Chris Matthews

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What a surprise! Chris Matthews slams Sarah Palin's new book - Christian Science Monitor
However, I do not feel Chris Matthews is in any position to judge someone's integrity within their respective field. Seeing as though he's whittled his journalistic credibility to a mere nub with years of blatantly displayed bias - I take anything he...
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Chris Matthews tries to explain that of course he would torture under extreme circumstances. The real crime, as Matthews explains, is changing the definition of torture (via Radio Vice Online): Ah, the hilarity that Nancy Pelosi hath wrought....
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CHRIS MATTHEWS: Plus Sarah Palin – now don't laugh – is writing a book. Not just reading a book, writing a book. Actually in the word of the publisher she's "collaborating" on a book. I love the way that sounds. Does that mean she answers questions of...
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Chris Matthews Portrays GOP as Anti-Science - NewsBusters
Matthews claimed to Pence that the GOP is not passionate about environmentalism because, "There are people that really are against science in your party who really do question not just the science behind the climate change but the science behind...
Meyer: Ex-Gators need to support us - ESPN
And though he didn't mention Matthews by name in a recent Gator Club appearance, it seemed that his comments about ex-players pledging allegiance to the orange and blue were made with Matthews in mind, the Orlando Sentinel reported.'s Chris...
The Matthews/Tancredo mutual ignorance session - ScienceBlogs
Chris Matthews, who has lately been hammering the Republicans for their problem with science in general and evolution in particular, had a guest on to 'debate' the issue: Tom Tancredo, the ignorant Republican congressman who ran for president in the...

Chris Matthews

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Matthews was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and is a Roman Catholic of Irish descent. He attended La Salle College High School there.

He is a 1967 graduate of the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts, and did graduate work in economics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Matthews served in the United States Peace Corps in Swaziland from 1968 to 1970 as a trade development advisor.

Matthews is married to Kathleen Matthews, who anchored News 7 on WJLA-TV, the ABC affiliate in Washington, D.C, before accepting a position as an Executive Vice President with J.W. Marriott. The couple has three children: Michael, Thomas and Caroline (currently a student at the University of Pennsylvania). His brother Jim Matthews, a Republican, is a County Commissioner in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania.

In 2002, Matthews was hospitalized with malaria, which he evidently contracted on one of his visits that year to Africa. He has also had other health problems, including diabetes and pneumonia.

As a young man, Matthews supported Republican Barry Goldwater, but was inspired to become a Democrat by Eugene McCarthy's anti-Vietnam war platforms. When Matthews first arrived in Washington, D.C. he worked as an armed officer with the United States Capitol Police. Subsequently, he served on the staffs of four Democratic members of Congress, including Senators Frank Moss and Edmund Muskie. He campaigned for a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives from Pennsylvania's 4th congressional district in 1974, losing to incumbent Congressman Joshua Eilberg in the Democratic primary. Matthews received about 23% of the vote. He was a presidential speechwriter during the Carter administration. Matthews later worked six years as a top aide to long-time Speaker of the House of Representatives Tip O'Neill, playing a direct role in many key political battles with the Reagan administration.

Chris Matthews and Keith Olbermann served as anchors during the MSNBC 2008 presidential nominating conventions. After controversy following on-air comments during the 2008 Republican National Convention, they were replaced by NBC News correspondent David Gregory. Matthews and Olbermann continue as analysts. On November 4–5, he teamed with Rachel Maddow, Eugene Robinson, David Gregory, and Keith Olbermann to cover the presidential election. In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina he stated his opinion, often repeated, that military occupation of the South should have been continued indefintely after the Civil War until true justice had been achieved for African Americans.

On the April 14, 2008, edition of The Colbert Report, Matthews alluded to a possible run for the United States Senate from Pennsylvania. When directly questioned by Stephen Colbert about his intentions, he stated that there is a difference between celebrities and those who work for the people, and it's a greater thing to work for the people. He also said that his boyhood dream was to be a senator. Four days later, on April 18, 2008, Matthews told Bill Maher that he has "made a commitment to covering politics, starting in 1987, and honoring that commitment, not getting involved in it." The seat in question would be the one held by Sen. Arlen Specter, whose current term in the Senate ends in 2010. On November 28, 2008, and The Politico reported that Matthews has been in contact with senior staffers of Obama's campaign about a possible run. On January 7, 2009, The New York Times reported that Matthews told his staffers that he would not run for the Senate.

