Video: Africa is a country, savvy newsman declares

posted at 7:30 pm on November 10, 2008 by Allahpundit

A simple verbal stumble, nothing more or less — but if someone was half-listening or had it in for him, it’d be easy to spin this into an apocryphal anecdote about what an appalling ignoramus he is, wouldn’t it?

Which is pretty much exactly how the NAFTA smear got going about Palin, according to Steve Biegun. Click the image to watch.


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Aye..God certainly has a sense of humor..LOL

Dritanian on November 10, 2008 at 7:33 PM

Racist.

There. I feel better now.

Is it time for Olberman yet?

turfmann on November 10, 2008 at 7:34 PM

I’m laughing like Sagat in Street Fighter Alpha 3.

fiatboomer on November 10, 2008 at 7:34 PM

I think he needs to be called out on this. Endlessly. Ain’t life grand sometimes?

meltenn on November 10, 2008 at 7:34 PM

I’m laughing like Sagat in Street Fighter Alpha 3.

fiatboomer on November 10, 2008 at 7:34 PM

Tiger uppercut!

SoCalInfidel on November 10, 2008 at 7:35 PM

Did a thrill go up his leg again?

grapeknutz on November 10, 2008 at 7:36 PM

Maybe BHO was being shown in a monitor off-camera, & he was too excited to think straight.

jgapinoy on November 10, 2008 at 7:37 PM

Sooooooooooo … Matthews thinks Africa is a country huh? Man, he must be stupider than I thought. How do they let this imbecile host a news program?????

darwin on November 10, 2008 at 7:37 PM

It could have been worse. Chrissy could have called Africa “incontinent”.

progressoverpeace on November 10, 2008 at 7:39 PM

…..get off your damn knee Matthews!

try again later on November 10, 2008 at 7:39 PM

I once went to Chris Matthews’ hotel room to ask a question, and he answered the door in a towel.

Pass it on.

capitalist piglet on November 10, 2008 at 7:40 PM

I like him ’cause he’s sooooo damned GOOD LOOKIN’

beththebaker on November 10, 2008 at 7:41 PM

How could Biden not know there wasn’t TV in 1929, that FDR wasn’t president? And this man will be a heartbeat away from the presidency.

rbj on November 10, 2008 at 7:41 PM

progressoverpeace on November 10, 2008 at 7:39 PM

That’s how he got the tingle.

Like every other Beltway Elitist, he thinks he is smarter than he actually is.

Between him and Scarborough dropping the mother of all cuss words on live TV this morning, MSNBC has had a wonderful day. I wonder what Olby will say tonight?

kingsjester on November 10, 2008 at 7:42 PM

HAHAHAHAHAHAHA! God does have a sense of humor! Or – karma sometimes doesn’t make us wait!

However you want to view it . . . ROFL

Alana on November 10, 2008 at 7:43 PM

Chris Matthews needs to make like a Tree…and get out of here.

portlandon on November 10, 2008 at 7:48 PM

He just owned himself.

V15J on November 10, 2008 at 7:51 PM

Between him and Scarborough dropping the mother of all cuss words on live TV this morning, MSNBC has had a wonderful day. I wonder what Olby will say tonight?

kingsjester on November 10, 2008 at 7:42 PM

They forgot to dispense the meds at PMSNBC this morning. Anything can happen. We’re all just lucky they kept their clothes on, so far.

And the FCC has ruled that Scarborough was okay, since he used the word “f#ck” as an adjective … Okay, it was a command, but the FCC came back and said that Scarborough thought it was an adjective, so following the Bono ruling and the rule of discerning intent on election ballots, Scarborough was okay.

progressoverpeace on November 10, 2008 at 7:52 PM

Why is it that whenever I see mathews….I always smell day old oatmeal?

does that make me racist?

Handel on November 10, 2008 at 7:53 PM

He just owned himself.

V15J on November 10, 2008 at 7:51 PM

I’m laughing my @$$ off again.

