Hardball anchor and political commentator Chris Matthews explains how his interview style is giving the audience what they want:
I was talking to my brother the other day, up in New Jersey and he’s a Republican, held office for years, and he said, “My Republican friends like it, even if you go after a Republican, they like it when you press for an answer. They consider that “hardball”; they consider that to be the nature of the show.
… Ed McMahon of all people said: The key to the interview is to listen to the last answer. And if you’re hearing the last answer equivocation, well, I go for it, I’m heat seeking. I think that’s what I do. I don’t think it’s everyone’s taste, I think on Sunday mornings for example, Meet the Press, that audience may be different. I know when people come looking for me at 7 p.m. Eastern Time, they want that… [I’m] trying to work for the audience.