Yeas & Nays Patrick Gavin blogs about the Hardball 10th Anniversary Party…
In front of an audience that included such notables as Alan Greenspan, Rep. Patrick Kennedy and Sens. Ted Kennedy and John Kerry, and NBC/MSNBC brass including NBC Senior Vice President Phil Griffin, “Meet the Press” host Tim Russert, “Today” show executive producer Jim Bell, NBC News Specials Executive Producer Phil Alongi, “Meet the Press” Executive Producer Betsy Fischer, MSNBC Vice President Tammy Haddad, “Hardball” correspondent David Shuster and Vice President for MSNBC Prime-Time Programming Bill Wolff. Matthews began his remarks by declaring that he hoped to make some news and he certainly didn’t disappoint. After praising the drafters of the First Amendment for allowing him to make a living, he outlined what he said was the fundamental difference between the Bush and Clinton administrations.
The Clinton camp, he said, never put pressure on his bosses to silence him.
“Not so this crowd,” he added, explaining that Bush White House officials — especially those from Vice President Cheney’s office — called MSNBC brass to complain about the content of his show and attempted to influence its editorial content.