MSNBC president Phil Griffin paid Chris Matthews the ultimate compliment when he said that the blustery host is considered a “national treasure” at the network:
Chris is now either the No. 1 or 2 guy every night since we moved him to 7 p.m.,” said Griffin, referring to Matthews new time slot at the network. “He also beats everybody in the competition — meaning Fox, our big challenger — one out of three nights. And we hope to do that regularly. It’s impressive what he’s done. We call him a national treasure at MSNBC. If you’ve ever seen Chris at an airport, you know what that means. Everyone comes up to him.
Griffin made his remarks Tuesday night at a book party for Matthews’ new book, Tip and the Gipper: When Politics Worked.
As usual, Griffin was off the mark.
Since Fox News introduced its new lineup on October 7th, Matthews has won just one night—October 7th—and as of Wednesday has finished second for six straight nights. I’m no math whiz, but even I can tell that that’s not winning one of three nights, as Griffin states.
Matthews doesn’t even have the top-rated show on MSNBC—that dubious honor goes to Rachel Maddow.
He may be popular at MSNBC and with his liberal audience, but a national treasure? Hardly.