s a stunning description of volunteers willing to put their lives on the line in defense of our country.

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December 2, 2009 at 4:14 pm

Chris Matthews: It’s My Job to Make Sure Obama’s Presidency Works

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Chris Matthews announced today that it’s his job as a commentator to make sure president-elect Barack Obama succeed as president.

“Well you know what, I want to do everything I can to make this thing work, this new presidency work,” he told Joe Scarborourgh on air on MSNBC. “That’s my job. My job is to help my country. … to make this work successfully because this country needs a successful presidency.”

Most commentators and journalists like to think of themselves as watchdogs of the government and advocates for the common man. This is a unique prospective from Matthews, the ideal that it is his role to do everything he can to make the presidency work for the good of the country. He certainly didn’t have that view during the presidency of George Bush.

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November 6, 2008 at 3:13 pm

Chris Matthews Ethics Breach: Interviews Daughter But Does Not Tell Viewers

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Chris Matthews apparently interviewed his daughter Caroline before the debates on “Hardball” but failed to tell his viewers of his relationship with her, FishbowlDC reported yesterday. This is a Journalism 101 breach of ethics.

One tipster told FishbowlDC that “Matthews, at the asking of his daughter, instructed the producers not to name her.”

The reason this is a breech of ethics is that Matthews has a conflict of interest. His daughter had a political point to make about an organization she is a member of. Its web site was promoted during the interview. The interview under normal circumstances, while quite soft and ordinary, would have been fine, but his viewers deserve to know that she was his daughter appearing on his show to promote her political point of view.

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September 30, 2008 at 8:19 am

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Chris Matthews Ethics Breach: Interviews Daughter But Does Not Tell Viewers

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Chris Matthews apparently interviewed his daughter Caroline before the debates on “Hardball” but failed to tell his viewers of his relationship with her, FishbowlDC reported yesterday. This is a Journalism 101 breach of ethics.

One tipster told FishbowlDC that “Matthews, at the asking of his daughter, instructed the producers not to name her.”

The reason this is a breech of ethics is that Matthews has a conflict of interest. His daughter had a political point to make about an organization she is a member of. Its web site was promoted during the interview. The interview under normal circumstances, while quite soft and ordinary, would have been fine, but his viewers deserve to know that she was his daughter appearing on his show to promote her political point of view.

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September 30, 2008 at 8:19 am

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MSNBC Drops Olbermann, Matthews From Anchor Chairs

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MSNBC’s grand experiment of using liberal commentators Keith Olbermann and Chris Matthews as news anchors during the network’s election coverage appears to be over, reports Brian Stelter of The New York Times tonight on its web site.

After accusations of on-camera bias, and some animosity between the cable network and NBC, network executives decided over the weekend to replace the pair with David Gregory as the news anchor on election night and during the debates, Stelter writes. Olbermann and Matthews will appear as commentators.

“The most disappointing shift is to see the partisan attitude move from prime time into what’s supposed to be straight news programming,” said Davidson Goldin, formerly the editorial director of MSNBC and a co-founder of the reputation management firm DolceGoldin, as quoted in the report.

A portion of Stelter’s report is as follows:

Executives at the channel’s parent company, NBC Universal, had high hopes for MSNBC’s coverage of the political conventions. Instead, the coverage frequently descended into on-air squabbles between the anchors, embarrassing some workers at NBC’s news division, and quite possibly alienating viewers. Although MSNBC nearly doubled its total audience compared with the 2004 conventions, its competitive position did not improve, as it remained in last place among the broadcast and cable news networks. In prime time, the channel averaged 2.2 million viewers during the Democratic convention and 1.7 million viewers during the Republican convention.

The success of the Fox News Channel in the past decade along with the growth of political blogs have convinced many media companies that provocative commentary attracts viewers and lures Web browsers more than straight news delivered dispassionately.

“In a rapidly changing media environment, this is the great philosophical debate,” Phil Griffin, the president of MSNBC, said in a telephone interview Saturday. Fighting the ratings game, he added, “the bottom line is that we’re experiencing incredible success.”

But as the past two weeks have shown, that success has a downside. When the vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin lamented media bias during her speech, attendees of the Republican convention loudly chanted “NBC.”

In interviews, 10 current and former staff members said that long-simmering tensions between MSNBC and NBC reached a boiling point during the conventions. “MSNBC is behaving like a heroin addict,” one senior staff member observed. “They’re living from fix to fix and swearing they’ll go into rehab the next week.”

The issue may have come to a head when Olbermann, acting as the Republican convention anchor, apologized for the network for broadcasting a video tribute to the victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

Here is a tape of that comment, along with the tribute that was aired:

“I’m sorry, it’s necessary to say this and I wanted to separate myself from the others on the air about this,” he said on air, looking shaken. “If at this late date, any television network had of its own accord showed that much videotape, and that much graphic videotape of 9/11, and I speak as somebody who lost a few friends there, it, we, would be rightly eviscerated at all quarters, perhaps by the Republican Party itself, for exploiting the memories of the dead and perhaps even for trying to evoke that pain again. If you reacted to that videotape the way I did, I apologize. It is a subject of great pain for many of us still and was probably not appropriate to be shown. We’ll continue in a moment.”

The statement was widely praised by liberal bloggers and commentators, and widely criticized by conservatives.

Olbermann told The New York Times today that that moment — and the perception that he is “not utterly neutral” — reignited the debate about his role on political nights.

“I found it ironic and instructive that I could have easily said exactly what I did say, exactly when I did say it, if I had been wearing a different hat, and nobody would have taken any issue,” he told the Times.

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September 7, 2008 at 10:25 pm

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