Watch: She Gets Asked The One Question A Democrat NEVER Wants To Hear, And It Gets Awkward…

Debbie Wasserman-Schultz’s face began to turn the color of her dress when MSNBC’s Chris Matthews threw her off-script, busted her for trying to spout tired talking points, and insisted that she answer a question that put her in an awkward spot for which she obviously wasn’t prepared.

Wasserman-Schultz, the Florida representative who serves as the chair of the Democratic National Committee (DNC), was pressed by the clearly frustrated host of Hardball to explain the difference between a Democrat and a socialist. The discussion on Thursday night’s show related to Bernie Sanders, an avowed socialist who’s gaining traction in his challenge to Hillary Clinton for the party’s 2016 nomination for president.

As TheBlaze notes in its coverage of the tense exchange: “Matthews first began questioning Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz (D-Fla.) on whether presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, a proud socialist, would be given a slot on primetime to speak at the Democratic National Convention.”

Matthews kept after Wasserman-Schultz until she finally blurted out an answer – you’d have thought he had a GOP spokesperson on the hot seat. But then the interview came close to going off the rails entirely when Matthews — a long-time Democrat loyalist who used to be chief of staff for House Speaker Tip O’Neill — insisted on getting an answer to his question:

What’s the difference between a Democrat and a socialist? I used to think there was a big difference. What do you think it is?

That’s when Debbie tried to play dodgeball on the show called Hardball. By clicking on the video above, you can see for yourself how the interview took on a decidedly downhill course.

What do you think the difference between a Democrat and a socialist is? Let us know in the comments section below.

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MSNBC Has Just Done Something HUGE That Will Have Fox News Fans On Their Feet

The far-left cable news-and-views operation that has desperately tried to brand itself as the “Lean Forward” network is now in an undeniable “lean backward” posture, dumping a number of its progressive talk shows in favor of more hard, straight news coverage. MSNBC is, by some accounts, waving the white flag of surrender, largely giving up on its non-stop, ultra-liberal program lineup.

Network officials have not formally announced all the dramatic changes that promise to reshape the media home of Al Sharpton, Ed Schultz, Chris Matthews, Rachel Maddow and others who regularly preach the liberal gospel in support of Barack Obama and his political apostles. However, sources quoted by several news industry watchdogs point to a massive shakeup in a program schedule that has sunk MSNBC into a ratings depression so deep it could be called a near-death experience.

Western Journalism has previously reported how audience ratings for the flailing cable net have been sinking lower and lower. In April, MSNBC’s parent company, Comcast, pulled the plug on a proposed merger with Time Warner Cable, casting doubt on the future of the network constantly struggling to compete in any respectable way against the Fox News Channel.

Once the telecom giants abandoned their expensive effort to grease the Washington skids to try to win official approval of their plan to combine forces, Comcast and MSNBC brass took a long, hard look at the viability of the far-left net that viewers have been abandoning in droves.

Now, in an exclusive report, Mediaite says that MSNBC is on the verge of big changes that would arguably represent “the most significant revamp the network has made at one time in its 19-year history.”

According to an inside source that reportedly spoke with Mediaite, you can wave bye-bye to several progressive talk shows: “Out: The Cycle at 3:00 PM. Now with Alex Wagner at 4:00 PM. The Ed Show with Ed Schultz at 5:00 PM (all times eastern).”

So what will replace these soon-disappeared afternoon MSNBC programs that constantly stirred the pot and proclaimed the virtues of liberal politics and progressive causes? News shows, that’s what.

The Host of NBC’s Meet the Press, Chuck Todd, will reportedly return to MSNBC with a weekday program. Then there’s the disgraced former anchor of the NBC Nightly News, Brian Williams, who will soon be an MSNBC regular, presumably because cable watchers don’t expect or demand all that much integrity.

As for other faces you’ll see either come or go from the ratings-toilet-dwelling cable network, Mediaite also says that (are you ready for this?) Keith Olbermann could be coming back.

Possibly heading for the exit along with Alex Wagner, Ed Schultz and The Cycle panel could be Chris Hayes and, yes, even Al Sharpton. Previous MSNBC anchors Ronan Farrow and Joy Reid have already ridden into the media sunset.

And in case you’re crossing your fingers, hoping that Rachel Maddow or Chris Matthews might be getting pink slips, sources say that’s unlikely.

MSNBC boss Andy Lack is supposedly planning a “town hall” any day now to make official the changes that will return the network to its 1990s roots as a more straightforward news operation, not a “Lean Forward” hotbed of top-to-bottom political talk and liberal advocacy.

