LIPS LOCKED ON HARDBALL KEISTER! Brother Matthews sold you smack all through an astounding program: // link // print // previous // next //
FRIDAY, MARCH 19, 2010
The oldest story, Maddow/Matthews edition: Just this once, you can ask us about our business. Since youve asked, well tell you the truth:
Heres the truth:
We dont care if John Ensign had an affair with one of his best friendsa woman who was married to his other best friend, his chief of staff. We dont hugely care if he broke a few rules to cover it up.
We dont care if Mark Sanford had an affair with the love of his life. We dont care if he paid $74,000 in fines yesterday. We dont hugely care if he was guilty of (to quote the APs language) improperly buying first- and business-class airline tickets, violating a state law requiring lowest-cost travel; improperly using state-owned aircraft for travel to political and personal events; and improperly reimbursing himself with campaign cash. (Despite settling, Sanford denies wrong-doing.)
But then, we didnt especially care when Bill Clinton engaged in a foolish sexual relationship with someone who wasnt a 21-year-old intern. We didnt much care when he tried to avoid blurting the truth about it.
By way of contrast, Sister Maddow does care, a large amount, at least about Sanford and Ensigntwo men who are in the wrong tribe. For the past year, she has chased their sexy affairs all over town, clattering and wailing about the way Ensign even arranged a $1000-a-month internship for his chief of staffs 19-year-old son! (This was supposed to be part of the cover-up. Sister: That damage control included putting his mistress teenage son on the Republican Senate Campaign Committees payroll. With Sister, the son typically belongs to the mistress, not to the chief of staff.)
Last night, the cable evangelist explained her concern, speaking extremely sincerely with her cable channels official preacher, the Reverend Dr. Weldon Gaddy. For our money, Gaddy has started wading too far into this channels scams:
Maddow wouldnt be discussing these sexy-time affairs if it werent for [FILL IN THE BLANK]! A nagging thought entered our heads: Where have we heard that before?
Oh yes! We heard that all through 1998 and 1999, when it was President Clinton who was being chased all around by the other sides tribals.
For the record, the contrast between Ensign/Sanfords rhetoric and their affairs may have been worth discussing. In all honesty, Sister rarely discusses such things. Its the hypocrisy, she told us last night. Here on earth, the analysts writhed. On Olympus, the many gods roared.
But good God! Earlier that evening, on that same cable channel, Brother Matthewsnow a man of the peopleinterviewed Ken Gormley, author of the new Clinton/Starr tome. And good God! You can watch the segment here. If you do, you may well get the impression that Matthews opposed the Clinton impeachmentthought it was all a big scam.
Good God, what a fraud this man is! Last night, his program was a stunning series of deceptions, with Joan Walsh cheering him on at the end. But that segment about impeachment really did take a large cake.
Go aheadwatch that segment. You might even get the impression that Matthews thought the GOP was way out of line. Last evening, this was Matthews, one of the great frauds of our time:
From that and other ridiculous statements, you might have gotten the impression that Matthews was a Clinton-defender back when it matteredthat he thought the Republicans could have done something appropriate to the misbehavior. In fact, no one chased Clinton around much harder than Matthews didand in 1999 and 2000, he endlessly chased Al Gore around, endlessly berating the bathtub ring for the capital crime of having defended Clinton against that same impeachment.
No one chased the bathtub ringthe bathtub yukquite as hard as Matthews did. Of course, he worked for Jack Welch in those days. He hadnt yet been re-purposed.
On Hardball, was impeachment viewed as the fault of the GOP, who could have done something more appropriate? To refresh your sense of the era, what follows is part of the Hardball program on the night Clintons impeachment trial ended. As usual, all guests believed and said the same exact thing this night:
That was the whole dad-burned panel! Were not even saying theyre wrong. Wed just ask you to keep that passage in mind when you gaze on Matthews reinvented outlook, as expressed on cable last night.
Last night, Matthews played you for fools all through his program (see below). At the end, a fiery progressive locked her lips hard on his keister.
By the way, its like Sister said: With Clinton, it wasnt about the sex! It was about [THE LYING]!
Howell Raines, not unlike Collins: Idiocracy is powerful. Yesterday, we perused the latest inanity from Gail Collins, who ran the New York Times editorial board from 2001 through 2007. Her predecessor was Howell Raines. He held that important post from 1993 through 2001.
The idiocracy is vast. On Sunday, Raines wrote an opinion piece in the Washington Post Outlook section. In the piece, he tried to criticize Fox News. That wouldnt seem like a difficult task. But the idiocracy is strong.
Yesterday, we saw Collins inanity. In this, the first five grafs of his piece, Raines put ineptitude on display. The idiocracy is vast:
It isnt hard to find fault with the work of Fox. Its stunning to think that this was the best Howell Raines could manage.
First: Its painful to see Raines complain about journalistic propaganda campaigns. All through the 1990s, he lay at the center of something similar, through his endless editorials ranting against Clinton, in support of Ken Starr. (For Michael Tomaskys painful rundown, just click this.) After chasing Clinton around for years, Raines and his own cadre of raucous commentators, including one of his former girl friends, then turned their guns against Gore. The types of shortcuts and errors which litter Sundays piece were endlessly used against him.
