January 28, 2010

Matthews Forgets Obama is "Black." Fails to Notice He's "Red"

Last night, Chris Matthews leg was tingling as hard as blue steel.

CHRIS MATTHEWS: You know, I was trying to think about who he was tonight, and it's interesting: He is post-racial by all appearances. You know, I forgot he was black tonight for an hour. You know, he's gone a long way to become a leader of this country and passed so much history in just a year or two. I mean, it's something we don't even think about. I was watching, I said, "Wait a minute. He's an African-American guy in front of a bunch of other white people, and there he is, President of the United States, and we've completely forgotten that tonight. Completely forgotten it." Via Newsbusters.

There's not a lot that is genuinely "interesting" about Chris Matthews. The albino schlub you see is the albino schlub you get. Of late, however, it is entertaining to watch him quietly triangulate away from the Olbermann-Maddow Axis of Idiots. I think that Matthews is struggling to put a palpable gap between himself and the Obamlatio twins but at the same time stay on the Obama administration's good side and preserve his access as a dependable tool. Why?

As some have noted, ownership of MSNBC has recently passed from GE to Comcast. Unlike GE for whom MSNBC was worth about a nickel, MSNBC is a much better fit with cable giant Comcast. And when it comes to reviewing their properties, Comcast may notice that Olbermann-Maddow, regardless of current abysmal ratings, actually inhibit the growth and success of the channel. Where GE thinks of "MSNBC" as some sort of "loss leader." Comcast thinks of it in terms of "How many subscribers does this channel attract or drive away?" Comcast is much more likely to be a harsh taskmaster in this regard and will look to cut losses.

When that happens, Matthews wants to be the "voice of calm reason and balanced bias" in the triumvirate of tripe that form MSNBC's "news" team. Matthews wants to be the survivor and is the only one of the three that has some room for maneuver. It's a game of "last man standing" and Matthews is a "playa."

Posted by Vanderleun at January 28, 2010 8:03 AM
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Conservatives look at Obama and all they see is a raving Marxist socialist, because that is the complete and critical thing that matters about him. Lefties look at him and all they can see is a black guy. Because that is the complete and critical thing that consumes them. The lefties are the ones with the flawed prisms.

Posted by: Kim Crawford at January 28, 2010 8:20 AM

"we've completely forgotten that tonight. Completely forgotten it."

Except me. And Chris. Thanks for bringing it up, Chris. Again. Thanks again.
Oops. What is it I'm supposed to remember again? You know. The thing I'm supposed to not notice. Or something. Thanks for noticing. Now forget it. Until I remind you. Why is this important? I forget..

Now that's news you can use..
Or insanity you can't..

Posted by: Ricky Raccoon at January 28, 2010 8:28 AM

Matthews is by far the smartest of the MSNBC lot and there was a time when he actually made sense (before his 105F malaria induced fever).

Posted by: Barnabus at January 28, 2010 9:05 AM

Every time a tinkle runs down Chris Matthew's leg, an angel gets his wings...

Posted by: Morton Doodslag at January 28, 2010 9:14 AM

Obama's black!? You don't say. All I noticed is a smug, lying, condescending, arrogant prick who barely has the brains, or competence to read a teleprompter. He could be fair to middling news anchor, though. Maybe MSNBC will use some stimulus money to give him a job once Olberman gets the boot.


Posted by: jwm at January 28, 2010 9:32 AM

I'll bet a bunch of Cambridge Police Officers will never forget that Obama is black......

Posted by: Blastineau at January 28, 2010 9:38 AM

John, I think you give him too much credit. To be a newscaster, you can't move your whole head back and forth to read the teleprompters, looking as though you're watching a tennis match. You have to actually look towards the audience. Make a little eye contact. At least pretend to be talking to the viewers.

Until he can manage that simple task, I don't think he has a chance at being any kind of regular newspeaker. Even though he has the newspeak part down pat.

Posted by: Julie at January 28, 2010 10:30 AM

OK. He forgot that Obama is black.

Wonder what jostled his memory so that he might share that moment of holy post-racialism with us before the ecstasy of yet another tingle rendered him incontinent, incoherent and irrelevant.

Posted by: Cathy at January 28, 2010 10:38 AM

Sorry. Can't shake this. It was just so repugnant. Hot Air posted the video of Matthews further explaining his piety.

One of the commenters left this:

Y’see, Chrissy, this is the deal. I do not have to pretend that Obama is not black. In fact, I fully recognize that he is black, and I do not have to for one second — much less one hour — disrespect his full personhood because of it. I do not have to subtract any part of who he is in order make him acceptable to me or anyone else. Moreover, sir, I can even celebrate that he is black because I can recognize his full humanity as an American who shares with all of us the pursuit of Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness. No American needs to hide in the shadows when the light of freedom fully exposes the potential in each of us. You see, as C.S. Lewis says, the light of Truth takes us out of the muck of some bland sameness, and elevates us to the glory that God intends for us. On the other hand, your perversion of the liberties granted to each of us condemns us to mediocrity and futility. You, sir, are an agent of darkness, not enlightenment. Mr. Matthews, sir, you owe each and every American an apology for the poison that you peddle as intellectualism.

Yes, Barack Obama is a black man. I can accept that. I can handle the implications of whatever that may mean, if anything. I cannot, however, accept the fact that he swims in the same philosophical cesspool that you do, sir, and for that he should be held accountable. As should you. You are not to be commended for your patronizing “open mindedness”. Instead, you should be fired for the moral sinkhole that you have become. Please, just gather your things, and get the hell out!

ObjectionSustained on January 28, 2010 at 1:27 PM

Posted by: Cathy at January 28, 2010 5:26 PM

The CEO of GE and the President of NBC took the time to read the riot act to the staff at CNBC after Rick Santelli tossed the match that set off the Tea Party movement.

Posted by: Fat Man at January 28, 2010 5:39 PM

Interesting that you used "twins" in referring to Maddow-Olbermann. I have perceived them as possible incestuous offspring of some kind.

They have always presented a perverted, slimy kind of interchangeabliliy about their on -screen personas.

Posted by: Adagny at January 30, 2010 10:23 PM

He wants to be the top rooster on the dung heap. Good luck with that dream, pal.

What would be funny is if Comcast announced to MSNBC that they were going to take the channel in a 'different direction' and try to cut into Fox's audience.

"Mr. Olbermann, Ms. Maddow, Mr. Matthews - it only makes business sense. Stop frothing, there is market share to be gained. It is only business, and, unfortunately, you are not unique voices."

Posted by: Mikey NTH at January 31, 2010 11:24 AM

There was a time when Matthews was a partisan, but reasonable guy. He actually sat in on Rush's radio show a couple of times in 1999-2000 and did a pretty good job. I guess that eight years with a GOP president drove him insane.

I've been mocking his show as "Softball" for years, but I kind of wish the old Matthews would come back. Someone on the left needs to exhibit some sanity, and it sure isn't going to be the Olberdouche or the Mad-cow.

Posted by: physics geek at February 2, 2010 9:05 AM