According to the New York Times, MSNBS pays Matthews 5 million a year to play a stammering buffoon on TV every night
Chris Matthews, the usually garrulous host of “Hardball” on MSNBC, has quietly signed a new long-term contract to remain with the cable network through the next election, signaling that he had quit entertaining any plans to run for a Senate seat.
The deal is for at least four years. Financial terms were not disclosed, and neither side would confirm whether MSNBC had won a reduction in salary for the host, as it had been reported to be seeking. Previous reports put his annual salary at about $5 million.
One executive involved in the negotiations said, “Whether he took a slight cut or got a slight raise, it’s nobody’s business.”
Phil Griffin, the president of MSNBC, said the deal would guarantee that Mr. Matthews would “be around to cover the next presidential election.” Mr. Matthews, known for his combative interviews, said he was happy to be staying on. “I love what I do,” he said. “It’s transparent. You can see it in my face.”
Oh yeah Chris, we can see something on your face, usually insanity. I guess it is true, the big money is on TV. But I cannot fathom anyone paying Matthews anything. In my years in the restaurant/bar business I have heard more coherent talk from people who were falling down drunk. Matthews really is, as Stacey McCain describes him, “The 5 million dollar idiot”
Leftists who get worked up about the Growing Gap Between Rich and Poor really ought to organize an #OccupyChrisMatthews movement to protest this truthless waste of TV time whose NBC contract reportedly pays him $5 million a year. If I took notice every time Chris Matthews makes a complete idiot of himself, I’d never have time to write about anything else. He’s a human Stupidity Factory, with no internal mental filter that warns him when he is about to emit a steaming heap of senseless gibberish.
Yep, that pretty much sums Matthews up. And while his fellow MSNBS hosts’s willingness to say anything regardless of facts is equally despicable, Matthews appears to be, as I like to say, a genuine idiot
Look, this isn’t about ideology. Chris Hayes and Rachel Maddow are more fanatical than Matthews, and I disagree with them on damned near any issue you could name. But Hayes and Maddow — and for that matter, the insufferably smug Lawrence O’Donnell — are intelligent, articulate people. Evil, yes, but intelligent and articulate.
On the other hand, transcending all partisan differences, no one with an IQ above room temperature takes Chris Matthews seriously.
How bad is he? I’d rather watch Martin Bashir, except for the purely comic value of Matthews’s idiotic utterances. And this past week, Matthews managed to say something so incomprehensibly stupid, it was remarkable even for him. The context was the swirl of scandals afflicting the Obama administration. Matthews first suggested that criticism of Susan Rice was raaaaacist:
“Here they are, the old white guys, kicking the hell out of another African-American candidate for something.” . . .
“The discourse coming from that side, I don’t use that word liar. I don’t like it being used. Because it gets to motive and you don’t know what is in another person’s heart. How do these people get away with talking like this, I mean anywhere, even on Fox?”
Look, to be fair, MSNBS has hitched its ratings wagon (picture a wagon, with no driver, engulfed in flames as it drives off the edge of a 1,000 foot cliff) to racism, or at least to calling every Republican on earth a racist. Matthews though take sit to another level. His rantings reveal the depth of his Racial Obsession Syndrome, and, apparently, the intensity of the Obamagasms that strike him so often
“Peter, again to you. Why do they get the idea, if it isn’t ethnic, and I’ll just leave the possibility that it’s not. Why do they just assume evil on the part of Obama?” Mr. Matthews asked. “I mean he’s raised, his whole life has been crystal clear and clean as a whistle and transparent. We know his whole life through all the great excellent education he’s had. The good pro-bono work he’s done through his life. He’s never been a money grubber. He’s never done anything wrong in his life, legally ethically, whatever. His family is picture-perfect. The way he’s raised those daughters. Everything is clean as a whistle. And yet, they just refer to him as evil. They just refer to him as a liar. I’ve got to believe it’s ethnic with these people. They just got a problem with this guy being president, is there any other evidence to justify why they keep calling him a bad man? And that’s what they do.”
For that kind of idiotic rambling they pay him 5 million a year? The only way that makes any sense if if he works on a base salary of say, $500,000, and receives a bonus of $1000 every time he utters something completely irrational, incoherent, moronic, or idiotic. At the rate Matthews spews stupidity, that math might add up. Let’s see here
Base salary $500,000
$1000 bonus per idiotic statement x 4,500 idiotic statements per year
Total salary $5,000,000