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Saw a segment on Monday night's show called "Let Me Finish." Yep, that's "Let Me Finish," by Chris Matthews.

hahahahahahahahahaha!! That is the most hilarious title EVER! I am assuming Chris Matthews did not get the joke.

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On 8/21/2018 at 9:08 PM, car54 said:

I felt like tonight was Omarosa's MSNBC commenter audition.   Her video reveal was worthless.

I read somewhere that CNN will not book her at all so it's MSNBC or nothin.   

Omarosa is too rude, condescending, and prickly to be a commenter.  If she does want a gig, she's going to have to be more friendly, which I don't think she can do.

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I watched tonight (until 7:30...Jeopardy) and I will have to give Chris this...he is always fired up and passionate.  Unfortunately, he had on two excellent guests...Jennifer Rubin and a young man who I don't remember seeing before.  Chris talked most of the time; he DID let Jennifer Rubin get some words in but the poor other guy...had to jump in just to get a few scraps.  Which gave me this brilliant idea...give Chris the Saturday morning timeslot!  He would be fabulous...all that enthusiasm, honking laughter, spit flying, probably arm waving...what a great wake-up call.  I would actually look forward to watching that.  It would have the added benefit of getting rid of Alex Witt.

I just get so frustrated with his nightly show that I usually switch to CNN or Jeopardy.  Today was one of the biggest news days of the year.  Since yesterday and until tomorrow.  Chris could have had an excellent, sharp and informative show.  But he just loves pontificating so much that he can't help himself.  Bless his heart.

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Am I the only one on this board? 

Mr. Kemper and I just watched Chris interview a Congresswoman from California. This was, I think, the person the Kavanaugh accuser went to first with her allegations.  Sorry, but the interview was unintentionally funny.  The Congresswoman spoke in a monotone...Chris looked bored...he barked some sort of question that was ridiculous.  It seemed to take forever.  We were both astounded, entertained and horrified. 

It was one of the worst interviews I have ever seen on tv.  Kind of in the "so bad it was good" type of thing, I guess. 

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1 hour ago, HyeChaps said:

The last few weeks I have noticed that: 1) Chris is coughing a lot and 2) Chris is mixing up his words  

Anyone else?

I've noticed that.  However, I've been coughing a lot and so have other newscasters.  I think it's the change in weather.   As for mixing up his words, I just think it's because he's not feeling 100%.

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Just watched the second Beto O'Rourke town hall in a week and I don't live in Texas.

Last week on CNN with Dana Bash as moderator. Chris can mop the floor with her. He knows how to keep things moving, keep it light and serious without being priggish.

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I listened to the town hall on Sirius XM because I was driving.  Chris didn't interrupt him!  I wish I could vote for Beto.

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OMG Chris. Never let Cher call in again. I like Cher but she was so disoriented that the interview was uncomfortable to listen to.

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17 minutes ago, stormy said:

OMG Chris. Never let Cher call in again. I like Cher but she was so disoriented that the interview was uncomfortable to listen to.

I didn't see it. Dang, because I've always liked her. Disoriented as in uninformed, or possibly demented? (Given her age). What was your impression? TIA

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2 hours ago, suomi said:

I didn't see it. Dang, because I've always liked her. Disoriented as in uninformed, or possibly demented? (Given her age). What was your impression? TIA

Disoriented as in not being able to put together a coherent thought or sentence. I'm going to blame it on frustration like me who keeps wondering how did we get here? What did we do to deserve this?

Montel Williams was on live right afterwards. He said he's never voted Democratic till this election. It's all about health care. He has health issues and his daughter recently suffered two kinds of cancer. He told Chris that whatever the Republicans have told you about healthcare, they're lying.

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4 hours ago, stormy said:

Montel Williams was on live right afterwards. He said he's never voted Democratic till this election. It's all about health care. He has health issues and his daughter recently suffered two kinds of cancer. He told Chris that whatever the Republicans have told you about healthcare, they're lying.

Well, the Republicans spent a lot of time in 2016, and for years beforehand, talking about repealing the ACA, so he's way late to the party if he's just now voting Democratic for the first time.  Better late than never, I guess, once your or your own kid gets sick and then has a pre-existing condition. forever.  Sorry, I'm cynical, and I'm tired of people who don't give a shit about other people, but when it's one of their own that gets sick, or comes out, or is denied the right to vote, suddenly, they change their tune.

