In an appeal for viewers to watch MSNBC's coverage of the State of the Union address,
Chris Matthews on Monday enthused that his network is a "great place to watch."
He added, "You get a lot of context when you watch on MSNBC you don't get
elsewhere." Of course, this is the same cable outlet that featured Keith
Olbermann ranting that a campaign finance ruling was "Supreme Court sanctioned
of what little actual democracy is left in this democracy." [Audio available here .]
In the tease which appeared on Hardball, Matthews explained that viewers could expect "a lot of excitement in our coverage," including from "Keith, Rachel, the rest of us." Would this be like the excitement from the January 18  edition of Countdown when Olbermann derided Republican Scott Brown: as "an irresponsible, homophobic, racist, reactionary, ex-nude model, teabagging supporter of violence against woman"?
A transcript of the tease, which aired at 5:13pm EST, follows:
CHRIS MATTHEWS [Speaking of Beau Biden not running for Senate in Delaware]: I don't think it's going to help or hurt either party for me to say right now that I think he made the right call. Okay? I think he did. Thank you, Chuck Todd. Thank you, Howard, Fineman. 'Cause I think he has a future. On Wednesday night at nine eastern, watch President Obama's State of the Union address right here on MSNBC. A great place to watch. You get a lot of context when you watch on MSNBC that you don't get elsewhere. A lot of excitement in our coverage. And stay with us all night for reaction and analysis from everybody, from Keith, Rachel, the rest of us.
- Scott Whitlock is a news analyst for the Media Research Center.