We know that the media are liberal. But it’s important to remember that with the liberalism comes arrogance. Exhibit number one is NBC reporter Andrea Mitchell, whose most recent claim to fame is being married to Federal Reserve Board chairman Alan Greenspan. Sitting in for the equally arrogant Chris Matthews on his Hardball show, Mitchell derided the officials in the cabinet of President Bush, saying they are not “exactly the best and the brightest.”
We found biographies of Mitchell on several web sites, including speakers bureaus that market her around the country for big bucks. But none of them referred to her educational background. Eventually, we discovered a report that she earned a BA in English literature from the University of Pennsylvania.
Let’s compare that with Dr. Condoleezza Rice, Bush’s national security adviser who has been nominated as Secretary of State. She earned her bachelor’s degree in political science, cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, from the University of Denver in 1974; her master’s from the University of Notre Dame in 1975; and her Ph.D. from the Graduate School of International Studies at the University of Denver in 1981. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and has been awarded honorary doctorates from Morehouse College in 1991, the University of Alabama in 1994, the University of Notre Dame in 1995, the National Defense University in 2002, the Mississippi College School of Law in 2003, the University of Louisville and Michigan State University in 2004.
Compare that to Andrea Mitchell’s BA degree in English literature. And she has the audacity to insinuate that Dr. Rice is mediocre. Unfortunately, we have come to expect this kind of “journalism” from the Chris Matthews Hardball show, and that’s why we rarely watch it. But it’s good to know that some on the left also see through Matthews and his game. Over at the Counterpunch web site, Alexander Cockburn and Jeffrey St. Clair write that Matthews began his “carefully calculated career” by trying to “market himself as a syndicated columnist and telepundit. Positioning himself as a right-of-center liberal, Matthews habitually eschewed fact for opinion, and is regarded by many op-ed editors as a self-serving blowhard with an exceptionally keen eye for the main chance.”
The “right-of-center liberal” label refers to how Matthews got some respect from conservatives for being semi-tough on Bill Clinton’s scandalous presidency and disgraceful and immoral conduct with women. But that fairness went out the window when Matthews used his show to push John Kerry for president. He attacked the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth and anybody who defended them, including author and columnist Michelle Malkin. She described how she was ambushed by Matthews, who hit her with spittle during one exchange.
Then there was Senator Zell Miller, who was so outraged by Matthews’ treatment of him that he wished he could challenge Matthews to a duel. Of course, Matthews has used that exchange as a selling point, as a badge of honor for his brand of journalism. Andrea Mitchell makes a good substitute for Matthews; they have the same obnoxious style.