2. Chris Matthews
Matthews, host of MSNBC’s Hardball, is an almost perfect example of an obsessive Palin hater. Starting from 2008, when Palin was highlighted on the national scene, Matthews consistently, obsessively focused on her.
To list each and every example would take pages upon pages, considering Matthews has his own show to freely indulge in his rather unhealthy hatred for Palin. So let’s just take a quick glance at a few of Matthews’ most egregious displays of open hostility.
The Media Research Center provides the following questions that Matthews asked Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz on his Hardball show on October 2, 2008, in reference to Palin’s intelligence going into the vice presidential debate against Joe Biden:
“Well do you think cute will beat brains? ” and “Do you think she’d do better on the questions on ‘Jeopardy’ or the interview they do during a halftime?”
Following the debate Matthews called Palin a “dolt” for looking into the cameras while answering questions.
Examples from 2009 show Matthews questioning Palin’s ability to read and write, in reference to her upcoming book. “If she can read, if she can write, she’ll make some money,” the progressive talk show host said. He went on to say that “the question is who actually will write the Palin book. The only politician I know who can write is Barack Obama.” In May of the same year he expanded on that theme by, apparently believing he was pretty funny, saying “Sarah Palin — now, don’t laugh — is writing a book. Not just reading a book, writing a book.”
I will end Matthews’ 2009 examples with his August question: “Is Sarah Palin a Poster Girl for Racism?”
In 2010 Matthews’ rhetoric hit a fever pitch when he spent 12 minutes attacking Palin on one segment of Hardball, with quotes like “can a palm reader be president?” (referring to crib notes on Palin’s hand with talking points) and “is she a balloon head?” He also said that Palin had an “attack dog persona,” whatever that may mean. Other rants from Matthews call Palin, “frightening”, “an empty vessel”, and, like his colleague at MSNBC Keith Olbermann, he says she “has nothing going on mentally.”
The reason Matthews seems to be reaching this extreme tipping point towards Palin obsession in 2010 is that he believes Palin could very well become the GOP nominee for president in 2010. (He also mentioned in that show that the media would try to destroy her.)
All this and much more has earned Chris Matthews the number two spot of the Top 10 Palin haters.
And now it’s time for the number one. Of all the Palin-haters out there, who’s the worst of them all? Who’s so blinded by his hatred that he doesn’t even realize he’s making an ass out of himself? Which pundit is so obsessed with the former Alaska governor that even his friends fear he’s losing his sanity?
It can only be one man, namely…