Matthews tells Newsbusters Plamegate’s too “complicated” to follow now

posted at 1:22 pm on September 8, 2006 by Allahpundit

Matt Sheffield saw him at a party last night in D.C. and asked him why, given the fact that Hardball was averaging more than one Plame segment a week before the scandal imploded, Matthews hadn’t done a single piece about it since. Answer: because he’s just a simple caveman. The embarrassing end to a trumped-up left-wing anti-Bush non-scandal frightens and confuses him.

Then he accused Bob Woodward of being an “apologist” for Dick Cheney who’ll say anything to gain access to him. And then he ran away.

For those keeping score, here’s a complete list of salient facts Matthews apparently deems too “complicated” to explore on Hardball:

  1. The leak that blew Plame’s cover originated with Bush-hater Richard Armitage, thus exploding the theory that Bush and co. had themselves leaked it deliberately as part of a vendetta against her shameless, lying, media whore husband.

So there’s your list. Now, I need to eat a little crow (on Ian’s behalf as well) for having failed to update this post with a very, very, very stark comparison from the ghost of Hardballs past. If only Michelle had gone on there and told him how much she wishes Bush were dead. Imagine how much he’d have liked her.

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The leak that blew Plame’s cover originated with Bush-hater Richard Armitage, thus exploding the theory that Bush and co. had leaked it deliberately as part of a vendetta against her shameless, lying, media whore husband.

Yeah, that’s way over my head – what the hell does all that mean??

Rick on September 8, 2006 at 1:26 PM

Well, let’s just say, if your viewers had been following the story for five months on your show, they’d understand perfectly.

Allahpundit on September 8, 2006 at 1:29 PM

Pssst! Hey Chris, a very (un)reliable wacky Bush hater has a hot tip for ya.

Without a single moment of thought, our hero Chris Matthews springs in to action as another deep report on HardBalls goes on the air exposing the Bush Evil!

Kini on September 8, 2006 at 1:34 PM

Don’t is make my Hardball… Blue!

Kini on September 8, 2006 at 1:35 PM

Well, let’s just say, if your viewers had been following the story for five months on your show, they’d understand perfectly.

All 10 of them.

Rick on September 8, 2006 at 1:43 PM

Poor Chris! He cannotunderstand conspriacies originating from the left (the vast majority of them) but has no problems in manufacturing nonconspiracies allegedly eminating from the right as being worse than Watergate.

ptolemy on September 8, 2006 at 1:48 PM

Gotta love the professional journalistic ethics.

Pablo on September 8, 2006 at 2:12 PM

I wonder how many more people have seen the Hardball takeoff on SNL than have seen the actual show? [raises hand]

Jim Treacher on September 8, 2006 at 2:29 PM

The leak that blew Plame’s cover originated with Bush-hater Richard Armitage, thus exploding the theory that Bush and co. had themselves leaked it deliberately as part of a vendetta against her shameless, lying, media whore husband.

“Ladies and Gentlemen of the jury, how do you find?”

“Keerock’s words are as true today as they were ten thousand years ago…”

Allah, you are hipper than I thought…

BirdEye on September 8, 2006 at 2:44 PM

Come on gang! Isn’t it obvious that he’s intellectually challenged? So how about giving him a break!

Hey I’ve got it! Instead of Clay Akin being named to the President’s Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities, how about tapping Chris????

Dread Pirate Roberts VI on September 8, 2006 at 2:52 PM

Thanks for the Phil Hartman allusion. He is missed.

mikeyboss on September 8, 2006 at 3:23 PM

A: It could be but the problem is that Dick Cheney has so many apologists it’s ridiculous. So many journalists like Bob Woodward will say or do anything just to get access to him. And then all the people in the administration too.

What a chickenshit he has become – to impugn Bob Woodward, out of professional jealousy and because he’s not the partial pundit who meets his own ‘standards’.

The embarrassing end to a trumped-up left-wing anti-Bush non-scandal frightens and confuses him.

I hope you were kidding – he’s not that dumb and scared – it just doesn’t meet his leftist agenda any more.

I used to actually watch him a few years ago – he’s stooped very low and is now hopelessly depressed about his party’s state and future. He no longer thinks, though given a witty mind, but reacts (politically) instinctively – very sad for his background and profession. Good thing he’s not a reporter. What did I just say? Not much difference there…

Entelechy on September 8, 2006 at 3:42 PM

I’ve said it before about Matthews and I’ll say it again: par for the course.

Did people actually think that he would be a stand up guy and admit he was wrong? Anyone who thought this nut would continue coverage on a story that he was proven to be wrong about has alot more to worry about than Chris Matthews.

What exactly is the story here? “Left Wing Goofball Refuses To Acknowledge Facts”? Or maybe “Newsflash! Chris Matthews Found to be Idiot!”? How about “Everyone Look At Me, I Can Type!”?

Oh well… a slow news day is hardly HotAir’s fault.

Cary on September 8, 2006 at 5:18 PM

Like P.J. Gladnick, I couldn’t help but notice Matthews’s strange flip.

Hmmmmm….. WHO is that masked man?

(Desperately fighting INCREDIBLE urge to become a lowly link whore again. Must…fight…urge…)

pjcomix on September 8, 2006 at 6:34 PM

Matthews started with some lies. He got a reaction and told more garbage. Then he got charged up daily by telling and repeating said lies. He recived so much energy and false power from this BS that he started to believe it to his core. Obsessed , dilusional, illusional, and just plain frickin CRAZY, he could not back down. He has convinced himself of his own lies like a 3 year old child does.
Blame it on the White House or Bush or Rove. Someone will buy it. Even now with the truth staring at him like a large ZIT on his nose, he denies it and denies himself of any hope of honor, ever again. Send Jihad Cindy to him. What those two together might do to themselves would save the rest of us the effort.

shooter on September 8, 2006 at 8:32 PM

There is a dawning realization — as I look back at the pictures of Val and Joe reveling in their own celebrity — that they will be driven ever crazier as their whore media friends refuse their calls and ostracize them.

Joe will make a side deal with Playboy and pimp Valerie out, and then…Valerie admirers will (sadly) find out that she’s not all that hot.

Jaibones on September 10, 2006 at 10:40 PM