Foley Scandal: Matthews Mad Media Didn't Mention More at W Press Conf

"Didn't the MSM get the memo? Keep Foley on the front page!" That seemed to be Chris Matthews' attitude when he was interviewed on this afternoon's MSNBC Live regarding Pres. Bush's press conference of this morning.

Appearing during the 2-2:30 PM ET slot, the transparently ticked-off Hardball host was asked: "The Mark Foley scandal has been dominating the news for over a week now. It was barely touched upon in the news conference today. Was the president, do you think, successful in refocusing attention on to the economy and national security today?"

A palpably PO'd Matthews:

"Well, he was successful to a large extent because the press, for whatever reason, decided not to ask him about the Foley scandal, which has dominated this network and so much else of the media for the last couple weeks and has been a big part of the American conversation. I don't know why though the correspondents - and they're the best in the business - chose to stick right to the issue of Iraq and North Korea, but they did, giving the president a chance to grab the headline tomorrow morning and tonight, with a big story about North Korea and his position on that topic. He has won the day on controlling the topic."

Aw, don't feel too bad, Chris, just because the press chose to question the president on important national security matters instead of a sex scandal. I'm sure you and Olbermann will more than make up for any lost time on your respective shows tonight!

Update 10-12 10:18. Laura Ingraham highlighted this story on her show today.

Mark Finkelstein
Mark Finkelstein is a contributing editor for NewsBusters.