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Is An Obama Rally A Spiritual Experience?

Is an Obama Rally on par with a spiritual awakening? According to the objective, unbiased Chris Matthews it is. Earlier this week, MSNBC's Chris Matthews made an appearance on the Tonight Show. During the segment, Matthews told Leno:


"The fact is, I wouldn't be an honest reporter if I didn't tell you what the spiritual experience is like of being in a Barack Obama rally. It’s an honest statement."

Chris Matthews appearance on the Tonight Show gives all of us a good insight into how this suppossedly unbiased, open-minded, fair and balanced "journalist" views the current Presidential campaigns. So, what did he have to say?

Watch and see...




"It used to be the Democrats were the disorganized political party. Now, the Republicans are like the -- like the Iraqis. Have you noticed? They got their Shia wing, the fanatics. They've got Huckabee. This where I get into trouble. This is just where I get into trouble.

Huckabee and Thompson are the Shiites, and the Sunni, the more moderate guys, are McCain, and -- who else they got over there? And uh, Rudy Giuliani. And then they got Romney, the Kurd. I mean, they're all over the place. Who's gonna unite them?"

Yes, he actually compared the Republican Presedential candidates to warring Iraqi factions. I pressume his implication is that the Republicans are not unified in their political philosophies and have resorted to attacking each other.

Uhh...Chris, this is Washington D.C. we're talking about here. What else is new? But, that didn't stop Matthews from labeling Thompson and Huckabee as "fanatics."

In stark contrast, what did Matthews have to say about Barack Obama?


LENO: On the night of the Iowa caucus, I'm sitting there with the remote in my hand, you know. And I come to MSNBC and I was holding the remote and I hear Barack Obama starting to give his acceptance speech and go -- and, you know, I put the remote down, and I actually felt something. When he talked about his mother's from Kansas, and the father in Kenya. It's an American story.

MATTHEWS: I love it. I love it.

LENO: And you know...

MATTHEWS: And you’re talking to me.

LENO: It moved me. I don't know whether I'm being naive, but...

MATTHEWS:
Well, we're white American guys. We want this fight over with. We're tired of this hatred and this back and forth thing that's been going on for 300 years, this back and forth racial thing. I said something nice about Hillary Clinton, personally. Let me tell you something about Barack Obama. If you're actually in the room when he gives one of his speeches, and you don’t cry, you’re not an American. It's unbelievable.



There are so many things to point out, that I'm not sure where to begin. For the sake of time, I'll move past the fact that Matthews just admitted that his support for Obama is based upon the fact that Obama is black, and the assumption that support for a black candidate from "white American guys" will help end racial discrimination and race-based politics.

Watch Matthews as Leno says that he was moved as he listened to Obama speak. Matthews puts his hand over his chest. He is visibly emotional. He emotes and swoons over the very mention of Obama's name.

Then, comes one of the most telling parts of the interview. Matthews actually makes the claim:


"If you're actually in the room when he gives one of his speeches, and you don’t cry, you’re not an American."

It constantly amazes me when leftists claim that Conservatives are calling them "unpatriotic" because of their stance on the war. As Hillary Clinton once shreiked:


"I am sick and tired of people who say that if you debate and you disagree with this administration you're not patriotic. We should stand up and say, 'We are Americans and we have a right to debate and disagree with any administration!'"

Leftists love to make this claim, despite the fact that no elected Republican has ever made such a statement. But, I digress.

Leftists hate to have their patriotism questioned. Yet, Matthews has no problem flat-out denying the patriotism of anyone who doesn't cry whenever Obama talks. Simply amazing.

Finally, we come to the interview's climax.


"The fact is, I wouldn't be an honest reporter if I didn't tell you what the spiritual experience is like of being in a Barack Obama rally. It’s an honest statement."

Honest reporter? Uhh...Chris, I think that ship sailed long ago.

Besides the humorous claim that he is an honest reporter, Matthews also claims that an Obama rally is a "spiritual experience." Spiritual? Really?

Chris Matthews isn't satisfied with selling Obama as though he worked for Obama's campaign. He isn't even satisfied with drooling all over himself at the metion of Obama's name. He goes so far as to say that hearing Barack Obama in person is on par with a spiritual awakening.

Matthews has been a mouth-piece for Obama's campaign for quite sometime now. So, his Obama lovefest on the Tonight Show comes as now surprise. But, it is quite a dichotomy to see the way he views Republican candidtes juxtaposed to the way he views Obama.

It is no mystery where his loyalities lie.

It should be noted, that this particular clip can not be used as "smokin gun evidence" for Matthews journalistic bias. Though there is no question that his MSNBC show Hardball leans decidedly to the left, and that Matthews own political views are often expressed through his supposedly "unbiased" reporting, in this particular instance he was not serving in the capacity of a jounalist. He was being interviewed about his particular viewpoints.

You will never hear me claim that jounalists are not allowed to have their own viewpoints on political issues. They are individuals. They are entitled to their opinions. The real problem is when they inject their opinions into what they claim to be an unbiased and objective news program. The Tonight Show is not a news program, nor does it claim to be. Chris Matthews was not serving in this capacity.

Therefore, his appearance on the Tonight Show does not serve as evidence of his biased reporting. It does, however, speak to his idiocy.

Of course, as I said, there is no lack of evidence of Chris Matthews' biased reporting. But, don't tell that to Andrea Mitchell.

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