With MSNBC’s ratings paling compared to other news outlets in reporting the Egyptian turmoil, “Hardball” host Chris Matthews (pictured)
Wednesday interrupted breaking coverage to attack Fox News and Glenn Beck, calling his statements on Egypt a “right-wing freak-out.”
Matthews said Beck’s Tuesday warnings that a worst-case scenario evolving from Egypt is that Muslim radicals would try to take over the world – a view also expressed by several Muslim extremists – were intended “to distract us from any kind of serious conversation that might involve thought.”
“Here’s his delusional analysis: The pro-democracy demonstrations in Egypt could lead to a Muslim takeover of the world and the establishment of a new Islamic caliphate,” Matthews said, calling Beck a fear monger. “Did you get that? While the rest of the world is trying to figure out a solution to this crisis, Beck is trying to terrify people and ultimately blame – guess who – President Obama and the liberals.
“Does anybody check this guy’s copy over there?” Matthews asked, saying the claims were a “right-wing freak-out.” “Is Fox saying that they believe this stuff, this argument, the latest, that we should arm up personally, build our bunkers, and vote against Democrats or any Republican that doesn’t side with Beck and [Rep. Michele] Bachmann, and the rest of this band of looney tunes?”
According to viewpoints recently expressed by some Muslim radicals, Beck’s warnings might not qualify as a “delusional analysis.”
On Hannity Wednesday, and in interviews with other media outlets, Muslim cleric Sheik Anjem Choudary said after Egypt is taken over by Sharia law, the entire world will fall to radical Islam.
Nielsen ratings of cable news networks’ coverage of the Egyptian unrest show MSNBC dropping to third place across prime time on February 1.
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