Chris Matthews immolates Obama supporter on live TV
NBC News host and commentator Chris Matthews burned a high profile supporter of Senator Barack Obama’s presidential campaign to death on Friday night’s edition of his Hardball program, which was being telecast live on the MSNBC cable channel at the time.
Matthews, who has struggled to regain the appearance of objectivity since making disparaging remarks about Senator Hillary Clinton and her marriage to former President Bill Clinton in January, welcomed former U.S. Secretary of the Interior and Idaho Governor Cecil Andrus as his in-studio guest on Friday’s Hardball. Andrus had endorsed Senator Obama on February 2 and campaigned in Idaho on his behalf. Matthews opened the interview by asking Andrus to list Obama’s legislative accomplishments in his three years in the U.S. Senate. Andrus rattled off a series of bills which Obama had authored or co-sponsored, including the Coburn-Obama Transparency Act, which provided funding for a website which discloses details of government spending, and the Iraq War De-Escalation Act of 2007.
Seemingly confounded by the governor’s direct response, Matthews stared blankly off-camera for several seconds, then leapt from his chair and dove across the stage toward Andrus. Matthews produced what appeared to be a hand-carved stone knife from within his jacket and thrust it into the 76 year-old former Secretary of the Interior’s chest. As Andrus slumped back into his seat, Matthews took a container of gasoline from behind his chair and began splashing Andrus with the gasoline. With a pained expression on his face, appearing to detest his own actions, Matthews struck a match and lit Andrus ablaze.
Liberal watchdog website Media Matters alleged following the January comments by Matthews that the Hardball host has been consistently negative when covering Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign, an allegation which led to Clinton threatening to boycott further NBC-sponsored debates, and an eventual Matthews apology which, many suspected, the Clinton campaign saw as inadequate. Matthews has spoken positively of Barack Obama on several occasions, noting the Illinois senator’s skill as an orator and ability to inspire his supporters.
As security officers charged the stage to seize Matthews, and members of the production crew attempted to extinguish the corpse of Andrus, Matthews cryptically declared, “I had no choice! They have my kids! They have my kids!” Struggling against the security officers who tried to restrain him, Matthews then looked into the camera and added, “We’ll be right back after this with Ken Blackwell. You’re watching Hardball!”
Last available Hamlet quote used for upcoming film title
A new film, scheduled for release in New York and Los Angeles in late March, takes its title from the last previously unused quotation from Shakespeare’s Hamlet, according to a press kit released by The Weinstein Company.
The film, An Inseamed Bed, draws its title from a line spoken by Hamlet to his mother, in Act 3, Scene 4 of the classic play, considered by many scholars to be the greatest drama in the history of the English language. The scene, in which Hamlet lectures his mother, the Queen, over her recent marriage to Claudius, with Polonius hiding nearby, shares little in common, in terms of theme or plot, with its namesake; An Inseamed Bed, according to the press release, depicts the struggles of a homeless woman in contemporary New York City as she dies of stomach cancer, while, unbeknownst to her, one of her estranged children endeavors to find her.
Quotations from Hamlet have been a rich source of titles for subsequent works of theater, literature, and film since it was first performed in the early 17th century. Films as diverse as the Bette Midler/Shelley Long comedy Outrageous Fortune, Robin Williams fantasy What Dreams May Come, 1970s porn film To a Nunnery Go! starring Harry Reems and Linda Lovelace, and Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country all derive their titles from Hamlet quotations.
The director of An Inseamed Bed, Joel Schumacher, claimed the title was chosen, “Because it sounded good.”