MEMO TO MATTHEWS! Hey you big dumb stupid f*ck-wad! HRC told her joke about you! // link // print // previous // next //
TUESDAY, JANUARY 30, 2007
MATTHEWS SCANS THE LOBBY: To help you grasp the soul of your press corps, lets return to the charity event we glancingly described in October 2005. (See THE DAILY HOWLER, 10/24/05. Scroll down to Culture Corner.) The emcee that night was Kathleen Matthews, then of Washingtons Channel 7. On the way out of the Mayflower Hotel, we saw her husband, TV talker Chris Matthews, chatting with DC journo Mark Plotkin. We dont know Plotkin, but we know Chris a tad. So we decided to stop for a chat rather than walking on by.
Tough crowd tonight, we thoughtfully said. Chris then offered us a look at the odd soul of the Washington press corps. His eyes stared past ours, scanning the Mayflowers block-long lobby in a classic thousand-yard stare. I just saw the most incredible prostitute, he weirdly said. (Instead of prostitute, he may have said hooker.)
To Plotkins credit—again, we dont know him—he seemed to be just as surprised as we were by Chris oddball comment. But Chris wasnt through with his weird discussion; his eyes continued to scan the long hall as he said something like, Yeah, you have to ask for the pink sheet rooms when you check in. (Not an exact quote.) At no point did Plotkin seem to think that this was a recognizable topic. For ourselves, wed have to say it was the strangest thing any man has ever said to us. No, it simply isnt our experience that men make such weird comments to other men—much less, to men whom they barely know. Men like Matthews apparently think that this is standard male discussion. (We googled and Nexised pink sheet the next day. We found no usage which conformed to what Chris had said.)
We mention this oddness, fifteen months later, because weve finally come to feel that people simply must get the fullest picture of the people who run their press corps. We also mention it in the face of Matthews endless rude remarks about Hillary Clinton—rude, sneering, gender-based insults which continue to show one part of the soul of this millionaire cohort. Well review Matthews most recent such comments later in this post.
Yes, Matthews has a jones about Clinton which just wont let his soul go. When we hear him make his sneering remarks—and yes, theyll continue until hes stopped—we often think back to his conduct that evening. Repeat: In all our years, weve never seen a man make such weird, unsolicited remarks about women. People need to ponder hard—how did such odd and empty men ever get into their troubling spot at the top of our national discourse?
IN SEARCH OF THOSE EVIL, BAD MEN: Thats right. Until the day hes made to stop, Matthews will continue his sneering remarks about Clinton. Hell call her Dukakis in a dress. Hell say she reminds him of a stripteaser. Hell pretend, as he did last Thursday and Friday, that Bill Clinton has called her an uppity woman (text below). These sneering, gender-based comments and insults will be available each evening on Hardball. And this worthless man will sing the praises of the twin virile saints, John and Rudy. He insulted Gore for twenty straight months until he got George Bush to the White House. (Al Gore would lick the floor to be president. Al Gore is Clintons bathtub ring. ) And make no mistake—hell degrade and sneer at Hillary Clinton for as long as it takes.
What lies at the soul of the celebrity press corps? Consider Clintons joke this Sunday about evil/bad men.
Clinton had been asked an (unrecorded) question by someone in an Iowa audience. Heres Candy Crowleys account on CNN, complete with Clintons full remarks:
CROWLEY (1/29/07): The question was about her ability to stand up to dictators.What did Clinton have in mind? Empty pundits—people like Matthews—were instantly sure that they knew. The war in Iraq continues to rage—but this was Matthews first topic last night. Who was Clinton joking about? He asked Lynn Sweet of the Chicago Sun-Times—and Sweet embarrassed herself:
SWEET (1/29/07): Well, what I think they were laughing at is the thought that cropped into my mind, Chris, and that is Bill Clinton`s name did come into my mind. There are some people who I interviewed, and that`s what they said. Its a Rorschach. And what is interesting here—I dont think it matters so much what she was thinking. I think what was instructive for all of us is what people who were out there were thinking. Thats whats the key here.What a perfect press corps moment! Bill Clintons name came into Sweets mind! And not only that—she also interviewed some people who had the same reaction. (Were these people other journalists? Sweet didnt specifically say.) To Sweet, this pretty much settled the matter. Good God! It doesnt matter what Clinton was thinking, Sweet told her host; what really matters is what occurred to Lynn Sweet! Let us translate: Sweet wants to talk about Bill Clintons d*ck, and because that d*ck came into her head, she assumed that it came into everyone elses—and she says, therefore, that this is whatmatters. Obviously, Sweet doesnt know what the other thousand people in that crowd were actually thinking. But its perfect! Because Bill Clinton popped into her head, she says that is what is interesting.
