February 22nd, 2009
01:00 PM ET
5 years ago

Media critic blasts Chris Matthews' 'man crush' on Obama

CNN

Goldberg takes issue with media coverage of President Obama.

(CNN) - It has become one of MSNBC host Chris Matthew's most infamous lines of the 2008 presidential election:

"I felt this thrill going up my leg," Matthews said the night Obama resoundingly defeated rival Hillary Clinton in the Virginia and Maryland Democratic primaries.

And former CBS News Correspondent Bernard Goldberg, who has long alleged liberal bias in the media, highlighted that line as indicative of the media's "slobbering" press coverage of candidate Obama during his campaign for the White House.

"That's not commentary, that's a man-crush," Goldberg declared on CNN's Reliable Sources Sunday.

Goldberg, the author of the new book “A Slobbering Love Affair,” credits the media coverage of the 2008 presidential election for ultimately resulting in Barack Obama's victory.

He specifically faulted coverage of the prolonged Democratic primary campaign, during which two historic candidates contentiously squared off.

"I think in elite liberal circles, certainly inside the media, race trumps gender, and that's why they slobbered over Barack Obama, and took Hillary Clinton to the back room and beat her with a rubber hose,” Goldberg said.

Goldberg also faulted political journalists for not digging up controversial sermons of the president's longtime pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, until Obama had already effectively captured his party's nomination.

"These tapes were available, you didn't have to be Woodward or Bernstein to dig them up," Goldberg said. "If those tapes had come out six months earlier, certainly a year earlier, I don't think Barack Obama would have been the nominee.

"I think Hillary Clinton would have been. And I think she would have been the president today," he continued. "And in that sense, she's the biggest loser in all of this."

soundoff (607 Responses)
  1. Lora B.

    You hit the nail right on its head, Goldberg. You're sooo right!

    February 22, 2009 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  2. Ben

    Someone tell Greta Van Susteren of Fox News to stop running up to Alaska to ride snow machines with Sarah and Todd Palin.

    February 22, 2009 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  3. MK

    Goldberg is not worth the air he is breathing. Chris Matthews rocks.

    February 22, 2009 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  4. Don P

    For the record, it's President Barack H. Obama, as it was President George W. Bush, President Ronald W. Reagan, President Franklin D. Roosevelt, etc...

    You don't have to respect the man or his politics, but in this country, please respect the office. He is OUR President.

    February 22, 2009 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  5. JN

    Goldberg is not the responsible journalist he would have us believe he is. He consistently engages in spouting loose facts that are often brought to light by the "mainstream elite liberal media" he so regularly calls anyone who finds his misstatements or outright lies. Very typical of yet another angry white man for not getting his way.

    February 22, 2009 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  6. Anonymous

    Why should anyone care what Goldberg says? He's just another right-wing pundit cashing in on Limbaugh's time-worn formula: whine, whine, whine...about the liberals, about the media, about how the government just doesn't understand this or that. We will all be just fine.

    February 22, 2009 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  7. Chris McCoy

    Yeah, the media's coverage of Obama lost the Republicans the election. It couldn't have been: Iraq, Record Deficits,Torture, Katrina, or a Collapsed Economy two months before the election? Forget the fact that the Republicans chose a relic as their candidate and a female version of Shrub as his running mate. Forget the only message McCain/Palin repeated was "Mavericky Mavericking Mavericks".

    Yep, run away from all responsibility Republicans and blame the media...riiiigggghhhhtttttt.

    February 22, 2009 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  8. Agalag

    You are exactly right, Sunoverla; They've all got "Jungle Fever". We'll see how enchanted every one is in four years...

    February 22, 2009 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  9. C W

    People who keep saying that Obama won because of "Jungle Fever" and "White guilt" are racist and incapable of seeing beyond the color of Obama's skin.

    Read his books (in particular, his policy book, "The Audacity of Hope"), review his speeches, re-watch the debates and countess interviews of the 2008 election, and read the Stimulus Bill. In other words, use your brain. That's what the majority of Americans did on November 4, 2008 – from all across the political spectrum, from all walks of life, and from all age groups and backgrounds, religions and social status.

    And that's exactly what scares people the most: That Obama truly is a man of the people, who will truly unite us and lead our country out of our current mess. As Obama succeeds, the politics of hate and division will return to the dustbin of history where it belongs. And people like Goldberg, Karl Rove, Grover Norquist, Dick Cheney and Haley Barbour will be out on their keisters.

    February 22, 2009 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  10. JT

    Hmm, what about every anchor at Fox News having a "man crush" on everything Republican?

    February 22, 2009 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  11. anonymous

    Can't you liberals get over the 2000 election already?????????

    February 22, 2009 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  12. Steve

    Chris Matthews is a COMMENTATOR, not a journalist. He can have his "man crush" all he wants, just like Rush Limbaugh can have his apoplectic seizures of the mouth. Bernie Goldberg is a ne'er-do-well and a hypocrite. He couldn't cut it at CBS, so now he throws stones at those who can cut it in the real world. He is a hypocrite because he takes money from the ULTIMATE poser-news organization, FOX, who purports to be "fair and balanced," but is really just a shill for the ultra-conservative wing of the Republican party. As Governor Schwarzenegger would say: "hasta la vista, baby!"

