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Smarmy Chickenhawk Jason Mattera Reprimanded By One Of His Own On Hannity & Colmes

Reported by Ellen - October 12, 2007 -

Jason Mattera, the young conservative who discredited himself on CNN and MSNBC, was again presented on Hannity & Colmes last night (10/11/07) as a credible pundit. But Mattera seems to have a knack for making an ass out of himself of national television. This time, his childish insults toward a fellow guest earned him a reprimand from someone on his team, conservative Rich Lowry. Then, a minute or two later, Mattera was complaining about other people doing the name-calling. With video.

As I previously posted (with links), Mattera has quite an unsavory history for such a young fellow. On CNN, during an appearance protesting affirmative action, Mattera admitted to Daryn Kagan that he had taken a scholarship from the Hispanic College Fund, a fund restricted to minorities. When Kagan asked why, if he was so offended by scholarships based on race, he had not given the money back, Mattera answered, “Well, Hispanic is not a race. Hispanic is -- you can't tell me what color Hispanic is. It's white, blank, Indian, Asian, Hispanic. It's not a race-based scholarship.”

On MSNBC, Mattera told Chris Matthews that the reason he was not serving in the Iraq war he professed to support was because he was “fighting the culture war at home.”

Previously, Mattera came to national attention for writing what SourceWatch described as a “bullying and venomous attack” on the mother of Matthew Shepard, a young man who was beaten and killed for being gay, after she gave a speech promoting tolerance at Mattera’s school.

Again, links for all the above are in an earlier post.

Last night’s Hannity & Colmes panel featured the unbalanced combination of two conservatives plus one liberal. The liberal was Adam Kokesh (who seems to be the same Adam Kokesh who made news a while back when he lost his honorable discharge from the Marine Corps after being caught protesting the Iraq war in fatigues). Kokesh, now a student at George Washington University, was on the show representing “Students for Conservato-Fascism Awareness” a group formed in opposition to David Horowitz’ Islamo-Fascism Awareness Week designed for a college campus near you.

Kokesh was an excellent guest who knew better than to let the hosts set the agenda and even threw in a dig at FOX News while he was at it. Perhaps that’s why, even with two against one, the conservative guests couldn’t manage to be polite to him.

The third guest, conservative Sergio Gor, chided Kokesh for interrupting in Part 1 of the discussion. Then, in Part 2 (shown below), Gor rudely interrupted Kokesh. Mattera laughed heartily at Gor's rudeness.

Then Mattera made his ill-chosen attack: “Adam’s obviously not the brightest bulb,” he said.

To his credit, guest host Lowry quickly interrupted. “Jason, Jason, Jason… nothing personal. No, no, no, no, you’re not doing your cause any favors. You’re not doing your cause any favors talking that way.”

Mattera later had the nerve to complain to Alan Colmes about other people calling names, saying, “This is something intellectually depleted people do.”