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Matthews: Weiner in Trouble Because His Behavior Offends 'Culturally Backward' Christian Conservatives
By Geoffrey Dickens
June 10, 2011

Matthews: How Do You Make Pompous Republicans 'Pay' for Being against Everything?
By Geoffrey Dickens
February 2, 2010

Chris Matthews Compares Conservatives to Murderous Khmer Rouge
By Ken Shepherd
February 1, 2010

Behar and Goldberg: First Year of Obama Presidency 'Traumatic' for Whites
By Matthew Balan
January 29, 2010

Matthews Blares: A Vote for Scott Brown Is 'Premeditated Murder for Health Care!'
By Geoffrey Dickens
January 19, 2010

MSNBC Talk Host: 'Cheat to Keep These Bastards Out'
By Drew Zahn
January 17, 2010

Matthews Mocks Palin, Her Supporters and Even the Reporters Covering Her
By Media Research Center
December 8, 2009

The Spin Starts Here
By Peter Collier
November 5, 2009

Hardball: GOP Russian-Like 'Purge' of RINOs Leading to 'Crack Cocaine of Reduced Republicanism'
By Geoffrey Dickens
November 2, 2009

Chris Matthews Show Panel Agrees GOP 'Hurt' by Opposition to Obamacare
By Geoffrey Dickens
October 20, 2009

Matthews Mocks Rush as 'Master of Righteous Indignation'
By Geoffrey Dickens
October 15, 2009

Matthews Howls: Rush Limbaugh Is 'Phone Sex' for Salesmen
By Geoffrey Dickens
October 13, 2009

Matthews Cries: 'Orgiastic' Right Wing 'Roots against America!'
By Geoffrey Dickens
October 5, 2009

Is Disagreement with Obama Racism?
By Walter E. Williams
September 30, 2009

Matthews Warns Talk Radio 'Gonna Pay' if Any Anti-Obama Violence
By Media Research Center
September 22, 2009

Everything Now about Race for Chris Matthews
By David Forsmark
September 22, 2009

Doh! Chris Matthews Finds a Terrorist Threat He Can Believe in
By David Forsmark
August 26, 2009

Chris Matthews' Anti-Gay Slur
By Ben Johnson
August 20, 2009

Chris Matthews’ Anti-Gay Slur
By Ben Johnson
August 20, 2009

MSNBC: Opposition to Obama = Racism
By David Forsmark
August 13, 2009

Chris Matthews: From a Tingle to a Chill
By David Forsmark
August 11, 2009

Matthews Charges Town Hall Protestors 'Upset Because We Have a Black President'
By Geoffrey Dickens
August 11, 2009

Chris Matthews Deliberately Dishonest about Limbaugh's Nazi/Democrat Comparison Monologue
By David Forsmark
August 7, 2009

Matthews: 'Is Sarah Palin a Poster Girl for Racism?'
By Brad Wilmouth
August 6, 2009

Chris Matthews Says Townhall Meetings "Like the Streets of Tehran"
By Ben Johnson
August 4, 2009

Chris Matthews Says Townhall Meetings “Like the Streets of Tehran”
By Ben Johnson
August 4, 2009

Chris Matthews "Sees" Bush Scandal While Turning a Blind Eye to Clinton, Obama Transgressions
By John Perazzo
August 3, 2009

Matthews: "Gates Didn't Say 'Your Momma'" -- "Irish-American Cop" Was "Merely Projecting"
By Kathy Shaidle
July 30, 2009

Chris Matthews Wrong on Obama Birth Certificate
By Jim Meyers
July 22, 2009

MSNBC: Racism Is Largely a White Characteristic
By John Perazzo
July 20, 2009

Matthews Commemorates 'Prophet' Jimmy Carter's 'Malaise' Speech
By Geoffrey Dickens
July 15, 2009

Chris Matthews’ Fantasy about Bush/Cheney Wrongdoing
By Ben Johnson
July 14, 2009

