[StBernard] The independent 4th estate?

Westley Annis Westley at da-parish.com
Thu Nov 6 18:05:06 EST 2008

Matthews: My Job Is To Make Obama Presidency a Success

Just in time for the new James Bond movie, Chris Matthews has earned himself
a new moniker: Odd Job. Matthews says he sees his job as a journalist as
doing everything he can to make the Obama presidency a success.

Appearing on "Morning Joe" today, Matthews was reluctant to criticize Rahm
Emanuel's kabuki dance over accepting Obama's offer to be chief of staff.

The "Hardball" host (and presumptive candidate for U.S. Senate from PA) was
equally unwilling to see the Emanuel episode as evidence of a lack of
planning and discipline in the nascent Obama administration. Matthews
eventually explained why.[H/t multiple NB readers.]

CHRIS MATTHEWS: Yeah, well, you know what? I want to do everything I can to
make this thing work, this new presidency work, and I think that --

JOE SCARBOROUGH: Is that your job? You just talked about being a journalist!

MATTHEWS: Yeah, it is my job. My job is to help this country.

Matthews wasn't done with his odd new job description . . . An incredulous
Scarborough kept pressing, astonished at such a complete 180 from Matthews's
repeated insistence during the Bush presidency that he had to hold the
government accountable.

SCARBOROUGH: Your job is the make this presidency work?

MATTHEWS: To make this work successfully. This country needs a
successful presidency.

Matthews will hardly be alone in that sentiment. Once Obama assumes office,
the "speaking truth to power" line we've heard so often during the past
eight years will be a thing of the past.

This jerk can no longer claim to hold the title of "journalist". If he
wants to say his job is the same as Joseph Goebbles' that's fine but a
journalist, he ain't!

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