Accuracy in Media

MSNBC Hardball host Chris Matthews shocked viewers last night when he abruptly retired at the beginning of his program saying the time had come for “younger generations” to take over.

“The younger generation is out there, ready to take the reins. You see them in politics, in the media and fighting for their causes. They are improving the workplace. We’re talking here about better standards than we grew up with — fair standards,” Matthews said. “A lot of it has to do with how we talk to each other. Compliments on a woman’s appearance that some men, including me, might have once incorrectly thought were okay, were never okay. Not then and certainly not today. And for making such comments in the past, I am sorry.”

The latter remarks were directed at journalist Laura Bassett, who penned an opinion piece that appeared in GQ on Friday in which she outlined Matthews’ long history of making sexist comments to women.

Bassett wrote that in 2017 she was in the makeup room before appearing on Hardball when Matthews looked over from the chair next to hers and said: “Why haven’t I fallen in love with you yet?”

She said she laughed nervously but didn’t say anything and Matthews told the makeup artists to“Keep putting makeup on her, I’ll fall in love with her.”

On another occasion, Matthews complimented her on the red dress she was wearing for her segment asking Bassett, “You going out tonight?”
Matthews had also been under fire for his recent interview with Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren (Mass.) for grilling her for one of her lines of attack against fellow candidate Michael Bloomberg dealing with pregnancy discrimination, asking Warren if she thought Bloomberg was lying.
In addition to the sexism charges, Matthews was forced to apologize on-air after he compared Sen. Bernie Sanders’ (Vt.) rise after the Nevada caucuses to that of the Nazis as well as other negative comments about Sanders who he feared would guarantee Trump’s reelection if he became the Democratic nominee for president.
The New York Post’s Page Six is reporting that possible replacements for Matthews include MSNBC’s Steve Kornacki, Joy Reid and former Fox News anchor Shepard Smith, who will not be available until the summer when his non-compete agreement expires.

 




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