MSNBC might be in last place in the cable news ratings, but if you get points for bad behavior by their Anchors, they might be right at the top.
This time, MSNBC mouth Chris Matthews is in hot water after it was reveled that recent guests on his show also were recent contributors to his wife, Kathleen Matthews congressional campaign.
The NY Post writes that Kathleen Matthews, a former news anchor and Marriott exec, has received a total of $79,050 in campaign contributions from prominent former and current politicians featured on her husband’s long-running cable-news show.
Looking at the contributions, it appears that the guests were in a pay for play situation, before appearing on Matthews show.
The political action committee for Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) gave $10,000 to Kathleen’s campaign on June 20, 2015 — two days before Gillibrand appeared on “Hardball.”
Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) contributed $1,000 on Jan. 11, 2016, one day before she was interviewed on the program.
Chris Matthews’ guests, their spouses or their PACs donated $79,050 as of Dec. 31 — about 5 percent of the $1.5 million Kathleen had raised as of then.
At least 11 of the donations came from guests after they appeared on Matthews’ show.
Paul Pelosi, husband of House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), put $1,000 into Kathleen’s coffers.
Jackie Clegg-Dodd, wife of Chris Dodd, a former Connecticut senator and president of the Motion Picture Association of America, gave $500. Dick Blum, husband of Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), maxed out with a $2,700 donation.
MSNBC issued a statement saying it “does not book guests on the basis of political contributions. That would violate not only our ethical obligation as journalists, but also violate the standards of NBC News.”
Chris Matthews did not return calls for comment.
Maybe it is time that NBC replaces Matthews with an Anchor that his clean with no skeletons in his closet. You know, like Brian Williams......ummmmmm.... never mind.