Clueless Chris Matthews stepped into it this week when he expressed shock that women actually fear domestic violence. After watching the clip on the "Media Mash" segment on Fox News Channel's April 3 edition of Hannity, NewsBusters publisher Brent Bozell observed "It is a head scratcher because he spent all of last year and all of 2011 telling us that there was a war on women." [video embedded below the page break]
"He doesn't understand that there are -- in 2010, there were 765,000 cases documented of attacks on women. So suddenly he's oblivious to that," the Media Research Center founder observed. Host Sean Hannity also addressed the latest incident where Chris Matthews tried to tar conservatives with murderous violence, this time the slayings of prosecutors in Texas that may be connected to the Aryan Brotherhood. Responding to that video, Bozell observed:
You know, it's like sabre rattling in North Korea where they have to keep their base agitated at all times. To keep that base agitated, they come up with this. This is the trick that they're playing.They take a real event, in this case, white supremacists, and cop killers, and then turn it around and blame Ted Cruz. They blame the Republican Party. They blame the conservative movement. They blame talk radio, they attach guilt by association.
Here's the full transcript for the April 3 "Media Mash" segment:
SEAN HANNITY: Welcome back to Hannity. Time for "Media Mash," our weekly roundup of all the ways the lame stream mainstream Obama mania media tries to put their liberal spin on the news. Back to go through this week's outrageous material, none other than the president of the Media Research Center, Brother Brent Bozell. Sir, welcome back.
BRENT BOZELL: Brother Hannity, how are you?
HANNITY: Is it even possible to get through a week without dumb things said by Chris Matthews anymore? I mean, he really --
BOZELL: No, but, my staff and I have come up with a solution. With the $100 million that the president has signed to research the brain, if 50 million of it is devoted just to Chris Matthews, we might make some progress.
HANNITY: Did you hear what he said to Andrea Mitchell? Is wife beating something women really worry about? It's your job, you explain it. I have no explanation for this. Go.
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CHRIS MATTHEWS, MSNBC anchor: Is that close to the bone, the idea of wife beating some -- beater.s
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: That was part of it.
MATTHEWS: Is that something that women really worry about, men being brutal?
ANDREA MITCHELL: Yes. The Violence Against Women Act --
MATTHEWS: In the home? In the home?
MITCHELL: Yes. Domestic violence--
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HANNITY: Help me out, Bozell. I can't figure it out. Beam me up.
BOZELL: All right, it is a head scratcher because he spent all of last year and all of 2011 telling us that there was a war on women, didn't he? Didn't he say that women were endangered because of Republicans? And now he doesn't understand about violence against women. He doesn't understand that there are -- in 2010, there were 765,000 cases documented of attacks on women. So suddenly he's oblivious to that. I hope that they're going to present him as if -- if he presents Joe Biden as being the champion of violence against women and attaches that to the Republicans, God help all of them.
HANNITY: All right, Chris Matthews has a race problem. He says if he used the word Chicago, dog whistle, racist, or urban, dog whistle, racist. There is something that is really gone off here. And it's part of a narrative by liberals that they want to say conservatives are racist and now I'm not going to take it anymore.
Anybody that plays this game on something as vicious and vile and evil as something being a racist, they need to be called out for the game they're playing. Matthews is now linking the GOP resistance to gun control with violence committed by the Aryan Brotherhood. Watch this.
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SHARRON ANGLE audiotape from January 14, 2010: If this Congress keeps going the way it is -- people are really looking toward those Second Amendment remedies.
MATTHEWS: That's when you're being threatened with. They don't like the way you're going, so they're threatening you with their Second Amendment remedy, which is gun play. This is verbatim here. This isn't arguable. This is the way these right wingers talk now and I think other people are beginning to act that way.
We haven't had these cases closed out west, but you got prosecutors pulling themselves out of a case against the Aryan Brotherhood of Texas. You can bet none of those characters ever voted for Obama.
