Speaking on his Thursday show, Matthews lit into Palin--and Ailes:
This is so pathetic watching her on television. It's so pathetic that Roger Ailes has put her on television, sitting up in some box, some loony bin up in Alaska, sitting there answering these questions she doesn't know anything about. Did you hear what she just said, John? She said he should continue to attack the Republican plan. What's she up to here? Is she just not thinking or capable of thinking? What is going on here?
In response, Ailes told TVNewser, "People tell me all the time it was truly pathetic that I was the one who gave Chris Matthews his start on television." (Ailes put Matthews on his "America's Talking" network in 1994.)
So far, Matthews hasn't responded to Ailes' comment.