My Spidey sense is telling me there’s big-time drama percolating at MSNBC. Anybody heard anything?
Tonight’s coverage of Barack Obama’s address to Congress – a pivotal moment in the Obama presidency – will be anchored by Keith Olbermann and Rachel Maddow. No Chris Matthews.
Folks, this is the kind of event where Mr. Matthews usually puffs up, struts and pontificates as the network’s top-gun political analyst.
But yesterday he didn’t even host his own show, “Hardball.” He probably won’t today either.
Dude can’t be on vacation. Nobody goes on summer vacation after Labor Day. So why is Chris Matthews missing in action?
I bet a precipitating incident was last week’s Tom Ridge affair. Rachel Maddow got first crack at interviewing the former Homeland Security secretary about his new book. And Matthews interviewed him a day later. My guess is... that hurt Matthews’s pride. And pissed him off to boot.
Anyone with eyes can notice the diminished status of Chris Matthews at MSNBC since the 2008 elections. Not only are Olbermann and Maddow pulling more viewers in prime time, but Joe Scarborough is generating more buzz with his fantastic early show, “Morning Joe.”
Matthews went from cleanup hitter to bottom of the order. I say he’d better get used to it. Where the hell else can he go?
I’m looking forward to some behind-the-scenes gossip emerging from Rockefeller Center in the coming days.
UPDATE (09/09/09): The TVNewser blog reports that “health problems” are to blame for Matthews’s absence.
An MSNBC spokesperson said Matthews had follow-up tests yesterday related to his diabetes. "He’s going to take the rest of the week off to rest, but he’s feeling fine and will be back on Monday.”
Hmmm. I don’t know, y’all...