Matthews Praises Sweaty Sotomayor, Maher Disses Racist Republicans
By Geoffrey Dickens
July 14, 2009

Chris Matthews Attacks: Joe and Mika 'Pussyfoot' Issue of Health Care Reform
By Scott Whitlock
June 24, 2009

Matthews: McCain Pushing Same 'Idiot Button' Palin Pushes
By Geoffrey Dickens
June 16, 2009

Matthews Compares Dick Cheney to Movie Monster Freddy Krueger
By Scott Whitlock
June 9, 2009

Matthews Berates 'Jealous, Little, Phony' GOP for 'Pathetic Swipe' at Obama Trip
By Geoffrey Dickens
June 1, 2009

Matthews: Nevermind 'Crazies' Like Limbaugh, Obama 'Wowed Us' with Sotomayor
By Geoffrey Dickens
May 26, 2009

The Quayling of Sarah
By David R. Stokes
May 17, 2009

Matthews Mocks GOP 'Schoolyard' Tactic but Calls Cheney 'Troll,' Palin Book 'Embarrassment'
By Geoffrey Dickens
May 13, 2009

Chris Matthews Demands: How Do We Prosecute Bush and Cheney?
By Media Research Center
April 24, 2009

Matthews Bellows: Is GOP 'The Party of Tax Cuts and Torture?'
By Media Research Center
April 22, 2009

Matthews Retorts to Pro-Tea Party Guest: 'Stay In Your Box!'
By Media Research Center
April 14, 2009

Matthews Chirps Groovy Cool Obamas Gave Him Another 'Thrill!'
By Media Research Center
April 2, 2009

Matthews 'Immensely Proud' of 'Sophisticated' Obama 'The New Us!'
By Media Research Center
April 1, 2009

Chris Matthews’ World Currency Fit
By James Hirsen
March 31, 2009

Chris Matthews: Does Palin Think McCain Is the 'Anti-Christ?'
By Media Research Center
March 27, 2009

Matthews: Limbaugh Like a Bond Villain, a 'Human Vat of Vitriol'
By Media Research Center
March 10, 2009

Matthews Accuses Limbaugh of 'Preposterous Pomposity'
By Media Research Center
March 5, 2009

Matthews: Sebelius Survives 'Terrorism of Anti-Abortion People?'
By Media Research Center
March 3, 2009

MSNBC's Matthews Says 'Oh God' Before Jindal Speech
By NewsMax.com
February 25, 2009

Matthews Calls Limbaugh and Republicans 'Trolls Under the Bridge'
By Media Research Center
February 24, 2009

Matthews: Suggests Water-Boarding Libby to Get Truth About Cheney Misdeeds
By Media Research Center
February 19, 2009

GOP Governors Now Faced with Hot Potato
By Bobby Eberle
February 19, 2009

Chris Matthews Charmed: Obama Is 'Fred Astaire Out There!'
By Media Research Center
February 12, 2009

MSNBC 'Impressed' by 'Intellectual' Obama, 'Love to Think w/ Him'
By Media Research Center
February 10, 2009

Irate Matthews Defends Obama's White House Attire, Bashes Bush
By Media Research Center
February 6, 2009

On Hardball: '100,000 People Dead' Because of 'Creepy' Cheney
By Media Research Center
February 5, 2009

On Hardball, Chris Matthews Patronizes Limbaugh Listeners
By Media Research Center
January 29, 2009

Chris Matthews' Inaugural Jib-Jabbery
By Jack Shafer
January 21, 2009

MSNBC Follows Bush with Bush-Bashing Diatribe from Matthews
By Media Research Center
January 16, 2009

Shame on Chris Matthews
By Ron Radosh
December 11, 2008

Matthews to Ayers: 'I Agitate My Way, You Agitate Your Way'
By Media Research Center
December 11, 2008

