Hardball

By Ken Shepherd | January 20, 2015 | 8:25 PM EST

Railing against how Republicans want to "make it ethnic" when it comes to criticism of Islamist terrorism, Hardball host Chris Matthews this evening insisted that President Obama was correct to eschew referring to the Charlie Hebdo office massacre by al Qaeda operatives as "Islamic terrorism."

What's more, Matthews made a point of insisting that he refuses to identify in solidarity with the slain cartoonists.

By Ken Shepherd | January 19, 2015 | 8:47 PM EST

Nothing says celebrating nonviolent civil-rights icon Martin Luther King Jr. Day than calling for someone's "head on a platter," either literally or figuratively.

Enter Charles Ellison of the Philadelphia Tribune. In a panel discussion on the January 19 edition of MSNBC's Hardball, the liberal journalist lamented how the Congressional Black Caucus was not demanding the resignation of  Steve Scalise (R-La.) and how the Pelican State's lone Democratic congressman had defended Scalise against charges of racism.

By Scott Whitlock | January 14, 2015 | 11:49 AM EST

MSNBC's Chris Matthews doesn't like it when people compare American politicians to Hitler and the Nazis. Unless, of course, he's doing it himself. On Tuesday, the liberal anchor assailed Republican Congressman Randy Weber for referencing Hitler in a tweet about Barack Obama.

By Ken Shepherd | January 12, 2015 | 8:30 PM EST

While admitting that it was a shame that President Obama was a no-show for Sunday's unity rally in Paris, MSNBC contributor Howard Fineman offered that actor George Clooney's "Je Suis Charlie" speech at Sunday evening's Golden Globes award show was in some sense just as well as representation of America's solidarity with France.

By Ken Shepherd | January 8, 2015 | 8:24 PM EST

Equipped with two liberal journalists and moderate Republican Michael Steele, MSNBC's Chris Matthews set about on his January 8 Hardball program to bash Sen. Lindsey Graham (R), former Amb. John Bolton, and talk-show host Rush Limbaugh for their criticism of President Obama's handling of the war on terrorism in light of the deadly terroristic shooting spree at the Paris headquarters of Charlie Hebdo yesterday.

By Ken Shepherd | January 7, 2015 | 8:49 PM EST

Hardball host Chris Matthews is no rightie, but when it comes to Islamist terrorism, he takes a decidedly more conservative posture than others on his network. Witness Matthews's opening tease to Hardball tonight.

By Ken Shepherd | January 6, 2015 | 9:11 PM EST

Doubling down on his comments on yesterday's Hardball, MSNBC host Chris Matthews held out that even if Hillary Clinton were to wage a dreadfully-run campaign, there's no way she would lose to a GOP nominee who disagrees with same-sex marriage and is pro-life.

By Scott Whitlock | December 30, 2014 | 12:17 PM EST

Is there a requirement for Republicans to host a show on MSNBC? Trash the GOP and you can anchor a program? Former Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele on Monday lectured his party about bigotry, wondering, "Is the Republican Party finally ready to confront the issue of race in America?" 

By Rich Noyes | December 28, 2014 | 10:04 AM EST

Today’s installment of the Media Research Center’s “Best Notable Quotables of 2014,” as selected by our 40 expert judges, the “MSNBC = Mean-Spirited, Nasty, Belligerent Chris Award.”

By Rich Noyes | December 25, 2014 | 11:55 AM EST

As we have all week, NewsBusters is reviewing the Media Research Center’s Best Notable Quotables of 2014, as a way to review the worst media bias of the year. Today, the Ku Klux Con Job Award for Smearing Conservatives with Phony Racism Charges.

By Ken Shepherd | December 18, 2014 | 8:55 PM EST

"Not once can I remember him being truly mean" when doing his shtick, Hardball host Chris Matthews gushed of Stephen Colbert during the "Let Me Finish" closing commentary for his December 18 program. Matthews was effusive in praise as he noted Thursday night would see the final edition of The Colbert Report before the comedian takes over the reins at CBS's Late Show from David Letterman.

Does Matthews not recall the 2006 White House Correspondents Association dinner which Colbert emceed? The liberal comedian savaged President Bush and conservatives in a decidedly hard-nosed comedy routine that violated the cardinal rule of WHCA dinners: the night is about poking fun and ribbing both sides of the aisle, not shoving a knife in the president and twisting it.

By Ken Shepherd | December 16, 2014 | 9:03 PM EST

Just a few seconds after complaining that Rush Limbaugh has a loopy "conspiracy theory" for why former Florida Governor Jeb Bush (R) is seriously exploring a presidential bid in 2016, MSNBC's Chris Matthews offered his own, which amounted to this: Limbaugh opposes Jeb's bid because he "knows" a "Tea Party" GOP nominee would go down in flames to Hillary Clinton, thus ensuring him at least four more years in the "opposition" and thus better ratings.