This week's Mainstream Media Scream features MSNBC "Hardball" host Chris Matthews with his latest comments that the Obama presidency is near perfect.
On his July 22 show, he heralded Obama's "immaculate" presidency, reacting to Republican Sen. Marco Rubio's charge that "we already have a president now that has no class."
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As his two journalist guests nodded awkwardly, Matthews said:
"That's the kind of slur, that's not a political charge, that's a slur against a man, against the president ... Look how he's led his life. He does everything right. He worked hard in school. He got into the good schools. He got to be head of Harvard Business Review [sic]. In a blind test to get in. It had nothing to do with minority or affirmative action, none of that.
"He got all the way through, and instead of going and grubbing the money on Wall Street, he went out to people and helped his community. He's ran statewide, faced the electorate the way we say you should do. Risked citywide and then statewide. He's done everything right.
"He's been immaculate in the presidency. Nobody has accused him of any corruption. His kids are perfect. His wife is perfect.
"He's done everything that these right-wing white conservatives say we're supposed to be in this country. He's done everything right. And this sleazy comment, that he has no class. What does that mean?
"I'd love to get him under sodium Pentothal and say, 'Buster, what do you mean by no class?! What do you mean by that?!' And find out what he does mean. It's a cheap slur that works with the cheap seats in the Republican Party. You know it does. It doesn't mean anything, he has plenty of class."
Media Research Center Vice President of Research Brent Baker explains our pick: "More proof, as if any more were needed, that Matthews sees himself, first and foremost, as a defender of the Obama's against anyone who dares not share Matthews' idolatry. Obama's family is 'perfect' and the president is, as if he is a religious leader, 'immaculate' — and thus anyone who violates the halo must be shamed."
Rating: Four out of five screams.
Paul Bedard, the Washington Examiner's "Washington Secrets" columnist, can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.