Update, 4:50 p.m. The Mediaite post referenced below has been taken down. But it’s already out there on YouTube. This is what the original article said: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XSMgqifFIxM
Earlier today, Mediaite posted a story on the 50th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington claiming that Chris Matthews called an Obama inaugural speech “the second greatest” in U.S. history. Snarky comments followed on the site, calling Matthews a sycophant, egotist, etc, mocking Obama. But listen to what Matthews actually said. Granted, he is a fast-talker, but it’s clear that he was talking about Martin Luther King, Jr. and not President Obama:
Here is what he said to MLK III:
The president has a tough act to follow, to put it lightly. He’s got to stand on those steps where your dad stood and gave, I think, after the second inaugural of Lincoln, the second greatest American speech ever given.”
I left a comment on the site a few minutes ago pointing this out. It was moderated and published briefly, but now I can’t find it. And the article is still up in its original, incorrect form. I’ve listened to the clip several times, and I can understand how a first listen could confuse people, especially if they are eager to take down Matthews or Obama or both, but in this case they are just plain wrong.
Listen to the clip.