MSNBC Hardball host Chris Matthews wasn't the only one to wrongly predict the death of health care reform after Republican Scott Brown's surprise Senate win. But, as Time's James Poniewozick points out, Matthews's January 22 insistence that health care was dead is spectacularly wrong. (It's also, unlike all the blog and newspaper health care eulogies, captured on film, which makes it especially embarassing.) Poniewozick, marvelling at Matthews' forcefully wrong argument, dubs the TV host the "wrongest name in cable news."
But this clip is really something. It's like a gold-medal performance
in wrongness. It's like automotive engineers built a supersonic Wrong
machine, filled its fuel tank with high-octane Liquid Wrong, hauled it
out to the Bonneville Salt Flats, and attempted to set the world record
If you have a few minutes, the interview starts about 1:00 into this
clip. You are unlikely to see such a baroque example of a cable-news
pundit being wrong in his conventional-wisdom interpretation of "how
things work" anytime soon.
With the possible exception of whatever happens to be live on cable news right now
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