Update: We’ve posted the Chris Matthews “apology” at the end of this article. Insufficient. Read the long list of ugly remarks below.
What to do about Big Media? What to do about the way Big Media is debasing our elections? What to do about Big Media thugs and their attempted gang rape of Hillary Clinton?
Recently ANewNewDeal asked
Is there anyway we can organize people through the website? I think that even though the Hillary coverage has gotten a little better since she won New Hampshire, Big Media is going to try anew to sabotage her.
The only way to combat this is to inform people of the truth, and this website seems to be the only place to find the truth. We need to do something to let more people know that this website exists – there are a lot of HIllary supporters out there that don’t know about it and feel alone.
We received several emails wanting to help when we replied:
As to your ORGANIZING question: we have thought about an off-line presence. We have thought about organizing people via region or state-by-state to help the campaign. We have also given much thought to creating a Media Rapid Response Task Force. DailyHowler has been working alone for too long and perhaps that is what led to Monday’s act of despondency. We don’t want to get despondent – ever.
If there is any interest for creating something along the lines in the previous paragraph, from you or others ANewNewDeal, let us know. We can facilitate this.
We do agree with you that many more need to be informed about Big Pink and that the Hillary campaign cannot do everything by themselves.
What do you think, what do others think? Maybe this can be discussed today or during the weekend when we will be discussing our strategy memo regarding debates/Michigan. Some like gladiatorstail are already on the job regarding the debates. Others are aware of the Michigan situation and want to do something.
Ideas/Comments anyone? ANewNewDeal?
[Let’s continue this conversation and organize.]
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We are having an effect on Big Media. Hillary’s victory in New Hampshire was a victory over her official opponents and Big Media too. We wrote Hillary Leashes Mudball’s Chris Matthews, and Chris Matthews’ Nappy Headed Hos long ago. Here is Matthews in self-description frenzy on the Imus show:
MATTHEWS: You know, somewhere out in the Atlantic Ocean, I think there might be a giant, green, ugly, horny monster. A gigantic, gigantic monster of anti-Hillary, an anti-woman Hillary, anti-liberal woman Hillary, some real ferocious beast out there that says no matter what happens between now and Election Day, they’re not going to let her win. There’s men, some women, are just not going to let this woman, this woman win the presidency. I don’t know whether that monster’s out there. All men I meet are afraid to talk like that. You only hear criticism of Hillary from smart, college-educated women. They’re the ones that always have a problem with her now.
After the New Hampshire primary and Big Media humiliation, many voices began to finally take on Tim Russert/Chris Matthews in particular and Big Media in general.
Recall, Russert and Matthews were frequent guests on the Imus show. When Imus got in trouble Russert and Matthews tried the Nuremberg defense – they did not know. These Big Media celebrities, who inform the public, tried to persuade the public that they were unaware of the vileness of the Imus show. It took Gwen Ifill to take Russert to task on his own show.
After the New Hampshire primary many took notice of Chris Matthews’ sick obsession and twisted fixation with Hillary Clinton (and Bill Clinton’s anatomy). The outrage expressed may be why in the Las Vegas debate Tim Russert and Brian Williams did not try another gang rape.
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David Brock was an effective, self described “hit-man” for the Republican right wing. David Brock changed. His smart, gossipy, fun, intelligent book – Blinded By The Right – is a must read for Democratic activists. David Brock is now a true Democratic hero. Brock’s organization Media Matters for America defends all Democrats and fights the Republican message machine.
In future we will contrast ex-Republican David Brock and his good works with fake ex Republican Arriana Huffington (and her Arnold Ziffel enablers) and her continuing Newt Gingrich attacks on Democrats.
One of the problems with the left and liberals and progressives is the tendency to whine instead of taking action. Oftentimes left-of-center organizations and websites are nothing more than arenas of whine. Big Media sins have been catalogued for well over a decade. It has long been time for action. Recently, after Ron Paul was excluded from a Fox News debate, Ron Paul supporters chased Sean Hannity through the streets shouting “Fox Sucks.” It’s long past time for the peasants to take out the pitchforks and chase other Big Media princes through the streets.
We therefore commend David Brock’s organization Media Matters for beginning to take action in not only documenting Big Media subversion of our politics and elections but also doing something about it.
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In advertisments placed throughout the internet Media Matters is playing “Hardball”.
Using overtly sexist language, he has referred to Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY) as a “she devil” and compared her to a “strip-teaser.” He has called her “witchy” and likened her voice to “fingernails on a blackboard.” He has referred to men who support her as “castratos in the eunuch chorus.” He has suggested Clinton is not “a convincing mom” and said “modern women” like Clinton are unacceptable to “Midwest guys.” He has called her “Madame Defarge” and “Nurse Ratched.”
