No one will be surprised to learn I didn’t think much of Chris Matthews’s “Hardball Special: Bill Clinton, President of the Word” or to hear me use terms like “love letter” or “worshipful promo” — or be shocked when I wonder if Barack Obama is jealous of where Chris’s next “thrill” is coming from.
But Matthews embarrassed more than just himself on Presidents Day and earned more than just the scorn of the conservative blogosphere and columnists. The mainstream media, which has spent most of its time finding bias where none exists at Fox News and ignoring the blatant shilling at MNSBC, blushed at Matthews’s gushing and uncritical look at the second President in out history to be impeached.
HANK STUEVER, WASHINGTON POST TV CRITIC: Valentine’s Day was a week ago, but MSNBC’s Chris Matthews has belatedly gifted a particular former president with a mash note… For much of the hour, you’ll wonder if you’re watching one of Robert Smigel’s old “X-Presidents” cartoon parodies for “Saturday Night Live.”
Over at the HuffPo, home of nightly Hardball guest Howard Fineman, a very funny feature satirized Matthews by printing promotional posters for the special if it had been aired on other cable networks, and they opened the page with this statement:
HUFFINGTON POST: Even die-hard Bill Clinton fans had to have been a little creeped out by Chris Matthews’ overly-fawning docu-special…
Monica Lewinsky would likely have given viewers a more realistic look at Bill Clinton—and probably would have mentioned Hillary more.
Chris needs to check and see what’s running down the leg of his blue suit after this.
I had originally planned to fisk the hour, but when you watch what the Post rightly called a “promotional film for someone who isn’t running for anything” for minute after mind-numbingly adoring minute, you realize there isn’t anything of substance to argue about.
It’s just a Very Special Episode of Everybody Loves William.
Next: The roots of Chris’s Love Affair with Bill.