Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Pitching A Hardball Right Back at You Chris Matthews

I don't ever talk about politics on my blog.  It's not what I do.
However, I just heard the clip where Chris Matthews said that he is
glad that hurricane Sandy happened because it helped to get
Obama re~elected.  


Yes, I am aware that he has since apologized for those words.

Over 110 people have lost their lives Mr Matthews

Many have lost their homes Mr Matthews.

For those who have been touched by the tragedy of this storm ~
their lives will never be the same.

Some people need to think before they speak.  
Some people need to have a bit more compassion and a lot less
self interest.

Why do I have the right to say this?  

Because I lost everything I owned once to a storm.  Lightning struck the
townhouse where I was living and I lost EVERYTHING I owned.  

Unless you have lived through such a devastating loss, you have no idea
of the heartache it causes.  I had panic attacks for a couple of years after
this event.  I often have nightmares of the fire.

I have not lost a loved one to a storm, and cannot begin to imagine the
agony of losing a loved one to this storm.

Once again, I am aware that he has apologized.  However, a sensitive and
caring person would never have had to apologize in the first place because
a sensitive person would put people's lives first and not politics.

So Mr Matthews ~ I pray that you never have to experience such loss
 so that I can be glad that my candidate won an election.

Motto of this story ~
Think Before You Speak!
One would assume as a professional journalist this would be obvious.

Susan and Bentley


  1. I do not think he thinks prior to speaking. He has hateful speech quite often. Being grateful for a storm is beyond the pale.

  2. Some people just don't think before they speak. What an awful thing to say.


  3. Exactly, Susan. Shame on him. He may have apologized but his words are out there. I'm so sorry you had to go through a storm loosing everything! We had so many on our little island loose every thing 4 years ago when Ike hit us. We were so fortunate and I feel very blessed.
    Shelia ;)

  4. His apology aside.... which was probably said just to save face. I mean, WHO even THINKS something like that?.... his stupidity and complete lack of compassion will live on tv and in print forever. Ten years from now, he'll be so exhausted because he'll STILL be apologizing for it.


  5. Well said, Susan and Bentley! It's my personal opinion that Chris Matthews is one of the rudest newscasters on the air these days -- and that's saying a lot. And when someone like him apologizes for a comment like that, I never believe his apology. I don't think he's sorry he said it; I just think he's sorry he got called out on it. I try never to watch or listen to him if I can possibly avoid it. Thanks for setting him straight.

    I'm so sorry about your loss. Our current house was hit by a tornado 14 years ago, and it did a lot of damage. We had to move out for three months. But we were fortunate that no one was hurt, including our pets, and we didn't lose precious, irreplaceable items like Christmas ornaments, family photos, etc. That has to be so heartbreaking.

    I always enjoy reading your blog and seeing your pretty pictures. :)

    Take care.

    Denise at Forest Manor

  6. It amazes me in this day and age that we still have so many bone heads as politicians and on TV. I watch what I say all the time even with a few folks around. I think their heads get so big that they think they are far more important than they really are. Shame on him. Frankly I think it is a shame there isn't more coverage of it because what I see seems monumental. My heart breaks for those folks out east.

  7. You are absolutely correct in your reaction to the foolish and insensitive comment made by Chris Matthews. Not his first stupid blunder, I might add. I am impressed that you voiced your outrage and I wish more Americans would hold people in high-profile positions to a higher standard. How very out-of-touch he is to turn the suffering and loss of so many people into cheap political bias. Susan and Bentley, thank you for having the courage to speak out on this subject.

  8. Hi Susan. I agree with you wholdheartedly. That was really a foolish and stupid thing to say.I hope his apology was sincere, because he certainly owed one to the people affected by the storm and also to the President. The reason he went to help had nothing to do with politics. Thanks for bringing it to our attention..Happy Wednesday..Judy

  9. Ridiculous. But this comment isn't isolated. It illustrated the mean-spiritedness and "win at all costs" attitude of a majority of liberals. Look at the campaign they just ran.

    And I'm not buying his apology. He thought through his remarks, and he meant them. He can sell that somewhere else.

    Appalling, truly.

    Ricki Jill and Bonnie Blue

  10. I just have to say that I heard the apology and it was very sincere. He had been on the air for over 12 hours straight and was exhausted. So we need to extend a little kindness and forgiveness. It was a terrible thing to say but we all say things we regret when we are sleep-deprived and exhausted.


    1. You certainly are entitled to your opinion Claudia. However, I do not believe that sleep deprivation is a valid excuse for anyone to be thankful for a terrible storm like Sandy to justify their own end. I have spent many days and nights being sleep deprived from taking care of an elderly parent but would never use it as an excuse to to be thankful for another's hardship and loss. It's very telling of one's character. By the way he is paid handsomely for his work. Being on the air for 12 hours straight on an election night is part of his job.

    2. Good point, Susan. I'm just offering up some compassion for something he clearly regrets. And he can't take it back, of course, because it was on the air and so it will be on DVR's and YouTube for the ages. It will always be associated with his name. I agree - it was a terrible thing to say. And I didn't hear it in context. Perhaps if we heard it in the context of the moment, that would clarify things. Or not, I don't know.

      And no, I'm not a big Chris Matthews fan. He is smart, but he talks too fast and he interrupts people. He can be rude. And clearly, he was extremely thoughtless in this instance.


    3. Open dialog is wonderful isn't it? Communication brings us all closer. Thanks for your input and I respect your candor.

  11. Disclaimer: the following is entirely my own point of view.....

    Let's not forget that there's one big issue here......the difference between news reporters and journalists. Reporters tell it exactly as it is. If you're old enough to remember Chet Huntley, David Brinkley, Walter Cronkite, Charlie Gibson and more. Journalists tell a story with their own point of view to influence people. Journalists sensationalize. Journalists are not true reporters but since they bring in the ratings they are the ones that the news media hires. Since integrity does not seem to be a major part of their repertoire, they speak before thinking and the result is, in most cases hurtful or insulting to many people. Insensitivity and self-importance always comes across this way. As a result, I stopped watching tv news and having the local newspaper delivered a number of years ago. Like politicians, these people rarely actually listen to what the audience says. They're far too busy 'making' the news.

  12. The alphabet news channels no longer report - they give their own liberal view. Chris Matthews - if he was exhausted - probably slipped deeper into his own view. As long as people listen to these people - they will have a job. WAKE UP AMERICA-NO....WAKE UP ORIGINAL AMERICAN VALUE PEOPLE

  13. Good point, Susan, but I feel such compassion for any human being who would make a mistake like that especially on TV. I certainly make so many. I've survived several hurricanes, none where I've lost my home, but I've lost loved ones to other storms of life, including my dad's agonizing battle with Alzheimer's. What I like to emphasize to everyone is that if a storm does not produce greater compassion and kindness in us, then it managed to make us victims instead of conquerors.

  14. I agree 100% Susan!!!
    Very well said!!

  15. That is not the only crazy comment he has made, he has a history of doing this. Get back on your meds Chris! How someone could use a tragedy for political gain is sick!


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