Guess who has come out in support of Chris Matthews, who resigned from his MSNBC show Hardball following many allegations of inappropriate behavior towards women, not to mention his highly inflammatory and offensive Nazi analogies against Bernie Sanders?
Yes, it is that champion of free speech and critic of political correctness, Bill Maher. The way he minimizes Matthews’s conduct is typical of such apologists.
“A friend of mine lost his job this week,” Maher began the monologue for his HBO show, “Real Time with Bill Maher,” adding that he will miss Matthews and “a lot of other people will, too.”
Matthews’ objectifying treatment of women in his orbit has been known to media insiders (and outsiders) for years, but fresh criticism helped to push him out the door.
Maher ― who gets away with his late-night comments because he is ostensibly a comedian ― found this all very upsetting … for Matthews.
“MSNBC used to run this thing, ‘This is who we are.’ Well, I didn’t like who you were this week, and I don’t think a lot of people who work there liked this ether, and I think this ‘cancel culture’ is a cancer on progressivism,” Maher said, in a rant first reported on by the Daily Beast.
“Liberals always have to fight a two-front war. Republicans only have to fight the Democrats. Democrats have to fight the Republicans, and each other.”
He then ran through the alarming comments Matthews made about Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), in which Matthews compared the senator’s campaign to the Nazis taking France during WWII. Matthews later apologized for what he said, which Maher acknowledged before adding a sarcastic quip: “I hope the victims got some closure.”
The host then whined that Matthews was criticized simply for being “mean” in his interview with Warren and had been branded “plainly a Klansman” for mixing up two Black politicians.
“You know, I just, guys are married for a million years, they want to flirt for two seconds. He said to somebody, Laura Bassett, four years ago, she’s in makeup, he said, ‘Why haven’t I fallen in love with you yet?’” Maher said.
“Yes, it is creepy,” he added, before turning cruelly sarcastic. “She said, ‘I was afraid to name him at the time out of fear of retaliation. I’m not afraid anymore.’ Thank you, Rosa Parks. I mean, Jesus fucking Christ! I guess my question is: Do you wonder how Democrats lose?”
No, Bill, there is only one war, and that is to have people be treated respectfully and decently and equally. Why is that so hard to understand? Matthews did not have just one bad incident laid at his feet. He has a history of consistently doing such things. It is just that at some point, it became just too much for even his bosses at MSNBC and they felt that they had to gently show him the door.
Many of us perfectly understand that we can win elections by treating certain groups like dirt. The prime example is Donald Trump. Do you really think that that is a price worth paying?