A frothing Chris Matthews on Wednesday excoriated Rush Limbaugh for an
"astounding assault on women's rights." Matthews shrieked that the
conservative talk radio host's commentary on liberals and birth control "sounds like hatred of women."
The Hardball anchor began by playing a clip of Limbaugh asserting, "Could it be that Democrats fear kids? I mean, they are aborting their own people. The vast majority of people having abortions are Democrat voters."
An angry Matthews responded, "It is an astounding assault on women's rights that he's playing to there. I don't care what language he uses about aborting." [MP3 audio here .]
The left-wing host piled on, "That sounds like hatred of women. That's a weird kind of message."
Matthews proceeded to speak for Limbaugh, suggesting, "He is basically saying 'Me, this big guy, this big guy is telling women there is something wrong with you and deciding whether you want kids or not.'"
A transcript of February 15 segment, which aired at 5:42pm EST, follows: