Chris Matthews Bizarrely Mocks Rush Limbaugh as a 'Walrus Underwater' for bin Laden Response
Chris Matthews on Wednesday mocked Rush Limbaugh's response to
the killing of Osama bin Laden, deriding the conservative as a "walrus
underwater." Matthews also made an odd grunting noise to back up this description.
After playing a clip of Limbaugh asserting that the media have played up Barack Obama's role in the action, the Hardball anchor berated, "You know, I don't even know what that is except just bitterness. I mean- [makes noise] Walrus underwater talking and what is he actually saying?"
Matthews introduced the segment by hitting Limbaugh as a "caricature" and a "cartoon." [MP3 audio here.]
Former Newsweek editor Jonathan Alter also joined in, scolding, "The guy
has no class or graciousness, not a shred of it. Not that that is a big
surprise, but this is just more proof of that."
Matthews has quite an obsession with Limbaugh and a tendency to make extreme comments about the radio star. On October 13, 2009, he asserted that "at some point somebody's going to jam a CO2 pellet into his head and he's going to explode like a giant blimp."
A transcript of the May 4 segment, which aired at 5:34pm EDT, follows: