I might have watched Matthews twice in the last year. I did watch once to see what he was saying about the Swiftees (as if I didn't already know) and caught the show with Michelle Malkin. About as shamefull as it gets. He pounced on her comment that the 1st Purple Heart might have been self inflicted and twisted that to mean that Kerry purposefully shot himself. She kept trying to explain exactly what the allegation was and, in true Matthews fashion, kept interrupting her so she couldn't. I won't get into the whole thing, but here's a link to her website where she accurately discusses what happened.
In trying to find that link I came across the Hardball transcript from a later show. Buchanan was on and again attempted to clarify what Malkin was attempting to say. Notice Matthews steps all over Buchanan so he can't correct the record. Also note what that toady "historian" Brinkley says.
MATTHEWS: Welcome back to HARDBALL.
Before we go to Dick Cavett, we want to get some final thoughts from Doug Brinkley and Stanley Karnow.
Let me go to Doug Brinkley on a hot point on this program.
Doug, there was a woman on the show the other night, Michelle Malkin or something, who was discussing in rather loose terms the idea that maybe John Kerry had purposely wounded himself to win a Purple Heart. Where would she get such an idea?
BRINKLEY: Well, from the Internet, from talk radio. This is a right-wing August takedown on John Kerry, and rumors, accusations, innuendoes flying. And that‘s just how gutter politics is played sometimes in America. I feel it is a completely irresponsible comment and she needs to apologize for making it. There‘s no evidence that says John Kerry ever shot himself.
MATTHEWS: Do you want to say something?
BUCHANAN: Yes, I do want to say something. Chris, I saw the show you did with Malkin. And there was a misconnection there. She said...
MATTHEWS: No, there wasn‘t. I asked her a dozen times to clarify what she was saying.
BUCHANAN: She said—was it a self-inflicted wound? And she said
yes. And you were saying, was it purposefully done by Kerry? She should
have said, no, it was the
MATTHEWS: Why didn‘t she say it when I gave her 12 times to do that?
BUCHANAN: Well, it was...
MATTHEWS: Twelve times.
BUCHANAN: Well, look, I mean...
MATTHEWS: Just a minute, Pat.
BUCHANAN: You can argue that with Ms. Malkin. But what she was
saying was right from the book that it was a self-inflicted wound, probably
by a grenade that hit the rocks in front of Kerry.
MATTHEWS: Right. Of course we all know that kind of thing happens in war. The question is, was it purposely—did he purposefully shoot himself or not? That was the question that was being suggested by that discussion.
BUCHANAN: I saw her and I do not believe she said it was purposefully
MATTHEWS: Watch the tape.
BUCHANAN: All right. Let‘s get tape.
MATTHEWS: I‘ll watch it again.
BUCHANAN: Go to the videotape.
MATTHEWS: Let‘s go. I watched it 12 times, Pat.