MSNBC Host Finds Himself In Hot Water After Sexual Harassment Allegation Surfaces
MSNBC's Hard Ball Host, Chris Matthews, was absent the night of the South Carolina Primary and many feel it is due to recent sexual harassment accusations. Matthews was accused of coming onto a journalist and defending Bloomberg when it came to allegations against the former mayor. This allegation shines a light onto the way Matthews seems to feel about women.
"Chris Matthews was noticeably missing from MSNBC’s coverage of the South Carolina primary on Saturday, just a day after the longtime anchor of “Fastball” was accused of “sexist” behavior by a former network contributor.
Matthews is a regular on every election night, offering his high octane take on the goings on. That made his absence Saturday night all the more glaring.
In a GQ piece Friday headlined, “Like Warren, I Had My Own Sexist Run-In with Chris Matthews,” journalist Laura Bassett claimed that Matthews had used sexist language several times when she appeared on his show as a guest.
Matthews had pressed Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) after the Democrats’ latest debate on Tuesday about why she harangued former New York City mayor Mike Bloomberg over accusations of sexist behavior in his past, including a charge that he once told a pregnant employee to “kill it.”
“Why would he lie?” Matthews said of Bloomberg’s denial. “Because just to protect himself?”
“You believe he’s lying,” Matthews told Warren. When Warren said she believed the woman, Matthews asked why Bloomberg would lie.
Warren responded: “Yeah, and why would she lie? I mean, that’s the question, Chris.”
"Some of Matthews’s behavior has already been well-documented. Like Bloomberg, who frequently remarked “nice tits” and “I’d do her” at the office, Matthews has a pattern of making comments about women’s appearances in demeaning ways. The number of on-air incidents is long, exhausting, and creepy, including commenting to Erin Burnett, for example, “You’re a knockout...it’s all right getting bad news from you,” while telling her to move closer to the camera. Behind the scenes, one of Matthews’s former producers told The Daily Caller in 2017 that he allegedly rated his female guests on a numerical scale and would name a “hottest of the week,” like a “teenage boy.” In 1999, an assistant producer accused Matthews of sexual harassment, which CNBC, the show's network at the time, investigated. They concluded that the comments were "inappropriate," and Matthews received a “stern reprimand,” according to an MSNBC spokesperson."
It sounds like Matthews has been making unwanted advances that his co-workers don't appreciate and the network has been turning a blind eye to his behavior. It will be interesting to see what happens now that it has come to light that he is not PC in #metoo culture.