A Media Matters for America review of MSNBC host Chris Matthews' commentary has found a history of degrading comments about women, in which he focuses on the physical appearances of his female guests and other women discussed on his show.
Discussing Sen. Barack Obama's use of the phrase "yes, we can," in recent speeches, Pat Buchanan said: " 'Yes, we can. Sí, se puede.' That's Hispanic. That's the cause of the illegal immigration movement and the amnesty movement."
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Summary: In the book A Bound Man, author Shelby Steele distorts comments Michelle Obama made about Sen. Barack Obama on 60 Minutes in which she said that "as a black man, you know, Barack can get shot going to the gas station." Steele asserts that Barack Obama "was at virtually no risk of being shot by a white racist on the way to the gas station" and claims that his wife's comments were "facilitating her race's manipulation of the American mainstream." In fact, Michelle Obama never said her husband could be shot by "a white racist"; she never specified who she thought posed a threat.
An Investor's Business Daily editorial claimed that "the core" of Sen. Barack Obama's "faith -- whether lapsed Muslim, new Christian or some mixture of the two -- is African nativism" and asked: "Would Obama put African tribal or family interests ahead of U.S. interests?" The editorial's claims about Obama's faith being "lapsed Muslim, new Christian or some mixture of the two" echo widely debunked allegations that Obama is or ever has been a Muslim.
One week after claiming that Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's suggestion that Sen. Barack Obama "has not done the kind of spadework" that Clinton has done was "not coincidental," Rush Limbaugh returned to the subject on his January 14 show. While discussing Obama, Limbaugh twice used the word "spade," which can be used as a racial slur. Specifically, Limbaugh said that "Obama is holding his own against both of them [Bill and Hillary Clinton], doing more than his share of the 'spadework,' maybe even gaining ground at the moment, using not only the spade, ladies and gentlemen. But when he finishes with the spade in the garden of corruption planted by the Clintons, he turns to the hoe. And so the spadework and his expertise, using a hoe. He's faring well." "Spadework" is a common term among political figures and the media.
A New York Times article asserted that at a recent event, Michelle Obama, wife of Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama, "nimbly entwin[ed] references to violence with her more usual admonitions that a history of racism and despair should not keep her husband" from office. But the article did not provide any specific quote from Obama's speech to support its claim that she had "entwin[ed] references to violence" or that she "evok[ed] dangers," as the headline stated. Moreover, the article acknowledged that "[n]ot everyone detected a double message in Mrs. Obama's remarks." Nonetheless, the Times cited purported complaints by unnamed "critics" that "raising the specter of violence is nothing more than an attempt to raise Senator Obama to mythic stature."
On the January 14 edition of MSNBC's Tucker, while discussing Sen. Barack Obama's speech at the Pentecostal Temple Church of God and Christ in Las Vegas, host Tucker Carlson asserted that "many black churches are basically political organizations."
An Associated Press article reported that House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn "expressed disappointment with Clinton after she said it took President Lyndon B. Johnson, a white politician, to finally realize King's dream of racial equality by signing the Civil Rights Act." But that is not what Clinton said.
On his January 10 Fox News Radio show, John Gibson aired a clip of MSNBC host Chris Matthews' recent comments about Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, which he described as "mind-blowing," and said, "[T]hose women out here who called me a sexist last night, you listen to this and you tell me who the sexist is."
Articles in Newsweek and The Washington Post mischaracterized a remark by former President Bill Clinton, claiming that he appeared to dismiss Sen. Barack Obama's campaign as "the biggest fairy tale I've ever seen." In fact, Clinton was referring to Obama's statements about his position on the Iraq war; he was not talking about the Obama campaign as the "biggest fairy tale." Further, the Newsweek article, as well as a New York Times article and a Washington Post op-ed, all truncated a comment by Hillary Clinton on the passage of civil rights legislation in the 1960s, omitting a portion of her remarks in which she referred to President John F. Kennedy.
January 9 was not the first time Chris Matthews has suggested that Hillary Clinton owes her political career to her husband's adultery. In 1999, when Clinton was running for the Senate for the first time, Matthews said: "I mean, it's hilarious, but isn't that her main claim, that she's the victim of the -- of the -- of the year?" later adding, "Now it's an election ca -- it's a bumper sticker. 'My husband cheated on me, make me senator.' "
On Hardball, Chris Matthews asked Bill Richardson: "What do you make of Hillary Clinton's performance on Saturday night right before the New Hampshire primary, this past Saturday night? There's been a lot of talk about this, the role that we in the media, that I personally played. There's a whole kind of -- all kind of discussion about the boys perhaps tackling the one woman candidate."