February 22nd, 2009
01:00 PM ET
11 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. Herb Rosenbaum

    How much more dead can his already dead horse possibly become than it already is, by flaying it over and over again ?

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

    Get a life Goldberg. We get the point you are upset Obama won but seriously get something else to complain about. First off it was a fair fight, you can't go off saying "race trumps gender" and whine that Obama got more press coverage. They were both historical runs for the office and the media coverage was split. How about instead of blasting Obama you just go get a job with Rush Limbaugh and pop pills till you drool at the mouth and make a radio show out of it since you and him seem to share the same personality.

    p.s. krejaton your comment hits it right on the head too hah

    February 22, 2009 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  3. el rob o

    PS. The clincher for me was when NPR broadcast a mockery skit of "Joe the Plumber" just prior to the election. It was clearly intended to discredit the guy who simply asked obama a question and it was damage control because it looked like he had a good point. (and still does).

    After I heard that, I was convinced the bias had gone too far. Now, all I listen to is Fox – they're the only truly balanced network out there, although CNN throws a bone from time to time. (I think they're figuring it out)

    February 22, 2009 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  4. polisciprof

    The day I hear Goldberg complain about conservative bias on FOX, I will consider him somewhat credible. Until then, he is just another partisan hack.

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

    This whole business about media bias is a bunch of bull. The people who allege this are arrogant enought to think that the American people are stupid enough to fall for slick marketing campaigns. The overwheliming majority of Americans are not that stupid. The American people see through this kind of stuff and pick who they want to pick.

    The number 1 reason that Obama won is because he was "none of the above...he wasn't Hillary Clinton...he wasn't George Bush...he wasn't a neocon...and he wasn't a Republican. The last thing that the supporters of any of the foregoing want to admit is that their candidate was the problem...not the media.

    The media always have darlings...be they JFK or whoever. There are plenty of conservatives who be against a moderate or liberal candidate because he/she is a moderate or liberal and support a vastly inferior conservative candidate...or because their conservative candidate is their "darling." Conservatives do exactly the same things that they complain about...which makes them hypocrites.

    February 22, 2009 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  6. Chuck

    Goldberg is not a happy man, however, used to be at one time a long time ago. His bias has been overwhelming since he joined "faux news", which now makes him irrelevant. Goldberg, please go back to the honest journalist you used to be.

    February 22, 2009 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  7. jettgirl

    If the spoiled Republicans with fat pockets would wake up and smell the coffee, they'd realize that Obama is for the people not FOR THE MONEY........as our past president was. And the whiners with all the cash are just scared that their little lifestyles might have to come down outta the clouds a bit so that Obama can try to help this country. I also think they're scared that Obama just might succeed at it by not padding their wallets even more. He he he

    February 22, 2009 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  8. Rabid Atheist

    oooh boohoo as usual this little jew, like an increasing number of other jews, is pissed that all the negative portrayal of blacks in the media by an overwhelming jewish-owned media as per the New York Post racist cartoon, Jerry Springer, Blackface movies et al, failed to have affected enough hatred and fear to have caused Obama's defeat.

    President Obama is a fait accompli yet this little jew is still jumping up and down barking like a rabid inbred mongrel. oooh boohooo.

    February 22, 2009 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |



    February 22, 2009 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  10. Nateyes

    Although this article may be newsworth in the eyes of some, it's trash in the eyes of countless others, it simply doesn't deserve the ink and paper it's printed with, nor on. The bottom line is that Barack Hussein Obama is the President of the United States of America and he was elected by both popular and electoral votes. As a result, the story above is a NON-ISSUE. Now can we move on and discuss the economy, the murder rate in America, the increase in suicides, domestic violence, and inmate population in America. Let's talk about saving our homes, let's talk about the many people we being made aware of daily who are swindling others out of millions of dollars, but are not serving jail time. What about shrinking the divide between crack and powdered cocaine. The issues continue to grow, so why should we waste time haggling about something as pathetic as a subject like a "Man Crush," or "A Slobbering Love Affair".

    February 22, 2009 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  11. devo

    Fox News?
    Bill O'Reilly?
    Glenn "i wish I was Bill O'Reilly" Beck?
    Ann Coulter?
    Lou "I hate mexicans" Dobbs?
    New York 'Racist' Post?

    Should I keep going?

    There's plenty of insanely biased conservatives in the media. This argument is ridiculous. He's just a sore loser.

    February 22, 2009 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  12. alan

    Nina – How in the world did Cheney rig the vote in Florida? He was on the ticket with Bush, remember??

    Anyways ... where has CNN been? This book has been out for weeks now ... been on the NYTimes best-seller list for weeks ... way to stay up-to-date CNN!!

    February 22, 2009 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  13. TRUTH

    Nina- You are a MORON. It is clear you do not understand what happened in Florida in 2000. Bush's win was legitimate and it was Al Gore who callenged it in court. Your claim that Cheney rigged the ballots shows the idiocy of liberals and the complete misunderstanding of politics you retreads have

    February 22, 2009 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  14. Simmy

    NEWSFLASH..........Brian, please forgive me! I mis-spoke. My comments should have gone to Bev. Again, I apologize.

