Chris Matthews, the shouting, combative longtime MSNBC host, abruptly resigned from his show this week over accusations of sexual harassment, but his departure has been coming for some time.
“Let me start with my headline tonight: I’m retiring,” Matthews unhappily told his audience Monday night in a surprise announcement on his 20-year-long political show, “Hardball.”
The 74-year-old went on to state his reasons for stepping down, such as allowing a “younger generation” to take over, but he all but admitted on air he has acted inappropriately toward women.
It was no coincidence that Matthews’ days seemed numbered after last week, when GQ columnist Laura Bassett accused him of making “gross and inappropriate” comments to her when she was a guest. Bassett said other females on the show have endured Matthews' suggestive comments for years.
After remaining untouched for years despite over-the-top treatment of Republican guests, Matthews was causing problems for MSNBC in recent weeks after he likened the Bernie Sanders campaign to Nazis, and he was criticized for his combative interview with Sen. Elizabeth Warren.
Reacting to Matthews’ abrupt ending, talk host Richard Randall says it appears MSNBC conducted selective outrage over its longtime host.
“Is it because this guy is a 74-year old white guy?” Randall questions. “But if you had a very popular female, or a minority, that were in their 30's, you might blow that off?”
In a story about Matthews’ departure, CNS News reminded readers that Matthews has described President Trump as Hitler, Stalin, and Satan, and referred to Republicans as “North Korean soldiers,” but has never been punished for those observations and countless others that mocked conservatives and Republicans.
Matthews may have been at odds with his own news network and its far-left views. In past weeks, he described Sanders as a radical, angry, aging socialist, and accused him of leading the Democrat Party toward defeat on Election Day.
“I think that absolutely had something to do with it,” Randall observes, “when you're leaning very far to the left, as that network does, and you end up being much more moderate.”
In that same news segment, Matthews complained about Sanders’ praising Fidel Castro and imagined that if Castro and the Communists had down the Cold War, Matthews would have been among those executed by the conquering Reds. Even that observation may be at odds with the modern-day Democratic Party and its wing of Democratic socialists.
Media Research Center, the media watchdog, responded to Matthews’ departure with a video montage of his most famous moments, such as his “thrill up my leg” comment about a Barack Obama speech and describing Sen. Ted Cruz as operating “below the level of human life.”
MRC famously got its own shot at Matthews in 2015, however, when one of its correspondents innocently asked Matthews about his leg.
“You can go to ____,” Matthews responded, pushing the MRC reporter. “Just go to ____, will ya? Leave me alone.”