It’s an interesting decision for the Hardball host, moving away from the Washington D.C. confines and getting a chance to conduct a truly news-making, exclusive interview.
Matthews will anchor from Jerusalem today and tomorrow, with his Biden interview airing tomorrow and Wednesday. Chuck Todd will fill as guest host Wednesday-Friday.
No one would confuse Matthews with an objective journalist, and he certainly was a fan of the Obama/Biden ticket during the campaign. But he also hasn’t held back from criticizing the administration. It will be interesting to see how the interview goes. If it was another of his MSNBC colleagues, like Andrea Mitchell or Todd (more obvious choices to make the trip), the interview would be sure to hit on the important issues and present them objectively. Matthews’ style means there is a greater unknown about tone.
The MSNBC host previously interviewed Biden in 2007.
The Jerusalem trip is an important one politically. Reuters reports:
Biden, the most senior U.S. official to visit since Israel President Barack Obama took office in January 2009, is widely expected to caution his hosts not to attack Iran pre-emptively while world powers pursue fresh sanctions against Tehran.
Hardball airs at 5pmET and is replayed at 7pmET.
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