Hardball Host Matthews Cries Foul
Chris Matthews, host of MSNBC's Hardball, charged Thursday that White House officials have frequently complained about his broadcasts to his bosses at the cable network. Speaking at a dinner honoring him on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of his program, Matthews maintained that the administration officials, particularly those in Vice President Cheney's office, had attempted to influence the editorial content of his program. "They will not silence me!" the Washington Examiner quoted him as saying. He then charged that the Bush "crowd" has "finally been caught in their criminality." (He was not specific.) Matthews is sue to act as one of the moderators at Tuesday's Republican debate in Dearborn, MI.