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

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


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. S.M.R.

    Just reading the Goldberg quotes, he is a bumbling idiot. TYPICAL REPUBLICAN POINT OF VIEW. I wish they would all just go away, they are harmful to our Country!!!

    February 22, 2009 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  2. CLay

    Nina D...you're an idiot! Independent recounts have confirmed that when all the legal ballots were counted Bush still beat Gore! So please, if you have something other that lies to contribute...please do!

    February 22, 2009 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  3. bc3

    Blank –

    Sarah Palin's responsibility was not to attract independent and Democratic voters. It was to hold the conservative GOP base, which she more than did. "Maverick" John McCain's job was to attract moderates and he failed miserably.

    If you stop watching the CNN propaganda network, you'll probably become smarter.

    February 22, 2009 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  4. Larry BeSaw

    Who care what Bernard Goldberg thinks? He's a right wing political hack who hates the media because CBS fired him. And CNN has no business criticizing any other media because it has that worse hack (and racist) Lou Dobbs fouling its airways.

    February 22, 2009 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  5. Soria

    True media died along time ago.

    February 22, 2009 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  6. ryan

    This LEACH is trying to make money off the President's name .

    If you ask me This Goldberg guy seems to have One of the biggest crush on President Obama , Everytime i turn on a radio or TV this clown is on talking about President Obama .

    Envious and jealousy is a terrible thing goldberg.. go seek some HELP.

    February 22, 2009 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  7. Obambi

    He did not "resoundingly" defeat HC–he barely won–limped over the finish line. What a crock. I can't believe the way the media still defends him, even though his decisions on most cabinet members, packages and bills are all questionable. Things are being done everyday to "distract" from what he is doing. For example–the racial thing with the attny gen.How dumb do the democrats think Americans are? Even the "spiffy" rides on Airforce 1 are a money gouging distraction to what he is not doing which is acting like a president.

    February 22, 2009 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  8. Garth Dentom

    I don't believe this. Where was everyone when FOX News was "loving it up" with the Bush White House for the last 6 years? I am sure Goldberg was alive, but conveniently chose to ignore that fact.
    I have never seen an news organization as biased as FOX.

    February 22, 2009 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  9. Bob

    OK! Lets see! Rush and FOX that'w two!!

    NPR, MSNBC, ABC, NBC, CBS (Rather biased), CNN . . . . . No, there's no bias!!

    February 22, 2009 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  10. Craig Nazor

    Barack Obama won fair and square. I voted for him because he was the best candidate. It is pretty obnoxious for a media maven to claim that "the media" can win or loose an election – talk about an inflated sense of importance! Here's a reality check: the people liked him the best. They still do. It's called Democracy. The rest is just spin.

    February 22, 2009 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  11. K.C.

    "I think Sean Hannity had a huge gigantic man crush on Sarah Palin. He probably had a thrill up his leg too. Was that any better, simply because Palin was female?"


    February 22, 2009 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  12. C W

    Give me a break, Goldberg! This is a typical right-wing tactic of saying the same lie over and over, hoping people beyond the non-thinking idiots who listen to you will somehow reject reality and embrace your ridiculous ideas.

    You right-wing bias types just can't accept that fact that McCain lost because:

    1. Your party proved beyond a shadow of a doubt that your ideas don't work! Specifically, voodoo economics and tax cuts for the wealthy do not trickle down.

    2. McCain is a hothead who's been trading on his POW status his whole political life. Since when does being a prisoner qualify anyone for any public office?

    3. McCain let Karl Rove and his other handlers pick Sarah Palin as his running mate. She's an airhead and an imbecile – she proved that every time she opened her mouth. (BTW, claiming that she's the "most popular governor in the U.S." isn't saying much, given that Alaska's men outnumber the women by about 7 to 1. I had a friend who lived there who said she got marriage proposals walking down the street – and she had a ring on her finger!)

    4. People wanted and needed change – and, being a democracy, their votes were heard! People were tired of being manipulated and lied to by the fear-mongering right.

    5. Obama campaigned in all 50 states; he participated in dozens of debates; took part in countless interviews; proved that he not only has great ideas, but the stamina and strength of character to lead this nation at a time of crisis. People recognized that – from across the political spectrum – and voted him to be our President.

    GOP and their supporters: You LOST! Take your marbles and GO HOME! Or, keep wagging your tongues, whining and complaining – God knows, it’s what you do best.

    February 22, 2009 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  13. Sue

    Golly, I might not agree with Chris' statement, but I find it interesting that Goldberg talks about this comment--where was he to question the "WMD" comments (that we all know were complete falsehoods) when Shrub spewed them? Talk about a lapdog!

    February 22, 2009 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  14. Mike

    Since as I saw MSNBC, I stopped reading the article. Enough said.

    February 22, 2009 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  15. Bob

    I find it troubling that the gentleman would consider that Obama's pastor's sermons (whether they were released before, during, or after the campaigning) would "turn the tide" of the nomination or the election.

    Obama's pastor was not nominated or elected. If we take the gentleman's logic, then one might as well determine the outcome of the political process based on what the local head of the PTA says....

    February 22, 2009 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  16. Scott of Utah

    Mark: Palin never said, "You can see Alaska from my house" – that is true. But, she DID say that you could see Russia from Alaska (which is actually true). The problem was that she was implying she had foreign relations experience because of that fact. That is what Tina Fey picked up on and changed into the "my house/backyard" comment on SNL.

    February 22, 2009 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  17. ken from jefferson city mo

    I watch Hardball everynight and I listen to him bad mouth pres obama
    all the time he has been critized so much about that subject that he won't give the president a break so just listen to him on a nightly basis and you will hear the truth.

    February 22, 2009 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  18. M O'Neill

    My only concern with Nina B's testimonial is the fact that the media claimed election fraud, then the government intervened to find out if that allegation was correct. You can not read the headlines back to us in a discussion that pretty much is asking whether or not we can in fact trust those with the privilege of presenting the news to us. I mean lets face it, news and education are major facets of liberalism. You can not say that young adults are being breed by liberals and force fed hysteria from the news. Brain-washing, maybe not. Teaching biases....maybe.

    FYI, I voted for Nader because I liked neither McCain nor Obama (who spent $2 more per a vote than McCain...buying votes?)

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

    No, Goldberg is the biggest loser.

    February 22, 2009 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  20. Scott

    The coverage may have helped, but I don't think it was the reason for the win.

    Try terrible economic policy by the Republicans, two wars that weren't going well (Iraq is going better now, but not great), and Sarah Palin.

    February 22, 2009 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  21. labman57

    Just another example of the right-wing propaganda campaign to portray the MSM as biased toward the left.

    The reality is that the vast majority of "elitists" in the U.S. are found in the right-wing of the political spectrum.

    February 22, 2009 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  22. Gary

    We, the American public, are, collectively, all idiots. We voted agains a previous unpopular administration, and, because of the novelty, and the personal charisma of Mr. Obama, we elected a man who is grossly unqualified to be President of the United States. All this in anunprescedented national financial crisis.
    No complaints, folks. We asked for it, and the media willingly led us into it. Sheep.

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

    Cheney also blew up the New Orleans levies after fixing the Florida election!!!!! He also personally tried to "torture" Chris Mathews and Keith Olberman. Hello!!!! Liberals are scary!!!!

    February 22, 2009 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  24. Paul

    No, Goldberg is the biggest loser.

    February 22, 2009 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
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