As we wrote yesterday, Chris Matthews “apologized” for only one of this many disgusting attacks against Hillary Clinton.
Matthews was forced to issue his misleading “apology” because organizations with resources to do more than just talk and type finally began to take action. Actions speak louder than words.
Media Matters led the online charge and the presidents of the National Organization for Women, Feminist Majority and National Women’s Political Caucus signed onto a joint letter of complaint to NBC News President Steve Capus – the person who is ultimately responsible for Chris Matthews’ capacity to spew his hate.
More importantly the National Women’s Political Caucus took action by demonstrating in front of NBC’s Washington, D.C. office.
Make no mistake, Chris Matthews was forced to apologize, despite his reluctance to do so:
For 10 days, the “Hardball” host had doggedly insisted he was just reciting a bit of history when he said on the air that “the 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.” [snip]
As criticism from liberal bloggers and others mounted over the past week, top MSNBC officials urged Matthews to apologize, according to network officials who would not be identified discussing internal deliberations. But Matthews dug in his heels, deciding to deliver the mea culpa only after he had returned from a Democratic presidential debate sponsored by the network in Las Vegas.
NBC and MSNBC must be held to account. Chris Matthews like Don Imus is a repeat offender who should not be on the air. Matthews will soon enough give in to his Hillary hating misogenystic obsessions and slime again.
For years Don Imus spewed his hate while Tim Russert, among other Big Media princes, enabled him to spew that hate by appearing on his show. The same Don Imus enablers are enabling Chris Matthews. The same Don Imus enablers also enable the Hillary Hate wafting from the offices of Tim Russert and writers such as the New York Time’s Patrick Healy and Maureen Dowd.
NBC and MSNBC are playing with fire. You do not leave a pedophile in a schoolyard filled with children. Likewise, you do not leave Chris Matthews in front of a TV camera or with a microphone to discuss presidential politics in a race with Hillary Clinton as a candidate. Eventually Chris Matthews’ obsession with raise a stink again.
We will not defend Matthews or NBC or MSNBC when, and it will happen, a Republican or Democratic candidate running against Hillary accuses NBC/MSNBC of bias in protecting Hillary. Obama, or Edwards, or McCain, or Giuliani, or Romney will at some point say that Chris Matthews is “leaning over backwards” to protect Hillary due to fear. This will happen. NBC/MSNBC need to get rid of the portly Matthews.
Our suggestion to NBC/MSNBC is to take up Chris Matthews’ professed love of politics. Send him to Iraq to comment on Sunni/Shia politics. Send him to Chechnya – politics are real interesting there. Send Matthews to Sudan, politics are real interesting there. Send him to Chicago, have Matthews cover the Rezko trial, politics are real interesting there.
Send him anywhere, but get rid of him.
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Tomorrow is election day in Nevada. The Las Vegas Sun today endorsed Hillary Clinton:
One word can sum up George W. Bush’s presidency: incompetence.
For seven years this nation has been subjected to an administration riddled with abject failures of leadership — Hurricane Katrina and the Iraq war instantly come to mind. We also have had an administration infested with cronyism and drenched in secrecy. [snip]
This year’s presidential election offers an opportunity to change course and get our country moving in the right direction again. And, this Saturday, Nevadans will have their say. [snip]
Clinton has a long and substantial record of leadership fighting on behalf of working Americans and children, and it is this experience and her passion for creating a better country that would serve this nation so well.
Our country needs someone who can be president from Day One after taking the oath of office. Her steadiness and resolve certainly would aid us in reestablishing better relations with other nations after Bush’s go-it-alone foreign policy, not to mention a thoughtful and responsible policy regarding our combat troops in Iraq.
On domestic issues, such as the economy and health care, Clinton clearly has the best command of the issues, as was witnessed in Tuesday’s debate in Las Vegas. For example, in contrast to Obama’s health care plan, Clinton’s would truly offer universal health care coverage. She also has an economic stimulus plan, including tax rebates for working- and middle-class families, that could help jump-start our sluggish economy, which is in danger of heading into a recession. We need someone in the White House who can get our economy back to the way it was when Hillary’s husband, Bill, was president.
Of special interest to Nevadans are the candidates’ views on the federal government’s efforts to bury the nation’s nuclear waste 90 miles northwest of Las Vegas. The three leading Democratic presidential candidates say they would stop the Yucca Mountain project, but rhetoric can be just that, rhetoric.
Clinton’s longtime opposition stands out.
Despite the fact that her state relies heavily on nuclear power for its energy, and that the companies providing that power desperately want the nuclear waste buried in Nevada, Clinton stood with Nevada when George Bush’s plan for Yucca Mountain went before Congress. Clinton voted with Nevada, and against the dump. Edwards, whose state has nuclear power, voted for the dump. Obama wasn’t yet elected to the Senate, but it should be noted that the energy corporation Exelon, the sixth-largest donor to his presidential campaign, supports a nuclear waste dump in Nevada.
If Nevada is to stand a chance of killing the nuclear waste dump, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is going to need a friend in the White House, and that friend would be Clinton.
As we see it, the only obstacle in Clinton’s way in Nevada is the unfair caucus system that has been set up, specifically the rule that allows on-site voting at casino workplaces on the Strip. Not only is it unfair because it isn’t an option for noncasino workers who can’t get away from work, but it also enables the Culinary Union, which has endorsed Obama, to pressure its members into voting for their union’s endorsed candidate even if they prefer Clinton.
Nonetheless, it is our sincere hope that Nevadans on Saturday turn out for the caucus in large numbers and vote for Hillary Clinton, who stands ready to restore dignity and competence to the Oval Office.