Chris Matthews Says That Pointing Out Chertoff's Conflict Of Interest Over Rapiscan TSA Scanners Is Slander?

from the ah,-the-media dept

Michael Chertoff's conflict of interest over the Rapiscan full body "naked" scanners used by the TSA in airports is old news. It was reported on widely earlier this year, and again in the past few weeks. So it does seem kind of odd (as pointed out via Radley Balko) that MSNBC TV guy Chris Matthews appears to accuse someone of slander for pointing it out. Of course, if you watch the video, what Matthews does is even more insidious -- which is taking what Ginger McCall actually says, and twisting it to pretend she said something different. She points out -- accurately -- the conflict of interest, and he claims she's saying that the only reason we have these devices was because of corruption and "sweetheart deals" back when Chertoff was head of Homeland Security. But McCall was merely pointing out that there's a "revolving door" at these agencies, and machines are pitched by former government folks, with little evidence that they're effective. Matthews totally takes what McCall actually says and pretends (falsely) that she claimed he made a corrupt deal while still in power. This is what passes for journalism these days?


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    Anonymous Coward, Nov 29th, 2010 @ 3:14pm

    MSM is bought and paid for, when did it get so flagrant, they dont even try to hide behind principles anymore it seems

     

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    Miles (profile), Nov 29th, 2010 @ 3:28pm

    "This is what passes for journalism these days?"
    Of course not. It's why no one pays. ;)

     

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      Designerfx (profile), Nov 29th, 2010 @ 3:34pm

      Re:

      most people call it politics, not journalism.

      for the larger companies and organizations:
      journalism is covering things nobody thinks is important.
      politics is spinning things people don't say into things they never said.

       

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    Anonymous Coward, Nov 29th, 2010 @ 4:01pm

    I didn't think you could slander a device by linking it to a self serving politico.

     

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    GeneralEmergency (profile), Nov 29th, 2010 @ 4:10pm

    Ohhh...Mike....

    ...You write the cutest things right after you wake up from your naps.

     

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    bob, Nov 29th, 2010 @ 4:22pm

    Matthews Hero

    Matthews is only doing what his hero Saul Alinsky said to do in his book Rules For Radicals, Rule 13: Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it.

    Matthews is not a trusted unbiased Journalist, nor for that matter are most of the talking heads on msnbc.

     

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    interval (profile), Nov 29th, 2010 @ 4:39pm

    Matthews

    Matthews is a #1 nut job. Just shy of Glenn Beck.

     

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      Nastybutler77 (profile), Nov 29th, 2010 @ 4:44pm

      Re: Matthews

      Matthews and Beck (or MSNBC and Fox News) are two sides of one coin. I don't believe what either one ever has to say.

       

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      Anonymous Coward, Nov 29th, 2010 @ 10:47pm

      Re: Matthews

      How can he be #1 when I never heard of him?

      Granted I never read or watched MSNBC and couldn't tell the name of anybody over there still you think YouTube would be full of his clips making fun of the guy.

       

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        DS, Nov 30th, 2010 @ 2:56am

        Re: Re: Matthews

        Easy. Lib nutters get a free pass and are considered 'voices of reason' until they finally say something that gets them fired.

         

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          abc gum, Nov 30th, 2010 @ 5:02am

          Re: Re: Re: Matthews

          "Lib nutters get a free pass and are considered 'voices of reason' until they finally say something that gets them fired."

          And when right wing fascists froth at the mouth, it's party time.

          Seriously, neither side of this road looks very appealing.

           

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      DS, Nov 30th, 2010 @ 2:55am

      Re: Matthews

      After watching this, I'm not sure how you could be more of a jerk than Matthews. At least Beck sounds like he's formed a complete thought before he speaks.

      Granted, it may be a crazy ratings getting thought, but one none the less.

       

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      bshock, Nov 30th, 2010 @ 9:41am

      Re: Matthews

      I respectfully disagree that Mr. Matthews is a "nut job," and I suspect we'll eventually need something equivalent to Godwin's Law to point out how unhelpful it is to compare anyone to Glenn Beck.

      However, I would agree with the viewpoint that Mr. Matthews is a poor journalist, in that (a) he tends to play fast and loose with facts, and (b) he seems to develop an irrational crush on the powerful, most particularly presidents.

      Perhaps the problem is that we're trying to project Mr. Mathews into the role of a traditional journalist, when in fact he's merely a talk show host whose primary topic is politics and whose primary goal is to entertain.

       

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    Shawn (profile), Nov 29th, 2010 @ 4:41pm

    In the Morning!

     

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    PrometheeFeu (profile), Nov 29th, 2010 @ 5:23pm

    Msnbc does not have journalists. They have biased jerks. Sorry to be offensive, but I find these people to be despicable.

     

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    Rich Kulawiec, Nov 29th, 2010 @ 6:20pm

    Chris Matthews...

    ...is an inferior, stupid, little man. In no possible sense does he qualify as a "journalist"; he has utterly failed to meet the minimum standard for intelligence.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Nov 29th, 2010 @ 8:03pm

    Good for Business

    Corruption charges are inflammatory and salacious.
    Inflammatory news attracts eyeballs.

    More eyeballs = More $$$.

    Taking the mundane and making it inflammatory is a very simple formula that is found all over the airwaves, from Left to Right.

