MSNBC's Chris Matthews Outrageously Compares Alleged Child Rapist's Wife to Pat Nixon

MSNBC's Chris Matthews on Wednesday outrageously compared Dorothy Sandusky standing by her alleged child rapist husband, Jerry, to Pat Nixon supporting Richard Nixon. The liberal cable anchor was discussing the molestation case and shockingly inserted a political comparison.

After legal guest Kendall Coffey tried to explain how Mrs. Sandusky could be a helpful witness to her disgraced husband, Matthews linked the 52 counts of sexual abuse to America's 37th president: "This is the new story of our life: The wife who stands by their man, as if they were Pat Nixon standing up there putting up with the ignominy that their husband's 100 percent responsible for and yet being loyal." [See video below. MP3 audio here.]

Matthews also brought in other politicians who faced scandal: "I'm in the business of watching wife after wife come on television, whether it's Vitter down in Louisiana or it's Ensign out in California [sic] or it's the governor of New Jersey, McGreevey, or it's the governor of New York's wife, coming on and standing next to their man."

To compare President Nixon's life and example to that of a man charged with some of the most abhorrent crimes possible is reprehensible.

Matthews should apologize for his disgusting remarks.

A transcript of Matthews June 13 comment can be found below:


[Discussing Dorothy Sandusky supporting her husband,Jerry Sandusky]

KENDALL COFFEY: And maybe there's a mistrial, which is the best I think Jerry Sandusky's lawyers can hope for.

CHRIS MATTHEWS: You know, the thing is, Buzz and Kendall, I'm in the business of watching wife after wife come on television, whether it's Vitter down in Louisiana or it's Ensign out in California [sic] or it's the governor of New Jersey, McGreevey or it's the governor of New York's wife, coming on and standing next to their man, Buzz. This is the new story of our life: The wife who stands by their man, as if they were Pat Nixon standing up there putting up with the ignominy that their husband's 100 percent responsible for and yet being loyal.

Scott Whitlock
Scott Whitlock
Scott Whitlock is the senior news analyst for the Media Research Center and a contributing editor for NewsBusters.org