By Ken Shepherd | October 8, 2015 | 11:58 AM EDT

Cradle Catholic Chris Matthews devoted a segment of his Oct. 7 Hardball program to furthering Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's attack line against Republicans supporting a select-committee investigation into Planned Parenthood. Clinton likened the probe to the select committee investigating Benghazi. Joining in on the fun was liberal Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D-Calif.).

By Ken Shepherd | October 6, 2015 | 9:08 PM EDT

Politico reported today that numerous sources are pointing to Vice President Joe Biden himself as the anonymous source who told the New York Times's Maureen Dowd about Beau Biden's dying wish that his father run for the presidency.

While the Biden camp is strongly denying that there was any political motivation for effectively putting feelers out for a presidential campaign via a friendly columnist, it certainly does look bad. Even so, tonight's Hardball panel seemed to think it was no big deal if Mr. Biden effectively politicized his son's untimely death due to brain cancer.

By Curtis Houck | September 29, 2015 | 6:18 PM EDT

In the rarely fruitless world of MSNBC’s Hardball, host Chris Matthews groaned at the top of Monday’s show about the ongoing Benghazi and e-mail scandals enveloping Hillary Clinton that have become “termite bites” for the Democratic presidential candidate as Vice President Joe Biden could still join the 2016 race.

By Matthew Balan | September 26, 2015 | 11:00 AM EDT

MSNBC's Chris Matthews revealed his loathing for a part of his Catholic upbringing on Wednesday's Hardball, and ended up mangling the theology behind a beautiful and ancient Church ritual for new mothers. Matthews turned to Catholic dissident Sister Simone Campbell for her take on Pope Francis's visit. Sister Campbell touted her liberal "Nuns on the Bus" campaign as a supposed way to "take the Gospel to where it wouldn't be otherwise, and all the other people that we meet along the road – so many of them are not churched...but that we can be in touch with them."

By Ken Shepherd | September 23, 2015 | 8:52 PM EDT

Cradle Catholic Chris Matthews spent the first segment of his September 23 Hardball program effusively praising Pope Francis, particularly for raising immigration and climate change in his brief remarks at a welcome ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House. But in a later segment, Matthews and guests Joan Walsh and Sister Simone Campbell lamented how even the liberal-leaning Francis is closed to the idea of women serving as priests in the Catholic Church.

At one point, Matthews offered up his theory for why the opposition was so long-standing, and it boiled down to, wait for it, a celibate Catholic clergy.

By Jeffrey Meyer | September 22, 2015 | 10:51 AM EDT

During an appearance on Monday’s Hardball, Washington Post columnist and MSNBC contributor Eugene Robinson took great joy in tying Donald Trump’s views about President Obama’s religious beliefs to the entire Republican Party: “if you have an irrational hatred of President Obama and you think he’s an illegal immigrant or whatever, if you are an Islamophobe...the Republican Party makes a home for you.” 

By Ken Shepherd | September 18, 2015 | 3:06 PM EDT

Last night on Hardball, MSNBC host Chris Matthews insisted, "I'm not a hater" even though there are "a couple that really get to me though," such as Dick Cheney.


By Scott Whitlock | September 17, 2015 | 10:53 AM EDT

An unhappy Chris Matthews on Wednesday slammed Marco Rubio’s foreign policy comments at the Republican debate, suggesting that the Senator was trying to “prove himself the strongest, best informed, most articulate hawk. He clearly made Sheldon Adelson happy tonight.” Later, the Hardball host again singled out the long-time supporter of Israel, saying, in effect, that Rubio was sucking up to “the darling of the hawks, Sheldon Adelson and every other Daddy Warbucks out there.” 

By Curtis Houck | September 17, 2015 | 4:25 AM EDT

In the late hours of Wednesday night after the Republican debate, MSNBC’s Hardball host Chris Matthews was in his element as he whined about the 2016 GOP candidates being “very ideological tonight” and targeted the Cuban-American heritage of Senators Marco Rubio (Fl.) and Ted Cruz (Tex.) for thinking that “they still are fighting a Cold War” and “treat[ing] Obama like he’s Castro.”


By Ken Shepherd | September 16, 2015 | 10:08 PM EDT

A half hour prior to Wednesday's Republican presidential debate on CNN, Chris Matthews over on MSNBC's Hardball tag-teamed with California Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer to trash Republican candidate Carly Fiorina, who unsuccessfully challenged Boxer in a 2010 Senate race. "Senator, I'm a big fan of yours," Matthews began, "So tell me what you think about tonight. I mean, you beat her, and here she is back going for president. Doesn't make sense. Your thoughts?"

By Ken Shepherd | September 16, 2015 | 8:52 PM EDT

In an exchange with former Rep. J.C. Watts (R-Okla.) on Wednesday night's Hardball prior to the CNN debate, host Chris Matthews blasted the Republican Party writ large for not rebuking Donald Trump several years ago when he publicly questioned whether President Obama was constitutionally eligible for the office.

By Jeffrey Meyer | September 15, 2015 | 11:44 AM EDT

On Monday’s Hardball, Stephanie Schriock, president of the pro-choice organization EMILY’s List, lamented that Hillary Clinton’s ongoing problems with her use of a private e-mail server have dominated the coverage of her campaign. The outspoken supporter of Clinton complained that the e-mails were “the only story that has gotten any significant coverage about Hillary Clinton for the last three months, despite the fact that she has rolled out some incredible policies.”