Chris Matthews show Hardball, like most cable "news" shows are very predictable. Sean Hannity is a jerk. Ed Schultz is a loudmouth (jerk). Rachel Maddow plays the professor. Here's a way for guests to mix it up: See if you can get the host, in this case Matthews, to put his face in his hands out of exasperation.
Cable "news" is a jungle. Entertaining, tacky, loud, opinionated, silly? Yep. Journalism? No way. Especially in prime time the hosts of these shows are clowns whose only job is to get like-minded viewers to lap up what's put in front of them. Cable Kooks skewers this faux-news whether it's on Fox, MSNBC, CNN or even Current. We watch cable news so you don't have to. To quote John Hodgman, "you're welcome."