Bill Ayers On Hardball: Calls Accusations "Profoundly Dishonest"
By Jason Linkins
December 10, 2008

Matthews Worries About Obama Cabinet: 'Why No Lefties?'
By Media Research Center
December 10, 2008

Conflict of Interest? Chris Matthews Silent on Rendell Gaffe
By Media Research Center
December 8, 2008

Chris Matthews: It's 'Really Hard' to 'Salute Sarah Palin'
By Media Research Center
December 5, 2008

Matthews Wowed by Obama Response to Query on Richardson's Beard
By Media Research Center
December 4, 2008

Matthews Panel Frets GOP Will Fight Obama's 'Great Things'
By Media Research Center
December 2, 2008

Chris Matthews Praises 'Magnanimity' of Obama's Hillary Nod
By Media Research Center
November 24, 2008

A 'Thrilled' Matthews Toasts with Ellen: 'To Barack Obama!'
By Media Research Center
November 21, 2008

Matthews: 'Too Much Time Between Elections and Taking Over'
By Media Research Center
November 19, 2008

Chris Matthews: Obama's Administration 'Historically Wondrous'
By Media Research Center
November 18, 2008

Chris Matthews: Palin 'Talking about God,' Is 'Troubling'
By Media Research Center
November 13, 2008

Matthews: 'I Want to' Enable a 'Successful' Obama Presidency
By Media Research Center
November 7, 2008

Chris Matthews Cheers on Hardball: 'The Excitement Begins!'
By Media Research Center
November 7, 2008

Matthews Before Vote: We're 'Leaping Towards Something Better'
By Media Research Center
November 5, 2008

Chris Matthews 'Overwhelmed' by Sight of Obama with Bill Clinton
By Media Research Center
October 31, 2008

Matthews Glows On Obamamercial: 'Fabulous...Just Right...Realism'
By Media Research Center
October 30, 2008

MSNBC Embarrassment: Network Mistakenly Calls Election for Obama
By Steve Young
October 29, 2008

Anti-Anti American…But Only When it Suits Them
By W. Michael Kilgore
October 24, 2008

Chris Matthews: Obama Is Bugs Bunny to McCain's Elmer Fudd
By Media Research Center
October 17, 2008

Republican Guest Fires Back at Chris Matthews' Palin Insults
By Media Research Center
October 15, 2008

MSNBC's Chris Matthews: Palin Looked Into Camera Like a 'Dolt'
By Media Research Center
October 3, 2008

Matthews Theme of the Night: Is It about Palin's 'Brain Power?'
By Media Research Center
October 3, 2008

Student: I'm for 'Expertise,' Matthews: So You're for Obama!
By Media Research Center
October 3, 2008

Matthews: Granholm a 'Genius,' So How Can She Play Palin?
By Media Research Center
October 1, 2008

Chris Matthews Slams John McCain for 'Contempt' Towards Obama
By Media Research Center
September 29, 2008

Chris Matthews: 'To Hell With My Critics,' Obama 'Inspires Me!'
By Media Research Center
August 29, 2008

Matthews Orders Sharpton to 'Beat' Unpatriotic 'Politics of Rove'
By Media Research Center
August 29, 2008

Is GOP Platform 'Inclusive Enough' on Abortion, Matthews Demands?
By Media Research Center
August 29, 2008

Matthews Insults Rice and Powell as 'Showcase Appointments'
By Media Research Center
August 29, 2008

Matthews Smears Neo-Cons; Compares Obama to Denzel Washington
By Media Research Center
August 25, 2008

Matthews: Women 'Fear' McCain to Appoint 'Hawkish' Pro-Lifers
By Media Research Center
August 5, 2008

Chris Matthews: Obama's Berlin Speech Had 'Thrill Factor'
By Media Research Center
July 25, 2008

Matthews Worries 'Right' Will Turn New Yorker Cover Into T-Shirt
By Media Research Center
July 15, 2008

