This week's Mainstream Media Scream features a regular, MSNBC's Chris Matthews venting about the GOP “Amen chorus” against President Obama on his show "Hardball."
“The continual statement that gets you where you want to go in right wing Republican politics – and that’s almost the same thing now — is simply always being against the president. Somebody in the room says the president ought to be executed. You pile on and say, yeah, he is an outlaw.
“Anything that's nasty, 'oh the president's screwing the economy,' 'he's costing jobs,' anything that's nasty about this guy has now become the Amen chorus of the Republican Party. You can't ever put your hand up like John McCain did wondrously. Remember? And he said, no, he's a good man when the woman said he is an Arab -- not that that's a bad thing -- but she meant it's a bad thing. He said, no, he's a good American.
“When is anybody else going to do that? Is that like something you don’t do anymore in Republican Party, say a wait a minute, hold your horses, we disagree on policy, but he’s not the freaking devil?”
Media Research Center Vice President of Research and Publications Brent Baker explains our pick: “Better question: When is Matthews going to stop painting conservatives as devils by recognizing that not every conservative is a racist inspired by Jefferson Davis to hate Obama – a derogatory caricature he repeatedly forwards?”
Rating: Three out of five screams.
Paul Bedard, the Washington Examiner's "Washington Secrets" columnist, can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.