Some people never learn. In today’s culture, one would think that those in the media would protect their reputation at all cost, especially with regards making inappropriate comments about women. Apparently, Chris Matthews never got the memo.
A recently-released video shows MSNBC’s Chris Matthews making a sexual remark about Hillary Clinton and a joke about raping her minutes before he was scheduled to interview the then-Democratic candidate during the 2016 presidential Democratic primaries in Iowa.
Chris Matthews has also been accused of allegedly verbally abusing his staff and making inappropriate comments about women behind the scenes.
“Bill Cosby Pill”
The recently-released video shows Matthews learned nothing from the sexual assault accusations of Bill Cosby or Bill Clinton. Minutes before interviewing then-Democratic candidate, Hillary Clinton, Matthews asked, “Can I have some of the queen’s waters? Precious waters?”
As disturbing as that question was, it gets worse. Much worse. Matthews continues by joking, “Where’s that Bill Cosby pill I brought with me?” Cosby is accused of drugging and raping dozens of women during his career that spans over five decades. Cosby is alleged to have used quaaludes to drug the women before raping them.
The Cut’s Noreen Malone, who uncovered the footage of Matthews, noted about the exchange:
Matthews “then laughs, delighted with the line” and staffers are seen reacting “with disbelief, clearly uncomfortable.”
— The Cut (@TheCut) January 12, 2018
In a statement to The Cut, Matthews apologized for the insensitive and inappropriate rape joke:
This was a terrible comment I made in poor taste during the height of the Bill Cosby headlines. I realize that’s no excuse. I deeply regret it and I’m sorry.
History of “Misogynistic Journalism”
This isn’t the only offensive remark Matthews has made about Hillary Clinton. Over the years, he’s referred to her as “witchy,” “uppity” and a “she-devil.” He’s criticized her laugh, asking, “What do you make of the cackle?” and once infamously pinched her cheek.
A women’s rights group called for MSNBC to get rid of Matthews back in 2008, accusing the network of pushing “misogynistic journalism”:
MSNBC can regain its reputation as a respectable news organization by taking more appropriate action against Chris Matthews. If Matthews were an employee in a Fortune 500 company, he would have been fired for sexual harassment long ago. Instead, MSNBC peddled misogynistic journalism to the American public.
In 1999, MSNBC paid $40,000 to an assistant producer after she accused Matthews of sexual harassment, sources told The Daily Caller. MSNBC confirmed a “separation-related” payment was made, but disputed the amount and would not confirm the reason for her departure.
Most recently, Matthews has been accused of verbally abusive behavior; some staffers claimed that they are suffering from “battered wives syndrome.” The anonymous staffers described Matthews’ demeaning treatment of female employees, including rating female staffers’ appearance on a scale and regularly makes sexually inappropriate remarks to his female staff.
Matthews, a vocal critic of President Trump, clearly has no room to criticize anyone else — he’s got enough problems of his own. Maybe if the media worried about cleaning their own house as much as they worry about the president’s tweets, they might begin to regain their credibility. Unfortunately, the chances are slim.