Ed Driscoll

Civility! Just NBC the Anger

“Witnesses: MSNBC Producer Assaulted Chris Matthews Heckler for ‘Tingle’ Taunt:”

Matthews was hosting a show at a makeshift outdoor stage near the Tampa Bay Times Forum after Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney accepted his party’s nomination. During a break, two men shouted, “Hey Chris, how’s that tingle up your leg.” The comment was a reference to Matthews’ 2008 comment that a Barack Obama speech sent a “thrill up his leg.”

According to witnesses, a shoving match ensued.

“Then this short dude who works for MSNBC pushed them,” said Toby David, who came to the defense of the two hecklers. “One of them was smiling and didn’t know it was coming, and the guy just shoved him,” added Kim Churchman, another witness. […]

The MSNBC employee identified himself to The Hollywood Reporter as a producer but did not supply his name and referred THR to press relations. An MSNBC spokesperson did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

In other MSNBC news, “A House panel is calling on the U.S. Department of Labor to turn over all records involving a half-million dollar contract funded through President Obama’s $831 billion stimulus program that paid for more than 100 commercials on MSNBC touting a ‘green jobs’ initiative.”

Whatever happens in November, the legacy media have certainly crowned themselves in glory this week.