By Mark Finkelstein | February 5, 2016 | 8:59 PM EST

¡Muchas gracias, señor Matthews! If Bernie Sanders becomes the Dem nominee, the GOP might wind up having to pay royalties to Chris Matthews .  . On this evening's Hardball, Matthews aired what he himself said could be an anti-Bernie Republican ad, cobbled together from clips of various radical statements Sanders has made over the years.

In Chris' commercial, Sanders is seen saying he's a socialist, confirming he's not a capitalist, admitting that he applied for conscientious objector status, indicating that he would raise taxes to somewhere between 50 and 90%, and preaching political "revolution." Workers of the world, unite behind Bernie!

By Matthew Balan | February 5, 2016 | 7:04 PM EST

Former Vermont Governor Howard Dean ranted against the media's supposed "double standard" against Hillary Clinton on Friday's Andrea Mitchell Reports on MSNBC. Dean asserted that "there is nothing to the e-mails" controversy, and went on the attack: "When is the media and when are her opponents gonna stop attacking her personally?...I think it's wrong; and frankly, it really burned me up...I am really going after the media. I think what the media has done to this person on the campaign trail, who's gonna be the next President of the United States, is enough already."

By Tom Blumer | February 5, 2016 | 4:31 PM EST

Five items found at the Politico filed late Monday or early Tuesday reported that supporters of Bernie Sanders at the Iowa caucuses, while watching a live feed of Hillary Clinton's speech late Monday evening, began chanting "She's a liar!" The chants grew until they "took over the room," and didn't stop until Sanders campaign officials cut off the live feed being shown.

This is barely news in the rest of the establishment press, which has obsessed over the Ben Carson-Ted Cruz-CNN controversy, devoting an obviously inordinate amount of time to it and, as Cruz himself has shown, getting it wrong in the process.

By Scott Whitlock | February 5, 2016 | 1:24 PM EST

The hosts of MSNBC Live on Friday thought it was “crazy” that some young women aren’t supporting Hillary Clinton to be the first woman president. Chris Jansing and Tamron Hall marveled at a New Hampshire focus group that included young, college-age females. Hall proclaimed, “The big headline for me in the randomly selected group of people, the young women there did not care that Hillary Clinton could be the first woman president.” A shocked Jansing retorted, “That's crazy to me. It really is.” 

By Mark Finkelstein | February 5, 2016 | 8:19 AM EST

Then why the hell weren't those "top journalists" shouting it from the top of the evening news and in banner headlines? . . . On today's Morning Joe, Joe Scarborough said "as we were leaving Iowa, I heard from a lot of top journalists who whispered "you know Bernie won." I heard that time and time again. 'You know Bernie won.'"

With Scarborough asking "where is this, Bolivia in the 1930s?" and Steve Schmidt saying it was "shady as hell," the blame was laid at the feet of the Democrat party, which runs an intentionally murky process so it can control things. No doubt. But what about the responsibility of those "top journalists" to blow the whistle? Why did they "whisper" and speak "quietly?" How might this campaign be different if the day after Iowa the headline had been either "Bernie Wins" or "Debbie Wasserman Schultz Throws Iowa to Hillary?"

By Curtis Houck | February 5, 2016 | 3:07 AM EST

In the middle of gathering Democratic National Committee (DNC) Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s reaction to Thursday’s MSNBC Presidential Candidates Debate, Hardball host Chris Matthews inquired which political party has “better people” and specifically if Democrats are “better human beings than Republicans.” Matthews’s bizarre foray into judging whether half the American people are “better” than the other comes, of course, as his wife Kathleen is running as a Democrat for Congress in Maryland’s Eighth Congressional District.

By Curtis Houck | February 5, 2016 | 12:42 AM EST

As they’ve done after a number of the debates thus far, Hardball host Chris Matthews hosted MSNBC’s post-Democratic debate analysis on Thursday night and, with the help of NBC News Clinton correspondent Andrea Mitchell, uttered a litany of noteworthy points ranging from Hillary Clinton being “sterling” on “an extraordinary night in American politics” to dubbing the debate “one of the best I've ever seen.”

By Ken Shepherd | February 4, 2016 | 11:24 PM EST

"You guys get to vote in five days. We can't wait to see how it turns out. Don't screw it up!" – MSNBC debate co-host Rachel Maddow at the conclusion of the February 4, 2016 Democratic primary debate in New Hampshire. This was the first and only one-on-one debate between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders before the Granite State primary on February 9.

By Curtis Houck | February 4, 2016 | 11:12 PM EST

Just as he did on January 24's Meet the Press, MSNBC Presidential Candidates Debate co-moderator Chuck Todd chose to ask Hillary Clinton about her e-mail scandal not in terms of substance or reporting concerning new details about this but instead through a lazy, political lense as if he’s speaking on behalf of Democratic voters. In the first question, Todd provided anecdotal evidence that “many Democratic voters that our reporters have been running into in Iowa and New Hampshire” have been “worried about the e-mail issue.”

By Curtis Houck | February 4, 2016 | 9:51 PM EST

MSNBC host and Thursday’s Presidential Candidates Debate co-moderator Rachel Maddow wondered aloud to Hillary Clinton whether some of the positions she’s held at various points warrant concern for the Democratic Party that she’s “too far to the right...to be the party's standard bearer” in the 2016 general election.

By Kyle Drennen | February 4, 2016 | 4:30 PM EST

Talking to Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina on Thursday about possibly being excluded from ABC’s GOP presidential debate on Saturday, MSNBC host Kate Snow touted a Washington Post hit piece accusing the businesswoman of “playing the gender card”: “...a conservative writer wrote that you're playing the gender card about this....Is it fair to say that you're playing the race – the gender card?”

By Mark Finkelstein | February 4, 2016 | 8:22 AM EST

Joe Scarborough has denied having it in for Marco Rubio. But on today's Morning Joe, he went on an anti-Rubio rant so protracted that one segment wasn't enough to contain it. Scarborough first called Rubio the "Republican Obama," who's been marketed like a "bag of potato chips," and the "emptiest suit" in the campaign. After a commercial break, Scarborough hectored Rick Santorum, who has just endorsed Rubio, repeatedly challenging him to name Rubio's accomplishments. 

By all means, let's carefully examine the record of all candidates. But for Scarborough to deny that, for whatever reason, he has a grudge against Rubio is a joke. Can anyone remember the last time Joe attacked Hillary or any other prominent Democrat with such sustained vitriol?