Obama’s MSNBC Whore

Arnold Ahlert is a former NY Post op-ed columnist currently contributing to JewishWorldReview.com, HumanEvents.com and CanadaFreePress.com. He may be reached at atahlert@comcast.net.


188352_5_Yesterday, President Obama finally addressed the Benghazi controversy, calling scrutiny of the edited talking points a “sideshow” and denying his administration was involved in a cover-up. “If this was some effort on our part to try to downplay what had happened or tamp it down, that would be a pretty odd thing that three days later we end up putting out all the information,” Obama said. “Who executes some sort of cover-up or effort to tamp things down for three days? So the whole thing defies logic.” Equally willing to defy logic was Obama’s MSNBC whore Chris Matthews, who has been more than eager to carry water for the Obama administration. Indeed, Matthews’ coverage of the unrelenting Benghazi scandal has distinguished itself as being particularly loathsome.

Last Thursday, Matthews was in fine form. After acknowledging that Greg Hicks, former deputy chief of mission in Libya, had testified before the House that he had spoken with Hillary Clinton on the night of the attack and that Clinton’s Chief of Staff tried to intimidate him into silence, Matthews downplayed the egregiousness of the former secretary of State’s scandalous behavior. The Obama administration was merely putting the “best face” on a terrible situation, Matthews said. “But it didn’t cause Chris Stevens to be killed, it didn’t cause the guys being killed by the mortar fire in the second attack, it didn’t really cause any damage except to Mitt Romney,” he continued. “And how is that going to offend the public?” In other words, four deaths and a subsequent cover-up are no big deal.

New York Times political reporter Jeremy Peters, on Matthews’ Hardball that night, parroted the host’s take, insisting the public wasn’t offended, and that any indignation was limited to “riling up a small part of the Republican base.” “You can’t go to a Republican town hall meeting these days without someone shouting ‘Benghazi! Benghazi!’” complained Peters. Incredibly, Matthews wondered what harm was done by the State Department removing references to terrorism from the post-attack talking points two weeks before the election. “What’s the big damage there?” he asked. Matthews neglected to connect for viewers that one of the president’s central campaign slogans was that terrorism was “on the run,” something that makes the cover-up of the jihadist murder of our ambassador and three Americans at the height of a presidential election much more nefarious.

The fact remains that, in answer to Matthews’ question, the “big damage” is that the Obama-Clinton Benghazi lies were indeed concocted to conceal their responsibility for the deaths of four Americans. When Senior NBC investigative reporter Lisa Meyers, also on the show Thursday, pointed out there were legitimate questions regarding the lack of security and contingency plans at the consulate in Benghazi, and that no effort was made to rescue the Americans trapped there, Matthews acknowledged that such a reality was problematic. But he quickly insisted Clinton “does care about her ambassadors” and then launched into a fantasy scenario involving Clinton moving heaven and earth to save Americans. Even Chris Stevens himself warranted more blame than Hillary and Obama: As Matthews asserted, Stevens knew what he was getting into when he went to Libya, “a country that wasn’t quite stable.”

Matthews then referred to Republican questions about Hillary’s character as a “clambake” and a “battle of the bands,” further insisting that going after Clinton’s character is part of the “Republican manual.” As far as Matthews is concerned, Clinton’s reference to the Islamic video as the cause of the attack, which has now been revealed as a bald-faced lie, was nothing more than “spin” perpetrated by Republicans. “The only thing that matters to the American people, was anyone derelict enough to let someone die who was a good guy,” he stated. Again, in this instance, Matthews conceals from viewers the indisputable fact of Clinton’s deadly negligence regarding consulate security concerns (lamented by Stevens himself), not to mention the multiple “stand down” orders issued by the administration, which needlessly left our people for dead.

On Monday, Matthews was even more virulent in his defense of the president. In an interview with Rep Mike Turner (R-OH), Matthews behaved like Obama’s personal attack dog. When Turner referred to the lie perpetrated by UN ambassador Susan Rice regarding the Muslim video narrative, Matthews demanded to know if Turner “has proof Obama was involved” in creating that narrative. He continually interrupted Turner when he tried to answer. “Tell me something I don’t know,” repeated Matthews. He then asked if Clinton was involved in editing the talking points. “Was the Secretary of State involved, because what’s going on here is that the big names are getting bopped by your party, which is the way it works. I just want you to tell me who did it,” Matthews complained.

Matthews’ clear intention was to imply that if there is no public trail leading directly to the president, calls for further investigation into the scandal can be dismissed as baseless. When Turner said the connection to high officials like President Obama was precisely what the committee is attempting to determine, Matthews became visibly angry, accusing Turner of making unwarranted accusations. “I think it’s odd to have an investigation to find out if you know what you’re talking about,” Matthews sneered.

