It’s been awhile since I’ve mentioned Chris Matthews, which is likely due to MSNBC’s nightly viewership being a number I could roll on a pair of dice.
That said, their parent network (NBC) often references them, which means their influence is magnified far more than their worse-than-dismal ratings warrant. And THAT’s why I still, occasionally, pay attention to the prattling of Matthews & Co.
The following quote is from Matthews’ Wednesday night ‘Hardball’ show, but the date really doesn’t matter: his shtick is the same, every night and every week. Chris Matthews often describes himself as “leaning” left. HA!
He leans so far left, he’s horizontal.
“Did you get the impression during the presidential campaign that the press was trying too hard to be even-handed? Did you think the people delivering the news were pushing what we call “balance” at the expense of the obvious facts, that the day-to-day stories never got across the obvious BIG fact, that the Democrats in this election were like Democrats going back to Jack Kennedy, but the Republicans were far to the right of anything we’ve seen from that party, ever?
Self-deportation; forget the 47 percent; treat women like they belong in binders; ignore the rights of gay people; crack down on abortion rights even in cases of rape– all those wild statements, all the lingo in the GOP platform approved in Tampa, and not a word that one of the country’s two major political parties has gone so far starboard that not even Ronald Reagan could get aboard, and certainly not– not by his own admission Jeb Bush.”
***(NOTE: Accompanying video at the links above)
Through what sort of prism do you need to look in order to view this past election that way? What sort of Bizarro-world-view is necessary to believe Obama & the Democrats were anything even approaching mainstream with their “Eat The Rich/War On Women” invective, yet the Romney campaign was beyond the pale? And that the “press was trying too hard to be even-handed“? Whose press is he talking about, ….Peru’s?
And then he gets almost comical: too “far to the right”? Romney? Would Ron Paul have received ANY traction this year if that were the case? Would turnout numbers have been down among some hardcore Conservatives if the Republicans had been TOO “extreme”?
Good grief, Oliver Stone movies are more grounded in truth than this.
This isn’t to primarily complain about the obvious fiction which Matthews is blathering. A mindless, soulless, Leftie sycophant, Chris is merely a symptom, not the problem. This is only the 20,000th time I’ve said this, so let’s all say it together: it’s the Culture.
Even though he has no idea who I am, Glenn Reynolds (aka “Instapundit”) is echoing what I’ve been saying forever:
“… I think that rich people wanting to support the Republican Party might want to direct their money somewhere besides TV ads that copy, poorly, what Lee Atwater did decades ago.
My suggestion: Buy some women’s magazines. No, really. Or at least some women’s Web sites.
One of the groups with whom Romney did worst was female “low-information voters.” Those are women who don’t really follow politics, and vote based on a vague sense of who’s mean and who’s nice, who’s cool and who’s uncool.
Since, by definition, they don’t pay much attention to political news, they get this sense from what they do read. And for many, that’s traditional women’s magazines — Redbook, Cosmopolitan, Glamour, the Ladies Home Journal, etc. — and the newer women’s sites like YourTango, The Frisky, Yahoo! Shine, and the like.
The thing is, those magazines and Web sites see themselves, pretty consciously, as a propaganda arm of the Democratic Party. So while nine out of 10 articles may be the usual stuff on sex, diet and shopping, the 10th will always be either soft p.r. for the Democrats or soft — or sometimes not-so-soft — hits on Republicans.
When a flier about getting away with rape was found in a college men’s bathroom, the women’s site YourTango (“Your Best Love Life”) led with the fact that the college was Paul Ryan’s alma mater in a transparent effort to advance the Democrats’ War on Women claim that Republicans are somehow pro-rape. A companion article was “12 Hot Older Men Who Endorse President Obama.”
Similar p.r. abounded across the board: Sandra Fluke is a hero; Sarah Palin is a zero. Republicans are all old white men (women or minority Republicans get mocked or ignored).
This kind of thing adds up, especially among low-information voters. They may not know or care much about the specifics, but this theme, repeated over and over again, sends a message: Democrats are cool, and Republicans are uncool — and if you vote for them, you’re uncool, too.“
I wish I had a nickel for every time I’ve written along these lines: I’d be sipping a Tanqueray on my own private beach in the Bahamas right now.
Seriously, we need to stop reacting to the Left and start taking the initiative. Buy a magazine, or maybe a network? Why not? We have some awfully deep pockets on our side. If we want to start spending that money wisely, this is an avenue we need to explore.
And we better do it straight away, before Obama’s Statists decide that Chrissie and his ilk should be put in charge of the inevitable Ministry of Truth.