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Carl Paladino's Angry Showdown With Reporter Analyzed on 'Hardball' (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Oct 1st 2010 4:30PM
On 'Hardball With Chris Matthews' (Weekdays 5 PM ET on MSNBC), Matthews played the now-notorious tape of New York gubernatorial candidate and Tea Party-favorite Carl Paladino getting in to it with New York Post political journalist Fred Dicker.

During the angry exchange, which centers around Paladino's charge that the Post sent a photographer to take pictures of his ten-year old daughter (a charge the paper denies), Paladino menacingly threatens to "take (Dicker) out."

Veteran Time Magazine political reporter Joe Klein offered his opnion that there might be more of these crazy scenes to come this election season:

"You have, within the Republican party, a majority of people who have been angry at their incumbents, they voted them out and they voted in these amateurs. . . who really don't know how to behave like politicians. And sometimes that is refreshing, and other times it's really embarrassing."

There is also another way to describe political "amateurs" like Paladino: a lot of fun to watch. (So long as they don't actually, you know, take anyone out.)

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Carl Paladino Sends New York State Voters Garbage Scented Campaign Material (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Sep 17th 2010 11:40AM
Chris Matthews prides himself on having seen it all in politics, but even he seemed a bit perplexed by the latest campaign strategy of Carl Paladino, the Republican candidate for Governor of New York.

Thursday's 'Hardball' (weekdays, 5 PM ET on MSNBC) ran a segment on garbage-scented mailers Paladino is sending out to the voters of New York.

"Carl Paladino's been sending out mailers like this one, slamming what he calls the stink of corruption in Albany," Matthews explained. "Old message, right? Well what's different about this is it actually smells. That's right, the mailers have actually been scented with a landfill odor ... and, get this, the smell is supposed to get worse over time."

"Carl Paladino has an odd way of endearing himself to voters," Matthews concluded.

No word on whether Paladino's next campaign tactic will be to show up at voters' homes and kick them in the shin.

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Quran-Burning Pastor Addresses The Threat He Poses to U.S. Troops (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Sep 9th 2010 11:44AM
General David Petraeus has said that if a tiny church in Florida goes through with its plans to burn Qurans on the anniversary of 9/11 it will endanger U.S. troops in Afghanistan.

Wayne Sapp, a pastor at the church, was asked about this during his appearance on 'Hardball With Chris Matthews' (weekdays, 5 PM ET on MSNBC.)

After Matthews had Sapp establish that he is now is carrying a gun for protection, he posed this question:

"If you think you face firepower coming at you, what do you think is going to happen to the American soldiers after this picture of the burning of the Quran goes world-wide?"

'They are prepared to respond in the way they are prepared to respond right now," Sapp argued. "They know they are facing a radical element of Islam. That's why they are there."

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Chris Matthews Still Feels 'Thrill Up His Leg' When Obama Speaks (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Sep 7th 2010 10:32PM
On 'Hardball With Chris Matthews (Weekdays, 5PM ET on MSNBC) Tuesday, Matthews played a speech Obama made as a candidate for president. After hearing Obama's words, Matthews revisited a quote he famously made during the 2008 campaign, one that's often used as evidence that the media was in the bag for Obama during that election.

"I get the same thrill -- up my leg, all over me, every time I hear those words," Matthews gushed. "I'm sorry, ladies and gentleman, that's me."

Then, later in the segment, guest Jim Kessler made the mistake of referring to Matthews' famous thrill as a "tingle."

"It wasn't a tingle up my leg, that's what right-wing fascists say," Matthews said, sternly rebuking Kessler. "I got a thrill up my leg. You're reading the right-wing blogs."

The more you know.

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Jan Brewer Debate: Arizona Governor Has Amazingly Awkward Deer-in-Headlights Moment (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Sep 3rd 2010 9:50AM
Getting tripped up during the give and take of a debate can happen to even the best of orators. However, it takes a special kind of inarticulateness to completely flub your opening statement.

On 'Hardball With Chris Matthews' (weekdays 5 PM ET on MSNBC) Matthews played a clip of Arizona Governor Jan Brewer debate against challenger Terry Goddard. Brewer opened by explaining what she had accomplished during her two years as Governor:

"Arizona has been brought back from this abyss," Brewer began, dramatically. "We have cut the budget. We have balanced the budget and we are moving forward. We have done everything we could possible do..."

And then, crickets. And more crickets. Brewer was able to keep a smile on her face as her words failed her. She giggled a little, and paused for a very awkward 13 seconds before she was able to finish her closing line, "We have done what was right for Arizona."

