WEDNESDAY, JUNE 2, 2021
Chris Matthews, permitted to walk: Chris Matthews is making the rounds promoting a new book.
Yesterday, he turned up on The View. What we saw there was a case of complete lack of preparation.
Matthews' jihad against Hillary Clinton dates at least to the first week of December 1999. It extended, in full-blown form, right through the 2008 campaign.
Yesterday, more than twenty years later, Joy Behar decided to challenge Matthews about it. Over at The Daily Beast, Justin Baragona provides the videotape.
Here's the pitiful way it went down:
Matthews had just been asked, by Sunny Hostin, about his awkward departure from MSNBC in early March of last year.
Now Behar had a question for Chris. Her question went like this:
BEHAR (6/1/21): I want to talk about another part of what happened to you. You made a lot of sexist comments about Hillary Clinton. And you called her ‘she-devil,’ ‘witchy,’ ‘Nurse Ratched,’ among other things. I mean look—
At this point, Matthews interrupted.
"No, I didn't," he absurdly said. "Actually, I didn't. Look it up—just look it up."
Matthews' absurd denial left Behar completely flummoxed. “You never did that? So my research is wrong?” the unprepared TV star asked.
Moments later, Behar completely collapsed, saying this:
“It was reported that you said those things. So that’s my bad—I think.”
"Well, probably online somewhere," Matthews now absurdly said. He was suggesting that Behar must have seen those inaccurate claims on some crazy web site.
Flummoxed, Behar collapsed. Simply put, what we saw there was a typical case of total non-preparation.
Matthews has been off the air for well over a year. The two of us once lunched at The Palm. On another occasion, he weirdly told us how "pink-sheeting" works at that famous hotel right across the street from the Improv.
He's been off the air for over a year. His years of rather peculiar behavior don't matter any more at this point. That said, no one worked harder, or more crazily, to defeat Candidate Gore.
At this site, we wrote about Matthews' sliming of Hillary Clinton for years, starting with his crazy interview with Gail Sheehy, a Clinton biographer, in December 1999.
On that occasion, Matthews' trashing of Hillary Clinton centered around comparisons to the power-mad Eva Peron. His ranting went on and on and on. Then he ranted some more.
Sheehy was suitably taken aback by the force of Matthews' loathing. At the time, Matthews was supporting Rudy Giuliani in the New York Senate race, where he was opposed by Clinton.
Matthews' attacks on Hillary Clinton were full-blown crazy that night. That said, the attacks continued for years, and they often involved the kinds of gender-skewed comparisons Behar correctly cited.
Matthews finally encountered a bit of pushback for this conduct in early 2008. But the record of his endless name-calling is in fact perfectly clear.
Behar didn't know this; simply put, she was unprepared. Matthews made an absurd denial, and Behar let him walk.
This is the way the stars of Our Town have always played the game. Here in Our Town, we aren't very sharp and we aren't very good. Many Others can see this about us.
Many of The Others are currently out of their minds. That said, the behavior of Our Town's elite has been persistently fraudulent for a great many years.
On the brighter side, they get paid millions of dollars for conning the world in such ways. They get to own homes on Nantucket.
We've sleepwalked through these imitations of life for three or four decades now. According to disconsolate experts, the end is drawing near.
Over at The Daily Beast, Justin Baragona provides videotape of Behar's failed attempt at an interview, plus a bit of background information. Our archives are full of reports on this topic, but we aren't going to waste our time preparing links to such material.
Behar was overpaid and unprepared. Those have been the ways of Our Town's fully hapless elites for a very long time now. More of this haplessness can be seen in the Post and the Times every morning.
Our brains aren't wired for tasks like these, major top experts all say.