MSNBC’s Hardball featured not one or two particularly crazy moments in Thursday night’s installment by host Chris Matthews, but rather a whole host of notable exchanges, insinuations, and quotes from both Matthews and a few of his guests. Without any further adieu, here’s the top eight loony moments (presented in chronological order). 

 



Almost anything that airs on the Kremlin-backed Russia Today makes for interesting fodder and Wednesday night was no different as former MSNBC host Ed Schultz lashed out at the “stupid” “mainstream media” for selling out to Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s claim that Bernie Sanders supporters incited “violence” at a Nevada convention last weekend.



Ed Schultz has been at the helm of a 30-minute news program on the Kremlin-backed Russia Today for roughly two months and on Thursday night’s edition, the far-left pundit broke ranks to interview a Democratic congressional candidate in Nevada who was reportedly told by Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid that he’d be unable to win because he’s Muslim.



On Thursday night’s Politicking with Larry King, the liberal pundit asked West Wing actor Richard Schiff what he thought about Donald Trump and his popularity. After discussing how Trump was a larger-than-life character like Citizen Kane, King asked Schiff: “Do you think it’s Fox News and the right-wing that created Trump?”



ABC's morning and evening newscasts, as of Friday evening, have yet to cover the Thursday announcement by Washington, D.C. law enforcement officials that Mikhail Lesin, a former advisor to Russian President Vladimir Putin, died in November 2015 of "blunt force injuries of the head." Friday's NBC Nightly News devoted a full report on the Lesin's death; while earlier in the day, CBS This Morning aired a 21-second news brief on the story.



Former MSNBC host and soon-to-be Russia Today (RT) host Ed Schultz joined Larry King on Thursday’s Politicking to preview his 30-minute program on the Kremlin-backed network and promised that there “won’t be a lot of opinion” and instead serve as “a direct news show.” The leftist heaped praise on Republican presidential candidates Donald Trump and John Kasich with Trump having focused on “these rotten trade deals” and acting like Ronald Reagan while ruling that he’d “be surprised” if Kasich wasn’t chosen as the GOP’s VP nominee.



After bellowing on demand for several years at MSNBC, America's version of the Russia Today television network, Ed Schultz starts work at the actual RT next week. 

But following his fair and balanced commentary about Donald Trump on last night's Alan Colmes radio show, Schultz might just as easily fit in at Fox News.
 



The obvious joke is it's a lateral move from Air America radio and MSNBC to a Kremlin-backed show for Russia Today. CNN's Dylan Byers reports Schultz will host the simply titled News with Ed Schultz at 8 p.m. weeknights, where he will "focus on exploring issues that most affect working Americans, particularly within the context of the upcoming US presidential election," according to a press release. 



Lord of the Rings and X-Men star Ian McKellen on Wednesday asserted that Islamic terrorists have a “legitimate complaint” about the west. Appearing on Larry King Now, the actor discussed the “dreadful” murder of 130 people in Paris. McKellen equivocated, “I’m sure the legitimate complaint that your country and my country have meddled in their affairs is a fair one.” 



Notorious propaganda outfit Russia Today is running commercials bashing the media for being too cozy with power? No, really. In an ad airing on RT’s Policking With Larry King, journalist Erin Ade promoted the network: “When politicians and the mainstream media work side-by-side, the joke is actually on you. At RT News, we have a different approach.” 



Liberal actor Robert Redford slammed global warming skeptics as simply “afraid of change” and hit Barack Obama from the left, Tuesday, in an interview with Larry King. King set up the movie star by wondering, “Why are there still deniers?...Look at the weather.” Redford derided, “If you belong to a certain group of people that are afraid of change, which I think some people are. And so, I think they’re going to deny change when it happens.”



Hunger Games star Wes Bentley lashed out at Arkansas, Monday, deriding the “bigotry” and "hate" coming out of his home state after the governor signed a religious freedom law earlier this year. Appearing on Larry King Now, the star of such “classics” as Ghost Rider spewed, “It's a shame that I have to feel embarrassed to say I'm from Arkansas now because something so full of hate is coming from the place of my home.”