    TO BEV,
    My comments to "Brian" were meant for you. Seek help quickly.
    Is it a "Man Crush" to be inspired by someone? Please move on from this.......................


    I agree with you. They have set a different standard for him. He is a strong man, though. He can weather any storms that come.


    February 22, 2009 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  15. Sammy

    Paul Gavras: You are a funny man, on the one hand you are defending Bush and Palin and on the other you say you are not a Republican, but an Independent. Give me a break. If you are ashamed of saying you are a Republican, it's understandable, but at least don't lie to us and yourself. Palin IS a bimbo and Bush IS an idiot, period, whether you like it or not...

    February 22, 2009 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  16. l eline

    Let's talk about the serious problem!! The right wing conservative republicans are about to push this country over the finacial cliff. They stand against intelligence and the truth just like Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan.The republicans have put us in this predicament just as they did in the 1920's.. I say we settle this in the streets with guns and knives!! A new revolution is needed.

    February 22, 2009 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  17. laughing

    my first try at this,but anyway here we go with finger pointing again,that's why nobody trusts any of them,gop or dems,world is going ta s–t,no let's just cry about this one or that one,I'M 51 YEARS OLD AND THIS IS THE FIRST TIME I DID NOT VOTE FOR A PRESIDENT!!! pretty bad when they have ta dig in a can of nuts and bolts ta find a candidate,i mean both sides,by the way about the ( cartoon ) this is AMERICA I THINK,if anyone saw OBAMA'S name in there let me know,and the NAACP,CRY CRY,CRY,baby's,what i saw was a dead MONKEY,NOT A DEAD PRESIDENT,DIDN'T BOTHER ME A BIT,SO LET'S GET OVER ALL THIS CRAP ALREADY,THIS COUNTRY HAS MORE PROBLEMS THAN CARTOONS,WE NEED TO FIX THE COUNTRY THAN SPENT TIME POINTING FINGERS,ISN'T THAT THE WAY THIS COUNTRY GOT IN THIS MESS,I'M TALKING 30-40 YEARS AGO,THEY ALL THOUGHT THE NEXT YEAR WOULD BE BETTER,YA'D BE BE SUPPRISED WHEN YA TAKE THAT BLINDFOLD OFF,HUH,THANKS FOR YOUR TIME,MAY GOD BLESS US!!!!

    February 22, 2009 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  18. Darrel B

    ""Obama did not win by a 'landslide' "

    Take a look at the election results again. Obama won 365 to 173 electoral votes. Pretty overwhelming victory. And before you start spouting off about popular election numbers, remember one simple fact. Voting for the president isn't a democratic election (we don't live in a democracy in the USA in case you have forgotten). The popular vote doesn't mean anything. If it did, Bush would have lost to Gore. Even if you do look at the popular vote Obama won by 7% which in election numbers is huge. Maybe you should stop listening to Fox News and Rush Limbaugh do some research and make up your own mind for a change."

    Maybe you should do a little research of your own: Obama won the popular vote by 7.4% and the EC 365-173.

    Here's what a landslide looks like, Brian, maybe you've never seen one:

    1932: 18.3%; 472-59
    1972: 23.6%; 520-17
    1980: 10.6%; 472-59
    1984: 18.3%; 525-13

    Obama won a solid victory, not a landslide. Maybe you should listen to Fox News and Rush Limbaugh more often because you are obviously not very good at your own research.

    Maybe it's that "tingle up your leg" that is clouding your judgement.

    February 22, 2009 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  19. alvino

    Golberg is just another old man who yells at clouds.

    February 22, 2009 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  20. Roland in St George, UT

    The media didn't get Obama elected. People were sick of the same old same old from the GOP, McCain's bad choice in Palin as VP pick, and let's face it, the US is not ready for a woman president. If you think the media gets presidents elected, guess again. The media is a divider, not a uniter. The media has no partiality...they are in it only for themselves and their own concern, and they will turn on Barack Obama quicker than a wild snake just as soon as he messes up. It's all about ratings and money, and the good of the country comes second.

    February 22, 2009 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  21. voter

    of all of the things that this country is facing, and this moron is talking about what chris matthews said last year. this is the reason the gop lost. they are not in reality with the problems facing this country. they worry about frivolous things that is not no one cares about. get a grip gop.

    February 22, 2009 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  22. Matt

    @Pat F,

    Palin bashing is not sexism. It could be, sure – there is always the possibility of sexism when criticizing a woman. But, the reality is that that woman absolutely is a bimbo. She is much dumber than Biden and a pathetic candidate. She won't make it in 2012 even if she tries, but in the fiction of imagining that she might, god help the human race.

    February 22, 2009 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  23. CLINTON: Queen of politics

    "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"


    February 22, 2009 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  24. jamaal

    Isn't He the guy who wrote the book citing the worst liberals? what happened after that guy read it? He went and kill some innocent people because He couldn't get to those liberals that this hater cited. Bernard, please go rest in peace.

    February 22, 2009 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  25. safari

    Godberg is another of one of the friggin' idiots who walk on this planet.

    February 22, 2009 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
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