Apparently Hardball anchor Chris Matthews doesn't watch his own network. On Wednesday, the liberal cable host piously proclaimed that liberals would never compare a conservative to a dictator such as Joseph Stalin: "...People don't do that," he sputtered. However, on February 14, 2012 ,
MSNBC host Martin Bashir outrageously linked Rick Santorum to genocidal
murderer Joseph Stalin. [See MP3 audio here .]
After highlighting a critic who insisted the Republican was straight out of the 13th century, Bashir smeared, "If you listen carefully to Rick Santorum, he sounds more like Stalin than Pope Innocent III."
Yet, according to Matthews on April 18th, "But if you were to say that to a conservative...you're really on a slippery slope to extreme rightism...you're basically over there with Mussolini and Hitler- But people don't do that." Maybe just MSNBC hosts do such things?
Matthews's comments came out of a discussion of Congressman Allen West's
claim that there are "communists" within the congressional Democratic
The anchor complained about "This charge that if you are a liberal...then you're just a slippery slope away from Joe Stalin and the detention camps and the gulag and everything else."
Yes, because comparing a political leader would be out of bounce...unless you're a MSNBC host sliming a Republican.
A transcript of the April 18 exchange, which aired at 5:08pm EDT, follows: