Matthews Bites The Politico That Feeds Him Cheney

It’s delightful to see someone in the media go after Politico for their stenography. J-Mart looked like the cat who ate the canary having to dodge the question about how Dick Cheney was using Politico as his conduit. And there’s simply no excuse for it. Cheney uses Politico because he knows they won’t challenge him in any meaningful way or even ask him a follow-up question, preferring to just be a printing press for the “Cheney Times” pamphlet. Maybe there’s a content-sharing agreement; we didn’t learn that on this go-round.

But I think of all the people to hit Politico for this, the last person qualified to do so is Chris Matthews. This is the guy who takes Cheney’s blast fax to Politico and turns it into a 20-minute segment, over multiple days, every time. Sure, he may criticize the former Vice President, but if there’s no such thing as bad publicity, Matthews is Cheney’s Col. Tom Parker. And he allows Cheney to drive the discussion on his show the moment he utters a word to Politico.

Here’s an 8 minute Hardball segment on Cheney from December 9. Here’s 9 more minutes on December 1. Another 9 minutes on October 28. And 9 more on October 23. And this. And this.

I’d be willing to bet that every time Politico rents out some space to Dick Cheney, Chris Matthews dutifully puts it on the air. And yes, he’ll have people in to criticize the soundbites, and he’ll jump in himself, and whatever poor fool defending Fourthbranch will be overwhelmed. But the guy will get his message out. It’s almost like Hardball is being… well, used, as almost a… conduit.

Matthews has never been the most self-aware person, but I wish somebody else would take the lead on criticizing Politico for reacting to every utterance of a disgraced former Vice President by giving him valuable media space.

Matthews Bites The Politico That Feeds Him Cheney

It’s delightful to see someone in the media go after Politico for their stenography. J-Mart looked like the cat who ate the canary having to dodge the question about how Dick Cheney was using Politico as his conduit. And there’s simply no excuse for it. Cheney uses Politico because he knows they won’t challenge him in any meaningful way or even ask him a follow-up question, preferring to just be a printing press for the “Cheney Times” pamphlet. Maybe there’s a content-sharing agreement; we didn’t learn that on this go-round.

But I think of all the people to hit Politico for this, the last person qualified to do so is Chris Matthews. This is the guy who takes Cheney’s blast fax to Politico and turns it into a 20-minute segment, over multiple days, every time. Sure, he may criticize the former Vice President, but if there’s no such thing as bad publicity, Matthews is Cheney’s Col. Tom Parker. And he allows Cheney to drive the discussion on his show the moment he utters a word to Politico.

Here’s an 8 minute Hardball segment on Cheney from December 9. Here’s 9 more minutes on December 1. Another 9 minutes on October 28. And 9 more on October 23. And this. And this.

I’d be willing to bet that every time Politico rents out some space to Dick Cheney, Chris Matthews dutifully puts it on the air. And yes, he’ll have people in to criticize the soundbites, and he’ll jump in himself, and whatever poor fool defending Fourthbranch will be overwhelmed. But the guy will get his message out. It’s almost like Hardball is being… well, used, as almost a… conduit.

Matthews has never been the most self-aware person, but I wish somebody else would take the lead on criticizing Politico for reacting to every utterance of a disgraced former Vice President by giving him valuable media space.