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HANNITY: I want to say one thing and I want to get your take. We have $6 trillion in new debt because of this president. He said he'd cut the deficit in half his first term, didn't do it. We have literally 50 million Americans on food stamps, 14 million Americans permanent disability, one in five American children in poverty. His policies have failed, but if you criticize him, apparently in his mind, it's all because of race. Why is he doing this because it's everything now, almost daily?
BOZELL: You know, it's like sabre rattling in North Korea where they have to keep their base agitated at all times. To keep that base agitated, they come up with this. This is the trick that they're playing.
They take a real event, in this case, white supremacists, and cop killers, and then turn it around and blame Ted Cruz. They blame the Republican Party. They blame the conservative movement. They blame talk radio, they attach guilt by association. We've seen it with --
HANNITY: They did it with the Tea Party.
BOZELL: With Tea Party. This is -- how do you think they would react if we pointed out, every time there was a cop killer, we pointed out that cop killer in California, who was his role model? My goodness, it was Chris Matthews. What if we pointed out that the Unabomber, his role model was Al Gore.
HANNITY: Because we don't make those associations, because we know that that's not true.
BOZELL: But that's what offends me, Sean, when they call conservatives or Republicans the haters, this is hate mongering, this is character assassination, and this is the daily grind. I will say it over and over again. I will not stop saying it. You folks at Comcast, board of directors, this is your staff, doing character assassinations.
HANNITY: Listen, I'd say to Brian Williams, are you proud of this? I say to Matt Lauer, are you proud of the things that are being said under the brand name that you try to build? Tom Brokaw. I can't imagine he would be.
Speaking of NBC, I actually, Jay Leno is my favorite late night host. I think he's the funniest, an equal opportunity comedian and he's out, and he's the highest rated. Let's roll tape.
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JAY LENO, NBC: Over the weekend, President Obama, you know, President Obama played golf with Tiger Woods and Tiger said the president was a very good golfer for a guy who only plays five days a week, you know. So that's pretty good.
Actually you know what the president's handicap is? Anybody know? Doesn't understand economics. That's the handicap. And in a ground breaking move, the Associated Press, the largest news gathering outlet in the world will no longer use the term illegal immigrant.
That is out, no longer illegal immigrant. They will use the phrase, undocumented Democrat. That is the new one, undocumented Democrat.
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HANNITY: He's funny. He's rated number one. This is the second time they've tried this. Why? And he's fair. I mean, Letterman's a bitter, angry old liberal now.
BOZELL: He really is. You wonder what the heck is going on at NBC that they fired their number one person. He's the guy who's brought back the bacon more than anyone working for that work. That's their problem. Jay Leno is a liberal. No question about it.
But the reason that Jay Leno is number one, a reason is because he's not offensive. He tweaks both sides. Johnny Carson did the same thing. Johnny Carson might have been a Republican, but he tweaked Republicans as well. This is humor. This is good humor that he used. Letterman is vicious. He's ugly. So are some of the other guys. I don't understand why they did it with Jay Leno. He's a good comedian.
HANNITY: This is nothing against Jimmy Fallon, I think he'll do a good job. I don't really watch his show as often, so I can't make an intelligent comment. Did you see all the applause for Obama, CBS even went as far as to say thank you for the five percent cut. I'm about what about the eight vacations? What about the Justin Timberlake concert that's coming up? What about the extravagance of campaigning all over the place? And golf with Tiger.
BOZELL: This is where liberals are absolute hypocrites. Here is the man, Barack Obama, makes $400,000 a year, he's worth millions. He's going to make tens of millions after he leaves the White House. He gives 20,000 of it back to the government. Big deal! It's nothing. It's the change I've got in my pocket. That should be the story.
HANNITY: Even I offered to pay for a week with Eric Bolling, to keep the White House tours open.
BOZELL: I think if you were to say, I'm not going to bowl on Sundays, I'm not going to play golf one Sunday a month, he'd give a lot more money back.
HANNITY: All right, Brent Bozell, good to see you. Thanks for being with us.