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Matthews: Plame Story Too Complicated to Cover Now [Interview with Hardball host]
NewsBusters ^ | 9/8/06 | Matthew Sheffield

Posted on 09/08/2006 9:16:58 AM PDT by RatherBiased.com

Since the revelation that Richard Armitage, a former high-ranking official in the State Department, was the source of the much-ballyhooed Valerie Plame "leak," many in the media have refused to touch the story with a ten-foot pole. This was quite a turnaround since before the Armitage involvement was known, many journalists believed the CIA leak story was one worth pursuing on a daily basis. Some even believed it could bring down the Bush White House, or at least end the careers of Karl Rove and Dick Cheney.

One of the biggest media figures boycotting the Plame story has been MSNBC host Chris Matthews who has yet to mention the scandal at all since the Armitage report broke, a dramatic contrast to the 27 times he mentioned the "scandal" in the five months leading up to it.

Like P.J. Gladnick, I couldn't help but notice Matthews's strange flip. So I decided to ask him about it. His answer revealed an animus toward Vice President Dick Cheney and a fear of being asked to answer tough questions himself.

Last night, I went to a party held by MSNBC and National Journal celebrating a new venture the two media outlets are launching together. Quite a few NBCers were there, including Chris Matthews. I struck up a conversation with the host about the topic of Plame and why he hadn't talked about the story at all. Here's a rough transcript of our discussion which I wrote down shortly thereafter:

Q: So I've noticed you haven't done anything on the whole Valerie Plame story since the Armitage story broke. Why not invite Joe Wilson on the show to defend himself?

A: Because he'd say basically the same thing he always says. 'My wife had no involvement in getting me the mission.' He'd just repeat it over and over.

Q: Maybe, but isn't it at least worth showing your viewers that this guy has no credibility considering how much you talked about the story before? Shouldn't he be held accountable for wasting all our time? Why not invite one of his representatives or defenders on the show?

A: Well, the story's just gotten so complicated. I mean, it's just such a mess. Because what if it's true that Armitage was the source, but those other guys [presumably Rove and Scooter Libby], also were leakers, what then?

Q: Isn't that a question worth exploring on your show?

A: It could be but the problem is that Dick Cheney has so many apologists it's ridiculous. So many journalists like Bob Woodward will say or do anything just to get access to him. And then all the people in the administration too.

Q: I don't see why this is stopping you from mentioning the story at all. The viewers at least need some sort of closure don't they?

A: Hey listen I need to get out of here. I have to get back home.
After that remark, Matthews left the conversation. He stuck around for at least 15 more minutes afterward before leaving.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Front Page News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: armitage; chrismatthews; chrissyisaslut; cialeak; hardball; lying; matthews; mediabias; msnbc; partisanhack; plame; prissychrissy; punk; richardarmitage; wilsonplame
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1 posted on 09/08/2006 9:17:00 AM PDT by RatherBiased.com
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Unbelievable...


2 posted on 09/08/2006 9:17:45 AM PDT by nutmeg (National security trumps everything else.)
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To: nutmeg

Delusional, too.


3 posted on 09/08/2006 9:20:15 AM PDT by Tallguy (The problem with this war is the name... You don't wage war against a tactic.)
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To: RatherBiased.com

F#$%ing weasel.

Chris Matthews is big mouthed media whore, with zero ethics, and even less responsibility for his actions. Hell, Dan Rather showed more remorse and apology for pushing a false story.

Chris Matthews, you are a coward.


4 posted on 09/08/2006 9:21:29 AM PDT by finnman69 (cum puella incedit minore medio corpore sub quo manifestu s globus, inflammare animos)
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To: RatherBiased.com

Then we've got The Path to 911 ... the rats are pathetic!!!


5 posted on 09/08/2006 9:21:46 AM PDT by shield (A wise man's heart is at his RIGHT hand; but a fool's heart at his LEFT. Ecc 10:2)
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To: RatherBiased.com

I believe the author but Matthews will just deny the conversation even happened without audio to back it up.


6 posted on 09/08/2006 9:22:08 AM PDT by frogjerk (REUTERS: We give smoke and mirrors a bad name)
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To: RatherBiased.com

"Buuut Cheney has too many APOLOGISTS..."

And then, turning away from the tough questions, Chrissy had a big piece of cheese to go with his whine.


7 posted on 09/08/2006 9:22:10 AM PDT by silverleaf (Fasten your seat belts- it's going to be a BUMPY ride.)
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To: RatherBiased.com

This is very good. First they want the ABC series censored by the democrat Senate no less, and now they want to censor the true facts of Plamecase by ignoring it.

You can't buy better campaign material than these fools are shoveling.


