Chris Matthews about his refusal to allow White House talking points

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On Friday’s Countdown, guest host Rachel Maddow asked Chris Matthews about his refusal to allow talk show host Kevin James to blindly repeat White House talking points without having any idea what those buzzwords meant. We’re quick to call out Matthews when he does something wrong, I think it’s incumbent upon us to let him know when he’s done well too. And to his credit, Matthews understands how fundamentally detrimental these buzzwords are to a functioning democracy (and before you retort, no one is harder on him than I am, and he rarely allows them unchallenged on his program–he’s far more likely to be swayed by the perceived power–or attractiveness–of the person than the words they speak).

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