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Chris Matthews Declares War on The Tea Party Movement—Calling His “Report” a Documentary, While Attacking Limbaugh, Beck, Palin, and Bachmann

posted at 4:20 pm on June 16, 2010 by

With Glenn Beck hitting on all cylinders in the 5pm slot on cable news networks, Chris Matthew’s longtime running segment, Hardball, (in the same time slot), has been dismal at best. Beck is hitting two million viewers while at the same time Matthews is struggling to hit a half million. In the 8pm prime time slot The O’Reilly Factor viewership is almost triple of Keith Olbermann’s Countdown. Along with the impending retirement of Larry King, Matthew’s Hardball might be heading on the same path where “progressive news” has become nothing more than far left opinion hit jobs, butting their heads against a growing public viewership that disagrees with the liberal media’s rhetorical disdain for a center-right nation.

Glenn Beck – 2,079,000 viewers (479,000) (968,000)
Situation Room—683,000 viewers (187,000) (277,000)
Hardball w/ C. Matthews – 492,000 viewers (87,000) (187,000)
Fast Money – 205,000 viewers (a scratch w/49,000) (89,000)
Showbiz Tonight — 172,000 viewers (65,000) (92,000)   link

With MSNBC and FOX NEWS cable networks going in two different directions, tonight’s Hardball edition, (airing at 7pm eastern time to avoid Beck’s numbers*), will be seen as another typical hit job by Matthews and his producers to attempt to demonize the Tea Party Movement. Indeed, Matthews will make the feeble attempt to claim the “Rise of the New Right” is an organized group of right wing radicals with the intent of over-throwing the government by violence:

MATTHEWS: “Let me finish tonight with our big documentary coming up here tomorrow night. ” The Rise of the New Right” at 7:00 p.m. Eastern tomorrow night will stun you with what`s happening to this country. You`ll never again believe the so-called Tea Party Movement is just about taxes or deficits or Obamacare. No, what you`ll see is far more like the original Tea Party up in Boston, the one that previewed our war against the British. Look at the Gadsden flag they wield, that warning of “Don`t Tread on Me” with the coiled rattlesnake. In 1776, it served warning to those who threatened America from abroad. Today, it`s being waved in contempt of our own honestly elected American government in Washington. Listen to Rush Limbaugh`s stir on the new right by calling the government in Washington a regime, or Orly Taitz, leader of the birthers, calling the president illegitimate. Listen to militiamen on guard against tyranny here on the Potomac and you get the full force of what`s happening.”

“This isn`t about what the tax rate should be. It`s an argument about whether the federal government deserves toppling like any other tyranny or illegitimate regime in history. It`s not the talk of politics, but of revolution. Listen to Limbaugh, Beck and Palin and Michele Bachmann, Orly Taitz, and, yes, Rand Paul, and you`ll hear of a Washington that has usurped authority of a president who`s not one of us, of a Congress that needs to be investigated for treason, of a country itself that`s been taken over and needs to be taken back. The voices you`ll hear speak for themselves, the guns you see, the semi-automatic weapons in the arms of those who see the government of the United States as the looming tower of tyranny. If I can put it as bluntly as possible, catch ” The Rise of the New Right” here tomorrow night at 7:00, and you`ll suddenly get why you`re seeing men at political rallies for the first time ever wearing guns.” video link here

Got all that? Pretty scary stuff, if you’re the paranoid left looking for an answer to escape the financial, and yes, social damage inflicted on this nation since the end of 2006.

In Matthews segment here, he explains that today’s Tea Party Movement parallels the anti-communist movement in the fifties and sixties accusing Michelle Bachmann as an instigator and a quasi McCarthyist for the media not investigating “democratic members of congress for anti-American attitudes”. Matthews takes Bachmann’s statement completely out of context, but what else is new[s].

While I would suggest boycotting the Matthews diatribe of paranoia, maybe it would be best to just watch Glenn Beck a 5pm, (2pm for us west coasters) and let Matthews and his screed of viewers suck on his lolly-pop spittle. It’s a poor excuse of objective journalism. Calling it a documentary is a pathetic joke. Perhaps they can have a contest to see which leg tingles tonight—you can bet it’s the left.

(Editor’s note: I’ve attempted, (several times), to post the video embeds in this post, but most of the embeds have been mysteriously re-directed to “other MSNBC spots”.)

* At this posting, not certain if Matthew’s hit piece will air at both 5pm and the repeat 7pm times—will attempt to update later.

