It’s no secret that MSNBC is at the bottom of the ratings barrel when it comes to cable news, but are they “desperate” for ratings? Fox News pundit and rival Bill O’Reilly thinks so.
O’Reilly slammed MSNBC and host Chris Matthews on Thursday for the latter’s comment that Senator Ted Cruz has a “black Irish look.”
Matthews’ use of the term refers to Irish people with dark features. Of course if you’ve ever watched “Hardball,” you know that its host has a penchant for putting his foot in his mouth.
Anyway, Matthews compared Cruz to Pat Buchanan, Joseph McCathy and O’Reilly all in one sitting, saying that they look similar.
“In addition to being misguided politically, Mr. Matthews also apparently needs glasses — badly,” O’Reilly responded, criticizing the flub as a “desperate attempt by Matthews to get attention.”
And it would make sense that Matthews would want it, O’Reilly reasons. “In the last six months, it’s all fallen apart for MSNBC,” he said. “They’re in a desperate situation right now.”
O’Reilly opined that the network was previously a “campaign headquarters for the president,” but “that’s vanishing now” due to the recent string of scandals plaguing the Obama administration.
Those scandals are: The still-active Benghazi scandal, the IRS’ targeting of conservative groups, the AP/press investigation scandal, and the NSA’s domestic surveillance programs.
MSNBC is “covering anything other than that, because they don’t know what to say,” O’Reilly said.
The Fox News pundit does have a point. May saw some of the worst network ratings for MSNBC in a long time, and that’s saying something considering their anemic numbers over the past several years. They saw their lowest primetime numbers since 2009, with everyone on the network suffering individually (even Rachel Maddow).
They even came in behind CNN and HLN, which saw bumps from their coverage of the Jodi Arias trial.
You can watch a video of O’Reilly’s send-up of Chris Matthews and MSNBC below: