Chris Matthews asked White House communications director Nicolle Wallace whether "my friend Don Evans" -- former Bush administration secretary of Commerce -- would be "coming back to be a sort of a liaison with the Republicans on the Hill." When Wallace stated, "We adore Secretary Evans," Matthews responded: "We all do, too, here, and we're wondering if you're going to bring back somebody that everybody likes, because he might, you know, help out."
Chris Matthews falsely suggested that a proposal by Rep. John P. Murtha (D-PA) to redeploy U.S. forces from Iraq "got what, 18 votes?" In fact, Murtha's proposal -- to require the president to withdraw American troops from Iraq "at the earliest practicable date" -- has not been put to a vote in the House of Representatives.
After the contentious exchange between Hearst Newspapers columnist Helen Thomas and President Bush during Bush's March 21 press conference, Fox News host Bill O'Reilly and several other conservative commentators rushed to attack Thomas. O'Reilly accused her of "hat[ing] Bush and try[ing] to undermine everything he does," and even suggesting that if he were Bush, he "would have laid her out." Several other conservative media figures -- including Jonah Goldberg, Fred Barnes, Glenn Beck, and Tucker Carlson -- have followed suit, sometimes with highly personal attacks.
MSNBC's Hardball with Chris Matthews website continues to feature its own "virtual straw poll" allowing visitors to pick their preferred GOP nominee from a slate of 12 "contenders." The website does not feature a Democratic "virtual straw poll."
MSNBC's Joe Scarborough claimed that John Zogby, president and CEO of the polling firm Zogby International and an Arab-American, "may be biased" on the issue of the Iraq war and "the Middle East situation."
During a March 21 press conference, the White House press corps failed to challenge President Bush after he offered a misleading and evasive answer about his reasons for invading Iraq in response to a question asked by Hearst Newspapers columnist Helen Thomas.
During a discussion about President Bush's recent public relations campaign to rally support for the war in Iraq, Chris Matthews said: "How can you not trust a man who says, 'I won't be able to win this war in my presidency; I'm leaving it up to other presidents in the future'?"
On MSNBC's Scarborough Country, host Joe Scarborough argued that there is "not a dime's worth of difference between" what the "major party leaders are saying" about the Iraq war. According to Scarborough, "The Democrats will tell you the president screwed up. But heck, even the president is saying he screwed up. So again, no difference." However, an examination at Bush's purported admissions of error shows that he has not admitted to as much as Scarborough suggested he has, and that the president has qualified any acknowledgement of war-related problems with ambiguous language.
MSNBC host Keith Olbermann gave right-wing pundit Ann Coulter third place in his daily "Worst Person in the World" awards for her column describing The New York Times' coverage of the arrest of President Bush's former domestic policy adviser, Claude A. Allen, as the "revenge of the queers."
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Responding to a charge by Ron Christie, a former special assistant to President Bush, that he doesn't report "good things" about the U.S. economy, MSNBC's Chris Matthews said, 'We don't produce bad [economic] news on this show," later adding: "We only put out good news here on the economy."
On the March 17 broadcast of MSNBC's Countdown, Keith Olbermann awarded Bill O'Reilly both the runner-up and first place awards in his daily "Worst Person in the World" contest for calling liberal media writer Neal Gabler a "bomb-thrower" and a "Kool-Aid drinker" and for telling a caller on his radio program that instead of "denigrat[ing]" guests on his programs, he "just go[es] over to" co-host Lis Wiehl "and whack[s] her around. ... [F]iguratively speaking, of course."
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On Hardball, Chris Matthews, Dana Milbank, and Pat Buchanan discussed what they agreed were the likely political benefits to President Bush and congressional Republicans if he were to launch a pre-emptive war against Iran.
Citing the results of a new Pew Research Center poll -- in which 48 percent of respondents used "negative" words such as "incompetent," "idiot," or "liar" to describe President Bush -- Chris Matthews remarked: "I checked this twice. ... I couldn't believe it, but it's true." Matthews added: "[W]hat happened to respect?"
On two straight days, Chris Matthews cited hypothetical critics in saying that Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton is reluctant to admit she made a mistake in voting for the Iraq war resolution because she would be denigrated as a woman who is unable to make up her mind.