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Matthews' Advice to Dems: Point Finger at Bush Like a Prosecutor at a Murderer
Hardball/NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein

Posted on 09/13/2006 5:15:44 PM PDT by governsleastgovernsbest

by Mark Finkelstein

September 13, 2006 - 19:59

Chris Matthews is as frustrated as an able-bodied seaman after six months without shore leave. After 12 long years in the desert of the congressional minority, Matthews clearly senses this is the year for the Dems to snatch back the Speaker's gavel. His frustration is borne of the fear that the Dems will squander the opportunity out of timidity - an unwillingness to attack President Bush on the war in Iraq.

Things boiled over on this evening's Hardball. With guests Howard Fineman of Newsweek and Chuck Todd of the Hotline as witnesses to the meltdown, Matthews first played a hard-hitting Moveon.org ad accusing Republicans of misleading the nation into Iraq and trying to "exploit 9/11" to win elections. Matthews complained that while the Republicans are willing to use the same kind of tactics against the Democrats, Dems "are afraid to run an ad like that."

Really? The party whose surrogate, the NAACP, ran the infamous TV commercial accusing George Bush of being the equivalent of a racist murderer dragging a black man to death behind a truck wouldn't scruple to run an anti-war ad?

Things got very ugly a bit later, when Matthews said this:

"There's a great saying, the prosecutor says you've got to point to the guilty guy in front of the jury and say 'he committed the murder' because if the jury doesn't believe you believe the guy did it and have the guts to face them with it, they won't find him guilty. And I think the Democrats have got to point the finger and say they're right: he's the bad guy."

The image displayed here is of Matthews illustrating just how Democrats should point the accusatory finger at the president.

Remember this the next time your hear a Dem self-righteously decrying the Republicans' harsh tone, as they have at great length over Majority Leader Boehner's recent statement. Chris Matthews, former aide to Dem Speaker of the House Tip O'Neill, and leading MSM light, has counseled them to treat the President of the United States like a murderer in the box.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: campaigntactics; chrismatthews; chucktodd; democrats; hardball; howardfineman; msnbc; murderer; presidentbush
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1 posted on 09/13/2006 5:15:46 PM PDT by governsleastgovernsbest
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To: Behind Liberal Lines; Miss Marple; an amused spectator; netmilsmom; Diogenesis; YaYa123; MEG33; ...

Hardball/NewsBusters Matthews-says-treat-W-like-murderer ping to Today show list.


2 posted on 09/13/2006 5:16:28 PM PDT by governsleastgovernsbest (Watching the Today Show since 2002 so you don't have to.)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
This from the same clown who refuses to apologies for his fraudulent reporting about Joe Wilson. IF the Prosecutor should be pointing the finger at anyone, it should be a Chrissy Matthews and his ilk of activist Democrats pretending to be Journalists. They have been guilty of gross criminal negligence.
3 posted on 09/13/2006 5:17:35 PM PDT by MNJohnnie (New Democrat Talking Point: Rove made us do it!)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Can I point my middle finger at Prissy Chrissy?


4 posted on 09/13/2006 5:19:39 PM PDT by Panzerlied ("We shall never surrender!")
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

They are deranged with hatred. Driving right off the cliff with the rhetoric.

I just hope, hope, hope no one calls them on it and they continue unabated.

Thanks for watching GLGB. I do watch this show sometimes just to keep an eye on the enemy but missed today.


5 posted on 09/13/2006 5:20:20 PM PDT by Chuck54 ( "Your right to privacy is not as important as my right to live".)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
Correction

The author refers to Hardball host Chris Matthews as a "leading MSM light." He is a dim bulb. We regret the error.

6 posted on 09/13/2006 5:20:35 PM PDT by Nick Danger (www.redeploymurtha.com)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Howard Fineman was on Imus this morning carrying the same message.


7 posted on 09/13/2006 5:21:13 PM PDT by billhilly (DU Funnies pingee # 911)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
"Chris Matthews is as frustrated as an able-bodied seaman after six months without shore leave."

Matthews would be trying to find someone to play "drop the soap" in the showers.
8 posted on 09/13/2006 5:23:44 PM PDT by Brad from Tennessee (Anything a politician gives you he has first stolen from you)
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To: Chuck54

My pleasure, Chuck. This was definitely one for the annals.


9 posted on 09/13/2006 5:25:25 PM PDT by governsleastgovernsbest (Watching the Today Show since 2002 so you don't have to.)
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To: billhilly

Look folks, this is not time to get mad and rant back at these misfits. There is a golden opportunity to destroy the Democrat Party this year. Oh, I know all the stories about the weak and RINO pubbies, and some have good or even great justification. But, we must remember that the key objective is the destruction of the Democrat Party and MSM ilk like Chris Matthews, Howard Fineman, Keith Olberman, Jon Stewart, Al Franken, etc. The way to do that is to unite, regardless of differences for now, send a donation to the RNC and get out and vote in November. If we do these simple tasks, we can rid the USA of a political party (Democrat) that will not only kill your freedoms, but will kill your families and loved ones. I reluctantly, with hesitation, send in a contribution to Ken Mehlman (RNC) because in my heart I believe he he is one smart fellow, and will spend every cent he has to destroy these Democrat, liberal. left-wing fools, traitors and treason mongers that inhabit a once great political party. Go to it, friends and Freepers!!!


10 posted on 09/13/2006 5:33:42 PM PDT by JLAGRAYFOX
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To: Brad from Tennessee

As the author of the article posted here, it's obvious I'm not Matthews fan. But I see no justification for your suggestion. Why go there?


12 posted on 09/13/2006 5:34:27 PM PDT by governsleastgovernsbest (Watching the Today Show since 2002 so you don't have to.)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Yes, I second doing that from today until the election.


13 posted on 09/13/2006 5:34:37 PM PDT by Vision ("As a man thinks...so is he." Proverbs 23:7)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
This could be trouble because of the huge audience that Hardball has......

Uh, well, maybe not.

never mind.

14 posted on 09/13/2006 5:34:42 PM PDT by ditto h
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To: JLAGRAYFOX

You are exactly right. Thanks for the reasoned response.


15 posted on 09/13/2006 5:35:47 PM PDT by Rightone
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

I would say "Chris, why are even talking about Iraq? Iraq is not an issue for Congress right now. The Iraq war has been over for years and its a peacekeeping operation. Next question, Chris."


16 posted on 09/13/2006 5:38:21 PM PDT by plain talk
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Y'know what frustrates ol' Chris even more?...the realization that the crew in the studio and the guests make up the largest group of viewers of his show nationwide.

The Weather Guy in many local markets has a larger audience. :o)

One other thought: Should...repeat"should," the Democrat Party lose this time around there are going to be many people drinking cyanide Kool-Aid the next morning.

They will realize that without a majority in the House, the will never get the impeachment they want, and Dubya will leave office with an impressive legacy.


17 posted on 09/13/2006 5:38:59 PM PDT by Rhetorical pi2
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
Thanks for posting. Matthews only has about 10 viewers so the chances of me hearing about this was slim to none.

Thanks again! 

18 posted on 09/13/2006 5:41:56 PM PDT by 1035rep
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Why use a nautical metaphor about a horny sailor?


19 posted on 09/13/2006 5:42:19 PM PDT by Brad from Tennessee (Anything a politician gives you he has first stolen from you)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Dear Chris,

You had better wake up and get right with the Lord - soon. Eternity awaits you, and right now it does not look good for you.

20 posted on 09/13/2006 5:43:33 PM PDT by SkyPilot
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To: Brad from Tennessee

Because it's a good metaphor for frustration. Why drag the accusation of homosexuality into it? Do you know something we don't about this married man with three children?


21 posted on 09/13/2006 5:46:58 PM PDT by governsleastgovernsbest (Watching the Today Show since 2002 so you don't have to.)
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To: Panzerlied

It would be better if you point it at the sky, I think, for PC purposes.


