Not that we needed further proof, but here it is. Chris Matthews and MSNBC are hopelessly delusional when it comes to anything Sarah Palin says or does. NewsBusters Associate Editor Noel Sheppard catches "Tweety" in a Big Lie on his "Nutball" program on MSDNC:
Chris Matthews on Thursday accused Sarah Palin of aiding and abetting Pastor Terry Jones, the man threatening to burn Korans on Saturday's ninth anniversary of 9/11.Sarah Palin, or any other Republican who is anything less than a DNC collaborator, will never get fair treatment at MSDNC. Matthews, like the other unhinged leftist program hosts there, are so deep into the tank for the Democrat Party that even a nuclear submarine couldn't approach them, lest its hull be crushed by the unbearable pressure of leftist hypocrisy.
For days, Matthews and his colleagues on MSNBC have been calling upon Republicans to speak out against Jones.
On Wednesday, the former Alaska governor did exactly that at her Facebook page and at Twitter.
But this wasn't enough for Matthews who repeatedly on the 5PM installment of "Hardball" attacked Palin for being too "soft" in her admonishment of Jones, and actually accused her of giving the Pastor the linkage between burning Korans and the controversy surrounding the Ground Zero mosque.
[...]MATTHEWS: So, is Sarah Palin one of the 50 crazy people in the mosque, or what?How disgraceful!SANCHEZ: I think what is interesting is that Sarah Palin is brought up again. She puts a tweet out there. She starts talking about it, and everybody wants to say she has directed and shaped this debate.Actually, why don't we look at Palin's entire posting at Facebook:
MATTHEWS: "People have a constitutional right to burn a Koran if they want to, but doing so is insensitive" -- I would say it`s more than insensitive -- "and an unnecessary provocation."
That`s pretty soft language compared to the way she talked about the mosque.Book burning is antithetical to American ideals. People have a constitutional right to burn a Koran if they want to, but doing so is insensitive and an unnecessary provocation - much like building a mosque at Ground Zero.That seems like a pretty strong condemnation of Jones's plan, doesn't it? Yet Matthews never once read the entire thing to his viewers. Instead, he continued with his pathetic plot:
I would hope that Pastor Terry Jones and his supporters will consider the ramifications of their planned book-burning event. It will feed the fire of caustic rhetoric and appear as nothing more than mean-spirited religious intolerance. Don't feed that fire. If your ultimate point is to prove that the Christian teachings of mercy, justice, freedom, and equality provide the foundation on which our country stands, then your tactic to prove this point is totally counter-productive.
Our nation was founded in part by those fleeing religious persecution. Freedom of religion is integral to our charters of liberty. We don't need to agree with each other on theological matters, but tolerating each other without unnecessarily provoking strife is how we ensure a civil society. In this as in all things, we should remember the Golden Rule. Isn't that what the Ground Zero mosque debate has been about?[...]Excuse me! Matthews and his network have been criticizing Republicans for not speaking out against this guy. Now that some have, he accuses them of aiding and abetting the Pastor!
SANCHEZ: But why pick out Sarah Palin? I guess that`s my point.
MATTHEWS: Because I`m looking at the news that came in this morning. And, all of a sudden, she`s getting her fingers into this thing.
Your thoughts, Steve.
I think it`s incredible that she would be so soft -- taking such a soft line on this guy burning the Koran, because you never attack to the right when you`re on the right. That`s what I think is going on here.
How pathetic:SANCHEZ: But for what political purpose? That`s what I`m saying.The hypocrisy on display here was astonishing. For weeks, folks like Matthews have been telling the American people that the backers of the Ground Zero mosque have a Constitutional right to build it there, and this supersedes the public's overwhelming opposition.
MATTHEWS: -- with as far out, with as far out with the fringe as she can, because that`s her base.
STEVE MCMAHON, DEMOCRATIC STRATEGIST: That`s right. It`s not just her base. It`s the people that are taking over the party. It`s the Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh --
MATTHEWS: You can`t hurt by being friendly with the right.
MCMAHON: --. base of the Republican Party.
Exactly. You cannot be too far right, because especially if you`re thinking about running for president or if you want to have a controversial talk show on FOX, you need to do these things. And they generate headlines. They get people like us talking. And it works for Sarah Palin, who wants to be an entertainer and a provocateur.
I`m not sure it works very well if she wants to be the president of the United States.
MATTHEWS: Do you think that`s a statement you could live with, Leslie, people have a constitutional right to burn a Koran if they want to? Do you like the phraseology there? People have a constitutional right to burn a Koran if they want to? Do you like that...
By contrast, the conservative position has been to recognize the Constitutionality in play while questioning the wisdom of doing something that would offend so many Americans.
As such, Palin - and Boehner... - were making the exact same argument concerning Jones: he has the right to burn these Korans, but they wish he wouldn't.
Not only didn't Matthews see the consistency in these positions, he was the one being inconsistent by now claiming Jones's Constitutional rights were irrelevant and represented a "soft" position on Palin's part.
I ask you: do you need a better example of liberal media bias?
Matthews and his colleagues complain for days that Republicans aren't doing anything to stop Jones from burning Korans on Saturday. Two top GOP figures do, and they're accused of helping the Pastor.
Read Noel Sheppard's full debunking of Matthews' latest attack on Sarah Palin at Newsbusters.org.