Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Here’s some Irony for You

Chris Matthews called in to the Morning Joe show on MSNBC yesterday to talk about his new book. Matthews made a strong point that it is so important for politicians and others to “listen” to what people have to say.

If you have ever watched Chris’ show you know the one thing he almost never does is “listen” to what his guest have to say. Most times he is too busy interrupting them to even think about listening to their thoughts.

Chris saying people should listen to one another is about like george bush saying people should speak clearly and distinctly to one another.

24 Comments:

Blogger nolocontendere said...

And by listening to their president "childrens do learn" to be articulate!

October 03, 2007 5:28 AM  
Blogger fallenmonk said...

Yeah, as my grandmother would say it like the pot calling the kettle black. I am fortunate that I can't ever recall watching his show but I don't feel at all deprived.

October 03, 2007 5:40 AM  
Blogger SB Gypsy said...

I detest the sunday morning yelling shows for just that reason - nobody actually converses - as in listening to the person you are talking to and answering to what he's talking about. Hardball is just as bad as O'Rielley on that.

October 03, 2007 7:18 AM  
Blogger robin andrea said...

Haven't watched Hardball in many years, not only does Chris Matthews not listen, he spits when he talks excitedly. He's creepy. Did get to see him interviewed by Jon Stewart last night. Highly recommend it. Stewart basically skewers him. If I remember correctly, Stewart says, "This book is a recipe for sadness."

October 03, 2007 7:49 AM  
Blogger Sparky Duck said...

The one thing Chris does do well is not always allow his guests to get away with there talking points. I mean you usually have to be very low on the political totem pole to get that treatment, but its still good to see sometimes. I have few choices at 7pm.

October 03, 2007 7:53 AM  
Blogger annie said...

we call him kermit the frog. so
weary of the mainstream mouthpieces.
caught him on the daily show last night as well. john schooled him.

October 03, 2007 8:28 AM  
Blogger Blueberry said...

The irony makes you want to laugh out loud, Hillary-style!

October 03, 2007 8:35 AM  
Blogger Sherry said...

you are right about him on all counts, but i did love it when he jumped on tony perkins for using the term "pro-abortion" instead of pro-choice.

1st time i ever was glad to have watched the show.

October 03, 2007 10:39 AM  
Blogger Samantha said...

I try not to watch his show, he seems to just like to hear his own point of view regurgitated back at him, so what's the point ?!? It was refreshing to see him on the Daily Show and finally see someone else in his presence getting a word in!

October 03, 2007 11:09 AM  
Blogger Randal Graves said...

Maybe this means that, someday, our pundit class is be learning. This really ranked right up there with Stewart's appearance on Crossfire a few years back.

October 03, 2007 12:01 PM  
Anonymous cindra said...

Never saw Chris before. I'll have to check him out. Hypocrisy abounds, huh?

October 03, 2007 12:31 PM  
Blogger Larry said...

John Stewart trashed Matthews last night on his new book.

Matthews was upset.

October 03, 2007 1:10 PM  
Anonymous Joe the Troll said...

I shun the talking heads, except for the Daily Show - Colbert Report hour. When people say "listen", it usually means "agree with me".

October 03, 2007 1:13 PM  
Blogger LET'S TALK said...

Chris Matthews said we all should listen to one another, well I am really shocked. As you said, this is one guy that allows no one to answer a question because he's always talking over the answer.

October 03, 2007 1:21 PM  
Anonymous CV Rick said...

I don't know much about the guy - - I'm not too into television and certainly no cable news shows. But I thought he was Carter's speechwriter and an aide to Tip O'Neil? What the hell happened to him, if that's true.

October 03, 2007 4:23 PM  
Anonymous D.K. Raed said...

I call it "short-mike-ing" (mike as in microphone) and no one does it better than Chris. Doesn't he know when two people talk at the same time on TV, the audience cannot hear EITHER of them? ~~ D.K.

October 03, 2007 4:57 PM  
Blogger Distributorcap said...

matthews (or tweety as he so endearingly known on some of the big liberal blogs) is a big enigma

he hates the clintons, and makes no bones about it, but he also hates bush and the war (but tries to hide his hate for bush) --- he loves Tom Delay ..... go figure i think he is just a big suck up. and he as that scumbag Marsha Blackburn on way too often

Matthews has pretty bad diabetes, that is why his coloring is often off, he spits when he talks, and has some other issues that come across on the screen.

he was on Martha Stewart yesterday --- talk about an uncomfortable match --- they were making Vote 2008 T Shirts

October 03, 2007 5:13 PM  
Anonymous pekka said...

Of course, a loud guy like Chris Mathews is a sort of a prototypical example how not to communicate with one's fellow humans. As the matter of fact, if I had to face this spitting megaphone of a man, I would probably serve him one of my knuckle sandwiches. However, I'll be damn if he isn't entertaining and informative enough to pay attention to.

Mathews was bettered by John Steward by a wide margin, though. I completely agree with him that one's life is not and neither it should be conducted like a campaign just like nations should not be run like corporations. Man, we are under an attack by the mean right-wing philosophies and their steely eyed supporters!

October 03, 2007 7:33 PM  
Blogger Forty Paws said...

Great analogy.

October 03, 2007 8:24 PM  
Blogger DCup said...

Thanks for the laugh. I missed his call into Morning Joe, but that would have been enough to make me guffaw.

Just like when Mika B. told Willie and Joe that they were perverts this morning for insisting that she cover the Britney Spears sex tape store.

October 03, 2007 8:33 PM  
Blogger Naj said...

The disinformation in full gear!

October 03, 2007 8:35 PM  
Anonymous Joe the Troll said...

Britney has a sex tape store? Do they have a website? :-)

October 04, 2007 5:48 AM  
Blogger The Truffle said...

I think Tweety is like the Mitt Romney of the punditocracy. He'll say and do anything to keep himself afloat in the Beltway cesspool.

October 04, 2007 7:16 PM  
Blogger Dave Splash (fka Howard Davis) said...

Ordinarily I don't like Chris Matthews and I loved how Jon Stewart took him to the woodshed the other night. However, he did just publicly declare that Bush and Cheney are criminals, and that Cheney called MSNBC and tried to get them to censor Matthews. He's the highest profile reporter/pundit to make such a statement. Glad to hear it.

October 05, 2007 7:59 AM  

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