Inauguration Offers Brief Pause from TV Bickering

NEW YORK (AP) — The second inauguration of President Barack Obama gave television networks a chance to bask in the majesty of a Washington event that unites Americans of all beliefs and ideologies — at least for a moment. Then it was back to business as usual: the dissemination of widely divergent views on what […]

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Matthews Raises Profile During Campaign

By DAVID BAUDER NEW YORK (AP) — To his boss, Chris Matthews has become a statesman. His critics probably have other words. The veteran MSNBC host raised his profile as much as any member of the television commentariat during the presidential campaign. His 5 p.m. “Hardball” show has seen viewership jump by 24 percent this […]

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Chris Matthews’ Brother Accused of Perjury in Pa.

NORRISTOWN, Pa. — The brother of MSNBC commentator Chris Matthews is accused of lying to a grand jury investigating political corruption in a suburban Philadelphia county. Montgomery County Commissioner Jim Matthews was arraigned Tuesday on perjury and false-swearing charges stemming from an 18-month grand jury investigation. He was released on $50,000 unsecured bail. Prosecutors say […]

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Filling That Empty Hour on Television

By DAVID BAUDER NEW YORK — For the past few months, CNN’s Erin Burnett and her team have stared at the television equivalent of a blank page. The former CNBC anchor was lured to CNN with the promise of being able to start her own daily program from scratch. How she responds to that challenge […]

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3 MSNBC Hosts Predict Winner of Presidential Race

By FRAZIER MOORE, AP Television Writer BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — When three MSNBC hosts forecast the winner of next year’s presidential race, their choice isn’t surprising, considering the network’s liberal tilt. But their respective certainty wasn’t uniform when asked that question at an appearance before reporters on Tuesday at a meeting of the Television Critics […]

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Chris Matthews’ In-Law Charged in $8.1M Pot Bust

An in-law of MSNBC’s Chris Matthews has been arrested in a major ocean-going pot-smuggling operation. Matthews, the long-time host of “Hardball,” has nothing to do with the case, other than the fact that the skipper of a vessel seized in the case is the father of Matthews’ daughter-in-law. The captain is James Ormonde Staveley-O’Carroll, 58, […]

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