Popular conservative talk show host Sean Hannity and Media Research Center President Brent Bozell demanded that Comcast “pull the plug” on liberal talk show host Chris Matthews over his incredibly insensitive comments on Hurricane Sandy. Only hours after the Obama Victory in the 2012 election, Matthews appeared on television and praised the hurricane for helping Obama defeat Mitt Romney. The storm killed over 100 people and caused at least 60 billion dollars of damage.
“I’m so glad we had that storm last week because I think the storm was one of those things — no, politically I should say. Not in terms of hurting people. The storm brought in possibilities for good politics.”
Although Chris Matthews apologized the next evening on his MSNBC program Hardball, the uproar over his comment has not died down among conservative opponents of Matthews extreme left wing rhetoric. In the past, he called Sarah Palin a “mail-order bride” and even attacked fellow liberal Hillary Clinton with an outrageous and highly offensive remark:
“I’ll be brutal, the reason she’s a U.S. senator, the reason she’s a candidate for president, the reason she may be a front-runner is her husband messed around. That’s how she got to be senator from New York. We keep forgetting it. She didn’t win there on her merit.”
Brent Bozell has spent years monitoring the bias of the media and he holds Mathhew’s employer, Comcast, ethically responsible for his behavior. While talking to Sean Hannity on Fox News, Bozell addressed his concerns directly to the media giant.
“You own this guy, and you own responsibility for the things he’s saying. Look, this guy is out of control. What more disgusting things can he say that he has to apologize for?”
Matthews has been using his over top style to attack anyone opposed to progressive politics for years. He is convinced that anyone who objects to the presidency of Barack Obama is a racist. In Matthews narrow minded world, people who voice a different direction for America are not patriots but vicious haters who only want to get rid of Obama because he is black.
“I think they hate Obama. They want him out of the White House more than they want to destroy Al Qaeda. Their No. 1 enemy in the world right now, on the right, is their hatred, hatred for Obama. And we can go into that about the white working class in the South and looking at these numbers we’re getting the last couple days about racial hatred in many cases … this isn’t about being a better president, they want to get rid of this president.”
Media Research Center went after Matthews and Comcast on their website with a feature entitled “It’s Time to Clean House at NBC!.” The article states, “This once reputable network disgraced itself with biased coverage during the Presidential Election” and features an interview between Sean Hannity and Brent Bozell berating Comcast for continuing to employ Chris Matthews. MRC has launched a petition to “send a clear message to Comcast’s board of directors that they need to take immediate action to halt the biased coverage on NBC and MSNBC.”
Even the tiny Western Queens Gazette took offense to Mr. Matthews remarks and joined the growing chorus to remove him from the network and, failing that, suggested to residents of the storm ravaged New York City borough that they turn off the power whenever Matthews appears on the air.
“The thoughtless, insane and possibly evil comments by this so-called “commentator”, Chris Matthews, cannot go unnoticed and be condoned as mere political pandering on the part of someone who should know better. It is outrageous to minimize the severe loss of life and property that took place as a result of the storm by reducing it to such babble.”
“We suggest that viewers turn off the power on their TV when Mr. Matthews is making his toxic comments.”