Last week, the Media Research Center announced our “Best Notable Quotables of 2013,” reviewing the worst media bias of the year, as selected by our panel of 42 judges, who generously reviewed dozens of quotes gathered throughout the year by MRC’s news analysts.
As regular NewsBusters’ readers know, MSNBC Hardball host Chris Matthews has become notorious for his frequent, savage verbal attacks on conservatives — so much so, that we gathered his worst quotes of the year into a single category, the “MSNBC = Mean-Spirited, Nasty, Belligerent Chris Award.” (Winning quotes and video below the jump.)
The winning quote: Matthews’ July 31 eruption slamming conservative U.S. senators as “terrorists” on a mission to “bring down... the American government” by continuing to challenge ObamaCare.
“They are political terrorists, and like all terrorists, including those who use bombs, their number one goal — their only goal — is to blow things up. [Senators Ted] Cruz, [Rand] Paul and Mike Lee are on a mission to destroy, shut down the American government, destroy ObamaCare, drive the country into default, destroy the U.S. credit rating. Terrorists with one purpose: To bring down, not just this administration but, let’s face it, the American government.”
Coming in second, Matthews’ September 23 diatribe against Ted Cruz, whom he labeled a “sinister” Joe McCarthy-esque figure:
“I want to say a word about this Ted Cruz guy. Not since Joe McCarthy have we seen a senator with such sinister self-assuredness. The Senator from Texas knows who and what he hates. He hates everything about President Obama. His goal is to exterminate the entire Obama record, reject everyone Obama nominates for office....Cruz wants to kill the Affordable Care Act, which was legitimately enacted into law. He wants to bring the American government to a halt, renege on the national debt in order to get it removed. This is how he wants to be known. This is a brand he wants to establish for himself, even if it tears the government apart.”
A few weeks later, on October 7, Matthews slammed conservatives as the “know-nothings” in Congress, “zealots” who were heading “toward the abyss.”
“Why do we have so many know-nothings in the Congress who deny not just mankind’s history, or the obvious evidence of climate change, but the fiscal arithmetic that stares us in the face? What makes them characters in some ghastly, real-life remake of the Planet of the Apes, where the bad guys fear nothing more than science and other evidence of human progress?...What do you call this, this dangerous zig-zagging toward the abyss, with a nervous John Boehner being driven first to the cliff, while the zealots of the right wing scream louder and louder that victory lies in catastrophe — Kool-Aid for everyone, and defeatists will be shot!”
Rounding out the group of Matthews’ wacky 2013 quotes, his October 29 comparison of Ted Cruz to movie psycho-killer Freddy Krueger:
“Is Ted Cruz the Republican Freddy Krueger?...’Let Me Start’ tonight with this grotesquerie that now presents itself as the righteous right arm of the Republican Party, this frightening Freddy Krueger that threatens this country with relentless shutdowns and credit defaults....”
Tomorrow: journalists taking aim at the Second Amendment. The full report, with 15 categories plus the judges' selection of Quote of the Year, is available at: www.MRC.org.
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