The Chris Matthews “Democrats=Terrorists” Fight Escalates

At the Open Letter To Chris Matthews blog there is a new push, asking readers to contact MSNBC, and a few of their advertisers, asking Chris Matthews for an apology for comparing people like us to Osama bin Laden.


This Frequently Asked Questions post expains why we are so upset, what Matthews said, what we want, and how readers can help pressure for an apology.

6. What will it take for you to call off your protest?
Chris Matthews and the senior management of MSNBC need to publicly apologize for comparing American critics of the war in Iraq to terrorist Osama bin Laden, and both must commit to stop functioning as an adjunct of the right-wing noise machine and to start acting like objective journalists.

We are trying to stop this “Democrats = Terrorists” mantra now, before it becomes even more dangerous.

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Press Ignored Murder Mystery

Through Atrios, this fascinating story,

Wait until you hear the rest of the story. It has all the elements of a good murder mystery.
* The congressman (an ardent and vocal supporter of G.W., by the way) resigns only six months after re-election, just prior to his aide’s death. The reason: amid rumors of marital infidelity, the recently-divorced husband wants to spend more time with his sons.
* A medical examiner who had his license revoked in another state. Why? He lost it falsifying autopsies.
* The medical examiner’s supervisor had contributed thousands of dollars to the congressman’s election campaign.

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More On Matthews and Apology

A blog has been set up for people to post public comments complaining about Chris Matthews “bin Laden” comments. MSNBC will be aware of and monitoring this blog.
Please go to this blog and leave a comment. This is an opportunity to make noise and get something done about the way Democrats and liberals are openly badmouthed. This is about accountability in a democracy.
To Chris Matthews,

Yesterday, you compared Michael Moore to Osama Bin Laden. Michael Moore is an American filmmaker. Osama Bin Laden is a terrorist who murdered three thousand Americans. This type of McCarthyite smear has no place in American journalism, let alone on a major TV network.
You owe Michael Moore, and the American public you serve as a journalist, an apology.
MSNBC doesn’t allow public feedback on its web site. I have therefore set up this blog as a public forum for discussion about this unfortunate incident. Please keep commentary civil.