This May 5, 2009 photo shows Chris Matthews arriving at the Time 100 Gala, in New York. In the cable television news world where provocation is prized, MSNBC's Chris Matthews took home the trophy from... more 
This May 5, 2009 photo shows Chris Matthews arriving at the Time 100 Gala, in New York. In the cable television news world where provocation is prized, MSNBC's Chris Matthews took home the trophy from Tampa's Republican national convention as most over-the-top pundit. Matthews engaged in a bitter verbal brawl on "Morning Joe" with Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus that upset the show's hosts, accused the GOP of conducting a campaign of race-baiting and suggested Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is not proud of his record in public life. Now that opinion is a key component of cable news and commentators are asked to cover events run by a political party they disagree with on a daily basis, such contentious weeks aren't that surprising. (AP Photo/Evan Agostini) less 
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Associated Press | Photo By Evan Agostini
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