MSNBC anchor Chris Matthews announces he's retiring days after a female journalist accused him of making inappropriate remarks
MSNBC anchor Chris Matthews is resigning just days after a female columnist accused him of making inappropriate comments about her appearance and amid criticism of his political punditry. Freelance journalist Laura Bassett accused Matthews of making suggestive comments to her at least twice in 2016 when she was a guest on his show. Matthews has also come under fire recently for comparing Sen. Bernie Sanders' landslide win in the Nevada caucus to the Nazi takeover of France during World War II.
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MSNBC anchor Chris Matthews announced that his Monday night program would be his last on the network just days after a female columnist accused him of making inappropriate comments about her appearance and amid criticism of his political punditry. Laura Bassett, a freelance journalist who covers politics, gender, and culture, accused Matthews last Friday of making suggestive comments to her at least twice in 2016 when she was a guest on his show. Bassett first wrote about her encounters with Matthews, the host of MSNBC's "Hardball," in October 2017 but she didn't identify him by name. But last Friday, Bassett published another essay in GQ naming Matthews in the wake of his interview with Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts earlier this week, during which Matthews cast doubt on Warren's allegation that former New York mayor Mike Bloomberg engaged in pregnancy discrimination against his employees. Bassett said that Matthews repeatedly made objectifying comments about her looks and "inappropriately flirted" with her when she was a guest on his program. In one such incident, Matthews allegedly asked Bassett, "Why haven't I fallen in love with you yet?" Matthews apologized for making "compliments on a woman's appearance that some men, including me, might have once incorrectly thought were O.K." He added, "For making such comments in the past, I'm sorry."
Chris Matthews announces his immediate retirement from #hardball on MSNBC. pic.twitter.com/CtRschY14G — Keith Boykin (@keithboykin) March 3, 2020
Bassett tweeted shortly after Matthews' announcement, "All I gotta say is... it's about time." "No, I have more to say than that," she said in a follow-up tweet. "Since calling out Chris Matthews, this week has been really rough. The harassment has been invasive, cruel and personal. And it's all worth it if he will never have the platform to demean and objectify us again." Matthews has also come under fire recently for critical comments about Sen. Bernie Sanders' 2020 presidential campaign. During his coverage of the Nevada caucus last month, Matthews compared the 2020 candidate's landslide win to the Nazi takeover of France during World War II. Matthews' comments sparked immediate outrage, the trending hashtag "#FireChrisMatthews," and backlash from Sanders' campaign, which has long accused the left-leaning network of bias against it. The anchor formally apologized to Sanders and his supporters during his Monday program last week. "Sen. Sanders, I'm sorry for comparing anything from that tragic era in which so many suffered, especially the Jewish people, to an electoral result in which you were the well-deserved winner," Matthews said at the top of his prime time program. Correction 3/2/2020: This piece has been corrected throughout to clarify that Matthews was accused of inappropriate comments. Sonam Sheth contributed to this report.SEE ALSO: Political columnist accuses MSNBC host Chris Matthews of making suggestive comments to her before she went on his show Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: Extremists turned a frog meme into a hate symbol, but Hong Kong protesters revived it as an emblem of hope
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Kristin Scott Thomas is fed up of having to say thank you when someone says she’s...Kristin Scott Thomas is fed up of having to say thank you when someone says she’s still got it. And there are plenty of other comments that are apt to backfireChris Matthews, one of the US’s best known news anchors, has summarily quit his job at MSNBC following complaints about his reported remarks to a female guest. They are quite something, when you see them all written down. “Why haven’t I fallen in love with you yet?”, the journalist Laura Bassett says he asked her in the makeup room. She wrote in GQ: “When I laughed nervously and said nothing, he followed up to the makeup artist. ‘Keep putting makeup on her, I’ll fall in love with her.’”What is wrong with this “compliment”? It’s in the classic negging style, the quick one-two: one, clearly you are highly desirable, otherwise why would a man such as myself expect to have fallen for you? Two, there is room for improvement, quick, put some more makeup on, then my animal urges might overcome me. Negging objectification is the worst kind, containing that catastrophic hubris, “You, lady, will be so thrilled by my partial desire that you’ll be instantly looking for tips on how to increase it.” Continue reading...