Folks, let’s all buzz this one up and see if we can make some of the Obamatrons cringe.

fiatboomer on November 10, 2008 at 7:55 PM

57 countries in Africa? Where did Chris Matthews get that number?

SoulGlo on November 10, 2008 at 7:56 PM

You people are just bitter toward Mr. Matthews… Okay, I can’t even type that with a straight face.

carbon_footprint on November 10, 2008 at 7:57 PM

He should have been some comedian’s straight man…

DL13 on November 10, 2008 at 7:58 PM

Justice comes in many flavors….this one is rather sweet!

Brian1972 on November 10, 2008 at 7:59 PM

This wasn’t even news….or worth linking to or worth even posting.

funsutton on November 10, 2008 at 8:01 PM

57 countries in Africa? Where did Chris Matthews get that number?

He was thinking of the number of states in the US. :-)
Wiki says 53 countries in Africa.

jgapinoy on November 10, 2008 at 8:01 PM

Matthews is clearly unprepared and wasn’t properly vetted to hold a national news position.

CanadianGuy on November 10, 2008 at 8:02 PM

This wasn’t even news….or worth linking to or worth even posting.

It’s a demo of how easy it is to find fault with words, which is exactly what he’s trying to do with Palin.
AP is illustrating absurdity by being absurd.

jgapinoy on November 10, 2008 at 8:03 PM

I don’t get cable, but once in a while I do watch Matthews’ Sunday show with four reporters. He ends with asking his “crack reporters” (Dan Rather?, “Tell me something I don’t know.”

Africa is not a country, Chrissy.

Wethal on November 10, 2008 at 8:04 PM

I blame the Joooos.
No wait. I blame Bush.
Wait, no. I hate my parents,
then Bush, then the Jooooos.

sincerely,
Bill Maher

Mike D. on November 10, 2008 at 8:06 PM

Upcoming interviews from Palin. It’s so weird that Chris isn’t on the list. Fun stuff about Larry King in there too.

meltenn on November 10, 2008 at 8:06 PM

It’d be sweet if Tweety were replaced by some black guy. Just told he would have to clean out his desk immediately so MSNBC could “diversify” and “spread the fame around”.

Marcus on November 10, 2008 at 8:07 PM

Ah, sweet schadenfreude. I hope Chrissy nevers hears the end of it. Up in Alaska, Sarah Palin is smiling.

SAZMD on November 10, 2008 at 8:09 PM

Ooooo. Glen Beck on O’Reilly right now. Can’t wait till his new show starts.

Anyway, Chris Matthews. Verbal miscue. Shoe is on the other (left) foot now.

Dee2008 on November 10, 2008 at 8:14 PM

A simple verbal stumble, nothing more or less — but if someone was half-listening or had it in for him, it’d be easy to spin this into an apocryphal anecdote about what an appalling ignoramus he is, wouldn’t it?

Um, he is an appalling ignoramus, but not because of this.

Buford on November 10, 2008 at 8:19 PM

Is he cracking? Or is he still tingling? This guy is a joke.

sherry on November 10, 2008 at 8:26 PM

That’s why you can’t do the wiper wave under your desk while you give us the nightly news.

chunderroad on November 10, 2008 at 8:34 PM

At least we didn’t have get this from senior anonymous officials high up in the MSNBC offices. Nope straight from the horses arse.

thomasaur on November 10, 2008 at 8:39 PM

Softbull.

profitsbeard on November 10, 2008 at 8:45 PM

Olby’s on right now. I cannot watch past three words.
I guess I’m just not hip…or an Elitist.

kingsjester on November 10, 2008 at 8:47 PM

Just proof that he can’t keep Obama off his mind…………….

Seven Percent Solution on November 10, 2008 at 8:48 PM

Silly stuff…we need to be more serious like how much did his suit cost?

Rockygold on November 10, 2008 at 8:48 PM

Yeah I want to know how much MSNBC is paying for his makeup and hair.

econavenger on November 10, 2008 at 8:58 PM

What I wouldn’t give to see his reaction when someone told him what he said. If someone would have called him on it on air….

