Matthews Contradicts Himself by Airing ‘Right-Wing’ Attack on Rand Paul


Earlier today, after Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) made his 2016 presidential campaign official, Chris Matthews appeared on MSNBC and likely surprised some viewers by defending the candidate against what he sees as unfair attack ads from the “hawkish” wing of the Republican Party.

Referring to third party ads that portray Paul as an isolationist, Matthews actually criticized his own network’s coverage, saying, “I wouldn’t talk about these ads and I certainly wouldn’t put them on for free.” He added, “Stop running right-wing ads for free on our network.”

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But by this evening, just a few minutes into his Hardball hour at 7 p.m. ET, Matthews was doing just that.

“The same right-wing group that engineered the ‘Swiftboat’ attack on John Kerry back 11 years ago, is trying to torpedo Rand Paul,” Matthews told his viewers. “The group, called the Foundation for a Secure and Prosperous America — isn’t that wonderful? — refused to declare its donors, of course, it’s spending a million dollar in dark money on a smear ad they say will run 80 to 90 times every day in very early primary states and caucus states.”

From there, Matthews aired more than 20 seconds of the ad, for free, in which an ominous narrator calls Paul “wrong” and “dangerous” for “siding with Obama” because “even one Iranian bomb would be a disaster.”

It is unclear whether it was Matthews’ choice or that of a higher-up MSNBC producer to include the ad in the segment — and the host noticeably kept his arms crossed for the duration of his report — but on a fundamental level he directly contradicted a strongly-worded assertion he had made just hours earlier.

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