Chris Matthews Insults Bishop Tobin

Catholic League president Bill Donohue comments on the way MSNBC host Chris Matthews handled his interview with Providence Bishop Thomas Tobin last night on “Hardball”:

We were deluged with phone calls, faxes and e-mails after what happened yesterday on “Hardball.” After watching the first portion of the interview between Chris Matthews and Bishop Tobin, I wondered what all the fuss was all about: Chris was just being his usual aggressive self. But it didn’t take long before Matthews literally spun out of control.

Matthews proceeded with an extended and quite insulting lecture. He had absolutely no interest in a discussion on the question of the morality and legality of abortion—all he wanted to do was to make the bishop sit there and listen to his rant. Indeed, his tirade was simply over-the-top.

No non-Catholic would ever treat a bishop this way. But too many liberal Catholics, especially Irish Catholics, think they are exempt from the same standards of civility that apply to others. They are flatly wrong.

I was on MSNBC twice yesterday on this same subject and was treated with respect both times. Ed Schultz, who can be quite tough, was totally respectful, and I’m a lay person. Chris could learn a thing or two from Ed, who not only does not insult his guests, he actually gives them a chance to respond.

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  • fatherjo

    Matthews is a screwball, pure and simple. I quit getting MSNBC because of jerks like him.

  • DWC

    Seems little Chris was frustrated at his own sinfullness … and just didn’t want to face it.

  • The only arguments against the truth are, by their very nature logical fallacies.
    Matthews didn’t have a prayer.

  • Carl Fahringer

    Most of us would never watch this show or this network. Such stories should always include who sponsored the show or segment so we can take the matter up with them.