     

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    Transbot9, Nov 29th, 2010 @ 9:04pm

    Wait...

    Somebody actually watches Chris Matthews? I thought his viewership was largly imaginary...

     

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    Dohn Joe, Nov 29th, 2010 @ 9:16pm

    Isn't THAT Slander?

    Of course, if you watch the video, what Matthews does is even more insidious -- which is taking what Ginger McCall actually says, and twisting it to pretend she said something different.

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    Well isn't THAT slander?

     

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    misterdoug (profile), Nov 29th, 2010 @ 9:31pm

    Who would have seen this coming?

    According to the Bush administration the Dept of Homeland Security was not going to create a new federal bureaucracy. It's job was supposed to be to coordinate the various existing federal intelligence and security organizations, to streamline communication and data sharing and minimize duplication of effort. Because conservatives are against Big Government programs that waste your tax dollars.

    The failed attempt to popularize the word "Homeland" with the American public was pathetic, but I guess it made sense. The Nazis had their Fatherland and the Soviets had their Motherland. The neocons needed a new name for the country they were trying to remake. But they really should have just called the DHS, "No Security Vendor Left Behind."

     

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      DS, Nov 30th, 2010 @ 2:59am

      Re: Who would have seen this coming?

      And the dems that have been in charge of the White House and Congress reversed this trend when?

      Oh wait.

      Stop living the lie that it's only 'the other guy' who makes things worse, they both do.

       

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    harbingerofdoom (profile), Nov 29th, 2010 @ 10:55pm

    lest anyone forget, this is the guy who on national tv said that he made a commitment to cover politics in a liberal way.

    to be honest, anyone expecting real journalism from someone who so clearly states that he has an agenda (be they from either side) is clearly not someone who should be trusted as an actual journalist.

    but at least he is honest about it unlike so many others i guess...

     

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      DS, Nov 30th, 2010 @ 5:36pm

      Re:

      He can admit that he has all the slant that he wants, but he still refused to actually listen to anything this poor woman said, tried to get her to admit to things that she didn't say, and when she didn't, he put words in her mouth.

      Regardless of politics, he's a scumbag.

       

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    Kendrick Ed (profile), Nov 30th, 2010 @ 4:09am

    Chertoff in all the "right" places

    "Chertoff, as U.S. Attorney in New Jersey during the first bombing attacks in the Trade Center, knew that a financier of the Mosque who was a suspect as the source of money for these attacks was Magdy Elamir. When Chertoff left his U.S. Attorney job he became Elamirís attorney and defended Elamir in a multimillion dollar fraud case against him by New Jersey. Elamir later was cited by many 9-11 investigators as the probable financier of the 9-11 attacks. Elamirís involvement has even been cited by major media, but strangely have never written a word about Chertoffís relationship with him. Somehow in the MSM it seems completely not newsworthy that the head of Homeland Security has had close ties with a man who is the chief suspect in the financing of 9-11! In addition, Chertoff, when he became head of Justice Department Criminal Division, shielded Elamir from prosecution as a result of an FBI terrorist sting operation."
    Source: http://www.davidduke.com/index.php?s=michael+chertoff+new+jersey&submit=go
    "Michael Chertoff, an Israeli national through his mother - the first El Al hostess and Mossad agent, is Secretary of Homeland Security and was the Asst. Attorney General responsible for the Criminal Division of the Dept. of Justice from 2001 to 2003." Source: http://www.bollyn.com/michael-chertoffs-childhood-in-israel

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Nov 30th, 2010 @ 5:17am

    Its not journalism, its advertising. Fox News perfected it , MSNBC is trying to copy that success.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Nov 30th, 2010 @ 6:38am

    People listen to that idiot?

     

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    BBT, Nov 30th, 2010 @ 6:59am

    Propaganda

    It's just one of hundreds of stories the powerful have been pushing through the media trying to give good PR to the TSA. It's a steady stream of articles about the poor downtrodden TSA workers, or how they're keeping us safe, freedom 9/11 America, or how anyone who doesn't want them is a commie who wants to get blown up.

     

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    Spaceman Spiff (profile), Nov 30th, 2010 @ 7:21am

    Corrupt is as corrupt does

    Whatever the original intention of Chertoff, the end result is corrupt. So, spin it however you want, he has behaved as a blatantly stinky weasel! Just my humble opinion, but heck, what do I know? I'm just reacting to my employees' (as a taxpayer) obvious attraction to oodles of financial gain, made possible by the position of trust we put them in... :-(

     

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    Chris Rhodes (profile), Nov 30th, 2010 @ 7:37am

    It's Disgusting

    How MSNBC has become the Fox News of the left. I mean, they had always leaned that way in the past, but now they aren't even trying to hide it. Mathews, Maddow . . . the whole lot of them are Glenn Becks for the people who hate Glenn Beck.

     

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    abc gum, Nov 30th, 2010 @ 6:38pm

    LMAO everytime I watch this

    "GLENN BECK HAS NAZI TOURETTES!" - Lewis Black

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i1s4fj-5zlk

     

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    Jose_X, Dec 2nd, 2010 @ 4:23am

    Chris Matthews went too far, but I like that this conversation is taking place. She answered well and likely appealed to a lot of people, so I don't think she has anything to be worried about.

     

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