Suddenly, liberal viewers of MSNBC are concerned with bias on their favorite network.
No, not the years of bias against Republicans. They are angry at what they perceive to be veteran anchor Chris Matthews‘ conflict of interest in supporting Hillary Clinton over Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders.
And they want him silenced.
A petition at MoveOn.org has garnered more than 10,000 signatures demanding the suspension of the “Hardball” host. The dustup is believed to have been started by a Daily Caller report claiming big money backers financing the Clinton campaign are also bankrolling Matthews’ wife Kathleen’s congressional campaign in Maryland.
And the ties that bind Clinton and Matthews’ campaigns run even deeper than that, according to the Daily Caller.
Kathleen Matthews’ campaign is working closely with lobbyist Heather Podesta, who hosted a swanky fundraiser for Matthews last July. Ms. Podesta also has been one of the top bundlers for Hillary Clinton’s campaign and has both professional and personal ties to the Clinton campaign. She married Tony Podesta — brother of Clinton campaign chair John Podesta. Although Heather and Tony later divorced, Heather kept the Podesta name. All three Podestas are involved with the Clinton campaign in one way or another.
Kathleen Matthews has Clinton ties of her own forged during her tenure for Marriott. As TheDC previously reported, she worked closely with the Clinton Foundation on a hotel project in Haiti. Both Marriott and the Clinton Foundation later came under scrutiny for their work on the project after it came to light that a Clinton Foundation donor had lobbied the State Department in favor of the hotel while Hillary was serving as secretary of state.
Even the left leaning Huffington Post has called Matthews cheerleading of the Clinton campaign a “clear conflict of interest.”
But it’s the petition directed to the president of MSNBC, who thus far has remained silent, that could give Matthews the most issues.
“If the president of MSNBC wants his network to have any credibility as a practitioner of unbiased, objective journalism, he should be very concerned about a show host who has essentially become a mouthpiece for one of the candidates. Chris Matthews has clearly jumped the shark in his blind adoration for, loyalty to and incessant promotion of one of the candidates for the Democratic nomination,” the petition read.
Interesting how they never cared about Matthews’ bias when he had a “thrill up his leg” for then Sen. Barack Obama.
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