Matthews worked as a print journalist for 15 years, spending 13 years as Washington, D.C. Bureau Chief for The San Francisco Examiner (1987 – 2000), and two years as a nationally syndicated columnist for The San Francisco Chronicle. Matthews covered the fall of the Berlin Wall, the first all-races election in South Africa and the Good Friday Peace Talks in Northern Ireland. In 1997 and 1998, his research in the National Archives produced a series of exclusives on the Nixon presidential tapes. Matthews has covered American presidential election campaigns since 1988.

In 1997, Matthews began his own talk show, Hardball with Chris Matthews, which originally aired on CNBC but is currently on MSNBC. Hardball features pundits and elected officials as guests. Matthews will not hesitate to interrupt, often to disagree (i.e., playing "hardball" and forcing them to answer his questions.).

In 2002, The Chris Matthews Show began airing in syndication. The show is formatted as a political roundtable consisting of four journalists and Matthews, who serves as the moderator. He is estimated to earn more than $5 million a year.

In March 2004, he received the David Brinkley Award for Excellence in Broadcast Journalism. He has also been awarded The Abraham Lincoln Award from the Union League of Philadelphia and in 2005 he received the Gold Medal Award from the Pennsylvania Society.

Matthews is the author of five books on politics and history. The first, Hardball: How Politics is Played, led to the creation of his signature TV show. The second, Kennedy and Nixon: The Rivalry That Shaped Postwar America, detailed the careers of the two future political adversaries from the 1940s through the 1960s and followed Nixon through his presidency.

The third, Now Let Me Tell You What I Really Think, is the first where he discusses his real political views on various issues. His fourth book, American: Beyond Our Grandest Notions, is a history of famous and/or influential Americans and how they rose from humble and/or immigrant origins. His fifth and most recent book, Life's a Campaign: What Politics Has Taught Me About Friendship, Rivalry, Reputation, and Success was published in October, 2007. Speaking at the tenth anniversary party for his show, Hardball, Matthews was critical of the Bush Administration, claiming that the Administration had been "caught in their criminality." During the same speech, he stated that the Bush administration had pressured his bosses to silence him.

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Hardball with Chris Matthews

Chris Matthews (right) interviews John Harwood (left) and Howard Fineman (center) on Hardball

Hardball with Chris Matthews is a talk show on MSNBC broadcast weekdays at 5 and 7 PM hosted by Chris Matthews. It originally aired on now-defunct America's Talking (as "Politics with Chris Matthews") and later CNBC. The current title was derived from a book Matthews wrote in 1988, Hardball: How Politics is Played Told By One Who Knows the Game. Hardball is a talking-head style cable news show where the moderator advances opinions on a wide range of topics, focusing primarily on current political issues. These issues are discussed with a panel of guests that usually consist of political analysts and sometimes include politicians.

Hardball follows Countdown with Keith Olbermann as the second most-watched show on MSNBC, with an average of 557,000 viewers in the first quarter of 2008.

MSNBC and NBC News programming is shown for several hours a day on the 24 hour news network Orbit News in Europe and the Middle East. This includes Hardball with Chris Matthews.

Matthews also caused controversy with remarks made off the air at a celebration of Hardball's 10-year anniversary in October 2007. He claimed that the Bush administration - specifically Vice President Cheney's office - has tried to "silence" him by pressuring MSNBC executives to put a stop to Matthews' criticism of the Iraq War. The White House declined to comment.

Bachmann's comments also had an immediate impact on her re-election campaign. In the 24 hours after her appearance on Hardball, her opponent, Elwyn Tinklenberg, received $488,127.30 in new donations and a campaign urging Congress to officially censure Bachmann was launched with over 35,000 signatures in the first 24 hours. In less than 72 hours, Tinklenberg received $740,000 in donations and between Friday night and Monday afternoon he had received more than $810,000. Tinklenberg said that he hears "in that kind of a call echoes of the House Un-American Activities Committee." Minnesota Democratic Party Chairman Brian Melendez said "The last politician who used that term that carelessly was Joe McCarthy, and Michele Bachmann seems anxious to step into his shoes." He also stated "She said what she said and her meaning could not be more clear." Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee spokesman Doug Thornell said "We’re going up on TV this week and next week and we’re spending over a million dollars ." In response to her comments, Aubrey Immelman, a Republican who lost to Bachmann in the primary, said he would begin a write-in campaign. On October 22, 2008, it was reported that the National Republican Congressional Committee canceled several hundred thousand dollars worth of television advertising time slated for Bachmann's campaign, Bachman went on to defeat Tinklenberg 46.4% to 43.4% in the November 4, 2008 election.

