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. Gater

    The Democrats are hell bent on making this country into a Socialist State and stealing freedoms and liberties from us all.

    The Republicans are hell bent on making this country into Social Caste System where big business runs all, including the Government.

    MSNBC is simply liberally biased. Sean Hannity and his affiliates are simply hatefully biased. Both political parties are American, bred from hard work, strong education and a shared belief that America is, and should remain, the greatest nation on Earth.

    Can we blame either party for their constant power grabs? After all it is to lead the greatest nation on the Earth. We should all hope there are enough of us to cut through the noise in order to deal with what lies ahead.

    February 22, 2009 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  2. Walt

    The losers in this election will never stop whining. My 2 year old great grandson eventually gets over it when he doesn't get his way but not these folks. If we could harness whining and crying energy the republicans could solve our dependence on foreign oil.

    February 22, 2009 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  3. survivor

    Oh yeah well Goldberg has a man crush on Rush Limbaugh!! What a nonsense comment – fools like this are dumber rhan dirt!!

    February 22, 2009 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  4. cleopatra carter

    get over it

    February 22, 2009 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  5. Brian, Pennsylvania

    Liberals are dopes. They want higher taxes, weaker national defense, and don't care about the individual. But this is okay.. coservatives are wide awake and coming for you in 2 years at the ballot box. Nice to people like Sarah Palin scare the hell out of you.

    February 22, 2009 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  6. Rodney

    Madame Secretary may still be President yet. Ronald Reagan was 69 when he took office. When the oath of office is taken on January 20, 2017- Hillary Clinton will be 69.

    February 22, 2009 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  7. Darren D.

    Mr. B, I 50 yr old, Blk, Ret, and GPO. Ex-Bush didn"t do it right! Mr. B, did U VOTE? President Obama is here forever!

    February 22, 2009 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
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