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The Top 10 Political Jive Turkeys of 2010

Posted on November 24 2010 8:00 am
Diane Schrader, a former television news writer/producer, lives with her family in Los Angeles. She likes a nice cup of tea. Follow her on Twitter.

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Some years back, the term “turkey” was more popularly employed to describe some type of loser. “That guy – what a turkey!” someone might say derisively. A colorful variation from the 70s was the “jive turkey” – someone untrustworthy who was full of that stuff Olbermann says conservatives play with – but more on him in a moment.

As we prepare to baste our birds and enjoy our annual tribute to the Pilgrims, Indians, and Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade, let us briefly turn our attention to the jive turkeys of 2010 – in other words, liars who are full of “it.”

10. Chris Matthews

The tingly thrill up the leg guy did not disappoint in ’10. He started off the year suggesting that voter fraud’s a nifty method to keep the Right out of power. Around that same time, he forgot that President Obama was black, but the really evil part of that whole debacle was his blatant lying (the “jive” part of jive turkey) about how the president was healing the racial divide. He compared Republicans to murderous Communists (which is kind of funny if you think about it) and also compared Republican rhetoric to re-education camps (which is hilarious if you think about it). I mean, does he not realize that he’s a (tiny) part of the greatest Leftist re-education effort in history, currently being undertaken within the corrupt triumvirate of mainstream media, academia, and the entertainment industry? Guess he doesn’t.

Matthews is a pompous blowhard (the “turkey” part of jive turkey) and like many pompous blowhards (see #9, below), he projects. In one case, he didn’t appreciate how the Republicans were just saying “no.” But he reached the zenith of his career hypocrisy, general nastiness and complete inability to function on any level as a journalist with his mockery of Rep. Michele Bachmann on election night (although to be fair, that was a very, very bad night for him):

Next: a talky turkey who won’t shut up…

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