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Matthews Links Palin & Bachmann to Giffords Shooting, Portrays U.S. as Gun Crazed Nation
NewsBusters ^ | January 10, 2011 | Geoffrey Dickens

Posted on 01/10/2011 6:16:49 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet

Chris Matthews, on Monday's Hardball, used the attempt on Gabrielle Giffords' life, to not only portray America as some sort of gun crazed country, but also to blame the likes of Sarah Palin and Michele Bachmann for political violence as he blurted: "Sarah Palin using gun play language. What is she talking about crosshairs and reloading...and Bachmann out there with her kind of talk. I mean it seems like the way people talk now has, has gotten more ballistic...Why are guns talked about so much, especially on the right? Why?"

First up, Matthews depicted the United States as a uniquely gun crazed nation, especially in regards to political violence, as he told asked Arizona Democratic Congressman Raul Grijalva "In Mexico I don't see their leaders getting knocked off every couple of years....This country has a particular, historic problem with assassination of public officials." Apparently Matthews missed the news that just this last summer, in Mexico, a candidate for governor, Rodolfo Torre, was killed.

Then later on in the show, Matthews, along with the Huffington Post's Howard Fineman, went after a couple of his favorite targets, Palin and Bachmann, as seen in this exchange:

(VIDEO AT LINK)

CHRIS MATTHEWS: Here's part of Palin's email to Glenn Beck which he read on his radio show. Quote, "I hate violence, I hate war. Our children will not have peace if politicos just capitalize on this to succeed in portraying anyone as inciting terror and violence." Well that sounds horribly defensive, Howard, and too broad in its defense to mean anything.

HOWARD FINEMAN, HUFFINGTON POST: Yeah. I, I - having seen her play with the, with the gun analogy, I'm not going to cut her that much slack here.

MATTHEWS: Yeah.

FINEMAN: I saw her last spring in New Orleans, and she did the - in front of a Republican audience of grassroots hardcore people saying, "We're not gonna retreat, we're gonna reload."

MATTHEWS: What's that mean?

FINEMAN: Okay, now, I know she said, "Hey, that doesn't mean anything." To those people, that was dog whistle politics to those people.

MATTHEWS: Yeah, yeah.

FINEMAN: And it involves Second Amendment rights, it involves the whole mythology and reality of guns. She knew exactly what she was playing with here. That doesn't mean she's in any way responsible for this. To underscore that, okay? But that's the thing that she's playing around with here, and she darn well knows what she's doing.

The following teasers and exchanges were aired on the January 10 Hardball:

CHRIS MATTHEWS: Well Congressman [Raul] Grijalva this is the idiot conversation we're having right now, in this country. I don't know where in Europe or Africa, or Asia they go to political events carrying guns. I don't - in Mexico I don't see their leaders getting knocked off every couple of years. I don't see it in Canada. This country has a particular, historic problem with assassination of public officials. And I just wonder how we can countenance this in public life.

REP. RAUL GRIJALVA, AZ-D: Well you know in, in the state of Arizona, right now there, legislation is gonna be pending to allow students at universities and faculty to carry concealed weapons. It's that crazy. And so when you feed the environment of a tolerance and impunity for, for guns and particularly in a public event dealing with people coming to deal with issues that are important to them, it's unbelievable. And, and, and creates an atmosphere not only of fear. Right after the aftermath of this tragedy somebody posted, someone who is famous for their anti-immigrant and gun issues, posted a comment said, "It's too bad that it wasn't Grijalva." So you feed that ugliness.

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MATTHEWS: Sarah Palin using gun play language. What is she talking about crosshairs and reloading? And Sharron Angle talking about Second Amendment remedies and, and Bachmann out there with her kind of talk. I mean it seems like the way people talk now has, has gotten more ballistic. It's gotten to do with guns, when it has nothing to do with Second Amendment issues. I understand the right to bear arms. It's in our Constitution. It's protected in our Bill of Rights. I understand that, but people bring it up, totally irregardless of the topic, they bring up guns. Why are guns talked about so much, especially on the right? Why?

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MATTHEWS: Up next the attempted assassination of Congresswoman Giffords. Will that temper the red hot vitriol we're getting from both sides?...Well let's talk about Sarah Palin. She is definitely a focus tonight. This is Hardball, only on MSNBC.