8 posted on 09/08/2006 9:23:20 AM PDT by OpusatFR ( ALEA IACTA EST. We have just crossed the Rubicon.)
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To: RatherBiased.com

Is Lardball still on the air?


9 posted on 09/08/2006 9:23:25 AM PDT by Andy from Beaverton (I'm so anti-pc, I use a Mac)
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To: RatherBiased.com

"Too Complicated" = He can't spin it to meet his agenda any more. Yellow journalism at it's finest.


10 posted on 09/08/2006 9:24:13 AM PDT by stm (Katherine Harris for US Senate!)
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To: RatherBiased.com

Great job Matt! Reporting on the "reporters". New Media BUMP!

Truth BUMP!


11 posted on 09/08/2006 9:24:49 AM PDT by PGalt
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To: RatherBiased.com

Watta putz.


12 posted on 09/08/2006 9:24:57 AM PDT by Enterprise (Let's not enforce laws that are already on the books, let's just write new laws we won't enforce.)
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To: RatherBiased.com

I'll bet matthews doesn't want to touch this right now, its a hot button issue. My thought when I read about this at first was: so thats why Powell left, President Bush knew what happened and maybe asked him to leave....but another question, did Rice know to? Guess it will all come out in the wash someday.....


Draw your own conclusions from the fact that Armitage’s best friend Colin Powell called Dick Cheney’s supporters (including Scooter Libby, Doug Feith and Paul Wolfowitz) the “Gestapo Office” (quite insulting considering that there is a history of relatives lost in the Holocaust among them).

Factor in that Powell called Doug Feith “a card-carrying member of the Likud Party” and referred to the Likudnicks in the White House controlling policy during his “exit interview with Bush” (see Assassin’s Gate: America in Iraq) – thereby showing his support for anti-Semitic conspiracy theorists.

Don’t forget that Powell is also joined at the hip with Brent Scowcroft – no friend of Israel and an investor in the Saudi-funded Carlyle Group? Consider that Armitage felt it was fine for Libby to undergo undeserved torment during Fitzgerald’s inquisition and that Colin Powell also knew that Armitage was the leaker but kept quiet about his knowledge when interviewed by the Justice two days after Amitage admitted to Powell he was the leaker.

Remember that Powell’s other good friend, and former chief of staff, Larry Wilkerson, sees no problem with teaching his college courses at William and Mary and George Washington University using the Walt/Mearsheimer Israel Lobby Paper – and that many have criticized as being anti-Semitic? Wilkerson believes the paper contains “blinding flashes of the obvious.”

Keep in mind that the same Larry Wilkerson has a history of making anti-Israel (some bordering on anti-Semitic) statements and believes in the neo-conservative “cabal” and who can be quoted,

“I have some reservations about people who have never been in the face of battle, so to speak, who are making cavalier decisions about sending men and women out to die. A person who comes immediately to mind in that regard is Richard Perle, who, thank God, tendered his resignation and no longer will be even a semiofficial person in this administration. . . . I call them utopians. I don’t care whether utopians are Vladimir Lenin on a sealed train to Moscow or Paul Wolfowitz. Utopians, I don’t like. You’re never going to bring utopia, and you’re going to hurt a lot of people in the process of trying to do it.

-State Department chief of staff Larry Wilkerson, quoted by GQ, May 4 Well, there seems to be a cabal here alright—an anti-Semitic one.

Ed Lasky 8 30 06



13 posted on 09/08/2006 9:25:47 AM PDT by HarleyLady27 (My ? to libs: "Do they ever shut up on your planet?" "Grow your own DOPE: Plant a LIB!")
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To: nutmeg

Matthews is just a punk.


14 posted on 09/08/2006 9:26:32 AM PDT by demlosers
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To: RatherBiased.com

Sheffield should have coaxed him to a dark corner of the room... and pile-drived the spit right out of him.


15 posted on 09/08/2006 9:26:52 AM PDT by johnny7 (“And what's Fonzie like? Come on Yolanda... what's Fonzie like?!”)
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To: RatherBiased.com

Well, you know, Chrissy is right.

The story has no useful value to him or the democrats anymore. Why would they waste their time if they can no longer use the Plame case to attack Bush and Rove and Cheney.

And, it's not within the moral/ethical values of Chrissy or the democrats to even think about issuing an apology to Bush or Rove or Cheney. To them, Chrissy and the democrats, Bush, Rove and Cheney, are still evil and crooked.


