More off-color, fratboy humor from the all-white, all-male anchor team at MSNBC. Last week, the chief serial offender, Chris Matthews, took a momentary break from his favorite pastime—ie, Hillary Hate—to use some self-described "ethnic" commentary to describe Sen. Barack Obama's performance at a Pennsylvania bowling alley. Also last week, we missed this pearl of wisdom from Tweety: The anchor asked if Obama could "connect with regular people" or "only appeal to ... the African-American community and from the people who have college or advanced degrees?" Video at Media Matters.
The bizaare line of questioning happened during Hardball when Matthews interviewed Obama surrogate Sen. Claire McCaskill ("D"-MO), "Let me ask you about how he—how's he connect with regular people?" Matthews asked. "Does he? Or does he only appeal to people who come from the African-American community and from the people who have college or advanced degrees?" Earlier in the same show, Matthews again obsessed over Obama's bowling performance and "teased the segment with McCaskill by asking, "[C]an Obama woo more regular voters—you know, the ones who actually do know how to bowl?" Keep it classy, Chris.
McCaskill never corrects Tweety—err, Matthews—to suggest that blacks are also "regular" people. No surprise there. Just several weeks ago, the senator described the presidential frontrunner as "a black leader in America, [who] has come to the American people not as a victim, but rather as a leader." The senator's colorful description of Obama as a "black leader" was given a free "get out of jail" pass from the suddenly very race conscious "progressive" e-telligentsia, as well as black bloggers and talk radio. Interesting.
On a related note, there were numerous comments and emails that attempted to defend Chris Matthews' off-color remarks about Obama's bowling performance and several "proud Obama supporters" even dismissed the remarks heard by hundreds of thousands of viewers as "irrelevant." Maybe that's just the admission price some people are willing to pay to watch one of Keith Olbermann's anti-Hillary "Special Comments."
Some Background ...
Chris Matthews Mocks Obama's Bowling as "Ethnic" [R20]
Shuster Suspended Over "Pimping" Chelsea Clinton Comment [R20]
All White Panel on MSNBC's Tucker: Is Obama Black Enough? [R20]
Matthews on Giuliani: The Country "Wants Fascism" [R20]
Matthews on Hillary: "How Many Times is She Going to Be Confused by Men?" [R20]
Matthews is Obsessed with Hillary's Sex Life [R20]
Matthews and Newsweek: Mitt Romney is "Buff" [R20]