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. fritz43

    Yet another conservative crybaby.

    Get over it, kiddies, now the grownups are in charge.

    All you wing-nuts are hereby invited to dry up and blow away.

    February 22, 2009 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  2. Brandy

    This has become a silly argument at this point. Who cares if the "libral media" (people say that like libral means you have lepracy or something) had a big ol man crush on Obama? The fact is the man has done more in 30 days to improve th country then the Bush group did in 8 years.... they spent there 8 years trying to crush us and we let them. Now that we are fed up and want a different direction the Republican spin machine has been let loose and is out for blood. YOU LOST and you lost for a reason... maybe you should focus on the people who did not vote for you and why. Hillary is a nice lady but she is not the right lady to represent me (a women) as the first women pres. I don't just want any women I want the right women.

    February 22, 2009 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  3. MICHAEL RAE

    MR OBAMA WON THE WHITEHOUSE BECAUSE HIS MESSAGE WAS BETTER.. HE CONVINCED THE VOTERS THAT HIS WAY WAS BETTER. I ALWAYS TAUGHT MY SON, IF YOU LOSE DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT DONT CRY ABOUT IT, BECAUSE THE ENERGY YOU WASTE CRYING COULD BE USED FOR CONSTRUCTIVE ENDEVORS. REPUBLICANS LOST BECAUSE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WERE NOT BUYING WHAT THEY WERE SELLING. IE: TRICKLE DOWN ECONOMICS, MORE TAX CUTS FOR THE RICH, SARAH PALIN'S LACK OF KNOWLEDGE ON ISSUES, SEN MCCAIN'S THE FUNDMENTALS OF THE ECOMOMY ARE SOUND STATEMENT AND CONTINUED WAR IN IRAQ AND AFGANISTAN. SO WHAT YOU NEED TO DO IS WRITE ABOUT HOW TO SOLVE PROBLEMS. WHILE I DONT AGREE WITH ALL MR OBAMA IS DOING, AT LEAST HE IS DOING SOMETHING WHICH IS MORE THAN THEM WHINING REPUBLICANS ARE DOING.

    February 22, 2009 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  4. Darin J, Kansas City, MO

    All I can say about all of this is to "Get over it". Obama won, America has spoken, so lets move on. As soon as people can accept the fact that we now have a non-white President, the sooner we can resolve the issuses Bush left behind.

    February 22, 2009 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  5. joe

    sick.

    February 22, 2009 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  6. NB

    I agree with kb all the way; and anyone else that believes the press and his race got Obama into the white house. News flash to all you repubs: The press is never going to get over this love afffair with Obama. It is so scary; he can do anything and it is OK with them . It will be the same press that will get him elected again. So you guys waiting for the love affair to end in 2010 or 2011 can hold your breath. Aint going to happen my friend. It is sad and I really do believe Hillary is the biggest loser in all this. She was my candidate and I did not vote in the election because she was not on the ticket, thanks to the stupid press!

    February 22, 2009 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  7. Brian

    The media did not win the election, Obama won the election. Media is just another influence on everyday life, but as anyone with half a brain can tell you, there are far more influection persons in everyday life. Teachers, co-workers, friends, family, those are the people who sway opinion, not the media. This story makes it sound like Media bias is a big secret of some kind, or some sort of breaking development...

    February 22, 2009 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  8. Scott

    ************
    …How many of you believe Sarah Palin said "You can see Russia from my house?" Guess what? She never said that….Tina Fey said it. The liberal media won this election and that's scary.

    ***************

    Hey Mark, if the liberal media won Obama the election, why didn't the liberal media win Gore and Kerry the elections the previous two cycles?

    Also, you're missing the point on Sarah Palin: She subtracted votes from John McCain because middle-of-the-road, non-political voters were scared out of their minds to put someone who couldn't name a newspaper or magazine she regularly reads a heartbeat from the presidency. Tina Fey just crystallized it.

    If John McCain could have foreseen Palin's impact, he would never have put her on the ticket.

    February 22, 2009 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  9. Biased Canadian

    I certainly agree with him that the media slobbered all over themselves in their rush to make sure Obama was the next President and everyone could then claim how enlightened they were to elect an African-American. They couldn't let go of anything where anyone called "racism" and built any complaint way above and beyond its proportions even trying to call ex President Clinton a racist for remarks he made that were twisted to enrage a certain voting block, but they ignored or derided anyone who claimed that there was gender bias.

    February 22, 2009 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  10. Nick

    preach it jim doyle! i'd elect him governor of wisconsin!

    February 22, 2009 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  11. Denise

    Thing is – I think most people's "crush" on Obama is a newfound feeling that we can trust this man to do what's best for our country – ALL people in our country. He inspires hope and service. We need that right now, we're in the midst of a downward spiral politically and economically because of the last 8 years of war and lies.

    IF SO MANY HAVE A "CRUSH" – COULD BE BECAUSE IT'S DESERVED.

    February 22, 2009 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  12. Mike

    LOLBUTTHURT.

    Seriously. They lost. They need to get over it and stop bawwwwwing.

    February 22, 2009 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  13. leVodge

    Dude besides the media bias that you talk about, did you know that Obama paid for half or most of his air time. Anyway he's in the White House so deal with it and talk about the more important issues at hand!

    February 22, 2009 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  14. sherko

    Goldberg would take issue with Gandhi if it meant more book sales. Don't fall for the faux outrage.

