Life's a Campaign: Chris Matthews in conversation with James Bettinger.
As the 2008 presidential race heats up,the hard-question-asking host of "Hardball" provides an entertaining and enlightening wake-up call to what is really behind the candidates and their campaigns. From scandals to bombshell revelations, Matthews has seen it all covering every Presidential election campaign since 1988- Commonwealth Club of California
James R. Bettinger
James R. Bettinger is the director of the Knight Fellowships, and professor (teaching) of Communication at Stanford. A graduate of the University of California at Santa Barbara, Bettinger is the former A.M. city editor of the San Jose Mercury News and former city editor of the Riverside Press-Enterprise. He was a Fellow at Stanford in 1982-83, and was Deputy Director from 1989-2000.
Chris Matthews is the host of “Hardball with Chris Matthews,” on MSNBC and the host of NBC’s “The Chris Matthews Show.” Over the last 15 years, he has become known for his powerful and influential political commentary. Matthews is an author, international journalist, and no-nonsense political commentator. He was until recently a nationally syndicated columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle and is the author of best-selling books such as, Now Let Me Tell You What I Really Think. He joined the San Francisco Examiner in 1987 where he served as Washington Bureau Chief for 13 years. Prior to entering journalism, Matthews served as White House aide and speechwriter to President Jimmy Carter and as a top aide to former Speaker of the House Thomas P. O'Neill, Jr.