Jeb Bush, a convert to the faith, is a bad Catholic who all but denies the dogma of papal infallibility. That's an argument put forward by that eminent Catholic scholar... Jonathan Alter?! Yup, Alter made that argument on the June 19 edition of Now with Alex Wagner as he reacted to the former Florida governor's dismissal of Pope Francis's views on climate change as promulgated in his latest encyclical.
Ken Shepherd lives in New Carrollton, Md., with his wife, Laura, and children Mercy and Abraham. Ken graduated cum laude from the University of Maryland in 2001 with a Bachelors of Arts in Government & Politics and a citation in Public Leadership.
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Seeking to make sense of what motivated Dylann Roof to shoot innocent worshipers at a historic black church in Charleston, S.C., to death, MSNBC contributor Eugene Robinson and MSNBC Hardball host Chris Matthews agreed that there was some mystical role that the "atmosphere" of hate in the Palmetto State played. For his part, Matthews likened it to JFK's assassination in November 1963, insisting that although he was a leftist politically, Lee Harvey Oswald was affected by the climate of "right-wing" antipathy towards the president.
The Daily Beast's Cheat Sheet Digest gave its thumbs-up to President Obama's talk of increased gun control in the wake of Wednesday night's deadly Charleston, S.C., church shooting.
With the Vatican reportedly set to release a document soon which, among other things, holds that climate change is a manmade phenomenon, MSNBC host Chris Matthews devoted an entire segment which all but suggested that not only are conservative Republicans "science deniers," they're anti-Catholic.
But in the midst of all that, Matthews also found room to slam Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) as "Ayatollah-ish" for stating that it's arrogant to think man can change the Earth's climate and that God has somehow relinquished His control of the planet.
I have to admit, watching liberals divide into two mutually-exclusive camps over the Rachel Dolezal "transracial" nonsense is kinda fun. Samantha Allen of the Daily Beast comes down squarely on the side that attacks Dolezal's actions as inexcusable, in no small part because it may be "damaging" the push for cultural normalization of transgenderism.
In what amounted as the only significant whiff of criticism of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Monday's Hardball program, NBC News senior political reporter Perry Bacon noted that the failure of bama/Clinton foreign policy was the reason that Clinton is not emphasizing her four years at Foggy Bottom on the campaign trail.
"Who cares?! And what's this got to do with Benghazi?!"
That's how an angry, dismissive Chris Matthews regards a forthcoming congressional deposition of Clinton acolyte Sidney Blumenthal, regarding revelations that frequently corresponded with then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on policy matters related to Libya, and all this while he had business interests at stake in the North African country.
Back in 2013 and 2014, MSNBC did their darndest to promote and, well, elect Wendy Davis. That didn't go over well, but the abortion-rights enthusiast has set about on a new project. So naturally MSNBC.com's own Irin Carmon -- a former "Champion of Choice" laureate -- caught up with the former Texas state senator and published an exclusive at MSNBC.com today headlined "Wendy Davis to start new women's organization."
Erin Burnett interviewed Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum in a taped sit-down chat earlier today. But rather than sticking purely to substantial issues, the CNN anchor also posed two rather trivial queries, one about a hot microphone comment Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) made about fellow Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) being a "bro without a ho," and another regarding if Rick Santorum approves of Bruce Jenner's newfound lifestyle as Caitlyn, a transgendered woman.
MSNBC's Alex Wagner devoted a full segment on her June 10 Now program to kvetching with Planned Parenthood chief Cecile Richards about how great an injustice it was that the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals refused to strike down a Texas abortion-clinic regulation bill which had resulted in the shuttering of clinics which fell below code.
During a panel discussion on Tuesday's Hardball, MSNBC's Chris Matthews picked a fight with his panel's lone Republican, who was highlighting the hypocrisy of Hillary Clinton's left-wing populist attacks on wealth given the track record of the Clinton Foundation. Matthews snarled that the Foundation was truly a charitable enterprise, although tax records show roughly just one-tenth of Foundation revenues get converted to charitable grants.
Free advice for Chris Matthews: Now that your wife is running for Congress, you might want to avoid the nasty on-air name-calling of Republicans with whom you disagree.
Doing a postmortem of the Jodi Ernst's inaugural "Roast and Ride" event this weekend in Iowa, MSNBC's Chris Matthews has positive things to say about Gov. Scott Walker (R-Wis.) as a strong contender for next January's caucuses in the Hawkeye State, namely that he had mixed it up with his network colleague Ed Schultz in the recall election and come out on top.
Politico broke the story today.
For the second night in a row, MSNBC Hardball host Chris Matthews treated viewers to biased coverage of voting rights issues, amplifying Hillary Clinton's attack on the GOP in regards to voter ID laws and early-voting changes enacted at the state level. Oddly enough, however, Matthews failed to note that liberal Rhode Island, where Democratic primary rival Lincoln Chafee was recently governor, has no in-person early voting. What's more, in 2011 it was then-Gov. Lincoln Chafee who signed into law the state's voter ID legislation, sent to his desk by an overwhelmingly Democratic General Assembly.
Taking umbrage with Alex Wagner's mockery of Lincoln Chafee for announcing he wants to take the U.S. into the metric system if he's elected president, former New York Times ethics columnist Randy Cohen playfully griped that the MSNBC host's program was at risk of being a virtual "wing of Fox News."
Kudos to the Daily Beast for spotlighting an interesting story that most of the rest of the liberal media will no doubt ignore.
On the night before Hillary Clinton's scheduled speech in Houston wherein she will call for a nationwide standard of 20 days of early voting, MSNBC host Chris Matthews subjected viewers to not one but two biased segments on the issue of "voter suppression." Additionally, he capped off his June 3 program with a "Let Me Finish" commentary slamming the GOP as the architect of "voter suppression" laws.
At no point, of course, did Matthews find time to mention that a new poll shows that a majority of Democrats are fine with requiring a government-issued ID for voting.
Earlier today Kathleen Matthews made it official. The former Washington, D.C., news anchor and wife of Hardball host Chris Matthews announced she's seeking the Democratic nomination for the Maryland congressional seat being vacated by Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D), who is seeking the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Barbara Mikulski, who is retiring.
Wrapping up a gushy panel segment hailing Bruce Jenner's transition to "Caitlyn," a transgendered woman, MSNBC anchor Chris Matthews hailed the importance of being "good about these things" and affirming the life choices made by persons like Bruce Jenner with gender identification issues. At that, guests Eugene Robinson and Jennice Fuentes hailed Jenner as "beautiful" and "stunning" respectively. Matthews made sure to toss back, "I may not go that far" but quickly added, "but I do appreciate your taste."