Accuracy in Media

On Thursday’s Hardball on MSNBC, Chris Matthews took a swipe at CEOs who have announced cost-cutting measures now that they know Obamacare will not be repealed.

Matthews’ targets were Robert Murray, CEO of Murray Energy, who has announced that his company will lay off 156 employees; Papa John’s CEO John Schnatter, whose company will reduce workers’ hours to stay below the Obamacare insurance threshold; and John Metz, the owner of 40 Denny’s franchises in Florida, who announced plans to add a 5% Obamacare surcharge to customers’ bills to cover the added costs to his business.

The segment was labeled, Horrible Bosses? Matthews’ goal was to paint these CEOs as bad or evil for taking what he obviously feels are unnecessary actions in an effort to comply with Obamacare.

But Murray, Schnatter and Metz are just the tip of the iceberg. Restaurant chains Red Lobster and Olive Garden are also planning on cutting back employees’ hours and will likely be followed by many others as they realize the onerous costs imposed upon them under Obamcare.

It’s those costs that are inconvenient facts to liberals like Matthews, who prefer to attack CEOs for doing what they need to do to keep their businesses viable, instead of admit that Obamacare is a very real threat to our economy and future job growth.


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