Hardball

By Ken Shepherd | October 9, 2014 | 9:39 PM EDT

Self-proclaimed "victims' rights advocate" and MSNBC contributor Michelle Bernard wasted no time on Thursday's edition of Hardball defending former White House volunteer Jonathan Dach -- now employed at the State Department in the Office on Global Women's Issues -- from charges that he patronized a prostitute while on official business as an Obama advance man in Cartagena, Colombia. 

 

By Rich Noyes | October 6, 2014 | 8:32 AM EDT

Now online: the October 6 edition of Notable Quotables, MRC’s bi-weekly compilation of the latest outrageous quotes in the liberal media. This week, NBC’s Chuck Todd tags the very liberal Eric Holder as “non-political,” even as his own network can’t decide if the President’s assertion that intelligence agencies failed to warn about ISIS was a “candid” admission or shifting the blame away from the White House.

By Ken Shepherd | September 30, 2014 | 9:18 PM EDT

During a panel discussion on the September 30 program, MSNBC Hardball panelists briefly discussed how some folks may feel that recent lapses in Secret Service security are not accidental but in some way intentional, borne out of a dislike or hatred for the president within the agency's ranks. 

By Ken Shepherd | September 24, 2014 | 9:15 PM EDT

MSNBC anchor Chris Matthews periodically goes on a tear about his disdain for the term "homeland" to refer to the United States of America. On his September 24 program, Chris Matthews groused it was "ominous" language. But it seems his colleague Al Sharpton never got the memo as he used it just prior to the lead-in to tonight's Hardball. What's more, it seems Matthews himself sometimes uses the term "homeland" in a matter-of-fact, uncritical manner.

By Ken Shepherd | September 22, 2014 | 9:38 PM EDT

In a segment on the September 22 edition of Hardball, MSNBC's Chris Matthews was informed by guest Carol Leonnig, a staff writer for the Washington Post, that Friday's White House fence-jumper, Omar Gonzalez, was found to have been carrying a serrated knife on his person, not a switchblade. 

Yet about 30 minutes later, in a separate panel discussion, Matthews referred to the knife as a switchblade, demonstrating how little Mr. Matthews listens to his guests. 

By Scott Whitlock | September 19, 2014 | 12:40 PM EDT

When the Bridgegate scandal engulfed Chris Christie in January, MSNBC's Chris Matthews went wild, repeatedly comparing the controversy to Watergate. On Thursday afternoon, federal officials revealed that the New Jersey governor had no prior knowledge of the planned traffic backup. Somehow, the Hardball anchor ignored the development. 

By Ken Shepherd | September 15, 2014 | 10:13 PM EDT

Yet again MSNBC's Chris Matthews has blamed Islamist terrorism on the stationing of U.S. troops in "the holy land" of Saudi Arabia during the first Gulf War, echoing a talking point of the late terrorist mastermind Osama bin Laden.

By Mark Finkelstein | September 11, 2014 | 9:41 PM EDT

On Hardball, Chris Matthews describes himself as a "skeptic" about President Obama's ISIS strategy.  Matthews argues that since the president has excluded American boots on the ground, we will be forced to rely on foreign partners to hold territory, yet there are no such viable forces available.

By Scott Whitlock | September 10, 2014 | 12:59 PM EDT

Chris Matthews on Wednesday urged the American people to "grow up" and accept that war against ISIS will be a long, bloody struggle. At first, the cable host offered what sounded like a recitation of the cycle of violence argument: "You can't just keep killing people and not expect them to try to get even with us. You know what I mean? They're beheading people, they say, because we used air strikes against ISIS." He continued, "This is a cycle. So, we hit them with more air strikes. They'll do more against us." 

By Ken Shepherd | September 9, 2014 | 8:30 AM EDT

In the midst of discussing the president's handling of the ISIS insurgency in Iraq and Syria on his Monday evening edition of Hardball, MSNBC's Chris Matthews railed against President Obama's use of the term "homeland" to describe America's home soil. But numerous presidents have used the term "homeland" in speeches, including Matthews's former boss, Jimmy Carter.

By Scott Whitlock | September 8, 2014 | 12:58 PM EDT

MSNBC may be gearing up for another election season of war on women. The Hardball host on Friday speculated whether the Republican senatorial candidate from North Carolina engaged in sexism by aggressively attacking his Democratic opponent. Before showing clips of Thom Tillis sparring with Senator Kay Hagan, Matthews sneered, "But sometimes, the more we watch, the more we avert our eyes." 

The cable anchor lectured, "...Talking down to your female opponent may not be the best strategy." Matthews connected the debate to George H.W. Bush's 1984 vice presidential debate with Geraldine Ferraro. 

By Rich Noyes | September 8, 2014 | 8:11 AM EDT

Now online: the September 8 edition of Notable Quotables, MRC’s bi-weekly compilation of the latest outrageous quotes in the liberal media. This week, NBC tries to cover for Obama's chaotic statements on ISIS, with NBC's Chuck Todd straining to explain the President's "no strategy, yet" blunder even as Nightly News anchor Brian Williams absurdly claims Obama was “clear and unambiguous” when he said he wanted to "destroy" ISIS, then moments later said his goal was to make them a “manageable problem.”