City Journal: Charles F. McElwee on the fall of Chris Matthews. An excerpt:
Over time, Matthews abandoned moderation, especially by the 2016 campaign. Yet following the network’s rigid ideological direction proved impossible for him. In this primary cycle, Matthews’s more traditional views reemerged, but he was increasingly treated like the troubling relative with problematic opinions—relegated to the sidelines before his departure became inevitable. “The younger generations out there are ready to take the reins,” he said in his farewell. He had become a character in an O’Connor novel. “It was a new era, sport, and your uncle belonged to the old,” said a political operative about Skeffington in The Last Hurrah.
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