Anyone who read the hit job on Chris Matthews in the New York Times Magazine, which I objected to here, should also read this corrective by Hendrick Hertzberg.
I don't share Hertzberg's politics, nor do I much care for cable news personalities, but this sounds right:
The profile that ran in the New York Times Magazine a few weeks ago captured some of Chris (the insecurity, the self-promotion), but some is not all. The insecurity without the huge appetite for life, the self-promotion without the empathic social conscience that lurks somewhere behind all that love of the political game—these give a distorted impression. Chris Matthews is a net plus for American politics and American society.