Joy Behar Call Chris Matthews' Comments 'Inappropriate'

January 10th, 2008 2:47 PM

Roughly 24 hours after essentially calling the saints mentally ill, "View" co-host Joy Behar claimed moral authority on inflammatory statements. Discussing Chris Matthews dismissing Hillary Clinton’s successes due to her husbands infidelities, Behar opined that Matthews’ comments were "inappropriate."

Behar previously admitted to having a "do as I say, not as I do" approach. When she railed against McCain for a supporter calling Hillary Clinton a "bitch," Sherri Shepherd called Joy out on the many personal attacks on President Bush asking "what’s the difference?" Joy Behar snidely responded "the difference is I don’t like [Bush]"

Barbara Walters lambasted Chris Matthews for offering up his opinion as a news man. Walters claimed that she is "very careful...not to give my personal opinions" and "I don’t think you know whether I’m a Republican or a Democrat." This is coming from a journalist who offered a puffy interview to Senator Clinton, and endorsed left wing films such as Michael Moore’s "Sicko" and Al Gore’s "An Inconvenient Truth."

Walters also accused much of today’s media of hyping up the rhetoric for ratings. Barbara Walters must have forgotten that she hired Rosie O’Donnell as "View" co-host last season.

The entire transcript is below.

JOY BEHAR: Chris Matthews, you know Chris from MSNBC? This is the statement he made. He said "the reason that Hillary Clinton is a United States Senator, the reason she’s a candidate for president, the reason she may be a front runner, is that her husband messed around."[Moans] How do you like them apples?

BARBARA WALTERS: His point is that, that she showed that she stood by her man and that helped her. But you know what gets me when I read about this and- It’s very hard when you’re with a candidate all of the time not to be engulfed unless he’s really, he or she is really awful, not to feel, you know, close to them and let this seep into your, into your reporting. But I was brought up, and I’m very careful here as you know, I’ve been on with you for a long time, not to give my personal opinions. I have thought that people in news didn’t do that. Forget it. The way they get ratings, come out and slam! And so there’s no objectivity. There’s no- well, I can’t say no. I happen to love Charlie Gibson and I think that you don’t know what his emotions are. I don’t think you know whether I’m a Republican or a Democrat.

BEHAR: No, people don’t know they ask me sometimes.

ELISABETH HASSELBECK: But you are wearing red.

WALTERS: What does that got to do with it?

HASSELBECK: Red, red states.

WALTERS: Oh for Heaven’s sakes! Please!

HASSELBECK: I’m teasing you!

BEHAR: But it’s almost like a pile on of these men against her, and I think they’re going to get the real backlash for it. It’s really an inappropriate statement in my opinion.