During this morning’s edition of Reliable Sources panelists Jennifer Rubin and John Aravosis got into a heated debate over whether MSNBC host Chris Matthews was “unhinged” last week in his coverage of the Republican National Convention.
After playing a clip of Matthews accusing Republican Party chairman Reince Priebus of playing the race card and engaging in the “foreignization” of President Barack Obama, host Howard Kurtz whether this “went too far.”
“He was out of control,” Rubin replied. “I think MSNBC has to decide whether they want to be liberal or whether they want to be unhinged.”
Rubin, a conservative columnist for the Washington Post, explained that she doesn’t mind MSNBC’s political leftism but that there is “a level of rudeness, a level of unprofessionality” among some of the network’s personalities.
Liberal commentator Aravosis defended Matthews, saying that “what you saw Chris Matthews do is what Chris Matthews does. I’ve been on Hardball a few times. He yells, interrupts, he pushes you really hard questions. Chris Matthews is not a polite interviewer that asks you once and you get away with it.”
“If you think the RNC chairman is foreignizing, as you put it, what are you supposed to do? Not call him out on it?” he added.
“You’re supposed to make your point and then let the man answer the question,” Rubin responded before the panel engaged in a bit of crosstalk. Aravosis cited Fox personalities like Sean Hannity and Bill O’Reilly as similar examples of TV anchors who are often aggressive with their guests.
“The difference,” said Rubin, “Fox has real news people reporting, MSNBC has these people anchoring the coverage. Fox has fair news people like like Bret Baier. They put out Chris Matthews as their news person?”
Aravosis corrected Rubin, noting that the Matthews soundbite in question came from his guest appearance on Morning Joe, but Rubin responded that “it’s the same thing. He has diminished his own credibility.”
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