An "Ode" To . . .Tweety?

By Big Tent Democrat

Speaking for me only

In a uniformly awful piece by Mark Leibovich, an "Ode" to Chris "Tweety" Matthews, we find demonstrated everything that is awful in the Media. The emptiness, the unwarranted arrogance, the banality, the silly insidery gossip and the just plain bad reporting. But I got a big kick out of this line:

Matthews’s bombast is radically at odds with the wry, antipolitical style fashioned by Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert or the cutting and finely tuned cynicism of Matthews’s MSNBC co-worker Keith Olbermann.

(Emphasis supplied.) Olbermann's finely tuned cynicism? Lack of bombast? As Tweety himself might say, Ha!

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    I'm A Recovering Tweety Addict (5.00 / 1) (#1)
    by flashman on Wed Apr 09, 2008 at 11:03:33 AM EST
    Sorry about the duplicate posting.  I made these comments too late on the open thread to be seen my many of our readers.  I thought it was relevant to this discussion, so I re-posted.

    There are aspects of his shows that are very appealing, maybe even addictive.  He was just about the only news host that called Bush out on his lies about Iraq and WMD's.  That alone earned my respect for him as someone who had the courage to speak truth to power, and as someone who was genuinely concerned about the world we are living in. I loved his aggressive questioning tactics and the way he called others out "on the carpet" when they were peddling their snake oil.  I used to joke with my friends that, as they rush home to be with their wives or mistresses, I rushed home to be with my cable news.  

    But all his genuine concern was a mirage.  He is in the business only for himself, and his sole purpose is to forward his personal narrative.  He is a disgrace to the news industry because he represents the majority of newsmen who, rather then reporting, explaining and illumination, endeavors to create his own perceptions of the events of the day.  His panel is typically jello-spined journalists who absorb those perceptions and subsequently spread it through the media, like the manure it is.

    Goodbye to All That (5.00 / 2) (#2)
    by Athena on Wed Apr 09, 2008 at 11:05:20 AM EST
    The "rebels" are now mainstream, sluggish, and smug.  How quickly one sells out to join the latest establishment craze.  Hip is now predictable, and hot is now cold.  

    In their zeal to be kingmakers, all the cyber-heroes became caricatures of those in the MSM they claimed to despise.

    I find Tweety (5.00 / 1) (#3)
    by madamab on Wed Apr 09, 2008 at 11:16:11 AM EST
    totally unwatchable. Perhaps it's his obvious sexual confusion and bizarre attitudes towards women that turn me off...or perhaps it's the constant yelling and bloviation.

    I'll give Keith... (5.00 / 1) (#6)
    by Marco21 on Wed Apr 09, 2008 at 11:33:44 AM EST
    the cynicism, but there's after his anti-Hillary fist-slamming Special Comment ('special" indeed)and the Passport Gate lather he whipped up when it was only Obama's breached file in the news,  I'd say he has bombast to spare.

    Particularly when every other (none / 0) (#7)
    by hairspray on Wed Apr 09, 2008 at 12:04:53 PM EST
    word on that program on passport peeking on Obama was "some believe that the Clinton campaign has something to do with this."

    I cannot WAIT to read this article... (none / 0) (#4)
    by Deadalus on Wed Apr 09, 2008 at 11:27:05 AM EST
    I'm going to savor it.  Tweety is the Paris Hilton of political reporting.  Everyone loves to hate him.....myself included.

    Tweetiness (none / 0) (#9)
    by litigatormom on Wed Apr 09, 2008 at 12:13:24 PM EST
    Although the NYT reporter appears not to dislike Matthews, I found the article inadvertently unflattering.

    For example:

    "Did you get a load of Lou Rawls's wife?" Matthews said as he left the spin room. Apparently the Rev. Jesse Jackson was introducing the widow of the R&B singer at the media center. "She was an absolute knockout," Matthews declared. It's a common Matthews designation. The actress Kerry Washington was also a "total knockout," according to Matthews, who by 1 a.m. had repaired to the bar of the Cleveland Ritz-Carlton. He was sipping a Diet Coke and holding court for a cluster of network and political types, as well as for a procession of random glad-handers that included, wouldn't you know it, Kerry Washington herself. ... She is a big Obama supporter and was in town for the debate; more to the point, she said she likes "Hardball." Matthews grabbed her hand, and Phil Griffin, the head of MSNBC who was seated across the table, vowed to get her on the show.

    "I know why he wants you on," Matthews said to Washington while looking at Griffin. At which point Matthews did something he rarely does. He paused. He seemed actually to be considering what he was about to say. He might even have been editing himself, which is anything but a natural act for him. He was grimacing. I imagined a little superego hamster racing against a speeding treadmill inside Matthews's skull, until the superego hamster was overrun and the pause ended.

    "He wants you on because you're beautiful," Matthews said. "And because you're black." He handed Washington a business card and told her to call anytime "if you ever want to hang out with Chris Matthews."


