Ann Coulter's been a naughty girl! She has to go sit a time out in the corner, according to Chris Matthews, who's withdrawing the distinct and high honor of inviting the columnist on "Hardball" as punishment for the Donny Deutsch row, which was hyped by the liberal smear machine Media Matters for America.
And I thought that was only reserved for attractive business reporters who didn't lean into the camera.
Here's how Gail Shister of TVNewser reported the matter today:
Looks like Hardball is playing hardball with Ann Coulter.
MSNBC's Chris Matthews says it will be "a while" before the incendiary conservative pundit is invited back to the show.
The turning point, Matthews says, was Coulter's controversial remarks — which many perceived as anti-Semitic — on CNBC's "The Big Idea with Donny Deutsch" Oct. 8.
"To me, it has to do with how many people are really offended; who tell me to my face when I bump into them," Matthews said in an interview before Tuesday's Democratic presidential debate in Philadelphia. "I'm affected by that."
At Hardball, an unwelcome guest is "in the boat." As in, sent into exile at sea like Mutiny on the Bounty's Captain Bligh. (Matthews won't say if Coulter's in the boat.)
"Some are in the boat, some get out of the boat," he says. "We change our minds. We don't actually advertise who's in the boat." Dick Morris, now with Fox News, has been waterlogged for 10 years, Matthews says, because of a "blasphemous" remark on the show.
"I'm not going to dignify my punishment schedule. I'm not the high priest of deciding."
Wow. Talk about smug. Fortunately I've got the proper antidote. Comedy Central's Jon Stewart taking Matthews down a peg: