Wallace: Matthews asked a stupid question to Bachmann

posted at 2:15 pm on November 4, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

Via Johnny Dollar, the election coverage from MSNBC has become an excellent marketing tool for … Fox News. Chris Wallace tells Kilmeade and Friends (via Dittos Rush) that the election coverage at their competitor was a demonstration of a Brit Hume proverb of “picking money in the streets,” and that Chris Matthews’ question to Michele Bachmann is Exhibit A:

Meanwhile, Bernard Goldberg declares that MSNBC “jumped the shark” with its reliance on an ideologically identical panel of hosts that ended up beclowning themselves on national TV. Goldberg wonders whether the president of NBC News understands that news people should run election-night coverage, not opinion-show hosts that run the gamut from hard Left to … harder Left:

Finally, here’s Wallace once again, this time on The Daily Show, parrying Jon Stewart’s attacks on Fox and going after MSNBC again. Stewart never quite gets around to acknowledging that Fox gave a much broader spectrum of political thought in its Election Night coverage, or indeed in its normal programming, than MSNBC — which Stewart called “double-A ball,” probably in response to Keith Olbermann’s sniping after last weekend’s rally. Via the Right Scoop:

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This is a really good dessert after the banquet of the election! Watching the Orcs devour each other is too much fun…pass the popcorn for more Blue on Blue carnage!

search4truth on November 4, 2010 at 2:19 PM

MessNBC “jumped the shark” a long time ago.
This was jumping a blue whale.

carbon_footprint on November 4, 2010 at 2:20 PM

Chris Matthews has sunk to 100% “Gotcha journalism”. Michele Bachmann didn’t take the bait. We could all learn from her example.

RushBaby on November 4, 2010 at 2:21 PM

MessNBC stupid is as stupid does.

Just imagine how idiotic they will be in 2012 if the wave continues. Unless they are no longer there.

Brat4life on November 4, 2010 at 2:21 PM

In Matthews ideal world, Bachmann would already have been sent to the camp.

Vashta.Nerada on November 4, 2010 at 2:22 PM

And then Sissy lied. “I never said that” in regard to his leg tingles.

As my nephew says, “Youtube is not his friend.”

Branch Rickey on November 4, 2010 at 2:23 PM

There are no stupid questions but there stupid people who . . .

mwbri on November 4, 2010 at 2:24 PM

A side issue, but Fox burned them on their stupid new slogan “Lean Forward”.

Fox’s “Move Forward” ads kick butt.

juliesa on November 4, 2010 at 2:24 PM

pMS-NBC has less credibility on news than the Cartoon Network.
For real. What are not people ashamed to says that they watch that network?

pedestrian on November 4, 2010 at 2:24 PM

Bernard Goldberg’s money quote on the MSNBC panel, “I thought I was watching the view without Haselbeck”.

shick on November 4, 2010 at 2:25 PM

I saw The Daily Show last night. It seemed to me Jon Leibowitz, surprisingly, heaped some pretty high praise on the FNC team and their election coverage.

ornery_independent on November 4, 2010 at 2:25 PM

Wallace quotes Britt Hume saying that competing with MSNBC is like “Picking money off the street”. I think a more apt term is “Fox News is eating MSNBCs lunch”.

theCork on November 4, 2010 at 2:25 PM

MSNBC days are numbered in its current iteration. It’s an unalloyed disaster and Comcast knows it.

bilups on November 4, 2010 at 2:26 PM

Like zombies-gone-cannibalistic. Love it.

VastRightWingConspirator on November 4, 2010 at 2:27 PM

That hast to have been the worst election night coverage evah. Somewhere, Tim Russert was crying.

kingsjester on November 4, 2010 at 2:28 PM

Bachman really b!tch-slapped Matthews down with her “tingles” jab. The sign holder behind her was really good for emphasis on that point. Obviously that was all done intentionally.

Good job Rep Bachman!

ornery_independent on November 4, 2010 at 2:28 PM

“I imagine that thrill is not so tingly on your leg anymore”.

Matthews probably reaching down wondering where his manhood went.

fourdeucer on November 4, 2010 at 2:30 PM

Goldberg is smart, calling out the NBC execs and Fred Hiatt at the Post. It’s one thing to name the cockroaches, it’s another to shine a light into the nest they come from.