From that point on, Matthews assumed that the Iowa audience was laughing about Bill Clinton. At last! This empty, prostitute-gazing throwback could discuss his favorite topic! That audience, though, was keyed to laugh, thinking she was kidding about her husband`s philandering, Monica Lewinsky and all that, he quickly said. What Im asking is, is she that unaware of that 800-pound gorilla stalking behind her, the baggage of her husband?
From that point on, Matthews built the entire discussion around the Lewinsky narrative—the theme he finds most exciting. Sadly, the Wall Street Journals John Harwood also said that he assumed that Clinton had referred to her husband. Only David Yepsen of the Des Moines Register refused to express a view on the plainly unknowable matter. But then, Yepsen is a dignified man, not a Washington media nutcase. Its sad to see him lower himself on Hardball every four years.
LIASSON (1/29/07): Wait a second. Are you assuming that she was making a joke about her husband?Well, thats the press, Liasson said—hitting the nail on the head.
Liasson thought Clinton had referred to all the men who have attacked her and tormented her. Well, thats the press, she dismissively said, when informed that the press corps thought different. Indeed, on this mornings Imus program, Jonathan Alter also sided with Liassons impression. But Matthews and Carlson deeply enjoy talking about Bill Clintons big d*ck. And nothing will stop these empty boys from racing to their favorite topic.
Who was Clinton talking about? We dont have the slightest idea. Nor would we have wasted ten seconds on such a meaningless topic. But for the record, wed also assumed, on first hearing, that Clinton was citing the endless people who have tormented her down through the years. Advising Matthews, wed tell him this, if we could stop him from scanning that lobby: Hey, you big, dumb stupid f*ck-wad! Hey dumb-ass! She told that joke about you!
UPPITY WOMEN: Matthews seems to make it a point to aim some gender-based insult at Clinton just about every evening. Last Thursday night, direct from Las Vegas, he stopped leering at college-age girls long enough to offer the following puzzler. He spoke with the Las Vegas Suns Jon Ralston:
MATTHEWS (1/25/07): Can [Clinton] beat him on—can she beat a John McCain in Nevada?We were puzzled. Had Clinton called his wife an uppity woman? Had he made that remark about somebody else? We werent sure, but one night later, the leering old basket-case went there again. He spoke with Las Vegas mayor Oscar Goodman—and again, he served up his insult:
MATTHEWS (1/26/07): Let me ask you about this part of the country. My colleague Tim Russert says—and he tries to be smart about these things—he said this is the new Florida, the new Ohio. Out here, this array of states, Nevada, Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, are going to be in play [in 2008], more so perhaps I would argue than the south, which tends to be Republican, or the industrial midwest, which may have a problem with a modern, as Bill Clinton would say, uppity women like his wife. Out here, it seems more friendly to women.Those are the transcripts as they appear on the MSNBC web site. Yes, we watched both programs.
What was Matthews talking about? Two straight nights, he seemed to say that Bill Clinton had called his wife an uppity woman. Weve searched Nexis for any record of Clinton ever using that phrase in any context. Sorry, we cant find one. But so what? This leering, empty, sex-baiting man had managed to call HRC uppity two consecutive nights.
This is never going to end until we liberals force it to end. Matthews is going to call Clinton names—names that are sneering, gender-based insults. He kept it up with Gore for two years. Once again, he wont stop till hes forced.
THE LARGER PICTURE: As weve said, cable TV was driven last night by fatuous discussions about Clintons joke. But that is precisely what well get as long as we have a press corps like this one—a press corps in which billionaire owners hire boys to peddle their upper-class messages. In the case of Matthews, a near-billionaire named Jack Welch could see that Matthews was a man on the make. He gave him millions; let him move to Nantucket; even let him pal around at the club. And Matthews has repaid these favors for years. His sneering, gender-based insults of Clinton will continue—until theyre stopped.
NOTES ON AN EMPTY OLD FIXER: Last night, of course, this laughable loser was on Country Music Television, judging the Miss America contest. Well spare you his most embarrassing moments, such as when he shared his thoughts about the meaning of the swim suit competition. But if you want your cheeks to rouge in embarrassment, read the last two segments of last nights Hardball, where Matthews fawns to wealthy Las Vegas mogul George Maloof, then to superstar Hollywood agent Sam Haskell, board chairman of the Miss America contest. At some length, Haskell explains that McCain will beat Clinton in California because of his centrist views. This is the foolish-but-wealthy type to whom losers like Matthews are drawn.
Indeed, this is all completely predictable. You simply cant have a multimillionaire press corps without what we have come to see—the fatuous, empty, vacuous world-view, the pandering to corrupt, throwback values. Uh-oh! Progressives face a long, hard road—helping the public understand the shape of its modern mainstream press corps. One night in October 2005, we thought we saw a bit of its soul as Matthews scanned a block-long lobby, hoping to spot some outstanding prostitutes. This is the empty, worthless man who aims nightly insults at Clinton.