Matthews Swaps Journalism for Cheerleading

6 Nov

On Morning Joe today, MSNBC’s Chris Matthews said, “I want to do everything I can to make this thing work, this new Presidency work….That’s my job. My job is to help this country, to make this work successfully, because this country needs a successful Presidency, more than anything right now.”

Joe Scarborough said: Is that your job? You just talked about being a journalist!

I say hooray for Joe for calling Matthews out on this glaring departure from true journalism! A real journalist is unbiased, works on facts not tingles up the leg feelings, and must be willing to speak truth to power.

Jake Tapper sums up the distinction well:

There seems to me to be quite a difference between hoping the U.S. President succeeds in his endeavors — “Let every American hope for the success of the new president and the country we all love,” Karl Rove wrote today in the Wall Street Journal and a journalist thinking it’s his job to help a new administration.

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