RushBaby on November 4, 2010 at 2:31 PM

This is MSNBC’s swan song…Comcast has cut off the head and the rest of snake is going to die.

d1carter on November 4, 2010 at 2:33 PM

Stewart gave major props to Fox and Chris took the “got your canidate elected” playful jabbing well

Wallace on main stream media

“they are making a mistake because they are wrong”

“wrong in their analysis of what’s going on in the country”

audiotom on November 4, 2010 at 2:34 PM

MessNBC stupid is as stupid does.

Just imagine how idiotic they will be in 2012 if the wave continues. Unless they are no longer there.

Brat4life on November 4, 2010 at 2:21 PM

Oh, man. I don’t wanna imagine what that same panel from Tuesday would do on Election Night 2012 if Obama goes down in flames. Especially if it’s to someone like Palin.

Of course, I’d be glued to my TV all night. Hopefully by then we’ll have the cable news channels available in 3D. Imagine Queef Uberdouche’s head not only exploding on live TV, but the brain matter flying out at you.

Doughboy on November 4, 2010 at 2:36 PM

The Daily Show appearance was pretty good, but as usual, Jon’s guests let him get away with blowing smoke up everyone’s behind without challenging him on facts.

ButterflyDragon on November 4, 2010 at 2:36 PM

Jon Steward trying to push the fox-republicorp as if they were one and the same.

fourdeucer on November 4, 2010 at 2:39 PM

So Stewart and these so called elitists, attack Fox, for doing….their job, and doing it so well, they’ve taken the drivers seat of journalism?

Yup. Just keep pushing more people to Fox. Because the attacks seem to be accomplishing just that. So much for that smarter than we are elitism. Morons.

MSNBC is worse than the scuzz found under a fridge that’s sat in it’s place for years. Gross, disgusting, and totally worthless.

capejasmine on November 4, 2010 at 2:44 PM

Sweet sweet cognitive dissonance.

starboardhelm on November 4, 2010 at 2:44 PM

And people wonder why Fox has 3X the ratings of any other news network LOL

Cookies Mom on November 4, 2010 at 2:44 PM

I saw The Daily Show last night. It seemed to me Jon Leibowitz, surprisingly, heaped some pretty high praise on the FNC team and their election coverage.

ornery_independent on November 4, 2010 at 2:25 PM

OT:Speaking of the Daily Show. Maybe he was having trouble with TurboTax again

ConservativePartyNow on November 4, 2010 at 2:44 PM

Wallace should have said condolences about Stewart’s party losing. Afterall, everyone’s bias is showing these days.

I think Stewart watches FoxNews more than he admits. He does seem to have a brain so of course he watches Fox.

And yeah he plugged Fox.

That NPR thing really opened up some views about what is going on with the other news operations.

petunia on November 4, 2010 at 2:45 PM

You could see from the radiant smile on her lovely face that Michele Bachmann was waiting for Matthews to ask that question and she was already prepared to shove with gusto the all time Mother Of All Zinger Answers right back into his pudgy face.

It was truly a priceless Must-See TV moment to treasure.

pilamaye on November 4, 2010 at 2:45 PM

Bachman really b!tch-slapped Matthews down with her “tingles” jab

And in doing so, gave a preview of how conservatives had BETTER be ready to deal with the Lame Stream Media. In 1994, I had said that part of the problem Republicans were having was that they believed the media would treat them with respect because they were in charge. No way. The media treated Republicans like clowns who were in the way. As I recall, Limbaugh told Republicans at the time not to wait for respect from the media, just go ahead, do what you were elected to do, and when necessary take your message directly to the voters. Some heeded the advice, many didn’t. Republicans need to learn that lesson. Quickly.

oldleprechaun on November 4, 2010 at 2:46 PM

Tingles is po’d because Tingles didn’t say “tingle” he said “thrill” and Tingles hates “tingle” which “right-wing whackos” have attached him to.

Marcus on November 4, 2010 at 2:49 PM

John Boehner inherits troubled House and an economy stuck in a ditch (next to a cliff).