22 posted on 09/13/2006 5:48:12 PM PDT by expatpat
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
Chris Matthews................. leading MSM light

LOL................ a three and a half watt nightlight.

23 posted on 09/13/2006 5:49:07 PM PDT by beyond the sea ( A tree fell in woods, a conservative wasn't around, would it still kill the liberal chained to it?)
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To: beyond the sea

I know his audience is relatively puny, but I'd say his influence is disproportionately large in political circles.


24 posted on 09/13/2006 5:50:41 PM PDT by governsleastgovernsbest (Watching the Today Show since 2002 so you don't have to.)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Yes, the objective journalist Chrissy Matthews, who I wouldn't watch if he were the last one on earth.


25 posted on 09/13/2006 5:51:20 PM PDT by ladyinred
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

GOP ought to run ads with all the quotes about Saddam from the democrats while CLINTON was president


26 posted on 09/13/2006 5:51:45 PM PDT by uncbob
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

I don't think pointing fingers at Bush like a proctologist will help them, people will just think "eeewww".


27 posted on 09/13/2006 5:51:46 PM PDT by Brett66 (Where government advances and it advances relentlessly freedom is imperiled -Janice Rogers Brown)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Off the suject,but sorry I don't know how to post.but I went on ABC.com and the way people our insulting our President and Sara Evans for being a republican on dancing with the stars is disgusting.


28 posted on 09/13/2006 5:52:15 PM PDT by patriciamary
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To: Brad from Tennessee

lol


29 posted on 09/13/2006 5:52:46 PM PDT by beyond the sea ( A tree fell in woods, a conservative wasn't around, would it still kill the liberal chained to it?)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

All the GOP needs is to play the John Kerry response to John Dean during the 2003 primaries concerning the war


30 posted on 09/13/2006 5:53:13 PM PDT by uncbob
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To: patriciamary

You're very welcome to post that here.


31 posted on 09/13/2006 5:54:00 PM PDT by governsleastgovernsbest (Watching the Today Show since 2002 so you don't have to.)
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To: JLAGRAYFOX

Spoken like a fox.


32 posted on 09/13/2006 5:54:12 PM PDT by ProudCopperhead
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
I think you are right. His venom goes a long way with the left.

But I think he's a small-time bully and a coward.

I will never forget his gutless attack on Michelle Malkin about a year and a half ago.

33 posted on 09/13/2006 5:55:05 PM PDT by beyond the sea ( A tree fell in woods, a conservative wasn't around, would it still kill the liberal chained to it?)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

I can't stand the way the media hires ex-Democratic politicos to to newscasters. It's bad enough the media is totally biased in favor of Democrats, without bringing in the real thing.


34 posted on 09/13/2006 5:55:07 PM PDT by popdonnelly
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

STOP WATCHING!!! Watch Glenn Beck instead!! Spittin Chrissy is UNWATCHABLE!!


35 posted on 09/13/2006 5:55:11 PM PDT by Suzy Quzy ("When Cabals Go Kabooms"....upcoming book on Mary McCarthy's Coup-Plotters.)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Fineman and Matthews are water carriers for the Democrats.


36 posted on 09/13/2006 5:55:56 PM PDT by popdonnelly
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
Matthews complained that while the Republicans are willing to use the same kind of tactics against the Democrats, Dems "are afraid to run an ad like that."

Of course, they are, Chris. So afraid to run an ad like that that they'll insist their surrogates -- the NAACP, the ACLU, the Hollywood left and Soros' 527s -- run ads like that.

Meanwhile, like craven terrorists, they'll hide among the children, behind the skirt of non-accountability.

37 posted on 09/13/2006 5:56:56 PM PDT by okie01 (The Mainstream Media: IGNORANCE ON PARADE)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Chris is so distraught, that he will probably take a mid-term defeat as a personal repudiation. He just can't believe that stupid voters can't see that this election is all about the Iraq war as he has trumpeted constantly.