On June 26, 2007, Ann Coulter was the guest when Elizabeth Edwards, wife of then-Democratic Presidential candidate John Edwards, made a surprise (per Coulter afterwards) call to the program. Coulter had made a speech days earlier in which she said, “I was going to have a few comments on the other Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards, but it turns out you have to go into rehab if you use the word ‘faggot’." Elizabeth Edwards confronted Coulter about the comment, as well as other comments Coulter has made accusing John Edwards of exploiting his son's death for political gain. Edwards asked Coulter to "stop the personal attacks" and accused her of "lowering the political dialogue" in America. Coulter responded that Edwards' complaints were an attempt to raise money for the presidential campaign, and questioned why the candidate himself was not making the call.

On May 15, 2008, he also had a confrontation with radio broadcaster Kevin James when he appeared on Hardball. At issue was a controversial speech made by President Bush in Israel, where he appeared to claim that statements made by United States Presidential Candidate Barack Obama were tantamount to Neville Chamberlain's actions of "Nazi Appeasement" in 1938. James agreed with the notion that Obama's positions were like Chamberlain's policy of appeasement but was unable to elaborate on what exactly Chamberlain did.

The show has been spoofed by Saturday Night Live, with Darrell Hammond portraying Chris Matthews. One of the first instances was during the Florida election recount following the unclear results of the 2000 United States presidential election.

The show was featured in the February 22, 2007, 30 Rock episode "Hard Ball", in which series character Jenna Maroney came on the show to explain about how she was misquoted in the magazine "Maxim" about US military troops, but embarrassed herself even further when she confused Barack Obama with Osama bin Laden after she mentions whom she would support for US President in 2008.

Hardball: How Politics is Played Told By One Who Knows the Game was Chris Matthews' first book that led to the creation of the show. The book has been called The Prince of modern times and has been cited in four books.

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Chris Matthews (disambiguation)

Chris Matthews is a talk-show host.

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The Chris Matthews Show

The Chris Matthews Show is a half-hour weekend news and political roundtable program produced by NBC News in Washington, D.C., and nationally syndicated by NBC Universal Television Distribution. The program debuted on September 22, 2002.

The program usually airs on Sunday mornings before or after the Sunday morning talk shows, usually on NBC affiliates or their sister stations.

Chris Matthews serves as the program's moderator, and Matthews is joined each week by a rotating group of four journalists. Either Andrea Mitchell or David Gregory, both of NBC News, will occasionally sit in for him.

Although Chris Matthews is also the host of MSNBC's Hardball with Chris Matthews, The Chris Matthews Show has no editorial or production relationship with Hardball. The shows air on different days of the week, have separate staffs and are not broadcast on the same network.

Each 30-minute program features an opening roundtable-style discussion segment, usually on a major news story of the week; a second discussion segment often focusing on presidential politics and occasionally on cultural topics; a third segment called 'Tell Me Something I Don't Know,' where the four panelists report to Matthews new information they have gleaned from their reporting; and a closing commentary by Matthews.

During the program, Matthews will "take a look at the Matthews Meter," a survey taken by twelve of the show's regular panelists. The question will generally be of the yes/no variety, i.e. "Is Dick Cheney a liability for President Bush?" or "Will Barack Obama run for President in '08?".

In 2007, the show introduced the segment "The Big Question," in which Matthews asks the four panelists a Matthews-meter-type question. This segment closes the show.

David Gregory, Andrea Mitchell, Norah O'Donnell, Kelly O'Donnell, and Pete Williams (NBC News); Tucker Carlson (MSNBC); Gloria Borger (CNN); Katty Kay (BBC); Michele Norris (NPR); David Brooks and Elisabeth Bumiller (The New York Times); Clarence Page (Chicago Tribune); Howard Fineman (Newsweek); Andrew Sullivan (Time and Atlantic Monthly); Joe Klein (Time); Michael Duffy (Time); Cynthia Tucker (The Atlanta Journal-Constitution); Kathleen Parker (Tribune Newspapers); and Dan Rather (HDNet).

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Chris Matthews (musician)

Chris Matthews is a New Zealand rock musician. He has been a member of numerous bands, notably Children's Hour, This Kind of Punishment and The Headless Chickens for whom he was guitarist and lead vocalist, as well as writer or co-writer of many of their songs. Among these was the 1991 single "Cruise Control", co-written by Matthews and Michael Lawry, which was voted by APRA's members as the 76th greatest New Zealand song of all time.

In 2008, he formed Chris Matthews and Robot Monkey Orchestra and released the album The Map of love, a cycle of songs based on the poems of Dylan Thomas.

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