Chris Matthews Sexist Views and Misinformation Prompt Internet Response

In response to Chris Matthews sexist comments and misinformation, Media Matters develops new action site:

Matthews Monitor

With women, Matthews administers the “Chris Matthews test”

Summary: A Media Matters for America review of MSNBC host Chris Matthews’ commentary has found a history of degrading comments about women, in which he focuses on the physical appearances of his female guests and other women discussed on his show.

As Media Matters for America has extensively documented, MSNBC host Chris Matthews has a history of making degrading comments about women, particularly Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (NY). A Media Matters review of Matthews’ MSNBC commentary found that, in particular, Matthews frequently comments on the physical appearances of his female guests and of other women discussed on his program. Matthews’ comments are not restricted to female politicians or public officials; he runs the gamut, commenting on the appearance of female models, actors, journalists, authors, and others.

Female guests

  • While interviewing Elizabeth Edwards, wife of Democratic presidential candidate and former Sen. John Edwards (NC), during the January 4, 2008, edition of Hardball, Matthews said to Edwards: “You’ve got a great face, Elizabeth. I love your smile … I’m sorry. I don’t want to patronize you. You’re great.”
  • On the September 12, 2007, edition of Hardball, Matthews began an interview with right-wing radio host Laura Ingraham by stating: “You are — I’m not allowed to say this, but I’ll say it — you’re beautiful and you’re smart. And you’ve got a huge radio audience.” When the interview ended, Matthews asked: “Can I sing your praises?” adding, “I get in trouble for this, but you’re great looking, obviously. You’re one of the gods’ gifts to men in this country. But also, you are a hell of a writer.”

What a creep!

2 Responses

  1. Dah!!! Why does this man still have a job? The networks need to stop lowering the bar. This guy only serves to dumb down listeners who are not attuned to what’s going on.

  2. Absolutely nothing comes up for me other than “what a creep”. He’s the MSNBC response to Bill O’Reilly. Yuck, who would want to waste their time for these ignorant creeps.

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