Chris Matthews: Hit List slander
I was watching MSNBC between 11:00-12:00 this morning and Chris was ranting about some democratic talking point that was racially smearing judge Alito. He couldn't identify where it came from, only that it was a despicable tactic being used by some unnamed democrats. The outrage of it all! I tried finding out what he was alluding to before I commented on it and then I saw Hunter's post: "An Ethnicity-Baiting Chris Matthews Flat-Out Lied." I'm not here to defend democrats the way Power line defends republicans, but this smelled fishy. I tuned in to Hardball to see this:
He immediately launched into this tirade against unnamed democrats that were supposedly bringing in Alito's Italian heritage into play because they listed a mob case that he lost. He sandbagged Howard Dean and Ben Nelson over these talking points, while giving Orrin Hatch some fuel to feign outrage with.(Why wouldn't they Chris? It goes to his qualifications as a prosecutor. He actually thought a list like this should contain cases he won.)
Hunter discovered: "Only one problem. Read the so-called "disgusting" memo. It doesn't say anything like that. Do a search. The word "Italian" isn't even in it. The whole so-called "outrage" has been a complete fabrication by Chris Matthews, by Matt Drudge, and by the perennially race-baiting right." Read the whole post.
Here's a memo to Chris from this Italian. By using the word "hit list" in your argument, you become the racist that disgusts you. That is offensive. You went on all last week about how the outing of Valerie Plame could just be normal, hard line politics, but suddenly a democratic talking point list is despicable? Can someone look up and see if Chris melted down over the GOP Terri Schiavo talking points that Power line tried so hard to discredit and was actually disgusting?
Matthews: You don't sense an ethnic aspect to this, the fact that he's Italian American they nailed-the number ONE issue against this guy is mob. You don't see that? (loose transcript)
Dean: I don't. (laughingly) No.
Matthews: I think everybody else does.
I think only you, Townhall and Matt Drudge do. Really Chris, I think you owe an apology on this one. I could see if it actually attacked his Italian heritage. Maybe if it said that the jury in the mafia case was turned off because Alito had garlic breath. I'd be mad too, but give me a break.
Another Italian blogger gets involved...