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Friday Talking Points [53] -- Why McCain Is Losing, And Why Democrats Shouldn't Say So

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

John McCain is losing the race for the White House. Now, this doesn't mean he has already lost it -- we've still got to go vote, after all. I'll cov...

Bachmann Backpedals From "Anti-American" Comment, Blames Media

Jane Devin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Jane Devin

Bachmann made a pointed accusation, defended it, and when faced with the politically disastrous consequences, took a page out of Palin's tired right-wing notebook and blamed the media.

Last week I took on Michelle Bachmann -- Now the Red-Baiting Rep. Might Lose Her Job

Katrina vanden Heuvel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Katrina vanden Heuvel

The backlash to Bachmann's (and McCain-Palin's) politics of fear is reason for hope, and it also looks as though it might lead to this right-wing ideologue's well-deserved defeat in November.

MSNBC Taken In By Right-Wing Smear Machine

Edward Rotchford | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Edward Rotchford

The "Hardball" crew took the bait, ending its show Monday with an interview of representatives of, an organization that a mere 15 minutes on the Web can tell you stinks to high heaven.

Corrupting Habit

Kevin Morris and Glenn Altschuler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Kevin Morris and Glenn Altschuler

Since the fall of 1969, media discourse has been dominated by debates about the news as a spin zone. But we think this argument over bias has obscured a far more fundamental reality.

Is John McCain Responsible for His Own Negative Campaign?

Robert Schlesinger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Schlesinger

It's McCain's campaign, not Steve Schmidt's or Mark Salter's or anyone else's. We might joke otherwise, but John McCain does take credit for his bizarre ads.

Chris Matthews Calls Osama Bin Laden "Obama" During Terror Discussion

Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Today on MSNBC's "Hardball," which aired live at 5pm, Chris Matthews was joined by Andrea Mitchell and Chuck Todd for a discussion about Charlie Black...

A Big Slip of Chris Matthews' Quick Tongue

Carol Felsenthal | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Carol Felsenthal

Matthews audibly groaned when he slipped, meaning to say that a tape came out of the Osama HQ just before the election in 2004 had hurt Kerry and helped Bush -- but saying, instead, "Obama."

Harball Flirts With Women Voters

Scott Swenson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Scott Swenson

If Chris Matthews and the mainstream media want to add something productive to the reproductive rights debate, they should move off the 70's polarization created by the far-right.

MSNBC Pulls "Inappropriate" Michelle Obama "Hardball" Ad Depicting Silhouetted Female Dancers (VIDEO)

Huffington Post | Danny Shea | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

MSNBC ran an ad for "Hardball" Thursday morning teasing a segment on Michelle Obama's image makeover. The ad featured background artwork of female si...

Election 2008: The Race Election

Dan Treul | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Dan Treul

There is something culturally sick about defining such a critical election along racial lines alone. This election should not be a referendum on black and white. It should be a referendum on the Bush years.

Chris Matthews Dons A Cowboy Hat (VIDEO)

Huffington Post | Danny Shea | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Why did Chris Matthews put on a cowboy hat during Monday night's "Hardball?" Was he finally so tired of hair-dye mix-ups that he opted for the cove...

Jason Linkins

Chris Matthews Eviscerates Right-Wing Host Kevin James Over Obama "Appeasement" Claims | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Utterly insane goings-on tonight on Hardball, where, for the second night in a row, the "Hardball Sideshow" segment was preceded by a scene that way o...

Chris Matthews Vouches For Black People's Work Ethic

Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

On Friday's "Hardball" Chris Matthews discussed Hillary Clinton's comment about hard-working white people with Tucker Carlson and former San Francisco...

Chris Matthews Debuts New Hairdo

Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

MSNBC host Chris Matthews took to the airwaves Thursday night with a new 'do. The normally bleach blond Matthews, host of "Hardball," now has noticeab...

Jason Linkins

Chris Matthews Declares The PA Polls Closed Thirty Minutes Early | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

In the clearest sign yet that tonight is going to be a long night for the media, Chris Matthews got a familiar quiver up his leg and without warning, ...

Senator Hardball?

Robert Schlesinger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Schlesinger

Forget Pennsylvania's primary, let's think ahead to the Keystone State's 2010 senate race -- it could include Chris Matthews.

Fox & Friends' Steve Doocy Congratulates His Son For Asking McCain Question About Hillary's Drinking

Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Yesterday when Chris Matthews interviewed John McCain at Villanova University as part of the "Hardball" College Tour, a junior named Peter Doocy asked...

Obama Jokes About The Comedic Value Of Cable News

Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Barack Obama was the special guest on the Hardball College Tour with Chris Matthews on Wednesday. When Matthews asked the Democratic frontrunner when ...

Tucker Carlson And Chris Matthews On Drinking Boilermakers

Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

On Hardball Tuesday, Tucker Carlson and Chris Matthews got a little sidetracked while talking about the upcoming Pennsylvannia primary. Specifically, ...

Chris Matthews Really Plays Hardball, Demands New Guest Name Sources For Obama Claim

Huffington Post | Rachel Sklar and Danny Shea | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Wow - talk about playing Hardball. Tonight Chris Matthews absolutely went off on guest Crystal McCreary Anthony, host of BET-J's "My Two Cents", deman...

Marc Cooper

McCain Lawyer's Long History Of Spin | Marc Cooper | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Beleagured GOP candidate John McCain's choice for personal lawyer in the emerging favors-for-lobbyist scandal, Bob Bennett, has a long record of defe...

Chris Matthews A Prime Target For Clinton Supporters

AP | DAVID BAUDER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

He's become the target for critics who think a backlash against the media played a part in Hillary Clinton's surprise win in New Hampshire. Chris Matt...

Chris Matthews Calls Hillary Ad Sweet, Sexy, Delightful & More

Huffington Post | Katherine Thomson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Chris Matthews analyzed Hillary Clinton's latest campaign ad today on "Hardball" and boy is he fan! Among the adjectives used are sweet, sexy, mellifl...

Chris Matthews Asked About Clinton Endorsers' Willingness "To Become Castratos In The Eunuch Chorus"

MediaMatters | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

On the December 17 edition of MSNBC's Hardball, host Chris Matthews claimed: "Every day I pick up the paper and there's another quote out there from s...