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Matthews on Cheney: "Does He Hate the President Too?"
Hardball/NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein

Posted on 02/14/2006 5:18:13 PM PST by governsleastgovernsbest

by Mark Finkelstein

February 14, 2006 - 19:52

Thirty-six minutes into tonight's Hardball, host Chris Matthews finally permitted a Cheney defender, former Cheney aide Ron Christie, to grace his program. Even then, Christie was not given an unobstructed opportunity to make his case, having to share the segment with hyper-partisan Dem consultant Bob Shrum - he of the record-breaking number of losing presidential campaigns - who tried to drag in everything from Iraq to Hurricane Katrina.

Until Christie's belated appearance, Hardball was an absolutely ceaseless calvacade of criticism heaped on the Veep and his handling of the shooting incident that included:

clips of NBC reporter David Gregory haranguing Scott McClellan; file footage of Gloria Borger supposedly tripping up Cheney over the Saddam/Al-Qaeda connection; MSNBC reporter David Shuster's decidedly downbeat portrayal of events; a grim assessment from Washington Post reporter Jim Vandehei; a pessimistic view of Whittington's medical situation by former NIH director Bernadine Healy; and finally a panel discussion with former Clinton Press Secretary Dede Myers and DC factotum David Gergen The abuse heaped on Cheney was absolutey unrelenting.

And as soon as Christie exited stage right, he was replaced by the puerile Bill Maher, who in 2000 didn't find even Al Gore sufficiently left to suit his tastes, opting instead to support Ralph Nader.

Maher claimed that the handling of the incident was emblematic of the Bush administration's approach to every issue: "screw something up, lie about it and blame the victim." Matthews was so eager to join the hate fest that eventually Maher himself had to stop him: "Chris, you don't have to convince me that Cheney is a bad guy."

The apotheosis of vitriol came from Matthews himself when, in discussing Cheney's alleged disdain for the press with Myers and Gergen Cheney's, asked:

"Does he hate the President too?"

With no positive agenda or constructive proposals to offer the American people on anything from Iraq to Social Security, Democrats and their MSM echo chamber have fastened on the shooting incident like a starving dog on a bone.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: cheney; davidgregory; dedemyers; gergen; hardball; liberalbubble; matthews; msnbc; shooting; shuster; vandehei; whittington

1 posted on 02/14/2006 5:18:17 PM PST by governsleastgovernsbest
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
Thanks for the post about Christie.

I stopped watching him years ago.

2 posted on 02/14/2006 5:24:22 PM PST by TYVets (God so loved the world he didn't send a committee)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Matthews doesn't have the b**ls to allow anyone but Democrats and other members of the fantasy community on his show. I guess he learned his lesson after Zell Miller shreaded him to bits. When he does allow Bush defenders, they have have some Democrat gorilla on hand to shout them down. The man has the intellect of a well trained house cat and the courage of a rat.


3 posted on 02/14/2006 5:27:17 PM PST by zook
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Hollywood brought us "Get Shorty" and Chrissy brings us his nightly "Get Bush/Cheney" show. He froths and foams at the mouth. His hatred is visceral. I don't mind this if he'd just be honest about it and tell viewers that his nightly guest roster and subject matter is designed to beat up Bush.


4 posted on 02/14/2006 5:27:22 PM PST by umgud (uncompassionate conservative)
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To: Behind Liberal Lines; Miss Marple; an amused spectator; netmilsmom; Diogenesis; YaYa123; MEG33; ...

Hardball/NewsBusters bash-fest ping to the Today Show ping list.


5 posted on 02/14/2006 5:27:35 PM PST by governsleastgovernsbest (Watching the Today Show Since 2002 So You Don't Have To.)
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To: zook

He is the no 00 type. Hard to watch.


6 posted on 02/14/2006 5:30:06 PM PST by ANGGAPO (LayteGulfBeachClub)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

And they mock Fox for being 'fair and balanced'


7 posted on 02/14/2006 5:30:52 PM PST by Always Right
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To: zook
Matthews doesn't have the b**ls to allow anyone but Democrats and other members of the fantasy community on his show.

For the most part that's true, but tonight he did allow Ron Christie a few moments. Mr. Christie basically took the Rush Limbaugh approach and threw up his hand and laughed at the foolishness. Not to diminish his appearance though, when allowed to speak, he was excellent. He is bright and knowledgeable, made great points, didn't allow Hissy to filibuster him and I hope we see him more.

8 posted on 02/14/2006 5:32:28 PM PST by Bahbah (An admitted Snow Flake and a member of Sam's Club)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Good grief! You've either cloned yourself or you have a constitution stronger than most mere mortals!

Meanwhile, Chris what's-his-name is apparently doing his best to keep his message alive. I haven't watched him in years. What a silly man he is!


9 posted on 02/14/2006 5:34:14 PM PST by Maria S
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To: Maria S

Frankly, by the time tonight rolled around, I was feeling burned out by this story. But Matthews' coverage was so breathtakingly biased that it roused me to post a thread.