Had enough? Contact MSNBC to tell them what you think.
Mr. Phil Griffin,
Senior Vice President, News
NBC Television Network
30 Rockefeller Plz
New York, NY 10112
President, NBC News
30 Rockefeller Plz
New York, NY 10112
After Clinton won the New Hampshire Democratic primary, Matthews asserted: “[T]he reason she may be a front-runner is her husband messed around.” He described her performance at a debate last Saturday as apparently “good enough to seem good enough here for women who wanted to root for her anyway.”
His sexism is hardly limited to comments about Clinton. During coverage of the New Hampshire primary, he said that Clinton is the only viable woman presidential candidate “on the horizon.” He couldn’t think of a single female governor eligible to run: “Where are the big-state women governors?” he asked. “Where are they? Name one.” In fact, several of the states that currently have women governors are comparable in population to the states in which the male presidential candidates serve or have served as governor.
In November 2006, shortly after the Democrats took the majority in Congress, Matthews asked a guest if then-presumptive speaker-elect Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) was “going to castrate Steny Hoyer” if Hoyer (D-MD) were elected House majority leader.
During coverage of a presidential debate last spring, NBC News chief foreign affairs correspondent Andrea Mitchell was compelled to remind Matthews that Sen. Barack Obama’s (D-IL) wife, Michelle, is a Harvard-educated lawyer after he focused obsessively on her physical appearance.
The good news is that people are speaking out against Matthews’ flagrant, persistent sexism. [snip]
It’s time to play a little “hardball.” Please contact MSNBC and Chris Matthews today and let them know what you think.
David Brock also posted on many websites the following message:
After all, as Media Matters for America has previously documented, after The New York Times published an article on Hillary and Bill Clinton’s marriage in May of 2006, Matthews asked at least 90 questions on the subject over the course of seven broadcasts on his two programs (Hardball and The Chris Matthews Show). One of his guests during these broadcasts, Washington Post reporter Lois Romano, called Matthews out after he repeatedly inquired about how many days the Clintons slept under the same roof. “[W]hat is your obsession with logistics here?” she asked.
To get an idea of the type of language Matthews regularly uses when covering Clinton, take a look at this sampling:
“I hate her. I hate her. All that she stands for.“ “She Devil“ “Nurse Ratched“ “Madame Defarge“ “Witchy“ “Anti-male“ “[U]ppity“ “She’s going to tell us what to do.“ “Her scolding manner in terms of her public speaking“ “[L]et’s talk about the troops …Will they take the orders?“ “[D]oesn’t she know she looks like a fraud?“ “Look at those eyes. Look at the cold eyes that she’s giving him. Look at that cold look.“ “[L]ike a strip-teaser saying she’s flattered by the all the attention“ On Sen. Clinton’s endorsers: “castratos in the eunuch chorus“ “Let me tell you how short Hillary’s leash is.“ “Is she a convincing mom?“ On Sen. Clinton’s laugh: “What do you make of the cackle?“ “[S]he’s clapping, like she’s Chinese. I know the Chinese clap at each other, but what is she clapping at? I mean, it’s like one of these wind-up things.“ “[S]he was giving a campaign barn-burner speech, which is harder to give for a woman; it can grate on some men when they listen to it — fingernails on a blackboard, perhaps.“ “Is there, out there in the country or out in the Atlantic Ocean, some gigantic monster — big, green, horny-headed, all kinds of horns coming out, big, aggressive monster of anti-Hillaryism that hasn’t shown itself: it’s based upon gender …“ “[B]eing surrounded by women, does that make a case for commander in chief — or does it make a case against it?“ “Is she hemmed in by the fact that she’s a woman and can’t admit a mistake, or else the Republicans will say, ‘Oh, that’s a woman’s prerogative to change her mind,’ or ‘another fickle woman’? Is her gender a problem in her ability to change her mind?“ “[T]he reason she’s a U.S. senator, the reason she’s a candidate for president, the reason she may be a front-runner is her husband messed around.“ “She may have gotten The Des Moines Register’s endorsement the other day, thanks to her husband’s lobbying with its female editors and publisher …“
Matthews’ clearly misogynistic commentary has landed him in the middle of a grassroots firestorm. Over the weekend the Associated Press ran this piece, which has appeared in more than 60 papers around the country, and we at Media Matters have been following the amazing work the blogosphere has done in bringing his comments to the public at large.
It’s crucial for us to keep pressure on Matthews and MSNBC. Please take a moment to write a post on your blog, tell your friends and neighbors, and contact MSNBC and Chris Matthews today. Tell them what you think about this kind of sexist commentary polluting the airwaves.
It’s time to play a little “hardball.”