Brewer came into the debate well ahead in the polls. So if enough Arizonians remember that tricky book report they had in the fourth grade, she'll probably be OK.

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Brilliantly Awful Mayoral Candidate Breaks Into Song Mid-Interview (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Aug 25th 2010 8:58PM
On 'Hardball With Chris Matthews' (Weekdays, 5PM ET MSNBC) Matthews featured a video that demonstrates all that is great about local politics.

Chris Young, a mayoral candidate from Providence, Rhode Island, was so woefully unprepared for an appearance on a local TV show that he ignored his camera and read directly from his notes. And what was so important and complicated that he couldn't trust his memory?

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'Hardball' Proves Too Tough For Chris Matthews' Guests (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Aug 23rd 2010 10:28PM
On 'Hardball With Chris Matthews' (weeknights, 5PM ET on MSNBC) Matthews staged a debate between Nick Leishen of America's 911 Foundation, who supports moving the so-called Ground Zero mosque, and Sherry Wolf of the International Socialist Organization, who believes the mosque should be built where it is now proposed.

Matthews started with Leishen, who refused to answer the seemingly pertinent question of "how many blocks away from Ground Zero do you want this center to be built." Leishen responded with a look of slack-jawed wonderment each time Matthews went back to this line of inquiry, and deflected the question even when Matthews called him a "chicken."

Then there was Wolf, who jumped at the opportunity to say she would have no problem putting the mosque right smack on Ground Zero before quickly transitioning -- with her head bouncing wildly at the camera -- to a rant about "Nazi type activities going on across the country against Arabs and Muslims."

Throughout the little debate, Matthews was visibly disturbed by the ineptitude of both Leishen's and Wolf's responses. Yes, it is August, but one can only hope Matthews takes this as a lesson and books higher-quality guests next time. (Although we can't say they weren't entertaining.)

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Pat Tilllman's Mom Details How Military Deceived Her About Son's Death (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Aug 16th 2010 9:40AM
On 'Hardball with Chris Matthews' (Weekdays, 5 PM ET on MSNBC) guest host Chuck Todd interviewed Mary Tillman, mother of deceased football star turned Army Ranger Pat Tillman.

More than six ago, Tillman was killed in Afghanistan after coming under what the military initially disclosed to the public as enemy fire. Eventually, it was revealed that Tillman had in fact died in a friendly fire incident.

Speaking with Todd, Mary Tillman detailed evidence showing that the military had suspected Tillman's death was an unintentional fratricide from the very beginning.

Yet despite this, the chain of command failed to disclose these suspicions to Tillman's family -- which is in violation of military protocol -- and allowed them to prepare his memorial service as if he had died at hands of the enemy.

"It's ludicrous that these individuals did not know . . ." Tillman said. "This type of deception and duplicity goes on all the time. And it's a systemic problem."

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Mike Tyson Makes Cameo In Florida Senate Race (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Aug 11th 2010 11:15PM
On 'Hardball With Chris Matthews' (weeknights, 5PM ET on MSNBC) guest host Chuck Todd reported on a 'Sports illustrated' article in which Mike Tyson revealed that he been doing a lot of cocaine recently, and had also partied on the yacht of Jeff Greene, a Democratic candidate for Senate from Florida

Greene vehemently denied the implication: "I'm not a drug doer. I don't even drink. I don't drink coffee. I like nice wines with dinner." (OK, Jeff, we're pretty sure that's not how not drinking works.)

Todd then flashed a picture of a picture of Mike Tyson and Jeff Greene engaging in revelry with a bunch of young folk on what could possibly be a yacht.

Mike Tyson's cameo in 'The Hangover' helped the film become the highest-grossing R-rated comedy of all time. We're pretty sure Tyson's cameo in the Florida Senate race won't have the same positive effect for Greene.

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Robin Williams ruins every talk show

by Bob Sassone, posted Oct 12th 2006 4:48PM

Robin WilliamsThere was a time ("the 80s") when Robin Williams was actually funny. Not just on TV show and movies, but on talk shows as well. He'd come on, and you just knew it was going to be a wild and fun time.

Boy, are those times past.

Williams has been making the talk show rounds the past week or so, plugging Man of the Year (does that movie look awful, or what?). And every single time he's on, he embarasses himself. Or maybe he doesn't, judging from the howls coming from the audience. He just doesn't shut up, and does the same voices over and over and over again, interrupting other guests.

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