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On 10/25/2018 at 9:22 AM, HyeChaps said:

The last few weeks I have noticed that: 1) Chris is coughing a lot and 2) Chris is mixing up his words  

Anyone else?

This post is from October. Chris is worse now. Every show, he uses a wrong word. One night, about two weeks ago, he had Jonathan Swan & Eugene Robinson as guests. At the end of the show, he started saying thanks & goodnight to them by calling Swan, "Eugene". Poor Jonathan was shocked & tried to make a joke of it (just to cover for CM). Another show, a few days later, he started talking about Pelosi by calling her Nancy Reagan. It's getting hard to watch Hardball.

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On 2/11/2019 at 12:26 AM, annzeepark914 said:

This post is from October. Chris is worse now. Every show, he uses a wrong word. One night, about two weeks ago, he had Jonathan Swan & Eugene Robinson as guests. At the end of the show, he started saying thanks & goodnight to them by calling Swan, "Eugene". Poor Jonathan was shocked & tried to make a joke of it (just to cover for CM). Another show, a few days later, he started talking about Pelosi by calling her Nancy Reagan. It's getting hard to watch Hardball.

Oh no. Could it be a brain fart or something? It sounds bad. We all make mistakes. I hope he is OK

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Any idea where Chris has been this week?  I haven't caught any mention of a vacation or special assignment.  

I too have been noticing more and more verbal slip-ups.  And he's even crankier than usual. 

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14 hours ago, Ladyrain said:

Any idea where Chris has been this week?  I haven't caught any mention of a vacation or special assignment.  

I too have been noticing more and more verbal slip-ups.  And he's even crankier than usual. 

I turned the show on last night, noticed he wasn't there, & wondered if he was getting checked out. You just know MSNBC has to have noticed.

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Yes.  This is getting curiouser and curiouser.  I think something is up.   I wonder if he's ill (I think he's diabetic).   Or I wonder if contract negotiations are going badly.   Or perhaps something he said or did has upset TPTB.   But the radio silence is deafening.

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I don't know how accurate this source is, but it says that Brian Williams could possibly replace Chris Matthews on Hardball due to ratings.  11th Hour is doing great while Hardball has been last in its time slot.

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9 hours ago, Kitty Redstone said:

I don't know how accurate this source is, but it says that Brian Williams could possibly replace Chris Matthews on Hardball due to ratings.  11th Hour is doing great while Hardball has been last in its time slot.

Well, that's it for me.  I have no use for ol' sad sack Williams. IMO, he should've been fired for telling lies, something a journalist/TV newsperson should never get away with.  Don't they have any fresh face who could take over Hardball?

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13 hours ago, Kitty Redstone said:

I don't know how accurate this source is, but it says that Brian Williams could possibly replace Chris Matthews on Hardball due to ratings.  11th Hour is doing great while Hardball has been last in its time slot.

I would much rather see Steve Kornacki continue with it.

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3 hours ago, The Solution said:

I would much rather see Steve Kornacki continue with it.

I'd rather they have Steve Kornacki stick with it as well.  He's had his own show before and could change the format if necessary.  Chris crams too many guests in a short amount of time.

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The Spitter returns on Monday (per Steve K who, of course, did not refer to Chris as the spitter) 😏

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Hi fans...here's an idea:
Launch a completely new approach to the news.
And what is that approach?
Just report validated facts...NOT opinion.
Geez...I bet that show would draw an audience...

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17 hours ago, annzeepark914 said:

The Spitter returns on Monday (per Steve K who, of course, did not refer to Chris as the spitter) 😏

I wonder if Chris will make any mention of where he's been for the past two weeks.   If he doesn't say anything (vacation; family issues; health reasons) I'm going to assume some kind of dispute with the network over ratings or viewers complaints.  --  At this point I would not be sorry at all to see him go, but I don't know who I'd like to see in that time slot.  Stephanie Ruhle maybe?   She can play hardball a lot better than CM has been doing as of late.