Udate:  Mithridate Ombud from Newsbusters delves into the integrity of Matthews’ hypocritical, (and fabricated), fantasy of this “violent right”?:

Before letting the media continue to perpetuate a stereotype that may not actually exist at all, let me give you the facts that U.S. journalists refuse to cite. Let me show you where real violence comes from, and I don’t even need to mention the millions of babies killed every year by progressives or even the tens of millions of people murdered by their communist heroes.

It was not the fear of conservative violence that caused Ann Coulter’s speech to be cancelled this week.

It was a liberal who bit the finger off a man who disagreed with him on healthcare.

It was Obama-loving Amy Bishop who took a gun to work and murdered co-workers.

Joseph Stack flew his plane into the IRS building after writing an anti-conservative manifesto.

It was liberals who destroyed AM radio towers outside of Seattle.

It’s liberals who burn down Hummer dealerships.

It was progressive SEIU union thugs who beat a black conservative man who spoke his mind.

It’s doubtful that a conservative fired shots into a GOP campaign headquarters.

In fact, Democrats have no monopoly on having their offices vandalized.

Don’t forget it was Obama’s friend Bill Ayers who used terrorism as a tool for political change. SDS is still radical, with arrests in 2007 and the storming of the CATO Institute in July 2008.

There’s plenty more of Mithridate here…..

If this is the best that Matthews can do, he might want to do a “doc” on his own radical left before throwing stones.  Naw.  He’s neither fair or balanced.

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While I would suggest boycotting the Matthews diatribe of paranoia

With Matthew’s ratings, how could anyone tell if such a boycott was successful?

PackerBronco on June 16, 2010 at 4:32 PM

Hah, I bet his closet segregationist friend Carter would agree with his assessment. Was Mathews a Klansman? Anybody know?

tarpon on June 16, 2010 at 4:59 PM

will not watch the propaganda chrissy calls journalism…

the judge is covering for beck right now…

cmsinaz on June 16, 2010 at 5:13 PM

There are seeding the soil with future elections in mind in which power no longer passes between parties peacefully. They might be preparing the way for Obama to state that the 2010 elections this year are fraudulent due to behind the scenes shenanigans (see Alvin Greene) and therefore null and void. As we the people rise up in anger, they will have already made their case that the tea party participants are violent and they need to call out the National Guard to subdue those violent right wing nuts.

PrettyD_Vicious on June 16, 2010 at 6:21 PM

They are
Note to Self: hit preview button and read before posting.

PrettyD_Vicious on June 16, 2010 at 6:22 PM

Mathews, as always, has nothing to support his hate campaign. Beck, on the other hand,provides facts on much he says. Not hard to see why viewers favor Beck over Chrissy 4-1.

volsense on June 16, 2010 at 7:45 PM

I DVRd it and I’m watching it right now – talk about fear mongering!! He sure is harping on the birther movement and the militias a lot…

CityFish on June 16, 2010 at 8:15 PM

He sure is harping on the birther movement and the militias a lot…

CityFish on June 16, 2010 at 8:15 PM

We could put a story together just like this, singling out only the truthers, environmental terrorist, and the anti-war radical left, AND project a similar group of people. 70% of them would be registered Democrats. That fact that they have no name recognition that can be attacked by anyone who disagrees with their philosophy is no different than what Matthews is doing. One of Alinsky’s principals was to first define the enemy before tearing it apart. This has been a hard task for the liberal media, because the Tea Party Movement has no one particular leader other than their motives for reining in a government who are drunk with an endless spending process.

Chris Matthews won’t be the last to try to frame the TP’s as a physical threat. But it is appropriate for some one who loves a big government to be the first.

Rovin on June 16, 2010 at 8:48 PM

I smell desperation on the Left. Let Chrissy have his leg tingles…the Left is hobbled, and they know it.

Grace_is_sufficient on June 16, 2010 at 8:54 PM

Oh please…. Both sides for the debate have been doing these mockumentaries for some time.

lexhamfox on June 16, 2010 at 9:27 PM

But remember, folks: It’s we on the right who are the fearmongers.

ZK on June 16, 2010 at 10:31 PM

Of course lexhamfox will provide links (to the actual “mockumentaries”, not Daily Kos). We can watch them when Hell’s a hockey rink.

SDN on June 17, 2010 at 7:24 AM

It’s hard to be a bigger idiot than CM, but our President shows he’s up to the task.



griv on June 17, 2010 at 11:23 AM

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