By Ken Shepherd | August 26, 2015 | 9:35 PM EDT

Does MSNBC host Chris Matthews give ANY thought to the structure of his interviews? In a chat on Wednesday night's Hardball with Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) about her memoir, Matthews shifted from talking Klobuchar growing up with an alcoholic father to asking her thoughts on what it was like to, I kid you not, what it was like to work with the late Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-Mass.). 

By Scott Whitlock | August 25, 2015 | 12:27 PM EDT

Sean Hannity is sick of Chris Matthews's "hypocritical" pandering on issues of race, calling out the Hardball anchor, Monday, for smearing Republicans even as he protects MSNBC colleagues. Unloading, Hannity attacked, "...If that hypocrite, that phony, Chris Matthews, is so concerned about race issues, he has a colleague at his own network." 

By Ken Shepherd | August 24, 2015 | 9:13 PM EDT

Congressional Republican opposition to the Iran deal simply boils down to kowtowing to opposing by the Israelis, MSNBC's Chris Matthews suggested during a roundtable discussion exchange with Republican strategist John Feehery on the Monday edition of Hardball. "Why don't we just turn it over to the Knesset then?" Matthews sneered, in reply to Feehery citing Israel's concerns about Iranian-sponsored terrorism. "Why have even a foreign policy in this country?" 

But mere moments later, Matthews defended liberal Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer (N.Y.), who is on record opposing the deal, by saying that of course he's "going to defend the interests of Israel and it's legitimate he do so. OK, there's nothing wrong with that. It's a fact."

By Ken Shepherd | August 20, 2015 | 8:59 PM EDT

Teasing his softball interview with Sen. Claire McCaskill, MSNBC Hardball host Chris Matthews hailed as "gutsy" the Missouri Democrat's coming out today to endorse President Obama's nuclear deal with Iran. Missouri's nickname is the "Show-Me State," yet nowhere in his interview did Matthews ask McCaskill about the logic of jumping on board a nuclear deal by which, as NBC's own Andrea Mitchell reported, the International Atomic Energy Agency will allow the Islamic Republic to self-inspect a military installation.

By Ken Shepherd | August 17, 2015 | 9:10 PM EDT

Donald Trump's refusal to say that as president he would discard the Iranian nuclear deal brokered by the Obama administration is "eminently sensible" and a sign that the Manhattan real-estate tycoon is not beholden to conservative Tea Party orthodoxy, MSNBC anchor Chris Hayes argued on his August 17 All In program.

By Ken Shepherd | August 12, 2015 | 6:30 PM EDT

MSNBC's Saturday mornings might be dominated by professor Melissa Harris-Perry and her exceedingly esoteric left-wing academic nuttiness, but weekday anchor Craig Melvin today offered viewers a breath of fresh air when it comes to the issue of political correctness run amok at America's colleges and universities.

By Ken Shepherd | August 11, 2015 | 3:10 PM EDT

While Chris Matthews's Hardball program thus far has failed to cover Democratic presidential candidate Martin O'Malley's critiques of the DNC's debate schedule and its ground rules, the Lean Forward network's website today has a front page article, "Martin O’Malley raises legal questions with Democratic debate plan" addressing the controversy.

By Scott Whitlock | August 10, 2015 | 4:10 PM EDT

An angry Chris Matthews on Friday fumed over comedian Rosie O'Donnell becoming a laugh line at last Thursday's debate. Rather than allow that conservatives might object to the liberal comedian's trashing of conservatives, Matthews saw Republican voters as full of hate. Speaking of Donald Trump and the debate crowd in Cleveland, Ohio, Matthews derided, "...[Trump] threw Rosie O'Donnell under the bus, you know, a gay woman. He thought it would be a laughingstock and he turned her into the joke with that nasty audience last might." 

By Curtis Houck | August 7, 2015 | 2:58 AM EDT

A frequent whiner when it comes to Republicans and voter ID laws, MSNBC’s Hardball host Chris Matthews couldn’t help but briefly commiserate with his guests following the first 2016 GOP presidential debate that the “denial of voting rights” and other issues like “childhood development” that “parents, especially mothers care about” were not discussed in the debate.

By Scott Whitlock | August 4, 2015 | 4:30 PM EDT

A baffled Chris Matthews on Monday night wondered why so many people hate the "moderate" Barack Obama.  An incredulous Matthews sneered, "Thirty three percent of this country, across the board, is very negative towards Obama, very negative. Personally, they just don't like him." The Hardball anchor speculated, "Now it could be all those reasons. He turned out to be more of an aggressive president, more of a Democratic-advocate president, a black-advocate president." With no sense of self awareness, Matthews insisted, "I think he's [Obama's] been moderate, myself."

By Melissa Mullins | July 31, 2015 | 7:28 PM EDT

It’s not hard to make Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz look dumb. But she probably didn’t expect it on MSNBC. When liberal Hardball host Chris Matthews stumps her, it’s a gift that keeps on giving.

Matthews asked if Sanders lost the nomination, if there be a place for him to speak at the DNC convention.  Wasserman-Schultz lauded Sanders on his “progressive populist message” that some in the party like, but ducked the question.  It’s when Matthews asked Wasserman-Schultz the difference between a socialist and a Democrat that things got awkward:

By Ken Shepherd | July 29, 2015 | 9:03 PM EDT

MSNBC host Chris Matthews has failed to cover all three of the Planned Parenthood fetal-parts videos that have been released this month. But tonight he found time for a segment on the latest development in Deflategate and devoted his closing Let Me Finish commentary to denouncing the Minnesota dentist who killed Cecil the Lion in Zimbabwe.