    February 22, 2009 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  15. Cleareye

    Goldberg, Hannity, Limbaugh, Coulter and the like just can't stand it when they have been shown by the American people that they are utterly without any significance whatsoever. They had their chance with Bush and he proved to be a failure in almost everything he did and now no one listens to their opinion for very good reasons- they are wrong, almost always, and even the uneducated know it and resent their contribution to the state of our country. In short, they are losers. Obama is a winner.

    February 22, 2009 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  16. Honestly

    I agree that the majority of the media covered Obama favorably. What a surprise, then that the majority of voters voted for him? Follow the money, people, it's the other way around. The media hangs on what is the popular, or sensational story, where the money will be. If Obama being popular weren't a successful story, the MSM would have dropped it, unless they had an agenda like Fox.

    It is somewhat shameful, though, that we still see this anger against someone shown in a favorable light, especially given the challenges facing Obama with the economy, foreign affairs, etc. Instead, can we be hopeful that the media will help the good things that can happen, and doesn't fall into or contine to feed more of this polarizing discussion.

    Don't worry, if things start going incredibly south, the media will cover that too. Whatever sells papers (or airtime, or web hits, etc.).

    February 22, 2009 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  17. Denise

    We the PEOPLE picked our favorite. It was Barack Obama, in spite of the right wing Rove campaign of lies. Despite the Fox News constant spewing of hatred and divisiveness.

    In spite of the all the odds, Obama WON. We, the people deserve the credit of making up our own minds. That's our right and our privilege.

    If your guy didn't win – it's because he didn't get as many votes. Accept it.

    February 22, 2009 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  18. danny Boy

    Carson33 – What's it like living life as an angry moron?? Your comments are tilted, skewed and fictional. Bernie has it correct. The media is biased. It's so obvious – those denying it – it's like staring @ the sun @ 12 noon and declaring they see no sun. At least have the integrity and courage to state the facts. The majority of the media is biased – and hopelessly so. It will never end.

    February 22, 2009 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  19. David

    The country is coming apart. Normal people do not care about Goldberg. We had 8 years of Bush-Cheyney with Goldberg & Fox News cheerleading. Now when the other side does the same they whine. Enough with all of this BS, we need folks focused on what is practical, pragmatice and supporting our fellow citizens who are most harmed by the deleveraging, job losses and forclosures. Some where between Republicans letting them suffer and the Democrats saving everyone is the center. Let's support reasonable people and policies in the center.

    February 22, 2009 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  20. love amercia man

    and we wonder why we are becoming last on the world stage ..... Oh its happening and its a damm shame .. We as a country can't even work together to make a change to a positive ... Boyyyyyy I tell ya .. Sure love or leave it well with the economy so bad and we don't even want to admit it to ourselves that we all must chip in financially on some level we can't even do that . I guess the conservative thugs will not be happy until this fails and then they will come up with another war based or "tax cut" plan to enrich a few and keep the wealth of circulation so down trotten that no money will come around to anyone because of the limiting thinking of the neo cons or just cons ...

    February 22, 2009 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  21. Toto485

    I don't vote for a party, I vote for the person..I think that Obama was the most intelligent candidate of all that were running..He is educated enough to see the whole story, is he perfect? Of course not, but he will do all the congress and senate will allow him to do to make things better.
    Personally I thought McCain was another Bush warmonger, and Palin is a joke...But it is my opinion that if McCain had chosen a qualified man as his running mate, he would have walked away with the vote... It will take a lot to clean up the mess that Bush left. But if everyone will calm down it will happen, not overnight of course, but it will happen...I am from a state that voted Republican big time......lots of good ole boys..who are not ready to let go of the past....a lot of them are still steaming..and would love to see another civil war, but things change, and I am looking forward to some intelligent governing..

    February 22, 2009 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  22. Gun Runner

    Let liberals do whatever they want and have their time now with their messiah president. The conservatives keep buying up the guns and ammo so when revolution breaks out, the libs and dems will get slaughtered by all the gun toting religious clinging America loving people.

    February 22, 2009 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  23. Moncar

    Republicans, and that certainly includes the Boys from Fox, are doomed to wander the political wilderness for the next 20 years, as they did after 1932 and the bewildered Herbert Hoover.
    So, just as Roy Scheider realized upon seeing "Jaws" up close he'd need a bigger boat, Mr. Goldberg and his right-wing cohorts at Fox are going to need a much, much younger crew for the long night ahead.. Perhaps, all of them can contribute towards a cable news version of "The Boys From Brazil."

    February 22, 2009 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  24. SAGG

    I agree with some other posters: This is news?? Man, I heard this story months ago! Goldberg's whining like other conservatives: That the (liberal) media was in the tank for President Obama, and that's why he won the election. PLEASE. President Obama won because of how the Repubs handled the economy and the War in Iraq, led by Bush II, as well as McCain picking the Winking Maverick Pit Bull With Lipstick for his running mate. THAT'S why they lost, not Matthew's "man crush" on Obama.

    February 22, 2009 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  25. Pat in IL

    Mark, Sarah Palin did, indeed, say that she could see Russie from her house. Tina Fey said it, too, as Sarah, but only after Sarah said it.
    Goldberg needs to get a balanced view of the media. Has he ever watched Fox???

    February 22, 2009 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
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