J_Crater on November 4, 2010 at 2:49 PM

Even more striking about Obama’s “back seat” comment – proves he hadn’t even allowed us in the car yet! My marxist siblings insist we’re the party of no, but how would it even matter what we were saying, if the President didn’t even consider us allowed in . . .

PastorJon on November 4, 2010 at 2:53 PM

Mike Wallace did great! AND, did you hear how much applause Fox News got – I bet there are a lot of Fox News watchers in Stewart’s fanbase.

Queen0fCups on November 4, 2010 at 2:54 PM

Beyond Matthews, that lowlife Eugene Robinson–snickering in the background like a 13-year-old listening to a friend make a crank phone call–proved, without a doubt, that he’s a piece of sh*t.

BuckeyeSam on November 4, 2010 at 2:56 PM

Tingles is po’d because Tingles didn’t say “tingle” he said “thrill” and Tingles hates “tingle” which “right-wing whackos” have attached him to.

Marcus on November 4, 2010 at 2:49 PM

LOL If it fits….Tingles can wear it. ;)

capejasmine on November 4, 2010 at 2:56 PM

Oh, and here’s the difference between the back of the car/bus comments by Steele and Obama: Steele is the RNC Chair – Obama is the President.

Queen0fCups on November 4, 2010 at 2:56 PM

MSNBC doesn’t need a shark to jump.

Like so many Pavlovian dogs they reflexively jump whenever they hear the theme music.

Or even when they imagine they hear theme music.

Or when someone tells them theme music has been played somewhere.

Lily on November 4, 2010 at 2:57 PM

You know, for the record, Jon Stewart is RIGHT about that “back of the bus” thing. Hannity f’d that up. I remember YELLING at my radio, “he said ‘car’ not ‘bus’!!!”. The fact that that faux pas made it passed Hannity to the rest of Fox is sad and shameful.

We hold the rest of the media to a standard of getting the quotes right. We should be willing to call out idiocy like this in Fox News.

Btw, Hannity does that FREQUENTLY. Love him, personally, but can’t stand to listen to him anymore for this sort of dramatic grandstanding.

tickleddragon on November 4, 2010 at 2:58 PM

Does MSM stand for the main stream media or does MSM stand for the mentally sick media? If you said both are correct, you are right.

volsense on November 4, 2010 at 2:59 PM

The video of Leibowitz was sickening. All the funnyman can come up with is Fox news is now electing republicans? The man is a bigger tool then Olberdouche. He is nothing but another moonbat facist that needs to control ALL media to elect democrats. I really cannot stomach Mr Clown nose any longer.

DeweyWins on November 4, 2010 at 3:00 PM

Maybe this will be the last nuking of the fridge for the “fat (head) boys”. One can only hope

conservativescientist on November 4, 2010 at 3:00 PM

OK but Chris Matthews is mentally ill or has a brain tumor, right?

I’m not being sarcastic.

I really believe there is something “off” about him and he needs a vacation or help.

fivefeetoffury on November 4, 2010 at 3:02 PM

You could see from the radiant smile on her lovely face that Michele Bachmann was waiting for Matthews to ask that question and she was already prepared to shove with gusto the all time Mother Of All Zinger Answers right back into his pudgy face.

It was truly a priceless Must-See TV moment to treasure.

pilamaye on November 4, 2010 at 2:45 PM

She should have said: “Thats ridiculous , there will be no hearings , there will be no trials , there will only be EXECUTIONS.”

the_nile on November 4, 2010 at 3:05 PM

MessNBC “jumped the shark” a long time ago.
This was jumping a blue whale.

Let me correct it for you: Mosasaur — a species of extinct marine dinosaur.

Mutnodjmet on November 4, 2010 at 3:10 PM

PMSNBC was 3rd in the rating behind CNN and wayyyyyy behind number 1 FOXNEWS so the people are speaking.

The Expert Knows

HAExpert on November 4, 2010 at 3:17 PM

I watched that. The people in the studio with Matthews all trash talked her after the fact. That was the most bizarre excuse for journalism ever witnessed. The best part was someone at the rally held up a “Tingle” sign and Matthews claimed he never said that.

