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Chris Matthews refuses hardball question
Boston Herald ^ | 10/22/2009 | Jessica Heslam

Posted on 10/22/2009 6:55:00 PM PDT by Saije

A petulant Chris Matthews wouldn’t talk about MSNBC’s recent ratings dip during an interview flogging his fawning essay on the late Sen. Edward Kennedy that’s in the November issue of Boston magazine.

“Let’s just drop all the conversation about my network,” the “Hardball” host huffed the other day. “I’m not a media critic.”

It could be that Matthews got a little hot under the collar because his left-leaning network has been losing viewers.

During the recent third-quarter ratings period, Fox News averaged about 2.26 million total viewers in prime time and was up 2 percent from the same time last year. CNN had 949,000 viewers and was down 30 percent. MSNBC averaged 795,000 viewers and was down 10 percent.

In the coveted 25- to 54-year-old demographic, Fox News averaged 589,000 viewers and was up 5 percent. CNN had 288,000 and was down 39 percent. SNBC had 275,000 and was down 21 percent.

Mediaweek television analyst Marc Berman says Fox News is well above the competition.

“There’s bleeding everywhere except Fox News,” Berman said. “The rich has gotten richer and that’s Fox News.”

Matthews did, however, weigh in on the feud between rival Fox News and the Obama administration, which has accused the channel of being an “arm of the Republican Party” and said it shouldn’t be treated as a news organization.

“My hunch is they’ve discovered in their research that the commentators on that network have begun to cut into the independents and that they’re worried that some independents are listening to those voices and believing them,” Matthews opined.

As for his essay on Kennedy, Matthews says the glossy mag approached him to write it. The theme of his piece is how the legendary lawmaker triumphed over tragedy, and it’s the opening essay for the magazine’s upcoming Kennedy bonanza.

(Excerpt) Read more at bostonherald.com ...


TOPICS: TV/Movies
KEYWORDS: chrismatthews; hardball; kennedy; leftleaningnetwork; msnbc
We're all just too stupid to know what we should be watching. Right, Chris?
1 posted on 10/22/2009 6:55:00 PM PDT by Saije
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To: Saije

“It could be that Matthews got a little hot under the collar because his left-leaning network has been losing viewers.”

Did Fox loose your resume again Chris?


2 posted on 10/22/2009 7:02:13 PM PDT by stumptalker
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To: stumptalker

Petulant!

More like flatulent!!!!


3 posted on 10/22/2009 7:03:16 PM PDT by K-oneTexas (I'm not a judge and there ain't enough of me to be a jury. (Zell Miller, A National Party No More))
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To: Saije
As for his essay on Kennedy, Matthews says the glossy mag approached him to write it. The theme of his piece is how the legendary lawmaker triumphed over tragedy

Or other people's tragedy, as the case may be.


4 posted on 10/22/2009 7:04:51 PM PDT by MarineBrat (Better dead than red!)
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To: Saije
My hunch is they’ve discovered in their research that the commentators on that network have begun to cut into the independents and that they’re worried that some independents are listening to those voices and believing them,” Matthews opined.

Hmm...independents are no longer believing the lies and drinking the Kool-aid?
5 posted on 10/22/2009 7:10:50 PM PDT by Notasoccermom
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To: Saije

MSNBC is run the same way that all the liberal media is run, such as the NYT. It doesn’t matter whether or not anyone watches or reads their product. Ideology trumps ratings. They know that they can always get a government bailout as long as a socialist is in office. The only audience that matters to them is Chairman BHO.


6 posted on 10/22/2009 7:16:45 PM PDT by Nosterrex
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To: K-oneTexas

Listening to Chris is like nails on a chalk board, I could ring his neck if I could reach it.


7 posted on 10/22/2009 7:17:01 PM PDT by stumptalker
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To: Saije

I’ll bet he got a tingly feeling down his leg on that question. Lol!


8 posted on 10/22/2009 7:22:06 PM PDT by rdl6989 (January 20, 2013 The end of an error.)
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To: stumptalker

Lot’s of truth to your post. Your talking about the lowest rated host on one of the lowest rated networks.

