REPORT: MSNBC’s Chris Matthews Runs ‘Brazenly Sexist Operation’ As Staffers Suffer ‘Battered Wives Syndrome’
A new report reveals MSNBC Host Chris Matthews is known to operate a ‘brazenly sexist news operation,’ where staffers have told guests and former producers they suffer from ‘battered wives syndrome.’
Daily Caller reports:
Two former NBC producers independently alleged Matthews would rate the looks of his female guests on a scale and said Matthews was so abusive that staff joked about being battered women. The interviews in total paint Matthews as a tyrant liable to fly off the handle at the slightest mistake, who was eager to objectify women and made inappropriate sexual comments appear to be a matter of course for someone in his position.
Both former NBC producers requested anonymity out of concern for their future careers. One is actively seeking a job in media and the other still works closely with MSNBC. One expressed fears about being labeled a “troublemaker” and cited the string of former Fox News women who have all but disappeared from 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 concluded.
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.
“He would eye down a woman who walked on set or comment on their features or what they were wearing,” an ex-producer told the Daily Caller.
“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 He has a very outdated view of women.”
NBC recently confirmed through a spokesman that the company made a payment to a Matthews employee after she complained about sexual harassment.
Via Amber Athey of The Daily Caller:
Two sources familiar with the situation told The Daily Caller that Matthews paid $40,000 to settle with an assistant producer on his show, “Hardball with Chris Matthews,” in 1999 after she accused him of harassment. An NBC spokesperson contested that claim to the Caller, saying the company instead paid significantly less as part of a severance package.
The woman reportedly complained to CNBC executives that Chris Matthews would make inappropriate comments and jokes in front of fellow colleagues.
An MSNBC spokesman said Matthews’ comments were meant to be taken as jokes, not propositions; he was formally reprimanded, reported Athey.