MSNBC analyst Chris Matthews admitted on live TV that the New York and Washington-centric news media doesn't represent America, particularly when it comes to individual gun ownership under the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, otherwise known as the right to keep and bear arms.
Matthews conceded this point while providing commentary prior to GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump's Friday speech to the National Rifle Association, an organization which gave him its endorsement.
In response to a question from Brian Williams (who has been relegated to MSNBC duties after he lost his NBC Nightly News gig for allegedly making up war stories) about the split between what Williams described as the "mystified" media and the country's gun culture, Chris Matthews weighed in.
"Because you're answering your own question. Because of geography, Brian, and you know... we always assume in the big cities there's sort of a cosmopolitan attitude that we all share. I'm sure there are quietly out there, even among our multitude of people we work with and know socially, who have different views. But there is sort of a lingua franca, if you will, a language that is spoken in the media which is pro-choice, is anti-gun rights. It's the usual sort of sophistication we're used to, but it's not representative of the country. think this still is a cowboy country in spirit, self-reliance... and they like to have that self-reliance of that gun. I don't have that instinct, but I know it's out there and very much a part of our history. It just is. And it's in the Constitution, and it's in our history. We are uniquely pro-gun as a country,...This country's unique! Today, we will see Donald Trump point to that and probably try to grab the support of that unique attitude about guns."