There’s no way Chris will say anything against his employer. His job there is on life support as it is.


9 posted on 10/22/2009 7:22:19 PM PDT by Rational Thought
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To: Saije
"Let’s just drop all the conversation about my network"

The guy does an interview and doesn't want to talk about his work? BWWHAHAHAHAHA. What else is there to talk about regarding Matthews?

10 posted on 10/22/2009 7:26:20 PM PDT by BookmanTheJanitor
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To: Saije

There was a time I had a lot of respect for Chris Matthews. He was liberal but fair...and not even all that liberal. He was a pretty strong defender of Rush Limbaugh and even hosted Limbaugh’s show once! Somewhere he sold his soul.


11 posted on 10/22/2009 7:32:01 PM PDT by ElectronVolt
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12 posted on 10/22/2009 7:33:43 PM PDT by Lancey Howard (Go, Phillies!)
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To: Saije

I’m reminded of Glen Beck’s little lapdog named “Press”.

Beck: “Isn’t that cute? He just said, ‘Let’s play hardball.”


13 posted on 10/22/2009 7:37:36 PM PDT by popdonnelly (Yes, we disagree - no, we won't shut up - no, we won't quit.)
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To: Saije
LOL. Kennedy overcoming adversity???

Reminds me of the Menendez brothers. Murdered both their parents with a shotgun and then asked for leniency because they were orphans.

14 posted on 10/22/2009 7:53:25 PM PDT by Lawgvr1955 (You can never have too much cowbell !!)
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To: Saije

Awwww...the “thrill” is gone?


15 posted on 10/22/2009 7:54:58 PM PDT by Allegra (It doesn't matter what this tagline says...the liberals are going to call it "racist.")
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To: rdl6989

I hope he consults a physician for erections lasting longer than four hours.


16 posted on 10/22/2009 8:03:34 PM PDT by 353FMG (Save the Planet -- Erase Socialism)
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To: Rational Thought

Many years ago I actually liked the guy, I thought he asked questions that really challenged his guest. In the last few
years he has become intellectually lazy, and he just takes a bunch of cheap shots for a little laugh.


17 posted on 10/23/2009 4:05:46 AM PDT by stumptalker
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To: stumptalker

He only asked questions that “challenged” Conservatives. Otherwise, he has ALWAYS pandered to and protected the Left.

We must assume your former philosophy as being that. Being a moderate on this forum is not healthy newbie.


18 posted on 10/23/2009 4:13:34 AM PDT by PSYCHO-FREEP
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To: 353FMG
I hope he consults a physician for erections lasting longer than four hours.

It may last for four years.

19 posted on 10/23/2009 4:17:30 AM PDT by paulycy (Predatory Pricing = Public Option = Unethical Competition .)
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He has been on the tube a long time. I as most people was swayed by the liberal persuasion until I had to start paying my own way many years ago. Are you any different?
20 posted on 10/23/2009 4:32:37 AM PDT by stumptalker
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Many years ago I actually liked the guy, I thought he asked questions that really challenged his guest. In the last few years he has become intellectually lazy, and he just takes a bunch of cheap shots for a little laugh.

That's how I feel about him. Except that I think he intentionally went into the tank and is now being rightfully punished for it by losing ratings and respect.

I used to watch him every day. Now? Never.

21 posted on 10/23/2009 4:40:36 AM PDT by paulycy (Predatory Pricing = Public Option = Unethical Competition .)
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To: Saije

Little Chrissie Matthews just won’t admit the obvious.He and his network suck.That’s the reason for the Success of Foxnews.


22 posted on 10/23/2009 4:43:45 AM PDT by puppypusher (The world is going to the Dogs.)
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To: MarineBrat

original Y-ted-k site not active. Here is the archive.
http://web.archive.org/web/20040806161459/www.ytedk.com/chappindex.htm


23 posted on 11/03/2009 9:36:20 AM PST by suekas
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