Western Journalism will update this post as further details on the program changes at MSNBC become available.

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MSNBC Host Makes SCOTUS Claim – Ted Cruz Stops Him Dead In His Tracks With These Two Questions

Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz has received some recent flak for suggesting U.S. Supreme Court justices should be forced to win elections in order to retain what are constitutionally lifetime appointments. He was called to task on his stance by MSNBC host Chris Matthews Wednesday.

“You’ve always been pro-Supreme Court,” the Hardball host said, “until now.”

Matthews went on to ask how Cruz could suggest forcing justices to behave like politicans.

“I am reluctant to call for retention elections,” Cruz acknowledged, “but I have done it because I believe a majority of the justices are not honoring their judicial oaths.”

Based on recent decisions on healthcare and gay marriage, Cruz determined that the high court appears poised to address “every major policy issue in this country.”

Matthews chimed in, wondering why Cruz celebrated when the Supreme Court “sized the presidency in 2000” by nixing additional ballot recounts in Florida and declaring George W. Bush the winner.

“If there was ever a case of partisanship or ideology getting out of hand,” he asserted, “it was 2000 – and you loved it.”

Cruz shot back, explaining that Matthews recited some “great talking points” but offered a misleading analysis of the opinion.

“How many times did they count the ballots in Florida?” he asked.

“Four,” Matthews admitted.

“How many times did Bush win?”

“Four times.”

Matthews argued that Cruz’s defense of the 10th Amendment should lead him to support Florida’s right to continue recounting the ballots.

“The Democrats’ strategy,” Cruz concluded, “was to keep counting and counting and counting and counting – and eventually, maybe enough people will cheat and somehow our guy will win.”

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WATCH: Hillary Backer Chris Matthews Jabs Fellow MSNBCer Ed Schultz For ‘Jumping Up And Down’ For Bernie Sanders

MSNBC’s Chris Matthews, who is an ardent supporter of Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign, jabbed his colleague Ed Schultz for “jumping up and down” for Bernie Sanders, who is challenging Hillary for the Democratic Party nomination:

Bernie got a big crowd out there in Denver. Ed Schultz was jumping up and down about it tonight.

Matthews was discussing a new Wall Street Journal/NBC poll that showed Clinton with a commanding 75%-15% lead over Sanders when he made his comment.

Sanders has surprised observers by attracting large crowds on the campaign trail with his left-wing populism and rants against the one-percent, leading Schultz to remark that he is “on a roll” and that the Clinton campaign should be worried.

Schultz’s support of Sanders should come as no surprise, as he has had the Vermont senator on his program numerous times. In addition, Schultz is one of the most left-wing hosts on MSNBC, and that’s saying a lot.

Watch Matthews’ comments and Schlutz’s reply:

 

This article originally appeared at AIM.org and is reprinted here with permission.

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Watch: Lib Host Just Gave This One Reason Hillary Can ‘Scold’ Repubs In A Way Obama Couldn’t

On Friday’s edition of Hardball with Chris Matthews, the host discussed, in an exchange with Michelle Bernard of the Bernard Center for Women, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s ability to “scold” Republican candidates, something they contend President Obama could not do during his 2008 and 2012 campaigns.

“Is this something that a white woman presidential candidate can do that an African-American president can`t do?” Matthews asked Bernard Friday. “I mean, why didn’t Obama give this sterling point-by-point scold you, you, you, Christie, Rick Perry, calling them out?”

“She can do it,” Bernard replied. “Obama could not do it, for example, like he couldn’t have done it in 2008 or 2012 and he can do it now because he`s in the last quarter of his presidency.” The women’s rights activist added:

But remember, we’ve talked about over and over again. The image of the quote, unquote scary black man was something that Obama had to deal with.

“But she can morally indict these guys, the other white people,” Matthews answered.

“Absolutely.” Bernard said. “And if you go and look at their numbers, the people she selected to talk about, Chris Christie does well with African-Americans. Rick Perry, Jeb Bush do well with Hispanics.”

“Anyway, I don’t think they are doing it because they don`t like black people,” Matthews said. “They do it because they like more Republican votes.”

Bernard concurred with Matthews’ point. “Exactly.”

Bush is slated to officially announce his candidacy for president Monday, two days after Clinton holds an event on New York City’s Roosevelt Island. Perry announced last week; and while Christie has not made any plans to announce, he said his family wants him to run, according to Politico.

h/t: WeaselZippers

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