Chris Matthews: “It’s not a crime to call al-Qaida, is it?”

Posted by: ST on November 9, 2009 at 9:44 pm

We’ll label this the idiotic quote of the day:

But the struggle Matthews was having – that given Reuters had reported Hasan had tried to contact al-Qaida, was that reason enough to intervene on the activities of Hasan.

“See – we have a problem,” Matthews said. “How do we know when someone like Hasan is going to make his move and do we know he’s an Islamist until he’s made his move? He makes a phone call or whatever, according to Reuters right now. Apparently he tried to contact al-Qaida. Is that the point at which you say, ‘This guy is dangerous?’ That’s not a crime to call up al-Qaida, is it? Is it? I mean, where do you stop the guy?”

And this was obviously a philosophical struggle for the “Hardball” host, as he reiterated he confusion.

“Well, this guy, according to all the testament, admittedly it has not been admitted into court. We cannot call him the shooter until we have a trial. That’s the way we work here, you know, that’s how it works in America, certainly not in the news business. You can’t call somebody a murderer until you get a conviction in court. And the question here is when can you identify a problem? That’s what we have to deal with. And you say it’s an ideological point – you can find the problem. But then we get into the business of checking out on people’s thinking. And that’s the problem.”

Incredibly, this wasn’t just a one-time lapse for Matthews. He reiterated his question, if contacting al-Qaida, an institution classified as a terrorist organization by several international governments and organizations, was crime.

“When does a person become a danger, when they have a certain thought system? Or when they go out and buying semi-automatic pistols, or when they start phoning up al-Qaida, saying how can I join the gang? I mean, where do you stop a person? This is criminology, maybe not ideology, but or even religion. But how do we weed out a guy – it seems to me, all of the warning signs, I mean, we have seen them all now. It’s like looking at pictures of Muhammad Ata hanging around convenience stores and going to ATM machines. We got all kinds of information on this guy after it’s too late.”

Amazingly, Matthews even compared himself to Hasan – suggesting his actions were just criticism of the United States invasion of Iraq, with just one subtle difference.

But this guy was running around shooting his mouth off saying how he hated this country’s wars with – look, you can listen to me on television and hear me saying I didn’t like the war with Iraq. You know, I don’t agree with the war on Iraq and a lot of Americans didn’t like the war with Iraq. They didn’t start shooting people about it.”

I dunno about that – a few weeks ago he seemed to be pretty excited about the possibility that someone would “jam a CO2 pellet into [Rush Limbaugh’s] head” …

Here’s video of today’s segment.

Is it a crime to call Chris Matthews an idiot?

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18 Responses to “Chris Matthews: “It’s not a crime to call al-Qaida, is it?””


  1. NC Cop says:

    Oh, he’s not stupid. He knows exactly how ridiculous his statement is. He also knows that journalism no longer exists in this country and he will not be challenged.

  2. Anthony says:

    Wow, that is just mindnumbingly done, even if done deliberately. Maybe Chris is unclear on the concept of an officer trying to contact the enemy? What would he have thought of a US officer in France trying to call Nazi Party HQ in Berlin in 1944?

    Jeez…. No wonder these people can’t be trusted with national security. :-w

  3. Marshall Art says:

    “Is it a crime to call Chris Matthews an idiot?”

    If it is then I’m a repeat offender. Here’s a quote from this buffoon:

    “When does a person become a danger, when they have a certain thought system?”

    I dunno, Chrissy. Where do you stand on hate crimes legislation?

  4. Lorica says:

    Yes it is Chis you idiot. Good Lord how stupid are these people?? I think Chris’ Mom dropped him on his head too often. – Lorica

  5. DaveinPhoenix says:

    Give Chris Matthews a shovel and some gloves to pick up the remains of innocent people blown to bits – then we’ll see how he feels about calling al-Qaida.

  6. Carol says:

    Chris Matthews gives new meaning to the word “insane”!

  7. Severian says:

    Hmmm…wonder if ol’Chris “The Tingler” is worried about someone probing his phone/email records? Touch paranoid there Chrissy.

  8. LC Gregory says:

    Was it a crime to try to get in touch with the German High Command in, say, 1943?

    Always remember – we didn’t pick these people and declare war on them. THEY declared war on us.

    I’ll leave it to you to decide if I meant al-Qaeda or Chris Matthews. ;)

  9. Aresay says:

    Don’t blame chris. It’s hard to be fair and impartial when you have a school girl crush on the President. What are the signs that Chris Matthews of MSNBC’s Hardball has a school girl crush on Obama?
    1) He was seen writing on his note pad, Chris Obama-Christopher Obama-Barack Matthews-Barry Matthews.
    2) When the President caught him staring at him from behind a tree Matthews ran off giggling
    3) He was seen dropping his books at Obama’s feet and then just standing there batting his eyelashes.
    4) He was overheard telling Rosie O’Donnell that Michele was not right for Barack.
    5) He gets a thrill up his leg every time he hears Barack Obama speak.

  10. bill glass says:

    the word idiot is much too innocent…how’s purposeful dipsh!t ?

  11. Kate says:

    LOL—how do you spell idiot? Chris Matthews.

    So he appears to be on the horns of a dilemma….which is a crime? the first hateful thought or final hateful actions? And when it is correct to intervene?

    When liberals/progressives decided there were such things as “hate crimes” to help along their little groups of societal misfits, they had no idea how convoluted things would get. Chris is right to be confused since he has no concept of right and wrong…not when you make exceptions and excuses for wickedness and evil. But, then there’s “hate speech” and that’s a criminal offense to them, isn’t it? Where the liberals decide what’s offensive and to whom and how “hurtful” it is…all very confusing.

    I believe this is why Obama can’t make a decision.

  12. No Bull Mom says:

    This kind of response explains the inherent difference between a liberal and a conservative’s view of human nature. One group has it right; the other is hopelessly misguided.

  13. Carlos says:

    And deep thinkers like Matthews are the ones who want to change the Patriot Act so we’d never know if Hasan had ever contacted al Qaida. Let’s here it for the suicide bunch!

  14. trosp says:

    So when Dubya after his term,and was not prosecuted or whatever on his alleged crimes, then the his acts as POTUS, by Mathews logic,can not be considered as crime or whatever.