Hening on November 4, 2010 at 3:17 PM

Stewart’s reference to Double A ball is based on his notion that MSNBC isn’t nearly at good at pushing an agenda as Fox is. Stewart feels that Fox is a highly-polished, coordinated propoganda machine, while MSNBC is an amateurish, clumsy propoganda machine.

I don’t think he realizes how much room Ailes gives his talent and the various shows. There was no giant meeting where they said “ok, one of our shows needs to use a blackboard. Let’s give it to Beck!” Beck and O’Reilly tour because they both like touring, not because it’s part of some plan to rule the world.

hawksruleva on November 4, 2010 at 3:17 PM

..Imagine Queef Uberdouche’s head not only exploding on live TV, but the brain matter flying out at you.

Doughboy on November 4, 2010 at 2:36 PM

Might be very disappointing. Expecting an M-80 and only getting one of those cap-balls instead. Also, one wonders about the amount of brain matter.

The War Planner on November 4, 2010 at 3:19 PM

What irritates me is how many liberals in the media shrug off MSNBC as the left wing version of Fox, which couldn’t be farther from the truth. MSNBC is the paranoid version of Fox. They see Fox as a GOP owned and operated channel whose specific purpose is to boost the GOP and tear down libs, that is not what it is and NOT why they are successful.

Fox is certainly sympathetic to the Conservative viewpoint, but that’s not the main reason why I watch it. I watch Fox because not only do I get a snark free take on Conservative concerns, I get a healthy dose of debate and analysis from the liberal side of things as well. Ever notice how the liberals on Fox are much more behaved than when on another channel? I can actually listen to them and understand where they are coming from, I can’t get that on any other network, especially MSNBC which is a left wing blog masquerading as a news outlet.

Fox is just more interesting, informative and entertaining, though I wish they would stop hiring “strategists” to regurgitate the same old talking points. The one show that seems to “get it” on MSNBC is the Morning Joe show. Joe is usually outnumbered by liberal guests, and I don’t like it when Pat Buchanan is featured as the voice of conservatives, but they at least try to balance out opinion on that show. I have to admit I haven’t watched that show in a while though because the liberal guests have been rather overpowering with guys like Meacham being a regular presence and Joe often sidelined on his own show; but if they ever flush out the management at MSNBC and put that channel through an overhaul, Morning Joe would be a show to keep.

Daemonocracy on November 4, 2010 at 3:30 PM

I watched that. The people in the studio with Matthews all trash talked her after the fact. That was the most bizarre excuse for journalism ever witnessed. The best part was someone at the rally held up a “Tingle” sign and Matthews claimed he never said that.

Hening on November 4, 2010 at 3:17 PM

Technically he never said “tingle”, I believe it was Sean Hannity who popularized that word. Mathews said he got a “thrill” up his leg.

Daemonocracy on November 4, 2010 at 3:33 PM

It’s so sad when you are a running dog lackey who finds out their mystical master is an unqualified, feet-of-clay, feckless, unimaginative, petty, egomaniacal schmuck.

What was all that running and lackeying for?

The whining of let-down lapdogs.

Awwrrooooooo!

profitsbeard on November 4, 2010 at 3:35 PM

Daemonocracy on November 4, 2010 at 3:30 PM

Just to add to what I posted here, MSNBC proved beyond a doubt on election night that they are not the “anti-Fox” but an entirely different beast. Those jokers were painfully unprofessional and childish, Fox came across as an actual news channel, as did the liberal CNN.

Daemonocracy on November 4, 2010 at 3:35 PM

OK but Chris Matthews is mentally ill or has a brain tumor, right?

I’m not being sarcastic.

I really believe there is something “off” about him and he needs a vacation or help.

fivefeetoffury on November 4, 2010 at 3:02 PM

He has a brain? :o

capejasmine on November 4, 2010 at 3:37 PM

Oh, man. I don’t wanna imagine what that same panel from Tuesday would do on Election Night 2012 if Obama goes down in flames. Especially if it’s to someone like Palin.

Of course, I’d be glued to my TV all night. Hopefully by then we’ll have the cable news channels available in 3D. Imagine Queef Uberdouche’s head not only exploding on live TV, but the brain matter flying out at you.

