I know it’s been posted already, but I just love this:
After praising the drafters of the First Amendment for allowing him to make a living, he outlined what he said was the fundamental difference between the Bush and Clinton administrations.
The Clinton camp, he said, never put pressure on his bosses to silence him.
“Not so this crowd,” he added, explaining that Bush White House officials — especially those from Vice President Cheney’s office — called MSNBC brass to complain about the content of his show and attempted to influence its editorial content. “They will not silence me!” Matthews declared.
Me: Gawd! Get over yourself Chris Matthews! Let’s recap:
Those First Amendment drafters really deserve a feather in their caps for coming up with a system that allows CHRIS MATTHEWS to make a living. That’s totally what they had in mind.
The fundamental difference between the Democratic administration of Bill Clinton during a time of post cold war peace and prosperity and the Republican administration of George W. Bush during the post-9/11 war on terror was….drum roll please….how the respective administrations dealt with CHRIS MATTHEWS!
And, lastly, in the grand sophomoric tradition of self-absorbed collegiate journalists who think criticism from any official constitutes censorship, Matthews anoints himself a hero-martyr, because no one else will: “They will not silence me!”
Well, pin a rose on you Chris.
Update: From a reader:
If Chris Matthews won’t let anyone silence him, then Democrats in Congress shouldn’t try to silence Rush Limbaugh. Fairness, right?
There’s a good point here. If criticism from an aide to the Vice President at Matthews’ boss is an outrageous assault on Matthews’ first amendment rights and attempt to “silence” him, shouldn’t he be outraged that the Senate Majority leader did the same thing to Rush Limbaugh?