“That’s what we’re trying to get down to,” Turner explained, noting that the president only released emails because Congress forced his hand. “He’s not stepped forward and said ‘excuse me, I’ve now learned that a lead administration official on my behalf told a fiction to the nation.’ That’s what he should be focused on, and that’s what we’re trying to find out,” Turner explained.

Here, Turner stumbled onto the crux of the issue, but he did not articulate it fully. Leftists like Matthews have defended Obama in the wake of Benghazi by casting doubt on the idea that the president knew that the Internet video story was a hoax when it was first peddled by Susan Rice on national television. Unfortunately for Matthews, this “plausible deniability” has proved to be most certainly false. Both Obama and Clinton served up the same lies spewed by Rice on multiple occasions after the attack, well after it was known that it was the work of jihadists. Obama and Clinton even took the charade so far as to appear in a Pakistani ad campaign denouncing the video. Obama himself used the Internet video narrative in a speech before the United Nations. Turner’s response should have been that if Obama didn’t approve the lie himself and was somehow misled, where is the outrage? Where are the heads of the people responsible for this ruse? The fact of the matter is there are no hides to be had because it is inconceivable that the commander-in-chief was the last in the chain of command to know the truth.

As a former speechwriter for President Carter, Chris Matthews is well aware of how government agencies operate and he knows full well that there isn’t the remotest chance that Susan Rice, after a major attack on the U.S., unilaterally decided to promote the Muslim video angle. He simply doesn’t care. As far as Matthews is concerned, his sitting president and his 2016 presidential candidate of choice must also be protected at all costs — even if anything resembling journalistic integrity gets sacrificed in the process. Matthews has demonstrated a willingness to destroy his own credibility for the sake of currying favor with those in power. That’s what media whores do.

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  • pierce

    It is about time that Chris Mathews start taking some heat for anything he say or does. I am sure he is a lap dog for President Obama as he approves of just about everything BO says or does. I refuse to watch MSNBC, in part because of him, but also because there is no content. Advertisers must be desperate to get products before the public with MSNBC and Mathews. Thank you Arnold for pointing out what I have known for quite some time.

  • davarino

    Mathews is a nut, but sometimes he is fun to watch just for the incredulity. Rachael Madcow is another one that is fun to watch the mental gymnastics it takes to defend the indefencable

    • WBLFBROX

      Mathews/Madow: the top two comedy shows on television!

    • Maxie

      Matthews exhibits the standard Leftist tactic of accusing conservatives of lying and then demanding that they prove a negative: No, I'm not a liar, bigot, racist, homophobe, etc. and here's why . . . Conservatives invariably take the bait.

  • slider 96

    Look who 's talking …lol…Hannity , Limbaugh , Coulter , Weepy Boy Beck , Michele Malkin , Ben Shapiro ….man Matthews ain't got nothing on you teebaggers and conservatives ,when it comes to this subject .

    • objectivefactsmatter

      Look who 's talking …lol…Hannity , Limbaugh , Coulter , Weepy Boy Beck , Michele Malkin , Ben Shapiro ….man Matthews ain't got nothing on you teebaggers and conservatives ,when it comes to this subject .

      It's some times fun mocking drunk leftist lunatics, but it gets boring after a while.

    • Ashton

      Slider — you got any idea what a TEABAGGER is? I'm gay .. let me show u!

      • slider 96

        No thanks , save that for your partner .

        • objectivefactsmatter

          "No thanks , save that for your partner ."

          Only a bigot would try to use "teabagger" as a pejorative. Get fixated on fantasies much? Obviously you do.

    • pierce

      You have to be a died in the wool democrat. You come out with some of the dumbest comments I have ever seen, or heard,. You should learn to keep quiet, especially when it comes to this President. You don't know what you are talking about.

      • BS77

        Pierce…it's "dyed in the wool"….got it?

        • davarino

          Oh man you totally discredited him with that "wool" thing. I bet he doesnt know any of the other catch phrases you have neatly tucked away in your head, with the proper spelling and phrasiology. I bet he parts his hair on the right side also.

        • slider 96

          Shhhh , let him go on ,man !

      • objectivefactsmatter

        "You have to be a died in the wool democrat. "

        Nope. It's a lot worse than that. He's one of the superfreaks that dragged the DP in to communist-Islamic dhimmitude with his delusional hippy BS. If only he was a dyed-in-the-wool Democrat he might have recognized what the party has become; a bunch of pure traitors. But so is he. When you think of this lunatic, just think of the uber traitor Hanoi John Kerry but with less guts.

        The DP was always full of losers, but he's even radical by today's absurd standards.

    • Phil

      First of all, Chris Mathews is not a journalist and his show is not a news show. It is a partisan opinion show that does not believe that the truth matters and Mathews is the chief propagandist for Democrats and specifically Obama. Note that you never defended Mathews by presenting facts that showed his guests were wrong and Chris was right. What you basically are saying is that he has the right to lie and distort because the other side does it. In other words, as long as my guy lies it is all right but when the other side does it, it is a scandal. By the way, can you cite even 1 statement about Bengazi that excuses the refusal to provide more security by someone in the state department?

    • annie Walker

      THAT’S your argument? That’s it?

      Don’t strain the brain, lame.

      (sigh…)

    • Gislef

      Which of them consistently carried water for Bush and mindlessly defended everything he did?

  • slider 96

    It's fun mocking Sanctimonious ,Self Righteous ,Hypocrites .

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

      Hence the story on matthews.

    • Drakken

      Look in the mirror Sparky, you see a frothing at the mouth progressive/commi who thinks the govt can solve every problem you have, I just call you a subject.

      • pagegl

        He's just another sheep (perhaps in wolf's clothing), part of the herd mentality.

      • slider 96

        I just call you a wind-up parrot .Turn the key and …meme , meme , meme ….

    • Knucklehead

      This from just another Obama-sucking useful idiot.

      • slider 96

        You got the right name tag ….that's about all you got .Saved me the trouble .

  • flowerknife_us

    I was told a lie that I ended up telling everyone else Now I find out it was all a lie but I can't remember who it was that told me the lie in the first place..Everyone else under me were telling the same lie as well-to everybody.They can't seem to remember who told them either.

    The good thing it wasn't an ICBM coming our way..

    • slider 96

      It's a good thing that you're not in a position of anything that's meaningful.

      • flowerknife_us

        Unlike Obama-right?

  • Fred

    Of course. We never watch the white house news outlet msnbc. I understand before they report it must be approved by the white house. We spread the word about msnbc to everyone. Maybe that is why they have such low ratings.

    • slider 96

      No , you keep your bylines according to your idiot ideologues , like Beck and Rush . Yea that'll work huh ?

      • Drakken

        I would lay money that if Obummer was in front of you, that you would get down on your knees and blow him.

        • objectivefactsmatter

          "I would lay money that if Obummer was in front of you, that you would get down on your knees and blow him."

          Whenever he mentions "teabag" he's really dreaming about his idol 0'Bama. He must have heard about 0'Bama's favorite treats at the man's club in Chicago. Apparently he likes old white men.

          Slider probably will need to get a shower and haircut first, perhaps cosmetic surgery as well.

      • objectivefactsmatter

        "No , you keep your bylines according to your idiot ideologues , like Beck and Rush . Yea that'll work huh ?"

        "Beck" and "Rush" don't publish here as far as I know. OTOH, knowing your views I'd consider reading anyone that upsets you.

  • DigitheadRex

    Implausible deniability.

    • slider 96

      Yea that plays well around here …lol it's the soup de jour .

    • objectivefactsmatter

      "Implausible deniability."

      I like it.

      "What difference does it make?" They barely even try to deny their crimes. "It depends on your definition of the word 'is.'"

  • ElizabethMC

    Matthews is fine with the administration deciding what truths to tell us that serve them best politically, in effect keeping him in the dark. The man is a human mushroom.

    • Choi

      With a tingle up his leg

  • objectivefactsmatter

    "The Obama administration was merely putting the “best face” on a terrible situation, Matthews said. “But it didn’t cause Chris Stevens to be killed, it didn’t cause the guys being killed by the mortar fire in the second attack, it didn’t really cause any damage except to Mitt Romney,” he continued. “And how is that going to offend the public?” In other words, four deaths and a subsequent cover-up are no big deal."

    Tilting a presidential election with fraud is no big deal as long as it tilts left.

  • cal

    Isn't it amazing how Matthews and his ilks, believe the lies and question the truths?

  • Asher

    MSNBC is not a news organization, its a partisan propaganda outlet. Their viewership is low, 250, 000 give or take a few numbers, compared to millions who watch Fox.

    • Knucklehead

      Exactly. You may as well call it the SRM: State Run Media. Theyr'e about a half-step this side of Pravda.

  • onecornpone

    These people, like Matthews, et al, aren't practicing journalism. They are "B" grade actors, who are really only effective with the lo-info voter. For the rest of us they are merely a bad clown show.

  • Hank Rearden

    Hillary's "what difference, at this point, does it make" can be shortened to "so what?"

    And, of course, that can be your answer to anything.

    "Six Israelis were murdered last night in the West Bank."
    "So what?"