XWing5 on November 10, 2008 at 8:59 PM

Matthews is clearly a genius. Why does ANYONE pay attention to the propaganda wing of the democrat party?

Mojave Mark on November 10, 2008 at 9:19 PM

I cannot stand Matthews. What does he do? oh, he gets tingles up and down his legs. From a man! Is he married?

sheebe on November 10, 2008 at 9:28 PM

Well you can tell by the surrounding words that he just goofed because he talks too flippin’ fast, but why can’t Sarah get the same benefit of the doubt?

It’s kind of like correcting the spelling of another blogger and then making one of your own two minutes later. A person like that looks really stupid. I hope Matthews’s stupid lasts a a good long time.

Wonder if he ever figured out where Rangoon is.

fireweednectar on November 10, 2008 at 9:28 PM

The American media has been curiously silent today, with only a couple of exceptions, with the major African news story of the day, namely the sudden death of beloved South African singer Miriam Makeba, aka “Mama Africa”.

Why the radio silence?

For our non-African scholars, Ms. Makeba was as big as any major American female pop singer of the past 5 decades. And probably as respected in Africa as Oprah is here.

Del Dolemonte on November 10, 2008 at 9:46 PM

Why is everyone always ripping Chris dammit it he is going to do everything in his power to make sure this Presidency works. A slip of the tongue here a slip of bodily fluids down his pant leg occasionally when seeing the Lord Obama should not make anyone question his love for country either here or the country of Africa.

Irvin88 on November 10, 2008 at 9:46 PM

He is BLONDE, after all.

Mazztek on November 10, 2008 at 10:13 PM

57 or so?

SIR you need to resign your ignate arse! EVERY school child of the age of 3 KNOWS, SIRRRRR

That there are 47 Countries in Africa
There are 47 countries on the African continent, including the disputed territory of Western Sahara.
SIRRRR

If you include SIRRRR
The islands off the coast that are INDEPENDENT NATIONS
SIRRRRR

The number only comes up to 53!

Today’s Worst person in the world!
CHRIS MATTHEWS!

DSchoen on November 10, 2008 at 10:17 PM

“How could Biden not know there wasn’t TV in 1929, that FDR wasn’t president? And this man will be a heartbeat away from the presidency.”

Not ta mention he gets confused tween incoming anti aircraft fire and, um

Snow

the white stuff.

Hey everybody makes that mistake right?

DSchoen on November 10, 2008 at 10:24 PM

How does this help the Messiah be successful and save the planet world?

RalphyBoy on November 10, 2008 at 10:34 PM

Now were gonna blast Biden. Look dude is senile he was talking about talking to his buddy in a diner that closed 20 years ago. Lets not make fun of the sick ok.

Irvin88 on November 10, 2008 at 10:36 PM

“He should have been some comedian’s straight man…”
Problem,

Tingle up the leg, and straight man?
Prissy Chrissy

DSchoen on November 10, 2008 at 10:42 PM

“Maybe BHO was being shown in a monitor off-camera, & he was too excited to think straight.”

Or he could be drinking on the job again, cuz that could explain a lot!

DSchoen on November 10, 2008 at 10:45 PM

Why does Matthews look as if he has chronic dyspepsia… even when he’s smiling?

onlineanalyst on November 10, 2008 at 10:50 PM

Naw if Obama was being shown on screne and Chris was drinking there a good chance he would have taken his pants off in a drunken stupor.

Irvin88 on November 10, 2008 at 10:50 PM

“A simple verbal stumble, nothing more or less — but if someone was half-listening or had it in for him, it’d be easy to spin this into an apocryphal anecdote about what an appalling ignoramus he is, wouldn’t it?”

Uhm no they couldn’t. The problem with the apocryphal line is this isn’t made-up, untrue, or simply “invented”.

It’s on tape, for all the world to see!

MSNBC, Prissy Chrissy and Uberidiot make their living by selectively amplifying such gaffs, real or imaginary with or without ANYTHING to back it up!

The fact that he said Africa is a country might be a simple gaff, one HE would not excuses for Palin, However the 57 Countries in Africa is just plan stupid.

