Following a discussion about Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus's ultimatum to CNN and NBC urging them drop their docudramas about Hillary Clinton or get shutout of the 2016 Republican debates, MSNBC host Chris Matthews elaborated on his network's relationship to President Barack Obama.
"By the way, those who talk about the tight relationship between MSNBC and Barack Obama, for example -- count the number of times he’s been on this network. Zero," Matthews said, forming the number with his hand.
He went on to admit that President Obama "agrees with us and we agree with him sometimes," after former RNC Chairman Michael Steele reminded him that MSNBC rarely criticizes the administration.
"I actually have my views and he tends to coincide with them," Matthews added.
Clearly, no one is suggesting that MSNBC is the standard for objective news reporting. However, it is somewhat revealing that Matthews would be comfortable enough to admit just how much the president's ideology lines up with the network's.
As Mediaite's Noah Rothman puts it, "This admission says a lot about both Matthews’ network and the president, but they’re not things that Matthews probably intended to say."