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I have it on very good authority that Chris was on a trip to New Zealand. 

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Really strange why they couldn't just inform the viewers that he was on vacation. 

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5 hours ago, Ladyrain said:

I wonder if Chris will make any mention of where he's been for the past two weeks.   If he doesn't say anything (vacation; family issues; health reasons) I'm going to assume some kind of dispute with the network over ratings or viewers complaints.  --  At this point I would not be sorry at all to see him go, but I don't know who I'd like to see in that time slot.  Stephanie Ruhle maybe?   She can play hardball a lot better than CM has been doing as of late.

She's as bad as he is at interrupting people, though.

CM's been around forever - he surely gets many weeks of vacation time every year?

ETA:  I should've scrolled down before posting!  I'm glad to see Chris was just on vacation and not out due to health issues.

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3 hours ago, Kitty Redstone said:

She's as bad as he is at interrupting people, though.

I agree, but she's one who could really be true to the show's name of Hardball.

It's good to know that Chris wasn't out because of illness, but it was odd that it was never mentioned why he was out.  Maybe that was intentional to gin up some buzz about him.  He sure missed some good breaking news in the past two weeks.

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That's true, Ladyrain.  I've seen her hold people's feet to the fire before, particularly one rep from New York whose name I can't remember. 

If Chris retires or is forced out, I wonder if they'll just retire the Hardball name as well and replace it with a whole new show.  Maybe it depends on what a new host would want/what producers think would fit her/his personality?

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5 hours ago, Kitty Redstone said:

If Chris retires or is forced out, I wonder if they'll just retire the Hardball name as well and replace it with a whole new show.

You're  probably right.   'Hardball' is too associated with Chris Matthews at this point.   ---  It's funny; I like Steve Kornacki a lot, but I never associated that term with him, so it was amusing to see him host under the banner "Hardball" for two weeks.

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Chris has written a book entitled “Hardball”. Anyone else in that time slot would have to have a different title. 

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1 hour ago, HyeChaps said:

Chris has written a book entitled “Hardball”. Anyone else in that time slot would have to have a different title. 

Maybe he came up with the name and using the same name for his book title was a way to "own" the name of the show. Oh well...if he resigns, retires, whatever, they'd need to create a new format for the show anyway, along w/ a new title.  The one thing about Hardball that I've enjoyed is the Tell Me Something I Don't Know segment (altho' since it's at the end of the show, they're rushed and I don't like that--I want the guests to have the time to do a bit of explaining re: what they' just revealed).

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He's b-a-a-a-c-k.   I hope it's just bad lighting, but Chris looks awful.  He bugs me something wicked, so why am I so glad to see him again?  

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2 hours ago, Ladyrain said:

He's b-a-a-a-c-k.   I hope it's just bad lighting, but Chris looks awful.  

He didn't look so hot in that vacation photo either (compared with his wife who looks healthy).

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My 2 cents:  
There appear to be two different interview techniques:
1) The interviewer asks the guest a question, listens to the answer, then asks a followup...thus we get the insights and expertise of the guest.  And the interviewer asks questions that we may or may not have considered.  Very useful. Very, ummm...adult.  I posit that interviewers such as Velshi & Ruhle, Maddow, and a few others use this technique often. Makes it quite tolerable to accept their viewpoint. 
2) Then there the interviewers who pose the initial question (usually along with a lengthy setup).  They let the guest start to answer then (rudely) interrupt and inject their own opinions.  Unfortunately, this just generates aggravation. Tucker Carlson is famous for doing this kind of "interviewus interruptus". Chris Matthews practices this often.  Very annoying.  Very...childish. 

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Okayyyy...I tuned in to Hardball tonight, around 7:30, and lasted maybe 5 minutes.  He had an awkward way of signaling to Bob Shrub (sp?) that this was his last question to him.  Bob looked puzzled, & then laughed a little.  I can't remember what CM said or how he phrased it, something like "this is the end of the night, Bob" or something like that, before asking one final question.  Very weird.

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Oh my goodness....did Michael Eric Dyson cut his long hair???? 

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Chris is on fire tonight, and firing on all cylinders.  Glad to see he is back on his game.  He has been asking a lot of really good questions tonight.

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