Matthews 'Thrilled' by Obama Surge, Pushes McAuliffe: Get Vote Out
By Media Research Center
July 10, 2008

Matthews: McCain = Staying on the Titanic, Obama = Deliverance
By Media Research Center
June 11, 2008

Matthews Gets Touchy about Attacks on His Old Boss Jimmy Carter
By Media Research Center
June 11, 2008

Chris Matthews: Obama's Win a 'Magic Moment' Like 'Camelot'
By Media Research Center
June 5, 2008

Chris Matthews Scolds Bush for 'Sucker Punch' to Obama
By Media Research Center
May 16, 2008

Matthews: Racist West Virginians Decided in 1957 to Oppose Obama
By Media Research Center
May 14, 2008

Skepticism on Global Warming Appalls Chris Matthews
By Media Research Center
May 14, 2008

Matthews: Shame on All Who Took Part in Rush's 'Operation Chaos'
By Media Research Center
May 7, 2008

Matthews to Carter: Will 'Right' Play 'Racial Card' Vs Obama?
By Media Research Center
April 30, 2008

Matthews Frets Over Potentially Racist Anti-Obama Ads in NC
By Media Research Center
April 24, 2008

Matthews Sees Racism in Anti-Obama Ads, Media Panel Disagrees
By Media Research Center
April 24, 2008

Chris Matthews Hails Obama Speech as 'Worthy of Abraham Lincoln'
By Media Research Center
March 19, 2008

Hillary's Henchmen Neuter Chris Matthews
By Ben Johnson
January 21, 2008

Left-Wing Pressure Leads Matthews to Apologize for Hillary Remark
By Media Research Center
January 18, 2008

Matthews: Huckabee & Thompson 'Fanatics,' Obama 'Really Cool'
By Media Research Center
January 18, 2008

Matthews Cues Up Moore: Put Bush in Prison 'for War Crimes?'
By Media Research Center
July 24, 2007

Chris Matthews and "Misinformation"
By David Limbaugh
July 20, 2007

Matthews and Olbermann Unfair Choices for Debate
By Catherine Moy
May 10, 2007

Matthews Drops F-Bomb in MSNBC Rant Against Bush
By Media Research Center
February 7, 2007

Time to Rename Matthews' Show, 'Cuddles with Chris'
By L. Brent Bozell, III
April 27, 2005

Admitted War Criminal Cries Foul
By Ann Coulter
August 26, 2004


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  • Host of MSNBC weeknight program Hardball with Chris Matthews
  • Host of Sunday NBC syndicated program The Chris Matthews Show
  • Top aide to Democratic Speaker of the House Thomas “Tip” O’Neill during 1980s  
  • White House speechwriter for Democratic President Jimmy Carter  
  • Worked for Ralph Nader in 1973  


Since 1997 Chris Matthews has been the host of Hardball, an hour-long political show that airs weeknights on the cable television channel MSNBC. In 2002 he also began hosting an NBC-syndicated half-hour weekly program called The Chris Matthews Show.

Matthews was born into an Irish Catholic family in a blue-collar neighborhood in north Philadelphia on December 17, 1945. He attended Holy Cross College and then served as a Peace Corps "trade development advisor" in Swaziland from 1969 to 1971. This work gave him a draft exemption during the Vietnam War era. He later attended classes in economics at the University of North Carolina.

In 1971 Matthews moved to Washington, DC and took a job as a Capitol Hill security guard. Two years later he went to work for Ralph Nader.

"I was one of the poor people Ralph Nader hired to run the Capitol Hill News Service back in 1973," he told The American Enterprise in 1999. "I did it for three months and didn't like it. It was investigative, hard, and negative. I didn't want to go to politicians and test them on financial disclosure. You'd nitpick and break these little stories that ruin their lives for a month, and maybe end up on the front page. I didn't think that was interesting. I was more pro-politician. I respect anybody who has the guts to run for office. There's a big price to pay."