    His wife came on to (none / 0) (#10)
    by bjorn on Wed Apr 09, 2008 at 12:33:17 PM EST
    promote his book some time ago.  She interviewed him and it was unwatchable; it was so embarrassing.  I have not really watched his show a lot since then.  People are always saying he is smart, but I don't see it.  He doesn't listen, and a really smart person has to be a good listener.  He talks over people, blabbing nonsense.

    He's an odd character, isn't he? (none / 0) (#11)
    by vicsan on Wed Apr 09, 2008 at 12:56:44 PM EST
    He's an ego maniac too.

    This snip shows his ego. Who in their right mind would want to kidnap Chris Matthews? Could you imagine being stuck with that guy for any length of time? You'd have to stock up on towels just to wipe away all the slobber!

    As we approached the airport gate, Matthews mentioned that he and his wife, Kathleen, have been contemplating a trip to Damascus. It's something they have wanted to do for a long time. But he worries that he might make an inviting target for a kidnapper. "I can imagine getting some big-name media figure would be a big propaganda catch for them," Matthews said. "You can imagine what the neocons would say if I were kidnapped. They'd be like, `See, Matthews, terrorism isn't so funny now, is it?' " snip

    At the end of the article there's a paragraph about his Obama interview and Abrams telling him the Clintons are going after Obama delegates and he makes it clear that he will not let that happen (at least that's my take on his comment) Why is he so sure they "ain't going through those tunnels?":


    He taped the Obama interview, which went smoothly if uneventfully. "Hardball" began. During a cut-in, Dan Abrams, the host of the previous hour, mentioned that the Clinton campaign was going after delegates who were already committed to Obama. Matthews pounced: "They do that for the reason North Koreans dig tunnels underneath the D.M.Z. at the 30th parallel. They get people jittery on the other side. That's why they do it. They can't get through those tunnels. They can have the tunnels to scare people, but they ain't going through the tunnels."

    Very interesting article (none / 0) (#12)
    by Jeralyn on Wed Apr 09, 2008 at 01:06:51 PM EST
    If you can wade through the whole 9 or 10 pages, there's many unflattering parts. His paranoia about David Gregory is interesting. Since I like David Gregory's manner so much more than Matthews (who reminds me of a woodpecker with his rat- a- tat one note voice) I hope his worry is well founded.

    Dan Abrams is MSNBC's best right now. I also think NBC made a mistake in letting Campbell Brown go. I like her 6pm show on CNN (post Lou Doubbs if you are in a different time zone.)

    David Gregory -- Class Act (none / 0) (#13)
    by STLDeb on Wed Apr 09, 2008 at 01:48:13 PM EST
    Matthews should be a little paranoid, David Gregory is one class act.  I used to like Chris Matthews, went after both Republicans and Democrats both equally then he just got ugly -- his creepy "flirting" with women, especially  the one where he told her to come closer to the camera.  Yuck!

    frankly, matthews has been creepy (none / 0) (#14)
    by cpinva on Wed Apr 09, 2008 at 02:48:55 PM EST
    for most of the past decade and a half. it's just that his overall creepiness has gotten much more pronounced, and more air time in recent memory.

    for high creepiness factor though, i think bill o'reilly is the top dog.

    I wasn't there (none / 0) (#15)
    by zyx on Wed Apr 09, 2008 at 06:25:18 PM EST
    when cable news was invented.  I lived out in the sticks and didn't have enough TV airwaves to bother having a TV, much less cable.  From what I have heard and read, CNN had the real deal with news when it pioneered the 24-hour cable idea.  

    When I did get cable, for the first time, well, our country got a pre-emptive war in Iraq.  That gave me something to watch--grainy satphone images and lots of things going boom and very excited "embedded" reporters.  (That term sounds like they are "in bed" with someone, doesn't it?  What are they THINKING?)  And my husband and I spent a lot of Katrina-hours in front of 24-hour news channels.

    But you know what?  It's mostly gossip and hype.  If there isn't a disaster of epip proportions going on, we just watch the PBS News Hour, which I call "the grown-up news".  I still surf CNN and Fox (my cable provider dropped MSNBC), and if someone I care about is being interviewed, I'll watch for a few minutes, but most of their schtick is just gossip.  

    I think I know why that is, too--it's what Americans will watch.  Our common denominator keeps getting lower.

    The putrid media (none / 0) (#16)
    by lentinel on Wed Apr 09, 2008 at 07:54:57 PM EST
    It is telling that these horrid members of the media like nothing better than to write about and interview each other.

    Inbreeding begets idiots.

    Tweety has disappointed (none / 0) (#17)
    by Chisoxy on Wed Apr 09, 2008 at 10:10:17 PM EST
    no doubt, but I can consider watching him again, he at least criticized and pointed out the Obama supporters (and Obamas )lack of substance. Not only would Keith never do that, but he actually tried to defend it by asking Chris to name anything Congress had done.

    I know what Im getting with Chris. Keith has quite simply become a disappointment.