August 31, 2004

MSNBC's Chris Matthews physically attacked on the air

MSNBC's "attack dog" Chris Matthews was himself attacked while on the air today -- by a man in a black mask and hood, yelling something about Abu Ghraib (according to Indymedia's account of the incident).

a protester in a black hood rushed past the barricade right next to Chris Matthew yelling something about abu ghraib and was immediately tackled.

The cameras IMMEDIATELY cut away and they went to a reporter inside Madison Square garden. The people at MSNBC, though completely surrounded by protesters, have been ignoring them completely.

Couldn't happen to a nicer guy...
UPDATE: has a more clear description of what happened.
"A protester jumped a fence and ran onto a stage being used by MSNBC during a live broadcast tonight at New York's Herald Square. It happened at 7:38pm during a broadcast of 'Hardball.' Host Chris Matthews was on the set with Christie Todd Whitman, NBC correspondent David Gregory, Newsweek's Howard Fineman and commentator Sherry Annis were on the outdoor set in midtown Manhattan when the incident occured." He "was immediately subdued by security working for the network.
There is a live video capture of the "event," (MPG format) pulled from the on-air broadcast as it happened.

Posted by mhking at August 31, 2004 08:38 PM

That's what happens when you don't give your peeps (the protesters) no love. Holla!

Posted by: S-Train at August 31, 2004 09:23 PM

I was watching when it happened. It was pretty funny.

Posted by: ccs178 (Chris) at August 31, 2004 11:35 PM

I certainly hope that the "Masked Avenger" pronounced "Abu Ghraib" correctly!

If he bumped his testicles on the barricade; I also hope he had "hardballs....

Posted by: Sergeant America at September 1, 2004 04:35 PM

I don't like the man.

But the fact is he was a victim of a criminal act, and on that, I don't wish on anyone.

Posted by: DarkStar at September 1, 2004 04:40 PM

After reading the headline, I was about to ask where the Michelle Malkin defense fund contributions could be sent.

Posted by: Indigo at September 1, 2004 09:24 PM

And then to add insult to injury, Zell Miller challenges Matthews to a duel and reams him for his treatment of Michelle Malkin.

Bet he wishes he'd stood in bed.

Posted by: McGehee at September 2, 2004 10:47 AM
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