Now the folks at Editor and Publisher are turning into lying sacks of shit. They completely mischaracterized this confrontation between Zell Miller and Chris Matthews:
“You’re hopeless,” Miller told Matthews, dead serious, speaking over a hook-up from Madison Square Garden, where he had earlier delivered the keynote address. “I wish I was with you there because I want to get in your face.” Then Miller said he wished they were back in the age when you could challenge someone to a duel. “I don’t know why I came on this program,” he added, amidst four minutes of heated exchanges.
Matthews had gotten on Miller’s case right from the start, asking him if he really believed what he had said in his speech about Senator John Kerry wanting to defend America with “spitballs.” As Miller fudged his answer, and Matthews in his customary style cut him short or talked over him, they each started shouting. Miller told Matthews to “get out of my face,” later saying he wanted to get in Matthews’ face.
Miller didn’t fudge his answer. He replied quite clearly, stating (and I paraphrase) “That was a metaphor, Chris. You know what a metaphor is. John Kerry certainly did not want to defend the country with the B1 bomber.”
Miller then went on to say that ‘I knew you would try to do this to me,’ and showed the camera all of the Kerry campaign literature stating in no uncertain terms the weapons systems he wanted to cancel.
Matthews then backpedaled and was apologetic and polite the rest of the interview.
Shame on you Editor and Publisher.