10 posted on 02/14/2006 5:36:35 PM PST by governsleastgovernsbest (Watching the Today Show Since 2002 So You Don't Have To.)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
That's right .. instead of being by his friends side at the hospital

The Vice President should have rushed back to DC and called a press conference to let the self appointed glorified do no wrong Press Corp

The media needs to get over themselves .. the world does not evolve around them

KEEP TALKING MEDIA .. YOU ARE CONTINUING TO TURN THE PUBLIC OFF!!!

11 posted on 02/14/2006 5:37:47 PM PST by Mo1 (Republicans protect Americans from Terrorists.. Democrats protect Terrorists from Americans)
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To: Maria S

I believe Mark has built up a very strong immunity over time and many careful controlled doses of media. It's dangerous work and we lose a few in the buildup process however its a needed service here at FR. :)


12 posted on 02/14/2006 6:01:31 PM PST by xp38
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
clips of NBC reporter David Gregory haranguing Scott McClellan


13 posted on 02/14/2006 6:03:12 PM PST by Ghengis (Alexander was a wuss!)
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To: Ghengis

LOL!


14 posted on 02/14/2006 6:04:37 PM PST by governsleastgovernsbest (Watching the Today Show Since 2002 So You Don't Have To.)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

thanks so much for the report. I like knowing just how "over the top" the show will be, but no way could I bare to watch that little man, that despicable, angry, quasi comedian take his cheap shots, aided and abetted by straight man Matthews.


15 posted on 02/14/2006 6:05:14 PM PST by YaYa123
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To: xp38

Thanks xp. Just hand me a Prilosec OTC and a TV remote, and I'm good to go ;-)


16 posted on 02/14/2006 6:05:42 PM PST by governsleastgovernsbest (Watching the Today Show Since 2002 So You Don't Have To.)
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To: YaYa123

Maher tests the absolute limits of my endurance too.


17 posted on 02/14/2006 6:06:41 PM PST by governsleastgovernsbest (Watching the Today Show Since 2002 So You Don't Have To.)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Was David Gregory the "sloppy seconds" turd?


18 posted on 02/14/2006 6:12:11 PM PST by ncountylee (Dead terrorists smell like victory)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Yer a better man .............

Thanks!


19 posted on 02/14/2006 6:14:15 PM PST by Eaker (My Wife Rocks! - Islam is the cancer, the US Military and Militia is the answer!)
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To: ncountylee
Was David Gregory the "sloppy seconds" [guy]?

That was erstwhile CBS reporter, now of CNN, John Roberts: http://www.cbsnews.com/blogs/2005/10/31/publiceye/entry997460.shtml

20 posted on 02/14/2006 6:15:31 PM PST by governsleastgovernsbest (Watching the Today Show Since 2002 So You Don't Have To.)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

"Does Cheney hate the President TOO"....proving that he DOES hate the President...case closed.


22 posted on 02/14/2006 6:18:15 PM PST by Txsleuth
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To: Bahbah

Am watching Hannity and Colmes...and Susan Estrich made an appearance...

I think her face lift disappeared...she looked the same as before...IMHO!!

BTW...if you watched, did you catch the slam that Kate O'Beirne took at Colmes???


23 posted on 02/14/2006 6:20:21 PM PST by Txsleuth
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To: Txsleuth

I should have made it clearer that Matthews was asking whether Cheney hates the president in addition to hating the press.


24 posted on 02/14/2006 6:22:28 PM PST by governsleastgovernsbest (Watching the Today Show Since 2002 So You Don't Have To.)
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To: Mo1

If you watched Brit's show...he made a point of saying that his e-mail...and even acquaintences opinions are overwhelmingly ...negative against the PRESS...not Cheney's actions or lack of having a presser.


25 posted on 02/14/2006 6:23:01 PM PST by Txsleuth
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

NO. But, Chrissy, check out your ratings -- no one likes YOU.


26 posted on 02/14/2006 6:24:03 PM PST by tioga (Speaking out from the god-foresaken frozen tundra of the land of the hildebeast.)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

LOL>...oh, well.....and why wouldn't Cheney, Rove, Bush, Libby, Laura, Lynn, Condi, Rummy...any of them, NOT hate the press???


27 posted on 02/14/2006 6:24:29 PM PST by Txsleuth
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To: Txsleuth
If you watched Brit's show...he made a point of saying that his e-mail...and even acquaintences opinions are overwhelmingly ...negative against the PRESS...not Cheney's actions or lack of having a presser.

I taped to a watched it later and I did hear that

28 posted on 02/14/2006 6:26:21 PM PST by Mo1 (Republicans protect Americans from Terrorists.. Democrats protect Terrorists from Americans)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
From the text. ..... and their MSM echo chamber have fastened on the shooting incident like a starving dog on a bone.

Talking about the beloved best friend of man, the mention of a dog rings a bell (pun). It was Pavlov, the Russian scientist who conducted these experiments. He conditioned dogs to salivate -first though, he fed them meat. Then he rang a bell. Lo and behold, the very animals salivated-. Later, even though no meat was fed them,they still salivated,on the bell being rung.

