By Randy Hall | October 23, 2014 | 6:16 PM EDT
During Tuesday night’s edition of Hardball on MSNBC, liberal host Chris Matthews vented his exasperation regarding the many Democratic candidates running across the country in this year’s election who are distancing themselves from the unpopular current occupant of the White House.
“It’s like Obama’s got Ebola,” he said, referring to the deadly disease that originated in West Africa and has spread to the United States and other nations around the world.
Matthews made the comment while discussing the upcoming election with NBC senior political reporter Perry Bacon and liberal commentator Ron Reagan.
The host stated that the Democratic National Committee is running “a pretty impressive ad” in black newspapers to energize voters by calling on them to “Get His Back;” in other words, “step up for him, stand up for president Obama.”
He then showed brief clips of Republican “trackers” asking Democratic senators Michelle Nunn in Georgia and Mark Begich of Alaska if they would admit to voting for Obama in 2008 and 2012. Neither responded to this example of on-the-street “ambush journalism.”
“That’s the way people walk past guys who are trying to get a buck or a quarter from somebody,” Matthews stated with delight. “It’s like walking right past the guy.”
However, Bacon noted, the Democrats “don’t want to be caught — I think it’s a big thing — they don’t want to be caught on video, as if it’s like a dangerous thing and a bad thing.”
Matthews then asked: “Because?”
“They don’t want to be caught on camera because it will turn into an ad,” Bacon replied. “I think this is a silly concern in my mind. Of course Michelle Nunn voted for the Democratic president!”
“It’s like Obama’s got Ebola,” the host claimed. “You don’t want to be — I wasn’t near him, I didn’t touch.”
“I don’t think he’s worried at the White House,” Bacon responded. “I think he gets it. I’m told he tells candidates in red states, ‘Do what you got to do.’”
“He’s got a thicker skin than I do,” Matthews stated. “I’ll tell you that.”
“Exactly,” Bacon agreed.
Earlier in the segment, Matthews asked:
What do you think it’s like being the president right now, when you hear the people that you have been consorting with politically, Ron, for — ever since you have been in public life, not a long time for him, but all of a sudden, they’re all denying him?
It’s like being a father of a teenage daughter. You get used to that. So, he’s got two teenage daughters. When you go in public with Sasha and Malia, I know what it’s going to be like for him. Like, ‘Dad, do you have to walk so close to me? Do you have to act like you’re my father? Can’t you keep a little distance? What are you doing here? Disappear.’
“That’s what fathers know when they have teenage daughters,” he added.
“That’s right,” Reagan agreed.
“You would think that Obama had showed up … at the school dance wearing pajamas and a bathrobe,” the liberal host continued.
“I never did that, but thank you,” Matthews stated. “I was told you got to drop your daughter off two blocks away from the party. And if there’s a party at your house, don’t even come out and watch while they’re dancing.”
As NewsBusters previously reported, the Hardball host isn’t shy about sharing his liberal Democratic philosophy.
On August 20, Matthews stated that he was taken aback by Obama’s reaction to the beheading of freelance journalist James Foley.
“I don’t know why he used the word ‘justice;’ it’s not appropriate here,” the irate MSNBC host stated. “This is an attack on our country; we have to react to it.”
Just one week later, Matthews joined Democratic Congressman Elijah Cummings and Democratic pollster Margie Omero to find a strategy that would take advantage of the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, for the midterm elections.
Then in mid-September, the liberal host warned that air strikes on ISIS (the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria) would only lead to more violence. And just one day later, he stated that he remained “a skeptic” about Obama’s policy in dealing with the volatile situation in the Middle East.
After all the scandals and miscues Obama has been involved with since his re-election in 2012, Matthews shouldn’t be surprised that Democratic candidates avoid him like the plague. Hopefully, this tactic will remain intact when the new Congress convenes in January.
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Liberal MSNBC host Rachel Maddow is actively rooting for Democrats this November. With races so close around the country, it’s understandable why she’s on edge. But she went over the edge Tuesday night.
North Carolina had a Senate debate Tuesday, but only one candidate showed up.
Democrat Sen. Kay Hagan, in a very tight race, decided to skip the debate, her campaign saying they only agreed to three debates, and this would be number four.
But the debate was scheduled, the TV time was set aside, and Republican challenger Thom Tillis showed up. So it was broadcast across the state — with only one candidate.
Tillis had an empty chair next to him and an hour to speak to North Carolinians without an opponent.
This free airtime in a hotly contested race was too much for Maddow, who went off on Hagan for skipping it. “The moderator explained that Thom Tillis’ answers wouldn’t be timed, they were otherwise planning on timing them, because nobody else needed to talk!”
“So, for you, voters, we present this hour long conversation with just the Republican candidate. On TV. For an hour. Uncontested,” Maddow exclaimed. “So he can tell you what he thinks without any time constraints and without anybody rudely interrupting. Two weeks before Election Day. Did I mention this race is basically tied? I did mention that.”
Independent media titan beats mainstream networks
by Paul Joseph Watson | October 21, 2014
A Pew Research study has found that the Drudge Report, the most pre-eminent independent media source on the web, is trusted by the American public more than CNN, MSNBC, ABC, or CBS.
While the likes of MSNBC and CNN are distrusted by 22% and 20% respectively in the poll, only 9% of respondents said that they distrusted the Drudge Report, a figure on a par with NPR.
The Washington Post, the New York Times and the Huffington Post are all more distrusted than Drudge.
Drudge’s bracketing with the likes of NPR, BBC and Bloomberg suggest that the high level of trust is not merely because the respondents haven’t heard of the Drudge Report, a factor that probably explains why the likes of Think Progress and the Daily Kos appear near the bottom of the list.
The study found that Rush Limbaugh, Fox News and the Glenn Beck Program were the most distrusted news sources, which is probably due to the fact that all three offer staunch conservative views likely to cause polarization amongst liberal respondents to the poll.
In general, trust in mainstream press continues to collapse, with a September 2014 Gallup poll revealing Americans’ confidence in the media’s ability to report “the news fully, accurately, and fairly” returning to an all time low of 40%.
In addition, many of MSNBC’s flagship shows, such as Morning Joe and The Rachel Maddow Show just posted some of their lowest quarterly ratings results ever, emphasizing how Americans are turning away from network media and getting their news from more varied and independent sources.
“You know there’s a problem with the media when Al-Jazeera is trusted more than NBC, CNN, and MSNBC,” remarks Zero Hedge.
View the Pew results below.