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    Entries in Chris Matthews (5)

    Friday
    Jul292016

    Chris Matthews in Philadelphia, 'My Philly'

    Chris Matthews explores what makes Philly a uniquely American city in three packages, aired on MSNBC during the 2016 Democratic National Convention.

    Matthews joins historian Edward Mauger of "Philadephia on Foot" to explore the city's Revolutionary history:

    Matthews visits Reading Terminal Market to find the perfect Philly accent:

    Matthews on the Philly Cheesesteak at "Genos":

    Sunday
    Feb142016

    The Victors of New Hampshire

    "If you're not interested in the New Hampshire primary, you're not interested in the history of this country." - Chris Matthews, February 8, 2016.

    As featured on Hardball on the eve of the 2016 primary.

    Wednesday
    Dec042013

    Rare New Footage: JFK on First Debate with Nixon

    JFK discusses historic first debate with Richard Nixon in candid, newly discovered footage, as seen on HardballFrom my original post at MSNBC.com, Nov. 20.

    “As a Democrat, I can say I don’t know what we’d do without television.”

    That was Jack Kennedy, reflecting on the now-legendary first debate with Richard Nixon of the 1960 presidential campaign. Newly discovered footage from the NBC News Archive shows Jack Kennedy speaking candidly as he puts on make-up, just four days after the famous confrontation played out on live television.

    The first presidential debate of 1960 was the first one ever televised. More than sixty million people watched and what they saw proved to be more important than what they heard: a haggard Nixon, just back from the hospital, pale, with sweat on his chin and upper lip.

    By comparison, Kennedy was cool and confident, projecting the “winning” image that would take him to the White House.

    The story goes that Nixon relied on make-up that failed to hold up under the hot lights of the studio. The newspapers had a field day with the story, and “The Chicago Daily News” went as far as to suggest that Nixon’s make up may have been intentionally sabotaged by a Democratic make-up artist.

    That story turned out to be untrue, but the “make-up issue” was as hotly debated as the debate itself.

    This clip is a rare glimpse behind the curtain at Jack Kennedy’s off-air persona as he prepared for an interview with David Brinkley and Chet Huntley of NBC News. It was taken at his home in Hyannis on Sept. 30, 1960.

    Historian Michael Beschloss discussed the importance of the recently-discovered footage on Hardball with Chris Matthews on MSNBC on November 20th, 2013:

    For additional information, please contact Hardball staff or the NBC News Video Archive team.

    Courtesy Chicago Public Library

    New, candid footage of JFK's off-air conversation before an interview with NBC News is discovered

    New off-air footage of Kennedy using eye-drops prior to interview with Chet Huntley and David Brinkley of NBC News discovered in archive

    Rare, candid footage of JFK having makeup applied is discovered in NBC News Archive, featured on Hardball with Chris Matthews on MSNBC

    Transcript:

    KENNEDY:  See that story about the Democratic makeup man that sabotaged Nixon?
    OFF-CAMERA:  [inaudible]
    KENNEDY: Yeah, who did make him up?
    OFF-CAMERA:  [inaudible]
    KENNEDY:  Yeah, then why-
    OFF-CAMERA:  Who was it Len, do you know?
    OFF-CAMERA:  No, he has a man who does that for a long time.
    KENNEDY:  Same fellow, but why doesn’t Chicago Daily news have that?
    OFF-CAMERA:  They weren’t looking for it. [inaudible]
    […]
    KENNEDY: I must say, all these newspapers keep putting a’ knock now on the debate. I think it’s just (pause) media rivalry. Isn’t it?
    OFF-CAMERA: Well there’s some of that.
    […]
    KENNEDY: …as a Democrat, I can say I don’t know what we’d do without television. I look at print and…
    (shakes head)

    Wednesday
    Nov062013

    Political Costumes & Masks on Halloween 2013

    Halloween 2013 may have received a boost from the dysfunction in Washington. The $7 billion dollar industry usually sees it's highest sales of political costumes in election years, but this time around some retailers are seeing a "bump", which they attribute to the government shutdown in early October. Here's our package on Halloween 2013, and the history of political costumes: