You be the judge.
First, during Tony Perkins' interview with Chris Matthews on the 11th, Matthews opens the segment with these words:
"Tony, I've been thinking about you a lot. I do trust your conscience. You're more conservative than me on cultural and moral issues, maybe, although I'm not sure. When it comes to actual morality, I think we may be closer than you believe."
Matthews goes on, "I want to get to Tony here because I find him fascinating, because I do trust him."
Then on Weekends with Alex Witt Matthews goes on a tear criticizing the President who gave him thrills just two years ago:
What are we trying to do in this administration? Why does he want a second term? Would he tell us? Whats he going to do in the second term? More of this? Is this it? Is this as good as it gets? Where are we going? Are we going to do something the second term? He has yet to tell us. He has not said one thing about what he would do in the second term. He never tells us what he is going to do with reforming our healthcare systems, Medicare, Medicaid, how is going to reform Social Security. Is he going to deal with long-term debt? How? Is he going to reform the tax system? How? Just tell us. Why are we in this fight with him? Just tell us, Commander, give us our orders and tell us where were going, give us the mission. And he hasnt done it."
A smoking gun? Maybe not. But our character, our views, and our thinking are shaped over time by the company we keep and the people we trust. Here's hoping Tony continues to rub off on thought leaders (left and right) in the mainstream media.