Jon Stewart Dismantles Chris Matthews

If you have ever bemoaned the turn Matthews — a
former newspaperman — has taken in recent years,
you have to check out what happened on “The Daily
Show” on Tuesday night. Matthews called it “the
worst interview ever.”

By Greg Mitchell

(October 03, 2007) — You may find this hard to
believe, but there was a time when TV gasbag
Chris Matthews was a respectable hard news
reporter. He worked in Washington, D.C. for the
San Francisco Examiner from 1987 to around 2000,
and also wrote columns for the San Francisco
Chronicle and others. But if you have ever
bemoaned the turn his career took as an
interviewer/talk show host – or if you just hate
the inside-the-beltway mentality of many of our
leading press and TV pundits – then you would
have loved Jon Stewart’s dismantling of Matthews
on “The Daily Show” last night.

I have no idea if there is a back story to this
epic confrontation beyond Stewart’s known hatred
of loudmouth TV bullying (remember his famous
attack on “Crossfire” a few years back?). But
what was on the screen right in front of our
noses was shocking enough, not to mention long
overdue. Matthews, growing angry, called it “the
book interview from hell” and his “worst
interview ever,” adding, “You are the worst.”

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