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Hearing check: Was Chris Matthews talking about McFadden or Fitzpatrick?

  • Blog Post by: Rachel E. Stassen-Berger
  • March 21, 2014 - 1:41 PM

"Chris Matthews Attacks Mike McFadden," Republican Senate candidate Mike McFadden said in a fundraising email.

But Matthews, a prominent MSNBC host, actually didn't.

In the clip the McFadden campaign shared on YouTube, posted on its website and emailed to supporters, Matthews is talking about U.S. Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick, a Republican from Pennsylvania, not the Minnesota Republican running against U.S. Sen. Al Franken, an MSNBC spokesperson confirmed. Even the YouTube generated transcript with the clip interpreted the name as "Mike Fitzpatrick."

Asked about McFaddenFitzpatrickghazigate, McFadden spokesman Tom Erickson insisted: "I hear McFadden."

A Matthews mention, particularly in a litany of "crazy right wing Christian nuts," might have been good for McFadden's fundraising. But it is not, in this case, the mention is not of McFadden.

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McFadden by Rachel E. Stassen-Berger

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