Chris Matthews is the second-craziest host on cable news, and he has a number of strange, almost OCD, tics that he repeats endlessly on his MSNBC show Hardball. One thing he does a whole lot is gloat about how he knows how to pronounce Dick Cheney's name correctly.
You see, the former vice president says not "Chainy," but "Cheeny." Matthews rarely fails to mention Cheney's name without signaling that he's taking special care to pronounce it right, pausing briefly before emphasizing the name and then smugly looking at the camera as if to say, "Go ahead, I dare you to tell me I'm saying it wrong." He really loves the fact that he knows how to pronounce "Cheney" and you don't.
But often, that's not enough for Matthews, and that's when he sanctimoniously reminds his audience that he knows how to pronounce Dick Cheney's name correctly. He never gets tired of it.
September 7, 2006
"And on Sunday, Vice President Dick Cheney, that‘s how he pronounces it, exclusively on Tim Russert‘s Meet the Press."
October 25, 2006
"…he was deputy assistant to Vice President Cheney, that‘s how I like to pronounce it, on domestic policy."
June 21, 2007
MATTHEWS: Thank you very much, Jeremy Bronson. Let‘s bring in Ron Christie, a former aide to Vice President Cheney, and Robert Raben, former Clinton assistant attorney general. You like that pronunciation, don‘t you?
RON CHRISTIE, FORMER ADVISER TO VICE PRESIDENT DICK CHENEY: I do. And you do it every time.
MATTHEWS: Well, it‘s the way the family does it.
March 16, 2009
"Former vice president Dick Cheney—that's how he pronounces his name…"
March 24, 2009
"The on-going story of Dick Cheney—by the way, that‘s the way the family pronounces it, Cheney, in that Dickensian fashion."
May 21, 2009
"Back to today‘s main event, President Obama versus former Vice President Dick Cheney, and that‘s how the family pronounces it, that Dickensian way, Cheney."
May 22, 2009
Matthews discusses the controversy about how to pronounce "Cheney" and cites an NPR interview with Liz Cheney and another one with Lynne Cheney.
June 18, 2009
CHICAGO TRIBUNE COLUMNIST CLARENCE PAGE: And you are right. Cheney is the original pronunciation.
MATTHEWS: It‘s the correct pronunciation.
July 15, 2009
"By the way, the name is pronounced “Cheeney.” Just ask him."
July 23, 2009
"Cheney—that's how you pronounce it…"
August 31, 2009
"We know where Dick Cheney stands. And that's how you pronounce his name, by the way, Cheney."
September 4, 2009
"It‘s pronounced “Cheeney,” by the way."
September 28, 2009
"Up next: Could we see another Cheney in public office? Actually, she pronounces it Cheney, unlike her dad."
September 29, 2009
"…daughter of the former Vice President Dick Cheney. He pronounces it differently."
September 30, 2009
"…the Cheneys—rather the Cheney and the Cheney—they pronounce their names differently…"