    "The IRS intimidated conservative groups before the last election."
    "So what?"

    Nixon should have been so lucky.

    • objectivefactsmatter

      "Hillary's "what difference, at this point, does it make" can be shortened to "so what?" And, of course, that can be your answer to anything."

      "So what" is the mantra of the left any time reality is mentioned.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

    I read the title and wondered which one of the MSNBC whores they would spotlight this time.

    There are so many to choose from.

  • EthanP

    Is it an act? Or is Chris really insane?

    • Choi

      He's just a dominated Lap Dog

    • Knucklehead

      Matthews is a prime example of a "useful idiot".

  • Quiet Please

    He had a seat behind BO & MO at another of the entertain the troops at the WH gigs. That's ALL that matters.

  • Jaladhi

    Matthews is leading the parade for Obama but he is not alone. The entire MSM is Obama's whore!!

    • slider 96

      Et Tu Faux-Fox .

      • Drakken

        How is that MNSBC thing working out for ya?

  • http://frontpage richard sherman

    MATTHEWS made clear years ago that whenever he hears Obama’s name he goes into a trance like state of sexual arousal….aka a babbling idiot.

  • guest

    These talking heads are so full of themselves they think they know what all americans are thinking,
    They are the real morons
    the american people can see through all of this, they heve more compassion, wisdom and common sense than any of these self proclaimed "elites"

  • SoCalMike

    Chris Matthiews needs pom poms and knee pads.
    He is not a reporter.
    Oh, and don’t forget the KY.

    • kafir4life

      Chris is tough. He doesn't need any KY. Besides, it's been said that President Stinky (BO) Benghazi has a pencil width Tony D.

  • BS77

    I go to MSNBC for laughs. Chris Matthews is a talking sock puppet…and funny as all get out when you watch his clown like antics, his foaming at the mouth intensity, his steam blowing anger and hyperbole….priceless. Great TV….but as serious journalism? Forgeddaboudit! MSNBC is the garbage pail of cable news.

  • John Little, Sr.

    Matthews and his minions need to heed Ayn Rand's aphorism that reads as follows: "Nothing separates you from the truth more than the strait-jacket of ideology."

    Cordially,
    John Little, Sr.

  • KSTAILEY

    JUAT CANNOT STAND THE TRUTH??????

  • Choi

    "Clinton’s character"?
    WHAT Character?
    And WHERE is Huma Abedin slinking these days?

    • kafir4life

      You can usually find Huma of the ummah about 2 feet above Hillary's cankles.

  • BLJ

    Matthews is a tool who needs to be knocked on his keister.

  • slider 96

    Yea lets put him in the ring with Fox and friends .

  • http://www.clarespark.com clarespark

    Chris Matthews is just another populist demagogue, and his politics are reflected in all of NBC television's programming. See http://clarespark.com/2012/09/10/index-to-blogs-o…. "blogs on populist demagoguery." Populists always claim to speak in the name of the people or of the public interest, but they are haters of the modern world, and worship good kings. And the good kings hold "the Jews" in check. Populism and antisemitism are hand in glove.

  • flowerknife_us

    Mathews could never admit that his Boy actually said to take Four Americans and call me in Morning. Even if it's in Vegas.

  • geneww1938

    I would like to commend the editor for refraining from use of veil descriptors when describing these fine specimens of evil, ill-informed raw sewage.

  • summ1

    Chris has had one leg tingle too many and now his condition appears to be a bit too premature if you get the drift….

  • Mahdi Al-Dajja

    I'm sure many of you have seen the age-old parody of the guy who turns into a fumbling, babbling idiot when a gorgeous woman walks by. Well, that's what happens to Chris Matthews when he sees a picture of Barack Obama.

  • Herb Benty

    Did Mathews blame Romney? Socialism rots the brain, obviously.

  • Herb Benty

    Mathews is a commie.

  • tanstaafl

    But…..But….Chris Matthews doesn't look a thing like Herr Geobbels!

  • 11bravo

    Arnold, you didn't tell us anything we don't already know.

  • Ellman

    Chris Matthews is the most dedicated hack the Obama administration, or any Democratic administration, can ever hope for. The only other hack who comes close is Juan Williams on FOX. These guys are making a living based solely on their advocacy for whatever Obama does or says. The only question remaining is whether they are receiving checks from the government or whether their kind of propaganda is all they are capable of. They seem normal enough but when you consistently ignore facts and justify incongruous actions one has to wonder if there may not be some mental condition at work in their zealotry.

  • kafir4life

    Does Chris Matthews EVER go on camera and not be stinkin' drunk?? Good lord! The man is the poster child for prohibition!

  • RUI

    Matthews is 0bama's official "colon-linguist".