Matthews does about 80% of the talking here. I'm not sure what makes him believe he has the authority to lecture Bishop Tobin, but that's obviously why he asked him to appear on Hardball.
Matthews tries to entrap the bishop into saying something he can pounce on; this ploy might have worked better had Matthews given the bishop a chance to finish a sentence. Matthews repeatedly steers the "conversation" toward legalities in order to "prove" that the bishop isn't qualified to comment on anything having to do with law, lawmaking, or Catholic lawmakers. I don't think he succeeds but he gets to blow off a lot of steam, which is apparently what he gets paid for.
In the last couple of minutes he finally gives Bishop Tobin a chance to speak and the bishop gets this in at the very end:
I will reflect on that if you will reflect on the teachings of the Church.A reflective Chris Matthews? Yes, the bishop believes in miracles.
From Jill Stanek, Chris Matthews badgers Bishop Tobin:
Me, too, though I think the bishop made excellent points when he was allowed to speak, and did well in maintaining his composure and letting Matthews run on and on and on. The only way to get equal time from Chris is to out-shout him, not an option for the bishop. As for reasoning with Matthews, forget it. Jill Stanek says that the bishop is going back for more tonight. I think the bishop will hold his own.
Matthews appeared quite agitated from the get-go, unfairly using his bully pulpit to hog the interview and badger Bishop Tobin much like a hostile prosecutor attempting to break someone down a witness on the stand. Matthews even had the gall to try to teach the preacher. I was shocked by Matthews' lack of respect, particularly bearing in mind he's Catholic. [. . .]
I applaud the bishop's willingness to enter into enemy territory but was surprised how easily Matthews cornered him.
Perhaps not many people stand a chance when Matthews goes on the warpath (although I'd love to see Scott Klusendorf, Fr. Pavone, Mark Crutcher, or Robert George give that louse a whirl).
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