From 1973 to 1987 Matthews worked for politicians, initially for Senators Frank Moss of Utah and Edmund Muskie of Maine. He became a speechwriter during the Democratic administration of President Jimmy Carter, mostly for Vice President Walter Mondale but towards its end for Mr. Carter as well. Thereafter for six years during the Reagan era Matthews served as the top aide to Speaker of the House Thomas "Tip" O'Neill (D-Massachusetts).

Returning to journalism, Matthews worked as Washington bureau chief for the San Francisco Examiner from 1987 to 2000, and later for a time wrote 100 syndicated columns per year for the San Francisco Chronicle.

His on-air passion as a guest pundit on TV talk shows such as The McLaughlin Group landed Matthews his own spots on television, beginning in 1988 as a commentator on CBS This Morning and later on ABC's Good Morning America.

Matthews was offered his own show on the small NBC cable channel America's Talking that was the forerunner of MSNBC. In 1996 he became host of the CNBC cable network program Politics, which in January 1997 metamorphosed into Hardball on MSNBC. (Since February 2004, MSNBC’s President and General Manager has been Rick Kaplan, a close friend of Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton.)

Matthews' on-air style is distinctively blunt and excitable. He has said that his approach is to look not at which side of a particular issue is right or wrong but to ask which side is "winning" politically and why. "If I am in the company of a lot of conservatives who are all self-satisfied or ideologically secure, I love to challenge them and go to the liberal side of things," Matthews explains. "But if I am in a group of people where I think that the politically correct point of view is liberal, I will be extremely tough on that view, coming off as more conservative than I am, because I am surrounded by liberals…. I have sympathy for people that tend to be losing, too. I find myself sympathizing with any side that lost a war."

In 2003 Matthews suggested that he might run as a Democrat against incumbent Republican Senator Arlen Specter in Pennsylvania the following year. Specter narrowly fended off a challenge from a conservative in the 2004 Republican primary. Ultimately, Matthews did not run.

As the 2004 presidential election neared, Matthews exhibited an increasingly pro-Democrat partisanship on his television shows. In August 2004 conservative columnist Michelle Malkin appeared as a guest to promote her latest book, but Matthews asked her instead to discuss ads by the group Swift Boat Veterans for Truth that were critical of Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry. Another guest on the program mentioned, as a way of discrediting the ads that had damaged Kerry's credibility, an allegation in the ads that Kerry had gotten a Purple Heart for what might have been an accidentally "self-inflicted wound." When Malkin asserted that this allegation involved a legitimate issue meriting investigation, an angry Matthews threw her off his program.

In 2008, Matthews candidly and passionately supported Democrat Senator Barack Obama for U.S. President, stating, during a live broadcast, that he got "a thrill going up my leg" when hearing Obama speak.

In a February 2008 interview with the New York Observer, Matthews said: “I’ve been following politics since I was about 5. I’ve never seen anything like this. This is bigger than Kennedy. [Obama] comes along, and he seems to have the answers. This is the New Testament. This is surprising."

On another occasion, Matthews said: "If you're actually in the room when Obama gives one of his speeches and you don't cry, you're not an American."

On a Tonight Show appearance, Matthews told host Jay Leno:

"[Barack and Michelle Obama] are really cool. They are Jack and Jackie Kennedy when you see them together. They are cool. And they're great looking, and they're cool and they're young, and they're — everything seems to be great. I know I'm selling them now. I'm not supposed to sell, OK? But the fact is, I wouldn't be an honest reporter if I didn't tell you what the spiritual experience is like of being in a Barack Obama rally."

In a November 2008 interview on MSNBC's Morning Joe program (shortly after Obama had been elected President), Matthews pledged to do "everything I can to make this thing work, this new presidency work." When host Joe Scarborough asked him to clarify what he meant, Matthews stated that his job was to "make this work successfully. This country needs a successful presidency more than anything right now."

