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Do NBC execs want to get rid of Chris Matthews?

by Bob Sassone, posted Apr 9th 2008 5:28PM

Chris MatthewsAccording 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.

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sam

msnbc needs to git rid of both kieth and chris and get back to real news. ok we get it they love Barak! Enough already!news news news!

April 13 2008 at 12:06 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
RYAN HEALEY

Personally, I stopped watching Hardball recently because I grew tired of Matthews bashing of Hillary Clinton day after day. Obama can do nothing wrong and, in fact, he acts like he has a teenage crush on Obama. Hillary, no matter what she does, gets bashed over the head by Matthews and he does he best to put a negative spin on anything related to her. I am not saying the Clinton's are saints. However, I want to see a BALANCED reporting on what is happening right or wrong with each campaign, not an hourlong attempt by Chris Matthews to profess his love for Obama and personal dislike to Clinton. THAT is NOT his job.

April 11 2008 at 10:34 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Cynthia

Amen! They do not hide their dislike for her at all.

May 19 2008 at 11:18 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
keidalgrim

Frankly, it's beyond astonishing that this so-called "cable news network" continues to exist. Imus was a breath of fresh air compared to the rest of these windbags (especially that orange-faced, mushroom-headed, Media Matters ass-licking Keith Olbermann.

Granted, there are people out there who really enjoy hearing their beliefs echoed back at them, and for those of that ilk, this network delivers. But if there's anyone in this crowd who actually believes that this network employs what used to be called "journalists," then I envy their ability to go forth blissfully unfettered by truth or facts.

April 10 2008 at 9:27 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Uncle Nothing

"Imus was a breath of fresh air..."

That you think Imus is a breath of fresh anything and felt it necessary only to comment on KO's looks tells me all I need to know about your views on journalism.

April 10 2008 at 10:41 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
MERVE-THE-PERVE

NBC is looking to kill 2 birds with 1 stone. They want to get rid of Darrell Hammond too.

April 10 2008 at 3:46 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Andrew

I say get rid of him and give Rachel Maddow her own show in his place.

April 10 2008 at 12:03 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Scott

He should not be co-anchoring MSNBC's election coverage. He's a "personality" at best, who should be brought in in limited doses. Olbermann knows when to show his personality and when to be an anchor. Matthews has no clue about that distinction. The "tingle up my leg" comment was creepy.

April 09 2008 at 10:02 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Smiley

Talk to any woman who's been on his show. This clown is a sexual harassment lawsuit waiting to happen. Good riddance.

April 09 2008 at 9:17 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Ken

Chris Matthews and team deserve the highest accolades for their excellent work dredging up the corruption of the Bush Administration, and their unparalled reporting on the 2008 presidential electoral cycle. The tendentious piece in the
NYTimes was laughable in its ad hominen attack, and was pure politics, trotted out in desperation to bolster the sinking Clinton campaign. We can only hope Matthews runs for the Senate, as our country could benefit highly from his insights and humanity. Folks, please read more books, maybe even Then Nation magazine!
Peace, Ken

April 09 2008 at 8:37 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Oreo

Several people now have made the "racist" joke about Obama and basketball, including this week's Newsweek .

But I HATE him, I can't stand him. He is the second worst person on the network besides Joe S from "Morning Joe".

April 09 2008 at 7:51 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Giza_Breck

He won't be missed. I used to enjoy his show but he is insulting to the nth degree these days, with his 'archie bunker' democrats etc.
All I can think of when I see him now is that tingling in his leg comment he made after Obama's speech, ughh, offputting.
Hope Olbermann is next, his fake tan and smug demeanor get worse by the day.

April 09 2008 at 7:05 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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