Second: Note what happens as soon as Raines starts trying to argue a claim. He almost seems to be citing a quote from Fox: The American people do not want health-care reform. But has anyone at Fox ever made that actual statement? Raines never names any person by name; he never cites what any named person has said. Presumably, the words inside those quotation marks were actually meant as a paraphrase of things that are generally stated on Fox. Would it really have been that hard to cite real statements by actual people? Instead of doing such a thing, Raines treated himself to a bit of a shortcut. Instantly, Mr. O rebutted, playing tape of himself saying this: I think most Americans want health care reform. (Mr. O says such things all the time.)
Of course, the New York Times dreamed up a lot of quotes when Raines ran its editorial board (and later, when he ran the whole paper). This sometimes cut hard against Gore.
Third: Note the consummate dumbness. Within his first four paragraphs, Raines has Fox News saying two things. On the one hand, Fox says that the American people do not want health-care reform. But Fox also says that today's Republican leadership really does want to overhaul health care. How well do those ideas go together? Discuss: What did Raines mean to say?
Fourth: The American people...have been demanding major reforms to the health-care system since the administration of Teddy Roosevelt? Sorry. Thats just perfect nonsense, of the type a fly-weight like Raines will invent to help drive a claim.
Fifth: Raines describes that recent Gallup poll (48 percent opposed, 45 percent in favor) as a recent dip in support for the legislation. In fact, recent polling is as favorable to the Obama reform proposal as polling has been in some timeand even that Gallup poll produced a more favorable result than many other polls. What sorts of polls does Fox really cite? Last night, Fox was citing its own new poll (click here). It shows 35 percent in favor, 55 percent opposed.
Discuss: Does Howell Raines ever watch Fox?
Raines is out of the business these days. Presumably, he had plenty of time to assemble this piece, which concerns an important subject. Despite that, his piece was riddled with schoolboy bungles and schoolboy errors, even in its first five paragraphs. But so it went at the New York Times when Raines sat at the to of the pile. So it tends to go at the top of the mainstream heap. The idiocracy is strongand its vast.
Collins had been away for a month; she chose to talk about Eric Massa. Raines has been away for years; this was the best he could manage. Note to tribals: Yes, his prose made you feel good. But would his effort convince someone else? Did it give you winning information? Did it give you winning arguments?
It isnt hard to make a case against the work thats done at Fox. But the spirit is weak in the upper-class press corps, as Collins is constantly trying to show us. Raines let us see the intellectual weakness inside the high walls of Versailles.
LIPS LOCKED ON HARDBALL KEISTER (permalink): Last nights Hardball was something to see, pretty much from its start to its finish. Its reinvented, re-purposed host pretended to be a man of the people. He seemed to pretend that hed been a Clinton-defender. He lied in your face about policy matters (see below).
And then, that ludicrous tape! We havent seen so clownish a tape since October 2000, when the cables assembled that foolish loop tape showing Gores many troubling sighs. (Culled from a 90-minute debate.) If you want to get played for such a fool again, just click here, then watch the tape MS has been pimping around.
The tape shows brief clips from Bret Baiers interview with Obama. In our view, Baier did interrupt too muchthough Chris Hayes, who actually watched the interview, said it didnt bother him, thus ruining Wednesday nights Countdown. But do you think, for even a minute, that Matthews ever watched the interview? Please! This was the best this big slug could manage, discussing the session last night:
In fact, the full interview had been on-line at Fox since the previous evening. Do you think this consummate fraud ever watched it? Looking at his own networks gong-show tape, it looked like he was interrupted like 16 or 17 times, Matthews stupidly said. He also didnt seem to know how long the interview was.
In a more rational world, a fraud like Matthews would have had his big fat ass fired right there.
But this is typical stuff for Matthews. The fraud he committed while talking to conservative activist Tim Phillips was perhaps even worse.
Uh-oh! On Wednesday night, Ron Brownstein had actually told Chris something! Brownstein was responding to Chris favorite new script: Republicans dont try to pass their health care measures when theyre in control! Uh-oh! Responding, Brownstein said this about that:
Two of these ideas got defeated by filibuster. And of course! When the other tribe gets defeated that way, its because they really didnt want to do it. If your IQ is 7 or 8, you will find that novel persuasive.
(Small hint: Republican do want to pass these measures. The measures just arent any good.)
Brownstein handed Matthews a bit of knowledge. For better or worse, Republicans did try to pass three health reforms; two passed the House, but were then filibustered. But so what? One night later, on last nights program, Chris skedaddled right back to his thin, tiny script. This is what hes paid to do. Hes paid to sell you dime novels:
For Chris, it was straight back to the script, one night after Brownstein told him the script just isnt real accurate.
Whats wrong with this lazy, insulting conduct? Just this: Chris is too lazy and indifferent to learn how to argue the merits of these proposals. Whats wrong with those GOP proposals? On Hardball, youll never find out! Chris will just hand you lazy sh*t, the way he did all through the 90s, when he was taking out Clinton and Gore. Hell hand you his crap all night long.
After that, Cynthia Tucker and Joan Walsh will arrive, to ooh, aah, gasp and applaud him. Its quite a featto keep sucking Hardball teat while your lips are locked on Hardball keister.
Why must liberals be treated this way? Cracker, please! Follow the money!