On Inauguration Day in January 2009, Matthews celebrated the supportive role MSNBC had played for the Obama campaign, calling it "the network that has opened its heart to change, to change and its possibilities."

On December 23, 2009, Matthews, during an interview with the openly socialist U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders (D - Vermont), spoke in glowing terms about the famed radical organizer and communist fellow-traveler Saul Alinsky. Matthews referred to Alinsky as "one of our heroes from the past, from the Sixties," and added: "I always try to remind myself of Saul Alinsky when I get confused."

On August 28, 2012, Matthews condemned what he considered the racial undercurrent of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's campaign ads alleging that President Obama had removed the work requirements that had been a key part of the 1996 welfare-reform law. After having repeatedly insinuated that racism lay at the heart of the Republican ads, Matthews stated that he himself knew better, in part because he resided in the District of Columbia, which has a large black population:

“Welfare has been a classic tool to pry apart working-class whites from working-class blacks. It's brilliant because everybody sees it who wants to see it. Certainly blacks can't avoid seeing it 'cause they see the prejudice involved. Whites can deny it because it isn't technically racial or sectarian, but everyone knows what's going on here.... Say 'welfare,' [and] people think 'black,' because politically they've been taught to say so. I go back to living in D.C. all these years. I’ve lived there 40 years, a black-majority city, and anybody who wants to get up early in Washington and drive down North Capitol and drive past Florida Ave., sees nothing but young, but black people up at 6:30 in the morning going to work. That’s where they’re going, to work, and not at big-wage jobs and not to get a welfare check, they’re out working hard all day and not coming home with a fantastic paycheck. So this notion of blacks live on welfare and whites live on work is a brilliant political ploy, but it’s not true ...”

But in fact, Matthews did not live in the District of Columbia. His home was located in Chevy Chase, Maryland, an affluent suburb of DC. According to census data at Maryland-Demographics.com, as of 2010, only 10 of Chevy Chase Village's 1,953 people were black.

In July 2012 Matthews praised Barack Obama as follows, suggesting, in the process, that the President's critics were motivated by racism:

"Based upon the rhetoric, you’d think the president was a radical lefty and not the center-left politician he actually is based on the record, but then do people care on the right about reality?... He’s raised his family right. He’s fought his way all the way to the top of the Harvard Law Review ... Everything he’s done is clean as a whistle. He’s never not only broken any law, he’s never done anything wrong. He’s the perfect father, the perfect husband, the perfect American. And all they do is trash the guy. And it’s impossible for me to believe they would have said the same things about a Walter Mondale or a Jimmy Carter or a Bill Clinton. There’s an ethnic piece to this. It’s very hard to nail it down because they always cover it in ideology. But I’ve never heard anybody in this country call its opponent regularly anti-American or non-American.”

In October 2012, Matthews condemned what he characterized as the many “racist” things conservatives say. For instance, he took issue with a Sarah Palin Facebook post stating that President Obama's "shuck and jive ends with Benghazi lies" -- a reference to Obama's deception about the actual cause of a September 11, 2012 attack against the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya. "A dog whistle is a dog whistle," said Matthews. "A trumpet call is another,” he continued, explaining that “shuck and jive” has an “ethnic connection.” Adding that racism “trickles out” from Republicans on a regular basis, Matthews angrily cited former Republican Senator John Sununu's suggestion that Obama had never learned how to be an “American.” "As a white person, I think it’s a statement against the white people to talk like this," said Matthews. "It’s a sickness by the white people. Anyway, they ought to be ashamed of themselves."

In April 2013, Matthews said that the prototypical supporter of the Second Amendment is "mostly the guy, the white guy, mostly, who is gun absorbed."

Matthews has authored four books: Hardball: How Politics Is Played Told by One Who Knows the Game (1988); Kennedy & Nixon: The Rivalry that Shaped Postwar America (1996); Now, Let Me Tell You What I Really Think (2001); and American: Beyond Our Grandest Notions (2002).

 

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