The main stream press salivate. They salivate to order, even though there is no real meat. Could their master/s be as a Pavlov?.

They do not care about the human aspect. A man hurt and his friend mortified- something that could happen to anyone.

29 posted on 02/14/2006 6:31:06 PM PST by Peter Libra
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To: Txsleuth

Oops, slippage. My advice...stick wih what God gives you. LOL. No, I didn't watch. Needed a break.


30 posted on 02/14/2006 6:33:46 PM PST by Bahbah (An admitted Snow Flake and a member of Sam's Club)
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To: Bahbah

LOL...re Estrich.

I don't blame you for taking a break...I didn't get to watch TV today...so I am making up for lost time..


31 posted on 02/14/2006 6:39:28 PM PST by Txsleuth
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

So is it any surprize that Chris Matthews is leading the charge for the continuing tantrum from the media??


32 posted on 02/14/2006 6:46:09 PM PST by Bean Counter ("Stout Hearts!")
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
With no positive agenda or constructive proposals to offer the American people on anything from Iraq to Social Security, Democrats and their MSM echo chamber have fastened on the shooting incident like a starving dog on a bone.

Worth repeating.

33 posted on 02/14/2006 6:50:01 PM PST by EricT. ("I reject your reality and substitute my own."-Adam Savage)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
The funniest moment came when Matthews prefaced a question to Shrum with Leaving partisanship aside,.............?

Asking a rat-hack like Shrum to do that is akin to asking water to divorce itself of wet.

34 posted on 02/14/2006 6:53:17 PM PST by hole_n_one
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To: hole_n_one

Wish I had included that in the original post - a classic!


35 posted on 02/14/2006 6:56:58 PM PST by governsleastgovernsbest (Watching the Today Show Since 2002 So You Don't Have To.)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest; YaYa123

I agree, YaYa. It's so hard to watch that Chrissie person...

Hey, governs, are you doing a ping list on Chrissie? If so, I would really like it if you could put me on it.

Going to bed now...Night all.


36 posted on 02/14/2006 7:07:02 PM PST by meema (I am a Conservative Traditional Republican, NOT an elitist, sexist , cynic or right wing extremist!)
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To: meema

Hi meema. I only have one list. I call it the Today Show list, but send members all my stuff, which includes everything from Hardball, to Fox & Friends Weekend [Ellen Ratner and Julian Phillips are favorite foils] to who knows what else.

Governs


37 posted on 02/14/2006 7:19:26 PM PST by governsleastgovernsbest (Watching the Today Show Since 2002 So You Don't Have To.)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
The apotheosis of vitriol came from Matthews himself when, in discussing Cheney's alleged disdain for the press with Myers and Gergen Cheney's, asked: "Does he hate the President too?"

May I be first in line to place a pie in Chris Spitball's face?

You know ....... in a way, he's sort of a waste. He's clearly one of the smarter ones on the other side, like Tim Potatohead Russert. It's such a waste that they spend all their time creating disinformation.

38 posted on 02/15/2006 4:16:57 AM PST by beyond the sea (Let's give them something to talk about............. howaboutlovelovelove?)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

New show idea - Matthews, Maher $ Shrum - they can call it My Three Losers...of course they couldn't find a set big enough to fit their egos.


39 posted on 02/15/2006 4:22:20 AM PST by databoss
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Good morning, governs. That sounds real good. Please put me on your ping list.
I wouild like to keep up on all those! Today Show list would be great!


40 posted on 02/15/2006 6:40:51 AM PST by meema (I am a Conservative Traditional Republican, NOT an elitist, sexist , cynic or right wing extremist!)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Matthews and the other left-wing biased cable hosts would rather have ratings in the toilet than have a fair debate and at least try to appeal to a broader audience. They're all stuck on stupid.


41 posted on 02/15/2006 6:45:37 AM PST by freeperfromnj
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To: meema

Thanks for your interest, meema, and welcome to the list!

Governs


42 posted on 02/15/2006 6:46:13 AM PST by governsleastgovernsbest (Watching the Today Show Since 2002 So You Don't Have To.)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
"Does he hate the President too?"
(Translation - Seems everyone hates the President!)
43 posted on 02/15/2006 6:49:19 AM PST by stocksthatgoup (http://www.busateripens.com)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Thanks a lot, Mark! I always enjoy finding you here on FR!


44 posted on 02/15/2006 11:39:58 AM PST by meema (I am a Conservative Traditional Republican, NOT an elitist, sexist , cynic or right wing extremist!)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
Are you watching Hardball tonight???

What's with Matthews calling Dick Cheney ....Dick ChEEEEney?

Is this supposed to sound like CHEAT?

45 posted on 02/17/2006 4:17:55 PM PST by beyond the sea (Let's give them something to talk about............. howaboutlovelovelove?)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Hardball tonight has me wanting to go hunting with Spitball Matthews.


46 posted on 02/17/2006 4:18:56 PM PST by beyond the sea (Let's give them something to talk about............. howaboutlovelovelove?)
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