No mercy for MSNBC, Prissy Chrissy and Uberidiot, they give none and should not expect to receive any.

DSchoen on November 10, 2008 at 11:19 PM

Matthews: We’ll be right back.

::cut to commercial::

::cameraman wipes spit off his lens::

Mr_Magoo on November 10, 2008 at 11:28 PM

The joke’s on Chris now! Oh wait, he IS the joke!

miron on November 11, 2008 at 12:26 AM

Turns out the entire “she doesn’t know Africa”

Is a hoax

For those who never believed the story, congratulations! You were right!

For those who did, you got punked!

DSchoen on November 11, 2008 at 2:55 AM

Hey Chrissy,

African does not have 57 countries.
African is not a country.
South Africa is a country not a region.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_African_countries_by_GDP

Geochelone on November 11, 2008 at 3:37 AM

“A simple verbal stumble, nothing more or less — but if someone was half-listening or had it in for him, it’d be easy to spin this into an apocryphal anecdote about what an appalling ignoramus he is, wouldn’t it?”

Uhm no they couldn’t. The problem with the apocryphal line is this isn’t made-up, untrue, or simply “invented”.

It’s on tape, for all the world to see!

Good Point and Good Reply. The tape doesn’t lie. Chrissy is caught red-handed. The accusation on Plain, on the other hand, was made up out of thin air anonymously.

Geochelone on November 11, 2008 at 3:51 AM

Since everyone already knows I’m RAAACIST, who wants to take bets on how many African-Americans on my inner-city bus think Africa is a country?

Please note that the only reason I say “African-Americans” specifically is because of their designation as, ahem, African-Americans. My buddy’s Irish-immigrant wife is an American, but, as Bernie Goldberg’s book Bias points out, Jamaicans are African-American. Weird.

saint kansas on November 11, 2008 at 6:25 AM

One county. One Continent. One world. We are all Pangeans now under Obama. And, because this is so, Chris Mathews will no longer have to struggle with geography on national television.

In his next report, the world leaders will announce fealty to The One.

More Mathews mockage next week, please? TIA.

BrideOfRove on November 11, 2008 at 7:24 AM

If Hot Air didn’t publish this guy no one would know he is on TV. Ignore the bum!!

Mookey on November 11, 2008 at 7:49 AM

His answer, “No I don’t really think that’s plausible.”

What his answer should have been, “Chris, what’s not plausible is that you get payed so much money to say so many stupid things. Are you really that big of an idiot or are you intentionally trying to smear Gov. Palin with that question?”

They start talking like that and the republicans will never lose an election again.

peacenprosperity on November 11, 2008 at 7:52 AM

Great mug shot of Chris Matthews. Looks like he had a fart that got stuck midpoint.

pilamaye on November 11, 2008 at 8:01 AM

overbites countdown to bad ratings is just as terriable as chris “68″ matthews screwball show. These guys are two loads that should have been swall**ed.

0321_GUY on November 11, 2008 at 8:18 AM

WHY DOES MATTHEWS STILL HAVE A JOB? HE HAS NO RATINGS!

marklmail on November 11, 2008 at 9:22 AM

Please note that the only reason I say “African-Americans” specifically is because of their designation as, ahem, African-Americans. My buddy’s Irish-immigrant wife is an American, but, as Bernie Goldberg’s book Bias points out, Jamaicans are African-American. Weird.

saint kansas on November 11, 2008 at 6:25 AM

Interesting point you kind of broached.
Is America a country or a continent (not North America, America). When they say Africa-American, are they saying a continent-country? So Polish-American, Poland is a country or a continent? Every other description of a “mix of race” in America is country/country, except for Africa? I say Africa is a continent, but within our vernacular it is used in general conversation as a country.
Get it? The description everyone uses as Africa, in it most common text (in America), is as a country.

right2bright on November 11, 2008 at 10:15 AM

He is BLONDE, after all

He IS the inspiration for Blondestar ya know!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5i29uqjkjQI

DSchoen on November 11, 2008 at 2:03 PM