I read some of the silly stuff — the scaredy cats who hate Fox and think that there is some giant conspiracy inside Fox where we anchors gather in some dark room and are told what to say. Really? I can tell you my experience: in 11 1/2 years that has never happened (incidentally, it did not happen in my about 10 years at CNN.) I suppose the truth – as opposed to the slurs – doesn’t make for good copy, won’t sell, won’t create that sought after buzz that people think enhances their careers. Hence stuff is made up.
….but I digress…
I just read something that stunned me. It is below. I am stunned because, while no one has ever told me in 11 1/2 years what to say (I would walk out and those who know me know that to be true.) I have also not been weak to some amorphous “group pressure.” I now read that it DOES HAPPEN at MS/NBC – or so it is alleged by one of their anchors! Chris Matthews admits to ‘group pressure’ at MS/NBC. That is really awful that it happens there or that he feels it is going on. It makes no difference if it does actually happen or not – it is in Chris Matthews mind that it does. Hence his views and questions and statements – are poisoned. You are not getting pure facts or conviction from him — you are getting showbiz and manipulation. See below.
I hate cable news anchor feuds and swipes. Usually – not always – they are stupid fights and slaps - started by one anchor looking to create buzz and more ratings for himself or herself. I don’t (or rarely) take the first swipe. I have never said anything derogatory about Chris Matthews.
So why bother to respond? Because it is now on the internet what he says about me and it is wrong. It needs to be corrected. Matthews makes stuff up about me and unless I answer it, it lives unanswered on the internet for ever and some may falsely take it to be true. Of course I can’t take up every slur about me on the internet but when I see one that goes to the heart of my work, I must. His false comments are about the quality of my work and my personal convictions….and my integrity. That matters to me. I am guessing that Matthews thinks in some pathetic way that it makes him look better if he accuses others of his own failings. Sort of like, “we all do it.” “Well Chris, we don’t all do it. You do it.” Those are not my failings. Those are his. Matthews may be weak and worried about his job - but I am not weak, and never have been. Matthews may be for sale, I am not.
I should add one other thing….Matthews willingness to accuse me of his own failings compels me to point out his injustice to his colleagues as he tries to drag them down as also pawns of MS/NBC. He casts a wide net — and I thought it only fair the I tell you my experience with his colleagues. I have been around the block so I know many of them and know them well – including MS/NBC Andrea Mitchell and Rachel Maddow. You may not agree with either one or you may agree with both or you may agree with only one of them — but I will tell you this: neither woman is for sale no matter how much Chris Matthews wants to suggest that. Matthews may be for sale. They are not. I know that. I don’t believe they succumb to ‘group pressure’ – I believe they act with their own convictions in their own work.
If I were his colleague, I would be furious at him for trying to paint me with his broad brush about himself.
Here is the story with Matthews tragic admission:
In a wide-ranging interview with Ora.TV host Larry King, MSNBC host Chris Matthews admitted that the hosts on the liberal cable news network are under “group pressure” to display a more liberal partisan slant. He added that this directive is not unique to MSNBC. Other cable networks, Matthews said, are under the same pressure to exhibit personality and display their points of view.
“I’m watching Fox,” Matthews told King. “Will Megyn Kelly be able to stay in the middle or will she move over? Will she have to move over? Look at Greta [Van Susteren]. Greta was more center-left now she’s moved over.”
“There’s a lot of group pressure in those places,” he added. “In any place you work.” CLICK HERE