Doughboy on November 4, 2010 at 2:36 PM

would`nt be an explosion …really more of weak *snap*

NY Conservative on November 4, 2010 at 3:39 PM

Chris Matthews has sunk to 100% “Gotcha journalism”. Michele Bachmann didn’t take the bait. We could all learn from her example.

RushBaby on November 4, 2010 at 2:21 PM

The message should be to not go on MSNBC period.

OK but Chris Matthews is mentally ill or has a brain tumor, right?

I’m not being sarcastic.

I really believe there is something “off” about him and he needs a vacation or help.

fivefeetoffury on November 4, 2010 at 3:02 PM

That “thrill” Matthews had up his leg was an infection.

dthorny on November 4, 2010 at 3:41 PM

What irritates me is how many liberals in the media shrug off MSNBC as the left wing version of Fox, which couldn’t be farther from the truth….

Daemonocracy on November 4, 2010 at 3:30 PM

What’s a real shame in a business sense is that MSNBC is in a perfect position to go hard-news and to eat CNN’s lunch. CNN is a big fat juicy target for anyone that wants to target their former audience. Gobs of money to be made…

slickwillie2001 on November 4, 2010 at 3:51 PM

Remembering back to that great night, technically I think MSLSD did have a news person doing coverage. They would have Lester Holt on for a the occasional nanosecond to read off some numbers, then back to the snark.

Years ago when before I quit watching NBC I thought Lester was kind of hawt. Now he looks like a skinny dweeb. I hope he’s not sick.

juliesa on November 4, 2010 at 3:51 PM

Technically he never said “tingle”, I believe it was Sean Hannity who popularized that word. Mathews said he got a “thrill” up his leg. Daemonocracy on November 4, 2010 at 3:33 PM

Too bad.

It’s inescapable.

His tombstone will say Chris “Tingles” Matthews.

Akzed on November 4, 2010 at 4:01 PM

The lengthy discussion about the “back of the bus” comment leaves out the principle purpose behind racism and equates racism as: skin color other than white is bad. Racism, at it’s core, doesn’t mean dark skin is bad, it means that people with dark skin are somehow less than people with light skin; or in the reverse, people with light skin are somehow less than people with dark skin. I think what Obama was saying with the back of the bus comment was not relative to skin color, but the deeper issue of one group being less than another group; in his case, Republican people being less than Democrat people.

It was a derogatory comment that should have been questioned by ALL of the media.

BKeyser on November 4, 2010 at 4:06 PM

Matthews was informally a joke. Now it’s formal. He’s a card carrying member of the 3 Stooges press club. Nobody talking about serious issues would consider doing an interview with Jon Stewart for example. Nor would they invite someone like Stephen Colbert to discussion on important topics.
 
Great idea for a new show: Larry, Curly, and Moe should be played Stewart, Colbert, and Matthews respectively. Matthews would make an outstanding straight man.
 
Note: no insult intended to the real 3 stooges.

ClanDerson on November 4, 2010 at 4:08 PM

The Ungluing of the Left Commences right on schedule,
and Bachmann handled that very well!!

canopfor on November 4, 2010 at 4:11 PM

If MSNBC went with Fox’s model — balanced panels, a couple of fairly bright righty “stars,” and muzzling the anchors so they don’t go off into loony land — then they could keep their lefty slant and they’d peel viewers away from Fox. What’s the upside for them keeping things as they are? No one’s watching them. They are an industry joke and a national laughing stock. What their strategery here that I’m just not getting?

Rational Thought on November 4, 2010 at 4:16 PM

I thought all the election coverage was pretty weak. MSNBC was by far the worst.

But, when FNC had Karl Rove and Juan Williams on for the 38th time, I finally switched to CNN.

Fox gets the numbers it does not because it’s particularly good – it isn’t – but because conservatives have nowhere else to go.

bw222 on November 4, 2010 at 4:29 PM

Fox gets the numbers it does not because it’s particularly good – it isn’t – but because conservatives have nowhere else to go.

ie, an acho chamber. Too bad reality doesn’t have a conservative bias. And f*ck MSNBC. It’s worse than FOX.

Grow Fins on November 4, 2010 at 4:41 PM

echo, not acho.

