It was a mere two days ago that we detailed the completely over-the-top comparison by Mr. Matthews of conservative pundits and the GOP to Kim Jong-un’s execution of his own uncle. Before that, Chris echoed and a cheered a similar comparison of pre-Obama United States to Apartheid-era South Africa (made by fellow MSNBC-er Al Sharpton).
And yet, he now comes on his nightly show, and decries…hyperbole?
First of all, I love how Chris connects and disparages Ted Cruz in a news piece… that has absolutely nothing to do with Ted Cruz. That’s talent, right there.
Second, this also reminds me of a warning about people, stones and glass houses.
But more than anything, this is just sad.
You know, if someone was writing a character in a book who was so utterly oblivious to their own divisive rhetoric and hypocrisy, night in and night out, most book reviewers wouldn’t take it seriously. Such a character would be said to be unbelievable, lacking in depth and nuance. The character would be called a cartoon, a joke, and ridiculed as a “strawman” personified. He’d be seen as some cheap, two-dimensional caricature which the author created to make that side of the political spectrum look ridiculous.
And yet, Chris Matthews exists. He’s real, with actual viewers (not very many, to be sure, but still). This is a man who collects a handsome paycheck to spew this nonsense, and seems to actually expect sentient individuals to take his blather at face value.
Sorry, Chris: that ship has sailed. You are now a bigger joke than the old line about the chicken crossing the road. You’ve fallen into Pauly Shore-level self-satire, except you’re not playing it for laughs.
Which is too bad, really, since that’s pretty much all you’re getting.