MSNBC's Chris Matthews took a well-deserved shot at rival network CNN Monday for actually giving former New York governor Eliot Spitzer his own program.
The "Hardball" host also took a swipe at Spitzer saying it was "ludicrous" for him to actually be talking about Congressman Anthony Weiner's (D-N.Y.) sex scandal (video follows with transcript and commentary):
CHRIS MATTHEWS, HOST: Do you think it’s something you would look forward to if Weiner got back on the stage like he was until a couple of weeks ago, on a show like this all the time, all the time being the Congressman from New York, with really the most out there Democrat on big issues like the economy and Medicare? Would that make you comfortable?
CONGRESSMAN JAMES CLYBURN (D-SOUTH CAROLINA): I don't think so. I believe…
MATTHEWS: You can't stop him.
CLYBURN: No. We can't. But I think that the Leader of our caucus determines who can and will speak for our caucus. I think our caucus collectively can make those determinations. I cannot see, if my caucus were ever to ask me not to speak on an issue, I would certainly not speak on that issue. And so I, no, we can't stop anybody from saying whatever they want to say, but we certainly can determine whether or not they speak on behalf of the caucus.
MATTHEWS: You know, I hate to break it to you, but some other network can put Eliot Spitzer on television. I'm telling you, you can't stop the networks from inviting who they want to invite. So, I know it's ludicrous. By the way, that was ludicrous that he's even talking about this case.
It is indeed ludicrous.
The idea that a married man can be forced to resign from public office as a result of a sex scandal involving prostitutes only to months later be hired by a news network to host his own program defies all reason.
For him to then be allowed to cover and comment on another politician's sex scandal makes you wonder if there are any adults at the top of CNN at this point in time.