38 posted on 09/13/2006 6:01:32 PM PDT by umgud
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To: popdonnelly

For my sins, I was watching Good Morning America the other day. Chris Cuomo threw things to George Stephanopoulos. Surreal.


39 posted on 09/13/2006 6:02:43 PM PDT by governsleastgovernsbest (Watching the Today Show since 2002 so you don't have to.)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
Chris Matthews and the democrats want to cut and run, even from afghanistan. They are giving into conspiracy theories, and blaming 9/11 on America. They let Ralph Nader activists take over their party and they listen only to their pathological net-roots. They don't understand Reagan democrats and never will.
40 posted on 09/13/2006 6:03:57 PM PDT by FreeRep
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Bring it on, you walkin' hair-style...

This is the absolutely worst thing the Donks can do. Now that President Bush's approval numbers are once again approaching 50%, the Donks will not do themselves any favors by alienating half the elecotorate.

It's too late for the Donks to advance any coherent agenda. All they have is negativism. They put all their eggs in the "Hate Bush" basket, and the bottom just fell out. Jumping up and down and screaming about it is only going to make matters worse.

This election is going to be a disaster for the Donks. Mark my words.


41 posted on 09/13/2006 6:06:54 PM PDT by gridlock (The 'Pubbies will pick up at least TWO seats in the Senate and FOUR seats in the House in 2006)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Chris can point his finger here.............

2002, the Senate early Friday voted 77-23 to authorize President Bush to attack Iraq if Saddam Hussein refuses to give up weapons of mass destruction as required by U.N. resolutions.


42 posted on 09/13/2006 6:07:26 PM PDT by ConservativeGreek
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Good grief, couldn't he just dummy up some fake documents...well, I guess that's been tried. You know what, this has gone over the edge into insanity. These people are as out of control as the DUers and the KosKommies. Fineman this morning was absolutely rabid on Imus. This is some kind of syndrome. I just don't know what the heck it is.


43 posted on 09/13/2006 6:07:58 PM PDT by Bahbah (Shalit, Goldwasser and Regev, we are praying for you)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
I'm beginning to realize that all the "hoopla" and polls regarding a Rat takeover in November may be just a little premature otherwise, why do all the Dims (and their willing enablers and supporters, such as Mathews and most of the MSM) have their knicker in a bunch?

Personally, I think its coming close to the time when they will all hit the:

  

44 posted on 09/13/2006 6:14:38 PM PDT by seasoned traditionalist (ALL MUSLIMS ARE NOT TERRORISTS, BUT ALL TERRORISTS WHO WANT TO DESTROY OUR COUNTRY, ARE MUSLIMS)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Chris Matthews: Tip O'Neill taught him how to drink, but he croaked before he taught him how to stop....


45 posted on 09/13/2006 6:35:01 PM PDT by clintonh8r (American first, conservative second.....Republican a distant third.)
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To: JLAGRAYFOX

I donated heavily today.

LLS


46 posted on 09/13/2006 6:36:11 PM PDT by LibLieSlayer (Preserve America... kill terrorists... destroy dims!)
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To: Baynative
I can't stomach the man. He shills every day for the disgusting RATS! What I can't figure out is why he keeps claiming he is an independent. He wrote speeches for Jimmy Carter! An independent my a=s!
47 posted on 09/13/2006 6:36:18 PM PDT by Bush gal in LA
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
Chris Matthews is as frustrated as an able-bodied seaman after six months without shore leave.

The title of his show is appropriate, then.

48 posted on 09/13/2006 6:36:24 PM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist
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To: Panzerlied

Be my guest,we all give him the finger around here.


49 posted on 09/13/2006 6:40:03 PM PDT by Farmer Dean (Every time a toilet flushes,another liberal gets his brains.)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Come Election night he is going to be Spittin Mad!!

Pray for W and Our Freedom Fighters


50 posted on 09/13/2006 6:40:10 PM PDT by bray (Koffi 4 Food has Failed.......Again)
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