Grow Fins on November 4, 2010 at 4:41 PM

Even when I laugh at Jon Stewart’s jokes I’m thinking, “This guy’s an a–hole.” He’s an obsessive polemicist who’s wrong done to the core.

Django on November 4, 2010 at 4:42 PM

Fox gets the numbers it does not because it’s particularly good – it isn’t – but because conservatives have nowhere else to go.

bw222 on November 4, 2010 at 4:29 PM

That’s the truth that Fox needs to realize, before someone else does to them what they did to CNN.

slickwillie2001 on November 4, 2010 at 4:50 PM

Truth is, MSNBC is the official network of unhinged liberal hatred. It’s all they know.

http://www.examiner.com/conservative-in-spokane/msnbc-the-channel-of-insane-liberal-hatred

jdawg on November 4, 2010 at 4:56 PM

Picking money off the street

Not “Picking money in the streets”.

Picking money off the street.

I mean, the man said it twice, for crying out loud.

moochy on November 4, 2010 at 5:29 PM

I saw no reason to watch TV election coverage.

The Internet had much better and much more timely information on what was happening…and I didn’t have to suffer through the Liberal and MSM spin and other BS.

The MSM is now almost totally composed of “dead men broadcasting.” Nothing but reading from the same tired meme list. No original thought. All possible sharks have been jumped: they cannot even be trusted to accurately report local news or weather.

The only remaining question is, since the networks are trying to operate without reporters AND without competent writers, what they will come up with to occupy all of that air space???

…or will the airspace ultimately be taken from them and re-allocated to teenagers’ and/or grade-schoolers’ cell phones??

landlines on November 4, 2010 at 6:17 PM

And f*ck MSNBC. It’s worse than FOX.

Grow Fins on November 4, 2010 at 4:41 PM

Your comment was part right. The next level to total consciousness will be to realize that Fox really is pretty Fair and Balanced.

And it’s good to see you here Fins.

hawkdriver on November 4, 2010 at 6:23 PM

Oh, man. I don’t wanna imagine what that same panel from Tuesday would do on Election Night 2012 if Obama goes down in flames. Especially if it’s to someone like Palin.

Of course, I’d be glued to my TV all night. Hopefully by then we’ll have the cable news channels available in 3D. Imagine Queef Uberdouche’s head not only exploding on live TV, but the brain matter flying out at you.

Doughboy on November 4, 2010 at 2:36 PM

I’ll bet my paycheck they’ll all be in a campus cocktower somewhere passing each other ammo. Sick, unhinged and out of touch.

hawkdriver on November 4, 2010 at 6:53 PM

Watching Jon Stewart makes me think of those optical illusions where you stare at a colored square for a few moments then look at a white page and you see the complementary color. He’s so used to the liberal spin he thinks it’s the middle. Fox News seems more biassd to the right because it counterbalances NBC, ABC, CBS, CNN, MSNBC with some opinion shows like O’Reilly, Hannity and Glenn Beck, and it’s a good business decision because it serves a huge demographic that has been ignored for decades by the others. It’s really the only game in town for conservatives who want to hear the other side of what they get from everybody else.

The best Comedy Central can do is to try to parody O’Reilly. I’d like to see them run a show with conservatives skewering liberal media. Stewart can do that very well, but he only does it about 10% of the time. He needs to get out in the Flyover Country listen without his “Smartass New York Jew” attitude. (That’s a quote from Randy Newman)

flataffect on November 4, 2010 at 8:40 PM

Why is asking a politician a question about something she absolutely said, a “gotcha”?

Michele Bachmann is a moron.
All the more shame on Matthews for being played by her.

chumpThreads on November 4, 2010 at 9:13 PM

Bernie Goldberg is a genius…

Khun Joe on November 4, 2010 at 9:40 PM

5:12… Slap! And Reilly blocks for the MadCow team… Come on Bill, let the sh*t hit the target.

RalphyBoy on November 5, 2010 at 3:25 AM

Matthews could get a job as a lawn jockey for the new House Minority Leader. He needs to get some Tips and “Tingles” from the striking-looking San Fran Nan, just to learn how to handle female interviews.

trl on November 5, 2010 at 3:34 PM