16 posted on 09/08/2006 9:27:14 AM PDT by adorno
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To: RatherBiased.com
You nailed that scum bum. The pure garbage that comes out of his mouth does appeal to the non thinking ignorant fools, so didn't expect him to say anything that might bust his ego. At least we know him for what he is.
17 posted on 09/08/2006 9:27:34 AM PDT by Logical me (Oh, well!!!)
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To: RatherBiased.com; xsmommy

Matthews coverup alert.


18 posted on 09/08/2006 9:27:34 AM PDT by Robert A. Cook, PE (I can only donate monthly, but Hillary's ABBCNNBCBS continue to lie every day!)
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To: RatherBiased.com

Chrissy is a sissy, Chrissy is a sissy, Chrissy is a sissy........

But, hey, why don't I tell you folks something you DON'T know already.


19 posted on 09/08/2006 9:28:59 AM PDT by no dems ("25 homicides a day committed by Illegals" Ted Poe (R-TX) Houston Hearings 8/16/06)
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To: RatherBiased.com
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20 posted on 09/08/2006 9:29:26 AM PDT by frogjerk (REUTERS: We give smoke and mirrors a bad name)
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To: RatherBiased.com
Too much Jujitsu, eh Crissy.
21 posted on 09/08/2006 9:29:39 AM PDT by msnimje (What part of-- "DEATH TO AMERICA" --do the Democrats not understand?)
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To: RatherBiased.com

That pretty much confirms what we all knew about him.


22 posted on 09/08/2006 9:30:10 AM PDT by cvq3842
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To: RatherBiased.com
Somebody with contacts forward this post to Laura Ingraham, who was talking about wanting to confront Matthews on this same topic the next time she's on the show. This would make a great follow-up.
23 posted on 09/08/2006 9:30:55 AM PDT by Tirian
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To: Robert A. Cook, PE

thanks for the ping!


24 posted on 09/08/2006 9:31:20 AM PDT by xsmommy
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To: RatherBiased.com

But Chris was expecting 22 indictments!!

Thanks for doing this.


25 posted on 09/08/2006 9:31:44 AM PDT by miss marmelstein (T)
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To: RatherBiased.com

Anyone ever believe that Chris isn't and hasn't always been a party hack?


26 posted on 09/08/2006 9:32:41 AM PDT by unspun (What do you think? Please think, before you answer.)
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To: RatherBiased.com

Not too complicated, Wilson is a liar and so is Mathews!

Pray for W and Our Troops


27 posted on 09/08/2006 9:32:48 AM PDT by bray (Koffi 4 Food has Failed.......Again)
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To: RatherBiased.com

The Plamegate affair is doing wonders to show the media for what they are. Anyone who fails to see that they are partisan hacks incapable of finding "journalistic integrity" in a dictionary is in a coma.

Between Plamegate unraveling and the Dem hysteria over the Path to 9/11, the leftists are going out of their way to expose their black inner core for all to see.

As much as I despise these people, I'm enjoying the show.


28 posted on 09/08/2006 9:33:55 AM PDT by DustyMoment (FloriDUH - proud inventors of pregnant/hanging chads and judicide!!)
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To: RatherBiased.com
Very good work on your part!!

The obvious explanation has already been posted. That Chris Matthews is a hidebound shill for the Donks and the Plame affair is no longer useful to his cause. So it drops out of sight, off his show for good, without another word. Chrissy-pooh will never apologize same as the NY Slimes.

In contrast the Washington Post wrote a very fine post-Armitage editorial. The Post has always been better balanced than the Times

29 posted on 09/08/2006 9:34:14 AM PDT by dennisw (Confucius say man who goTHese through turnstile sideways going to Bangkok)
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To: frogjerk

Another good reason for 'in-the-loop-types' to always wear a wire.


30 posted on 09/08/2006 9:35:29 AM PDT by johnny7 (“And what's Fonzie like? Come on Yolanda... what's Fonzie like?!”)
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To: adorno
The story has no useful value to him or the democrats anymore.

Yes, so it goes down the 'memory hole', buried and forgotten as if it never happened.

31 posted on 09/08/2006 9:36:18 AM PDT by Rummyfan
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To: RatherBiased.com

The MSM and MSNBC have become the present day Izvestia (the news) and Pravda (the truth). No news to the truth, and no truth to the news!


32 posted on 09/08/2006 9:37:29 AM PDT by Rummyfan
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To: RatherBiased.com

What a hypocrite lying fool. That's all he wanted to talk about before Armitage was "outed." Now he clams up. Bastards.


33 posted on 09/08/2006 9:40:02 AM PDT by RichardW
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To: RatherBiased.com

more great journalism by the Butterball


34 posted on 09/08/2006 9:42:09 AM PDT by npg
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A: Well, the story's just gotten so complicated. I mean, it's just such a mess.

