Chris Matthew Is Not Rush Limbaugh . . .

by Pejman Yousefzadeh on March 16, 2012

So I guess that the punditocracy is going to pretend that there is nothing to see here, and that we should all just move along:

Imagine the uproar if Rush Limbaugh had called Islam a cult. Yet there was Matthews, whose legs once twitched at every word coming from Barack Obama’s teleprompter, telling fellow MSNBC left-winger Ed Schultz in the presence of the Rev. Al Sharpton that the GOP has “two RCs — Roman Catholics — running and a Mormon, so three cultists running.”

I promise that there will be barely a peep out of the left blogosphere regarding this issue. And when I use the words “barely a peep,” I of course am overestimating how much of a peep might issue from port-side blogs. Incidentally, Joe Biden is a Catholic, and Harry Reid is a Mormon. Betcha MSNBC won’t denounce them as “cultists.”

  • MartyG

    And Chris Matthews is Catholic. I think you rather missed the point by quoting out of context – he was hypothesizing at RC & LDS are cults ACCORDING TO THE VIEWS OF THE PROTESTANT EVANGELICAL REPUBLICAN PRIMARY VOTERS IN MISSISSIPPI AND ALABAMA. It’s not his views at all!

    • Pejman_Yousefzadeh

      Did you read the article’s response to that claim?

      Matthews, of course, will claim that the description of Mormons and Catholics as cult members is not his personal view but how he felt the Southerners in Alabama and Mississippi, the two primary contests that night, perceive the choice among Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich.
      But that would be pushing another nasty stereotype — that of intolerant red-state rednecks whose white robes are merely waiting for them at the dry cleaners.
      That the Republican Party has as its three main contenders “two RCs and a Mormon” is a shining example of the tolerance enshrined in a party relentlessly portrayed by Matthews, Schultz, et al. as racist, sexist homophobes.
      In February, at a Presidents Day forum held at Ford’s Theatre in Washington, D.C., Matthews, a Catholic himself, while talking about Richard Nixon, the so-called Southern Strategy and racism, claimed the Catholic Church was the new home of bigotry. “If you’re really anti-gay,” he said, “you become a Catholic now.” On the subject of bigotry, this physician needs to heal himself.

      You’ll therefore forgive me if I continue to believe that Matthews believes the statements he puts in the mouths of southerners.

      • MartyG


        We are talking about a region where large numbers identify themselves as very conservative, socially conservative and/or evangelical. It’s also where large numbers do not regard evolution as science and do regard Obama as muslim. So Chris Matthews was hypothesizing, perhaps stereotyping, but it’s not really that far “out there” in the grand scheme of things.

        I would still argue, I think, that you argued at the head of this page, that Matthews himself thinks that RC & LDS are cults, and I would still argue that that is untrue. Sorry – I think we’ll have to agree to disagree on this.


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