Chris Matthews Insists He Doesn't Know Dave Letterman's Politics; We Have a Top Ten List Proving He's Liberal

May 19th, 2015 9:00 PM

In a segment on Tuesday's Hardball with Daily Show co-creator Lizz Winstead, MSNBC's Chris Matthews insisted that as was the case with the late Johnny Carson, he couldn't tell where exactly late-night comic Dave Letterman fell on the political spectrum. 

Of course, if Matthews really is that clueless, we at NewsBusters can help him out. Last year, when Letterman announced his retirement from the Late Show gig, my colleague Geoff Dickens compiled "A Top Ten List of the Outgoing CBS Host's Most Liberal Outbursts," like when he assailed Rush Limbaugh as a "bonehead gangster," or when he blasted Mitt Romney as a "felon," and perhaps most egregiously when he made an inappropriate sexually-themed joke about former Alaska governor Sarah Palin's daughter. 

Here's the relevant transcript:

May 19, 2015

7:28 p.m. Eastern

CHRIS MATTHEWS to Lizz Winstead: You know, it seems like it was -- it reminds me of Johnny Carson, who I watched, another guy for 30 years, and Carson never talked politics. Nobody could read his politics like we can't read Letterman's, I don't know what Letterman's politics are.