MATTHEWS: Welcome back to Hardball, we're back with Howard Fineman of the Huffington Post and Melinda Henneberger of PolitcsDaily or DailyPolitics rather. I think it's PoliticsDaily. This, this map appeared, by the way, on Palin's, Sarah Palin's Facebook page to mark the Democrats her political action committee, SarahPac, that's nice name, wanted to defeat. Well in March of last year Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, who was shot this week, reacted to Palin's map. Let's listen.

REP. GABRIELLE GIFFORDS: We're on Sarah Palin's targeted list, but the thing is the way that she has it depicted has the crosshairs a gun site over our district. When people do that, they've got to realize there's consequences to that action.

MATTHEWS: Well, there are consequences. Here's part of Palin's email to Glenn Beck which he read on his radio show. Quote, "I hate violence, I hate war. Our children will not have peace if politicos just capitalize on this to succeed in portraying anyone as inciting terror and violence." Well that sounds horribly defensive, Howard, and too broad in its defense to mean anything.

HOWARD FINEMAN, HUFFINGTON POST: Yeah. I, I - having seen her play with the, with the gun analogy, I'm not going to cut her that much slack here.

MATTHEWS: Yeah.

FINEMAN: I saw her last spring in New Orleans, and she did the - in front of a Republican audience of grassroots hardcore people saying, "We're not gonna retreat, we're gonna reload."

MATTHEWS: What's that mean?

FINEMAN: Okay, now, I know she said, "Hey, that doesn't mean anything." To those people, that was dog whistle politics to those people.

MATTHEWS: Yeah, yeah.

FINEMAN: And it involves Second Amendment rights, it involves the whole mythology and reality of guns. She knew exactly what she was playing with here. That doesn't mean she's in any way responsible for this. To underscore that, okay? But that's the thing that she's playing around with here, and she darn well knows what she's doing.

MATTHEWS: You know, her, her wanna-be like, Michele Bachmann, who imitates her as much as she can, talked about she wants the people of Minnesota to be armed and dangerous. She's also talking constantly about this Second Amendment thing and guns. It's an obsession with these people. And it's my main focus tonight, bringing guns - not the Second Amendment right to bear arms, that's in our Constitution - but to keep talking about how you're gonna use this right in politics.

MELINDA HENNEBERGER, POLITICSDAILY.COM: Well, back to you, what you said about when she said, "Don't retreat, reload." Specifically, she wasn't speaking about gun rights in that moment.

MATTHEWS: Right.

HENNEBERGER: You know she was, she was actually defending Laura Schlesinger's right to make unfortunate racial remarks in that instance. But-

FINEMAN: No, I'm sorry. No.


TOPICS: Arizona; Issues; State and Local; U.S. Congress
KEYWORDS: arizona; freepressforpalin; giffords; michelebachmann; palin
I truly loathe these people.
1 posted on 01/10/2011 6:16:59 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

If a tree falls in the forest ...

SnakeDoc


2 posted on 01/10/2011 6:19:24 PM PST by SnakeDoctor ("They made it evident to every man [...] that human beings are many, but men are few." -- Herodotus)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Chrissy Matthews show has about 10 viewers, so I bet they all stood up and applauded, then went back to their mama’s basement and snuggled their blankie


3 posted on 01/10/2011 6:19:33 PM PST by Sarah Barracuda
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Rachel Madcow doing same thing.


4 posted on 01/10/2011 6:20:30 PM PST by Hotmetal (An Irishman is not too drunk if he can hold on to a blade of grass and not fall from earth.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

This is a Mental Health issue and not a political issue and F%$K anyone who turns this into a Political issue


5 posted on 01/10/2011 6:21:22 PM PST by GrouchoTex (...and ye shall know the Truth and the Truth shall set you free....)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Matthews’ statement regarding Mexico is so idiotic and ignorant of the facts that it makes anything he says further laughable.


6 posted on 01/10/2011 6:24:26 PM PST by Patrick1 ("The problem with Internet quotations is that many are not genuine." - Abraham Lincoln)
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To: GrouchoTex

http://huffingtonpostnews.blogspot.com/2011/01/chris-matthews-in-law-arrested-in.html


7 posted on 01/10/2011 6:25:14 PM PST by Blue Turtle
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

8 posted on 01/10/2011 6:25:23 PM PST by Reagan Man ("In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem.")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The left is getting a big tingle out of this tragedy . . . and this big goof is getting the biggest tingle.


9 posted on 01/10/2011 6:27:02 PM PST by laweeks
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Matthews needs a few dozen emails to remind him of how he got where he is today. We made him famous — we can make him infamous.

Anyone got his email addy? Let’s HIT IT!


10 posted on 01/10/2011 6:27:28 PM PST by Monkey Face (A fig! A fig upon you, you charlatan liberals!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
I don't know where in Europe or Africa, or Asia they go to political events carrying guns. I don't - in Mexico I don't see their leaders getting knocked off every couple of years.

Oh yeah, Africa and Asia are delightful homogeneous places where there is never any strife. And Europe LoL Mexico? Bwaahaahaa!

11 posted on 01/10/2011 6:27:40 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Does anyone doubt that if Matthews had the opportunity he would rule as a tyrant?


12 posted on 01/10/2011 6:27:52 PM PST by pieceofthepuzzle
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Geez, Hardball just got more exposure on FR than it does on MSNBC.


13 posted on 01/10/2011 6:29:51 PM PST by umgud
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“REP. RAUL GRIJALVA, AZ-D: Well you know in, in the state of Arizona, right now there, legislation is gonna be pending to allow students at universities and faculty to carry concealed weapons. It’s that crazy.”

Well, I wouldn’t want my child sitting in a class with a Loughner-loon. But Loughner was there, plain as day, attending with other who were sitting by the door and ready to run.


14 posted on 01/10/2011 6:29:56 PM PST by combat_boots (The Lion of Judah cometh. Hallelujah. Gloria Patri, Filio et Spiritui Sancto.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

If Gabby was able to communicate right now she would probably tell Chrissy that he is an idiot.


15 posted on 01/10/2011 6:30:45 PM PST by kempster
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I saw him. I think he and Olberman incite violence against Palin weekly. They do exactly what they accuse the right of doing.


16 posted on 01/10/2011 6:32:49 PM PST by dandiegirl
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

What is really needed is B.S. control.


17 posted on 01/10/2011 6:33:19 PM PST by oyez (The difference in genius and stupidity is that genius has limits.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
If I wrote what I think, some would get the idea that I'm a gun-toten, Bible carrying, married only once {to a woman for over 40 years}, right wing crazy person that wanted to see harm come to chrissy girl.

Nothing could be further from the truth.

If I wanted harm to come to anyone {which I don't}, the last thing that I'd ever do is post a warning on the very double, secret, hidden place named Free Republic.

Besides, I'm leaving for the next 4-6 weeks for Florida and other warm places where they have golf courses and beaches and sports bars, but no political tv shows, nor computers nor news to clog my brain.

For the next month I'm going to live like a demonRAT and go on welfare and food stamps {just joking}.

18 posted on 01/10/2011 6:33:19 PM PST by USS Alaska (Nuke the terrorist savages, in honor of Standing Wolf.)
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To: kempster

I bet Auburn - Oregon has Millions more viewers than chrissy. Maybe he got into his in-laws drugs.


19 posted on 01/10/2011 6:33:46 PM PST by scooby321
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Chris Matthews who?


20 posted on 01/10/2011 6:38:00 PM PST by bmwcyle (It is Satan's fault)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Chris Matthews is the product of a handjob on a hot rock in August.


21 posted on 01/10/2011 6:46:54 PM PST by paddles ("The more corrupt the state, the more it legislates." Tacitus)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Hey Chrissy, how's that yacht of pot doing for your family.
22 posted on 01/10/2011 6:57:28 PM PST by VRWC For Truth (Throw the bums out who vote yes on the bailout)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Whose idea was it to have a “Gun Porn” posting just before this one...someone trying to make Mathew’s point? ;-)


23 posted on 01/10/2011 7:05:35 PM PST by fremont_steve
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To: VRWC For Truth

Matthews is honestly one of, if not the WORST example of what journalists nowadays have become.


24 posted on 01/10/2011 7:07:01 PM PST by LibsRJerks
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Isn’t this the same crowd that always tells us sexual and violent content in music and television doesn’t influence behavior?


25 posted on 01/10/2011 7:59:40 PM PST by TheDingoAteMyBaby
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To: Reagan Man

He look good after his visit with mac daddy, combed his hair, took off his knee pads and wiped his mouth with a tissue.


26 posted on 01/11/2011 6:33:16 AM PST by chiefqc
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