Do NBC execs want to get rid of Chris Matthews?
According to this fascinating story at The New York Times Magazine (online several days ahead of its Sunday publication), that's what he is worried about.
Matthews has always been outspoken, from his early days when he was involved in several political campaigns to his current stint at NBC and MSNBC. He's worried that the "suits" at the network want him out and even says that several people at the network are wondering why he is being profiled in the Times instead of Keith Olbermann, who seems to be the top ratings getter at the network right now.
Anyway, it's a really intriguing piece. You probably learn more about Matthews in this one article than you did all of the years watching him on TV or reading books, from his college and work background to his admiration on how hot Lou Rawls' wife is to his handing out of business cards. He hands them out to people and says to call anytime "if you ever want to hang out with Chris Matthews" (ugh - that would be odd even if he didn't refer to himself in the third person).
Matthews has been with NBC for a very long time and currently hosts two shows on the network (Hardball and The Chris Matthews Show) as well as co-hosting election coverage and other special shows. But he makes it clear in this interview, probably as a shot across the bow of NBC, that he has a lot of options. His contract is up in June 2009, and there's even talk of him running for office.