Chris Matthews apparently thinks Bush has a moral obligation not just to say that John Kerry served honorably, not just to distance himself from all 527 groups that run independently of his campaign, but to call these groups and tell them to stop exercising their right to free speech. In other words, Chris Matthews is recommending government censorship. It doesn't matter that he didn't expect Kerry to do the same when Bush's military record was being attacked, something that all the major news media fully realized was a non-story after exploring it to death in hope that it would turn out to ruin him. They apparently think that about the Kerry story without at all exploring it. It doesn't matter that he didn't expect Kerry to tell Michael Moore not to released his film. So even though Kerry never had such an obligation, Bush still has that obligation now, I guess. People have been telling me that Chris Matthews has gone off the deep end, but I didn't believe it until today. Here's the transcript:
MATTHEWS: When the president says publicly that he has no problem with John Kerry's war record, in fact he finds it noble, is that hypocritical or is that honest?
MALKIN: I think it is absolutely honest.
MATTHEWS: Because what? What makes it honest?
Because how they are attacking Kerry?
MALKIN: He can't -- he did not control these -- there was no -- can you show me directive that said, Swift Boat Veterans do this.
MATTHEWS: I'm waiting for the phone call that said stop doing it, buddies.
Update: By the way, if you want to see how much of a jerk Matthews was with Michelle Malkin, read her account of it. He belittled her because of her youthful appearance, didn't prepare for the conversation, misrepresented her a number of times without letting her explain why his representation of her was wrong, and kept insisting on the idiocy and irresponsibilty of the claim that he thought she was making that she wasn't making. Then he pulled her from the second segment of the show that she'd been scheduled for when her original purposed for being there was to talk about her book, the only reason FOX News had given permission for her to go on his show. Matthews only briefly mentioned the book when he said they'd get to it later, which they didn't do. I used to respect this guy. He's going to have to do a lot to regain that respect.
I'm not even going to get into the racist and misogynist comments (and pictures making fun of her) I've seen around the blogosphere about Michelle since this appearance on MS-NBC. Atrios links to them if you want to try to find them. I won't link to them or to Atrios (partly because Atrios was willing to link to them, which I consider immoral). She's the only person who I think has the moral standing to decide whether to link to it, and she does, so you can follow her link to Atrios and go from there.