Sweet Jesus.

Fishbowl DC has some delightful highlights from a forthcoming New York Times Magazine piece on Chris Matthews.

I think this is probably my very favorite line:

At one point, Matthews suddenly became hypnotized by a TV over the bar set to a rebroadcast of "Hardball." "Hey, there I am -- it's me," he said, staring at himself on the screen. "It's me."

And I found this interesting:

Matthews's contract expires next year, and NBC officials clearly would like to renew it for considerably less than the $5 million a year he is making now. Whether it's a formal talking point or not, NBC officials seem bent on conveying the message that they could get the same ratings, or better ones, for considerably less money.

Please tell me Rachel Maddow will work for less than $5 million.

Everything else is about what you'd expect, but it's worth a read.

Update: the whole NYT piece is online now.

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