Conor, it may not be a nice, but folks in the media run character pieces all the time — and Matthews appeared to heap it onto himself. No one but the most seriously self-concerned gets caught on the record saying, “Did you see me today on the Today Show?” or counting off his honorary degrees. If the point of the article is giving us a taste of Mr. Matthews, I think Liebovich does a remarkable job — especially getting as much material as he does.
In fact, this is the sort of thing typically reserved for conservatives, except in those cases, there’s far less to go on. Obviously Matthews will be upset about this piece, but it seems like the reporter did a great job using his sources.