Accuracy in Media

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On Monday, MSNBC’s Hardball host Chris Matthews jumped into the 2016 presidential race with a chart showing where he thought some of the potential Republican candidates stood on the political spectrum. He labeled New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie as “reasonable,” and former presidential candidate and Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum as “radical.”

Christie earned the “reasonable” tag from Matthews for governing more from the middle than the right, while Santorum is a “radical” for consistently adhering to his conservative pro-life views, even when it wasn’t popular to do so.

Matthews lumped Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, Jeb Bush and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker into the “Republican”—read establishment—category, though in Walker’s case that would be an insult. Sens. Rand Paul and Ted Cruz were labeled as “Right Wing” rather than Tea Party or conservative.

While Matthews is firmly in the Hillary Clinton camp for 2016, he has wasted no time in pushing a moderate like Chris Christie for the GOP nomination. Clearly he believes that would be better for Clinton than one of those scary right-wingers, or the more “radical” Santorum.





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