Mainstream Scream: Matthews on Obama’s Fluke call

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Politics,Paul Bedard,Washington Secrets


Our weekly look at the loudest screech from the mainstream media features MSNBC’s Chris Matthews equating the controversy over Rush Limbaugh’s verbal assault of Georgetown University student and contraception advocate Sandra Fluke to civil rights history.
Said Matthews, “I think the call from the president to Sandra Fluke will be remembered perhaps not as dramatically as the call from President Kennedy, then Sen.-Kennedy to Mrs. King, to Coretta King after her husband was hauled off into the backwoods of Georgia in Shackles, but it will have a character to it that people will remember.”

Media Research Center Vice President of Research Brent Baker explains our pick: To place Obama in JFK's league is the ultimate tribute the MSNBC host can offer. It certainly encapsulates Matthews' 'thrill up my leg' grandiose view of Obama--comparing a call to a civil rights leader threatened by physical violence to a politically-opportunist call to a woman famous because of an insult.”

Rating: Four of five screams.