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Chris Matthews’ ‘The Rise of The New Right’: Deceptions and Delusions

posted at 12:07 pm on June 17, 2010 by

Originally posted at NewsReal:

Last night, MSNBC aired a Chris Matthews special, labeled a documentary, called The Rise of the New Right. I decided to take a quick break from my radical right wing extremist acts like bitterly clinging to my guns and my Bible, whilst fiendishly drawing Hitler moustaches on Obama photos, to watch it. I know. Apparently, I’m a glutton for punishment. However, while absolutely infuriating, it was simultaneously hilarious and almost took my mind off the distressing shortage of windmills in this country.

Almost immediately, two things became rather apparent. Firstly,  MSNBC’s NewSpeak definition of “documentary” is evidently “blatant fallacies and pure propaganda”. Secondly, it’s quite clear that Chris Matthews’ leg ‘tingle’ has moved into his brain, or what passes for some semblance of one. Either that, or he’s merely decided to embrace his cuckoo pants. Plus, he’s a big, fat liar. I feel no qualms about saying that, since Matthews spent a full hour demonizing me and people like me as violent, irrational racists. In fact, the entire show could be summed up like this:

Racists. Birthers. Guns! Evil scary militia groups that have the same “Don’t Tread on Me” flag!!! Chanting “USA, USA” and being fond of the Constitution and, you know, liberty is super scary and ominous. Also, racist. And violence fomenting. Plus, racist.

You see, now Community Organizing is evil and dissent is no longer Patriotic. Instead, that now signifies some sort of marauding mob of nefarious radicals who are doubleplusungood. President Obama said “I want you to talk to your friends and neighbors; I want you to argue with them and get in their faces” , but that was okay because George Bush. Or something.

It’s not okay when the right peaceably assembles, voicing opinions articulately, in full and coherent sentences and using facts and rational thought, because we aren’t supposed to even know how to read! Plus, we don’t base things on feel-goody Utopian ideas of kitten whiskers, fairy dust and magical windmills. We sneaky right wing-nuts embrace real world ideas like individual success is a good thing and that people do not need the government to run every aspect of their lives and businesses. Oh, the horror.

It must be horrifying, as the entire show was scored with super spooky music. A video clip of Ronald Reagan? Cue ominous horror movie music! A Sarah Palin segment? Dun dun dunnnn. Matthews, of course, portrayed Sarah Palin as a dum-dum “failed candidate”, yet also somehow ominous and fiendish, accusing her of putting those who voted for Obamacare “in the cross-hairs.” Get it? She’s totally fomenting violence. From her facebook page.

Matthews continued shamelessly lying throughout the entire hour. I’d be hard-pressed to find even one truth and I’d also be hard-pressed to choose which lie was the most egregious. Probably the most constant lie, however, was the theme of “Racists!” It was also the most hypocritical. After spending most of the hour maliciously demonizing and fallaciously broad brush painting millions of people as racists, he then spent a segment demagoguing Glenn Beck — for saying that President Obama may be racist.

The abject lies continued as Matthews claimed Rand Paul is the face of the new right, neglected to mention that it was a Hillary Clinton operatives who started the “birther” movement, cited Media Matters as a credible source refuting “misinformation” from the right, interviewed the incredibly biased and race baiting agenda driven Southern Poverty Law Center as another source, suggested that the “new right” looks to Pat Buchanan for leadership, called Michele Bachmann  a McCarthyite and compared Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck to Father Coughlin. Father Coughlin, who was a notorious radical lefty, an Anti-semite and, you know, insane.

JennQPublic summed it up best when she tweeted “If I was writing a parody of a Chris Matthews special, it would sound just like this Chris Matthews special.” Exactly. It was almost  a self-parody and included every tired, lame, outright false and, frankly, insanely delusional leftist narrative regarding conservatives.

He ended it with more nonsense and breathless depictions of his delusions of a violent right by, with a super serious face,  suggesting that we remember what happens when there is such ugly and violent rhetoric (e.g., “uphold the Constitution!”) coming from the right: Timothy McVeigh.

Oh, really, Chrissy? Perhaps all that kool-aid has rotted your brain. Here’s a reminder of where recent violence has stemmed from:

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.

Face it, fallacious Mr. Matthews. We aren’t the ones obsessed with the color of one’s skin, we care about content of character. And neither are we violent, no matter how desperately you wish that to be so. We simply love our country and refuse to be useful idiots. Perhaps it will help you if I explain in hip, simple terms for you:

Democrats, we really just aren’t that into you.


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I often wonder, since his boss, Carter was a closet segregationist what pissy is …

tarpon on June 17, 2010 at 1:20 PM

I think my favorite part was when he called conservatives evilracist for wanting people to read and support the Constitution.

The nerve of us.

Abby Adams on June 17, 2010 at 1:21 PM

I think it was very brave of all of you who watched this. It must have taken great courage and a temporary suspension of reality to get through it. Plus Matthews is not particularly attractive to look at or listen to. Kudos!

jeanie on June 17, 2010 at 1:35 PM

Using the word “regime” is wrong, even though he used that same word to describe Bush. My surprise was that he nothing new for his mockumentary.

koolbrease on June 17, 2010 at 1:40 PM

I wouldn’t waste my time watching MSNBC or Tinkle’s hit piece on the Tea Party Movement… for some time Chris has worn the dress in the Matthew’s family, seeing firearms in the hands of private citizens and hiding in the corner in fright after his pants were moistened. It is sad that he defends the First Amendment to the Constitution with such abandon but seemingly ignores the Second Amendment…

IntheNet on June 17, 2010 at 3:12 PM

I say we all take Nerf water guns to the next Tea Party rally. Chrissy will become totally unhinged.

Daggett on June 17, 2010 at 3:23 PM

Good stuff, LZ. This list of lefty violence needs to be disseminated far and wide so that people will know who the real extremists are.

College Prof on June 17, 2010 at 3:30 PM

thanks for watching it for us…wasn’t able to stomach the spew coming from this tool…

cmsinaz on June 17, 2010 at 3:44 PM

I remember watching him talk about the “Take America back” line. And of course, he made the obvious lefty line about “Take America Back… from what?” Of course, insinuating some racial overtone to it.

The funny thing was, I’m pretty sure Take America Back was used buy the left alot of times, and it’s the name of some rally, tour, or forum where Hilary and Van Jones have spoken at it.

Trov on June 17, 2010 at 4:48 PM

Yes and if it was just Chris Matthews I’d be annoyed for a minute. Unfortunately the same lies are perpetuated everywhere. I subscribe to The Economist and I’m starting to wonder why when I see articles like this this on the cover.

Here’s a money quote:

There is the old intolerant, gun-toting, immigrant-bashing, mainly southern right which sees any form of co-operation as treachery, even blasphemy. And muddying the whole picture is the tea-party movement, a tax revolt whose activists (some clever, some dotty, all angry) seem to loathe Bush-era free-spending Republicans as much as they hate Democrats. Egged on by a hysterical blogosphere and the ravings of Fox News blowhards, the Republican Party has turned upon itself

CityFish on June 17, 2010 at 9:12 PM

Mark Levin implied that Matthews is a big boozer.

Blake on June 18, 2010 at 11:04 AM

CityFish on June 17, 2010 at 9:12 PM

It use to be a decent magazine. But they went bonkers and ended up endorsing Obama. Maybe, someone should call them on the carpet for that.

Blake on June 18, 2010 at 11:05 AM

Michael Moore would be proud.

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