Erin Burnett had a rough day on Friday. In addition to her regular duties hosting Squawk on the Street and Street Signs, the CNBC anchor took to the streets of Times Square in the midst of an on and off rain storm to do those always awkward man-on-the-street interviews with tourists and office workers. But her toughest interview wasn't with one of these innocent bystanders. It was with Hardball host Chris Matthews.
You can watch the video above to see the awkward moment that develops when Matthews decides he needs to get a bit closer to Burnett. (Thanks to NewsBusters for capturing the video.)
After the jump you can read the transcript (again via Newsbusters). You can get an idea of what happens from the NewsBusters commentary. "Chris, I know it was Friday night and Erin Burnett is indeed a knockout. However, perhaps you could be a little more subtle about your attraction for Erin. After all, among the few dozen of your Hardball viewers, Mrs. Matthews could have been watching your leering performance," they write.
Leering Chris Matthews Asks Female CNBC Anchor to Move in Closer to Camera [NewsBusters]
NewsBusters Transcript of Matthews versus Burnett.
MATTHEWS: Could you get a little closer to the camera?
BURNETT: What is it? Is it (garbled) in strangely?
MATTHEWS: Come in closer...no...come in...come in further...come in closer...really close.
(Burnett leans towards camera.)
BURNETT: What are you, what are you doing?
MATTHEWS: Haw! Haw! Just kidding! You look great! Anyway, thank... Erin it's great to have...look at that look... You're great...
BURNETT: I don't even know. I'm going to have to go look at the tape here. I'm in a strange location.
MATTHEWS (laughing): No, you're beautiful! I'm just kidding! I'm just kidding! You're a knockout! Anyways thank you, Erin Burnett. It's alright getting bad news from you even. Okay. Thanks for coming on Hardball.