Ed Driscoll

Chris Matthews: 'I Hate Even-Handed, So-Called Objective Journalism'

Boy, does Chris work for the right network, or what?

But before we get to Matthews, some background from British journalist James Delingpole of the London Telegraph. Delingpole visits New York; gets immediately exposed to Krauthammer’s Law, when he asks “why it is that liberal-lefties manage to be so utterly wrong about everything,” and a presumably American libertarian friend replies, “Because they’re stupid:”

“No really they’re stupid because they’re not interested in facts. They just want to construct their pretty little narrative about the world, regardless of whether or not it has any bearing on reality. And then they want to dump it on us. And ruin our lives. So not just stupid but evil too.”

Well, you know me: what a big-hearted, sensitive, caring, emollient kind of guy I am. I thought these words were harsh, really harsh. But that was before I saw this video.

It features Chris Matthews, one of America’s most popular liberal talk show hosts, talking to a liberal journalist from liberal blogsite Salon called Joan Walsh and another liberal journalist from liberal Rolling Stone magazine on the liberal politics programme Hardball. And guess what these liberals believe the problem with Climate Change is? Go on: think of the most stupid, reality-denying, fact-ignoring, evidence-torturing tosh anyone involved in the media could possibly have to say on the subject. (H/T  Climate Depot)

Yes, that’s right.

They think that the naughty yellow pixies who pull the special, magic Climat-O-Levers which control the weather have been paid by evil capitalists with fat cigars in their mouth and $ signs on their pinstripe suits to make the world’s climate all horrid so that poor, underprivileged and disabled people and endangered creatures suffer – and that the reason we don’t know about it is because the media is run by evil Conservatives who want to keep this truth a secret.

Well, almost. What these liberal opinion-formers actually think – and you’ve really got to hand it to them: not even a lobotomised amoeba could beat them in a competition for dumbest creature on the planet, these three are absolute champs, Matthews especially, make no mistake – is as follows.

They think the main reasons for the public’s growing scepticism on Climate Change are 1. The media has been far too balanced on the subject and is not pushing the eco-message hard enough. 2. Big business is funding Climate Denialism. 3. Evil Conservatives – led by Evil Talk Show Hosts Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck – are deliberately telling lies about Climate Change. 4. The Republican party is “anti-science”.

My favourite bit is the one where Chris Matthews, who I believe takes himself seriously as a journalist, declares: “I hate that even-handed, so-called objective journalism. You know, you can’t say something isn’t true if it’s true….”

This isn’t exactly a new discovery for Matthews of course; as a headline at legacy industry publication Editor & Publisher trumpeted in 2007, “Climate Change: Get Over Objectivity, Newspapers.”

Thus pretty much setting the stage for how the industry covered the presidential election the following year — to which Michelle Obama said thanks, earlier today.

Update: Tim Blair adds, “In fact, our souls are evil. That’s what gives us our supernatural powers, enabling us to transform mere unpleasant emails into full-on death threats.”

Speaking of which: death threats, you say?

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