Matthews Mans A Station

Looks like he may be sticking with it for a while:

In an emotional interview with POLITICO tonight, MSNBC host Chris Matthews defended his spirited attack against RNC Chairman Reince Priebus, in which he alleged that the Republican party was guilty of playing the race card against President Barack Obama.

“It is obvious that this is something I care passionately about: race was abused by white politicians in my lifetime, including Reagan. For someone to come on the program and deny that this is part of their process, I couldn’t take that,” Matthews said. “This is something I really, deeply believe in. We grew up in a country where appeals to race have been awful, terrible. This language — we are beyond this. It had to be called out.”

Particularly telling is how Rinse Deletus responded to the opportunity to expand on his party’s tactics:

Matthews said he met with Priebus after the show and asked him to come on tonight’s edition of MSNBC’s Hardball, which Matthews hosts, to “continue the conversation.” Priebus, Matthews says, told him he had 23 events tonight and couldn’t make it.

But Matthews has no illusions about where Priebus stands.

“Like [H.L.] Mencken said, ‘Never argue with somebody whose job depends on not being convinced,'” Matthews said.

Nice to see someone calling it for what it is…we need more journalism and less stenography.


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