Transparency And Truth In Charlotte

Wednesday evening, and into the wee hours of Thursday morning, I watched the news from Charlotte, mostly on MSNBC, occasionally clicking over to CNN.

A couple of criticisms of the cable TV news coverage come to mind: Continue reading

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The Establishment, Including Cable TV, Wants To Prevent Bernie Sanders From Winning

Bernie Sanders said at the outset of the campaign that the Big-Money Establishment (my words) would resist his “political revolution” with all its power.

And now that Bernie has gained “the big M” — Momentum — with primary and caucus wins in Western states to match Hillary Clinton’s wins in the South, the pitched battle may be at hand. Continue reading

Chris and Kathleen Matthews Show Gets the Hook

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Three days experimentation with a Chris and Kathleen Matthews show was enough. The results are in. Thursday, Chris Matthews is flying solo as he wraps up a week filling in for Andrea Mitchell at 1 p.m. He’s smiling broadly and asking his patented long-winded questions. Still on is MSNBC’s plan to air the Chris Matthews Show exclusively at 7 p.m. That’s MSNBC and Chris Matthews opposite CNN and Erin Burnett, starting Monday.

Chris Matthews Lineup Shakeup At MSNBC News

English: Chris Matthews at the 2010 Time 100.

(Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Big drama at MSNBC this week.  Will Chris Matthews be co-hosting “Hardball” with his wife, Kathleen Matthews, who is both a TV news pro and also spokes-meister for Marriott Corporation?  Continue reading

Uncertainty

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“It’s been great co-hosting the show with my husband. We will see you — I think? — again tomorrow.”    — Kathleen Matthews, with Chris Matthews.  Is this a tryout for a new “Hardball?”

American Politics: Check Your Knife At The Door

Here’s the shadow side of cable TV news:

“Where was Obama tonight? He should watch — well, not just ‘Hardball,’ Rachel [Maddow], he should watch you, he should watch the Reverend Al [Sharpton], he should watch Lawrence [O’Donnell], he would learn something about this debate. There’s a hot debate going on in this country. Do you know where it’s being held? Here on this network is where we’re having the debate. We have our knives out. We go after the people and the facts. What was he doing tonight? He went in there disarmed.”

That was Chris Matthews on the MSNBC post-game party after the Obama-Romney debate Wednesday night.    Continue reading