OK, so is he saying that his viewers are too stupid to understand the story, or that he is such a poor host that he can't bring a complex issue to the floor and explain it?

35 posted on 09/08/2006 9:42:37 AM PDT by Stegall Tx (Pray often. Keep the .223 scoped in.)
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To: silverleaf
"Buuut Cheney has too many APOLOGISTS..."

They are not "apologists" if he did nothing wrong. They are simply defending Cheney's good name.

36 posted on 09/08/2006 9:43:59 AM PDT by j. earl carter
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To: RatherBiased.com

meaning his last remaining brain synapse had FRied and he is completely utterly bereft of any ability to comprehend or spin anymore


37 posted on 09/08/2006 9:46:04 AM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ......Help the "Pendleton 8' and families -- http://www.freerepublic.com/~normsrevenge/)
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To: finnman69
F#$%ing weasel.

He is a F#$%ing weasel.

38 posted on 09/08/2006 9:50:49 AM PDT by KC_Conspirator
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To: RatherBiased.com
Well, the story's just gotten so complicated.

Dick and Jane is complicated for Lickspittle Matthews.

39 posted on 09/08/2006 9:54:09 AM PDT by N. Theknow ((Kennedys - Can't drive, can't fly, can't ski, can't skipper a boat - But they know what's best.))
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To: RatherBiased.com
Maybe Tweety Bird saw a puddy tat and it scared him?

Or maybe he mistook someone for Michelle Maklin and he had to change his Depends?

40 posted on 09/08/2006 9:55:16 AM PDT by Doctor Raoul (New York Times? Get a rope!)
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To: RatherBiased.com

Chris, your hypocrisy is showing.


41 posted on 09/08/2006 10:00:35 AM PDT by TChris (Banning DDT wasn't about birds. It was about power.)
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To: A Citizen Reporter; AliVeritas; alnick; AmeriBrit; AmericaUnited; arasina; BlessedByLiberty; ...
Scooter Ping!!
42 posted on 09/08/2006 10:02:28 AM PDT by Howlin (Who in the press will stick up for ABC's right to air this miniseries? ~~NRO)
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To: RatherBiased.com

Chris Matthews is still living down his squealing man crush episode when Bill Clinton came out at the 2004 Democratic National Convention.


43 posted on 09/08/2006 10:02:40 AM PDT by HitmanLV ("If at first you don't succeed, keep on sucking until you do succeed." - Jerry 'Curly' Howard)
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To: RatherBiased.com
Chris Matthews makes me ill. He thinks everyone will just forget how he hammered the story and was wide eyed and spitting about Bush and espically Cheney. He obviously can not report without his personal bias showing toward Cheney. He blows and goes about the war and how he was always aganist it. This is a LIE. He was all hyped up at the beginning. He is a coward and a sissy 1960's liberal trying to give up his bad habits from that era but just can not break through. He reminds be of a old Dennis the Menace.
44 posted on 09/08/2006 10:03:57 AM PDT by therut
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To: RatherBiased.com

Just one more reason why Matthews is dead last or close to it when the cable ratings are posted...............


45 posted on 09/08/2006 10:04:00 AM PDT by AwesomePossum
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To: dennisw

"In contrast the Washington Post wrote a very fine post-Armitage editorial. The Post has always been better balanced than the Times"

Don't forget that Woodward is assistant managing editor. He apologized to his own paper several months ago for keeping his contact with Armitage, in which Plame was identified, a secret. Also, I seem to recall seeing him on Meet The Press several months ago expressing skepticism about Rove/Cheney/Libby?Bush's involvement in the Plame affair.

In hindsight, it is clear why he was skeptical.


46 posted on 09/08/2006 10:04:14 AM PDT by billhilly
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To: STARWISE; Peach; Howlin; Bahbah

Brief change of topic, Chris Matthews showing his true colors..


47 posted on 09/08/2006 10:13:24 AM PDT by SE Mom (Proud mom of an Iraq war combat vet-prayers for the kidnapped Israeli Soldiers)
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To: RatherBiased.com

Yeah. The lie was so much simpler and more compelling.


48 posted on 09/08/2006 10:14:10 AM PDT by lady lawyer
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To: SE Mom

Notice Armitage is a "source," but Rove and Liddy are "leakers."


49 posted on 09/08/2006 10:15:38 AM PDT by Howlin (Who in the press will stick up for ABC's right to air this miniseries? ~~NRO)
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To: Howlin

Bingo!


50 posted on 09/08/2006 10:19:08 AM PDT by SE Mom (Proud mom of an Iraq war combat vet-prayers for the kidnapped Israeli Soldiers)
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