(National Sentinel) Left-wing Hell: Liberal MSNBC host Chris Matthews at times runs an openly derisive and blatantly sexist news operation that has left some staffers describing themselves as victims of “battered wives syndrome,” three show guests and a pair of former producers told The Daily Caller.
Two former producers for parent network NBC independently charged that Matthews rated the physical aspects of his female guests on a sliding scale, and that at times he was so abusive staff joked that they felt like battered women, the news site said.
In sum, sources’ description of Matthews and his operation make him appear like a tyrant who may become agitated and angry enough to lash out at the slightest mistake.
They also paint the host as someone who eagerly objectified women while making inappropriate sexual comments about them as a normal pattern of behavior for someone in his position.
Both former producers asked for anonymity over concerns their careers would be harmed if they were identified, The Daily Caller noted.
One of them is actively seeking a media position while the other still works closely with MSNBC. Also, one of the producers expressed concerns about being labeled a “troublemaker,” citing several former Fox News female hosts and employees who are no longer in television.
“Sadly, I know other women who won’t even be an anonymous source regarding Chris [Matthews] because they’re that concerned about the door closing on career opportunities in media,” the producer told the news site, which added:
According to the two producers, whose combined time at the network nearly spans the existence of “Hardball,” Matthews frequently objectified his female guests and staffers, inappropriately commenting on their appearance and clothing. Matthews would allegedly use pet names like “cutie” and “sweetie pie” to refer to female guests and was constantly making uncouth and “boorish” remarks about women.
“He would eye down a woman who walked on set or comment on their features or what they were wearing,” one former producer said, noting that it appeared as though Matthews would undress women with his eyes.
“He would objectify them and interrupt them in a way that he would never do to his male guests. He has a very outdated view of women,” the producer said.
Another compared his behavior to that of a “teenage boy,” and that he would rate his female guests on a numerical scale, often calculating which of them was the “hottest of the week.”
He often talked about how “hot” women on his show were, including the producer herself.
One host on sister network CNBC was often the object of Matthews’ inappropriate attention — so much so she would avoid him at all costs.
“She didn’t want to be in the same room as him,” the former NBC producer said. “She wouldn’t want to get her makeup done if he was in there too.”
While she felt his comments were “inappropriate” and “unprofessional,” the female producer added that she never felt harassed.
Matthews has a documented history of making lewd and inappropriate comments both on the air and off.
The Daily Caller also noted that the producers said he was abusive toward guests, co-workers and staff.
“I would describe it as verbal abuse,” one former producer asserted, recalling their own experiences with Matthews. “The screaming is beyond the screaming you’ve ever heard. You just feel so under attack.”
“He did it so openly,” the producer noted further. “It’s not just sexual harassment … what are you supposed to do when somebody is verbally abusing you and attacking you this way?”
In several instances Matthews would become so irate that female staffers would be left in tears, The Daily Caller said, citing its sources.
At times, he would become so angry and abusive that taping of the program would have to halt until he calmed down. In one instance, he stormed off the set, calling a staffer an “idiot” and “worthless” as he walked off, leaving guests and staffers stunned.
“Seeing it would have made you shudder … you don’t forget something like that,” a former producer said of the incident.
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