If former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich runs for President in 2012 — and many GOP insiders feel he will — one thing is for sure: He won’t appear for any debates moderated by MSNBC‘s Keith Olbermann or Chris Matthews.
Gingrich considers both as shills for Democrats.
MSNBC has come under fire not only from conservatives but also from journalism professionals for using highly-partisan anchors like Matthews and Olbermann to moderate debates or anchor election night coverage.
Appearing on C-Span‘s Washington Journal on Sunday, Matthews said:
There’s no possibility that I would ever go to a debate and have Olbermann or Chris Matthews asking questions. I watched the debate a couple of years ago and it was an embarrassment because they were so relentlessly hostile and they were so left-wing that every question they asked of the Republicans was designed to embarrass and divide the Republicans. And every question they asked the Democrats was designed to make them look good. Well why would we participate in that?
- Newt Gingrich Refuses To Participate In Any Debate With “Hostile” Chris Matthews And Keith Olbermann (mediaite.com)
- Gingrich vs. Olberman Round 2 Twitter (lezgetreal.com)
- STRONG WORDS: Newt disses Matthews, Olbermann (politico.com)
- Gingrich: No debates moderated by Olbermann or Matthews (thehill.com)