    February 22, 2009 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  13. Jeff

    No kidding Hillary would be president – and she should too! When will people all realize this??? She's more qualified in every way that can be measured! Obama practically stumbled across the finish line last June. As for the General, any democrat would have won, it wasn' t necessarily McCain's fault.

    February 22, 2009 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  14. Kevin

    The love affiar will soon be over when Obama's spending package fails to re-start the economy, nothing other than temporary "make work" jobs are created and inflation rears it's head.

    Obama will be so weak in 2012 that Hiliary could consider a run against him. Can you say one term president................................

    February 22, 2009 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  15. shan

    It's the media lol what can you say...

    February 22, 2009 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  16. mytabloids

    Goldberg is a cranky old man who couldn't hack it in the real world of news anymore, so he got on the venal GOP "hate train," along with Limbaugh and all the rest. He's a profiteering buffoon who's only singing to the choir.

    Think about it; for 20 years, the GOP has diefied Ronald Reagan...yet Goldberg doesn't see THAT as slobbering?

    Please Bernie, just go away.

    February 22, 2009 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  17. llabesab

    Always was "suspicious" of Chris" manhood; especially considering that the Anointed One ain't a "Leonardo Di Caprio", or
    Brad Smith", bur more like Bela Lugosi with "Al Jolson make-up!!

    February 22, 2009 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  18. Dan Williams

    I personally do not understand the adulation that President Obama gets. I also strongly believe that 95% of the people that voted for him do not know anything about the issues or that he strongly believes in socialism.

    Most people probably do not know what socialism is anyway.

    February 22, 2009 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  19. Pat in Atlanta

    What on earth is a man crush? How is it different from a girl crush? Older and more testosterone?

    February 22, 2009 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  20. Maria L. English

    Is it our fault that we always have the intelligent people .Try to maintain an intelligent conversation with ether Bill Oreilly or Rush Limbaugh and then argue the point that the media is biased and that we liberals believe everything we read on the liberal media.

    February 22, 2009 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  21. Maria L. English

    Is it our fault that we always have the intelligent people .Try to maintain an intelligent conversation with ether Bill Oreilly or Rush Limbaugh and then argue the point that the media is biased and that we liberals believe everything we read on the liberal media.

    February 22, 2009 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  22. Sean T

    *sigh*, yet more unchallenged and unquestioned righwingnuttery shoved down our throats from Howie "I am right down the middle, except most of the time when I am not" Kurtz

    Goldber is a fraud and a liar and has been proven as such over and over and over. Why a "media" outlets like CNN gives this clown time on our airwaves is beyond me. his flimsy, right-wing rhetoric is so clearly the adult manifestation of a long-held high-school grudge.

    Howie, instead of slurping all the bile and bitterness Goldberg was spewing, whey didnt you ask him about his doctored transcript from an interview tom brokaw did with charlie rose?

    Howie, why didnt you ask Goldberg to defend his claim that Ayers was not a campaign issue. during which campaign? it was pretty much 24/7 from September to November last year.

    Howie, why didnt you ask Goldberg about his repeated fabrications that someone threw oreo cookies at Michael Steele 6 years ago, a claim even steele himself has rejected as a lie.

    instead, all viewers were subjected to was a litany of distortions and mistruths and whining by Goldberg. there is a reason that guy has been fired from every network he has ever worked at. he would not know the truth or objectivity if it took a baseball bat to his head (kind of like he said he would take a baseball bat to the NYTimes)

    CNN is a joke. Kurtz is a complete joke. he so obviously scours right-wing blogs for his talking points, and it is well known that he religiously consults Drudge. His most frequently cited sources are Bill Kristol, Michelle Malkin, and various far-right bloggers. so why does CNN keep calling him a "media critic"? he is clearly a right wing water carrier.

    February 22, 2009 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  23. kirk

    Go Nina! They faked the moon landings too. I hate it when "the man" ruins things!

    February 22, 2009 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  24. Tony

    Once again we are given this typical right-wing drivel....Oh, the reason Obama won is because of Chris Mathews, or because he's black, or because he's left handed, or because he's...etc etc. These idiots cannot accept the fact that they have been REJECTED by the American people. It's hard to believe that nitwits like Goldberg, Sanford, Jindal et al. cannot see forest from the trees. The idea that these southern governors aure turning down the stimulus package because they are unsure of the "long term effects" is ludicrous. And you know what? They're all from the south. Maybe there's a bit of racism involved here...why would they want to help poor black people? It's not their constituancy, nor their color. You repubs are self-destructing right in front of our eyes....its sad for the people but fun to watch because it guarantees they will lose in the elections until they figure it out.

    February 22, 2009 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  25. judy

    Send that clown back to FOX where he belongs!!!

    February 22, 2009 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
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