Ronald Reagan used to urged his GOP faithful to “never speak ill” of other Republicans. The Gipper is probably pounding the inside of his casket these days.

Now Chris Matthews of Hardball says he doesn’t believe journalists should talk about other journalists. He did so, of course, after speaking about a number of others in his profession.

Matthew’s view, of course, is obviously not shared by MSNBC stablemate Keith Olbermann who, after exhausting his sILY brags about his own ratings (usually inflated), embarks on a daily trashing of all who don’t agree with the former sportscasters (and that list, as movie producers used to say, is a cast of thousands).

But back to Matthews, who recently told Politico’s Patrick Gavin that “”I am not a media critic.”

Then he offered a few media criticisms of his own, selecting David Ignatius, David Brooks, John Heiilemann, Mark Halperin, Chuck Todd, Helene Cooper, Andrea Mitchell, Howard Fineman and Norah O’Donnelll as his picks for “smartest” journalists.

The best in the business?  Himself, of course.

“Absolutely,” he says. I have to deal with facts every night. I have to cover the news every night.”

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Doug Thompson published his first story and photo at age 11 -- a newspaper article about racism and the Klan in Prince Edward County, VA, in 1958. From that point on, he decided to become a newspaperman and did just that -- reporting news and taking photos full-time at his hometown paper, becoming the youngest full-time reporter at The Roanoke Times in Virginia in 1965 and spent most of the past 55+ years covering news around the country and the globe. After a short sabbatical as a political operative in Washington in the 1980s, he returned to the news profession in 1992. Today, he is a contract reporter/photojournalist for BHMedia and owns Capitol Hill Blue and other news websites.


  1. Recently we were joking about Chris Matthew’s “Leave it to Beaver” style haircut. Our neighbors claim he wears a hair piece, while my wife and I say it’s just a bad comb over.

    Which is it???

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