Matthews (October 2nd)
Jon's interview of the host of "Hardball" on MSNBC and
"The Chris Matthews Show" on NBC has already become a classic for the
show. Matthews, who
comfortably dwells in the self-centered world which is the source
of inspiration for "The Colbert Report" was expecting what
normaly happens on an interview aimed to promote a book. A lot of
praising but no word on the content or meaning of the book. Jon
confronted Matthews on the superficial and ultimately dangerous
premises of the book: forget about the morality of the means, just
concentrate on the ends. Get what you want from people, no matter how
you do it. Matthews response to the issue of moral decisions: "This is
interview from hell! This is the worst interview I had in my life! You
are the worst!"
-Matthews: "You are trashing my book!"
-Jon: "I'm not trashing your book, I'm trashing your philosophy of life"
-Jon:"There is nothing is this book about be good, be competent"
-Matthews:"It's called the Bible , it's been written"
-Jon: "This book it's been written too, it's called The Prince (by
-Matthews: "No, this is better"
-Jon: "It seems when you read the book that you said to do what you
think will win, not what you think is right"
-Matthews: "Well, it's both"
-Jon: "This seems to emphasize the former"
-Matthews:"it does!" (laughter)
-Mathhews: "You are afraid of this book. This book scares you!"
- Jon: "There is something in there that I fear, like Facism".