[UPDATED] Chris Matthews Explains HRC Comment: Offers Apology, Sort of

Chris Matthews spent the first 5 minutes of Hardball "apologizing" to HRC, well sort of. He never utters the words, "I'm sorry" or "I apologogize", but he does take the time to explain what he was trying to say. I guess we have to give Chris credit for that. Apparently, all your emails and Media Matters rumored protest prompted Chris' explanation. Here's a portion of what he said.

http://www.mediabistro.com/tvnewser/

"Was it fair to say that Hillary Clinton, like any great politician took advantage of a crisis to prove herself? Was her conduct in 1998 a key to starting her independent electoral career the following year? Yes. Was it fair to imply that Hillary's whole career depended on being a victim of an unfaithful husband? No. And that's what it sounded like I was saying. And it hurt people. People I'd like to think normally like what I say. In fact, normally like me. As I said, I rely on my heart to guide me in the heated, fast-paced talk we have here on Hardball. A heart that bears only goodwill toward people trying to make it out there, especially those who haven't before. If my heart has not always controlled my words, on those occasions when I have not taken the time to say things right or have simply said the inappropriate thing, I'll try to be clearer, smarter, more obviously in support of the right of women, of all people, the full equality and respect for their ambitions."

Do you accept Chris Matthews "apology"?

Update [2008-1-17 21:6:15 by lonnette33]: Please watch Chris' "apology" as posted on msnbc.com. I'm sorry, I think his "apology" was condescending. You be the judge! http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/21134540/vp/22717819#22717819

Tags: Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, Chris Matthews, Hillary Clinton, Media Bistro TVNewser (all tags)

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Re: Chris Matthews Explains HRC Comment: Offers Ap

You know, I think Media Matters had to buy a new hard drive just to store all the crap he's said about women, including but not limited to Hillary.  He scores no points for apologizing for this one single comment!  The guy has serious issues.

by Steve M 2008-01-17 03:41PM | 0 recs
Re: Chris Matthews Explains HRC Comment: Offers Ap

I agree Steve. His explanation left me feeling like, "oh well".  He never said "I'm sorry Hillary", which really leaves a bad taste in my month. I don't know, I'm not buying it. Maybe I'm being to hard on him.

by lonnette33 2008-01-17 03:47PM | 0 recs
Re: Chris Matthews Explains HRC Comment: Offers Ap

no, you are not being too hard on him.  the lack of sincerity in his statement was palpable.

he's a misogynistic asshole.  and he'll go right back into mode as soon as the heat lets up.  that's all this is about, anyway.  he's saying just enough to get the heat off (I'm sure the MSNBC people made him) and doesn't mean a word of it and won't change.

by jgarcia 2008-01-17 05:24PM | 0 recs
Re: Chris Matthews Explains HRC Comment: Offers Ap

The Clintons bought Media Matters several new hard drives, among other things.

by aiko 2008-01-17 04:00PM | 0 recs
Re: Chris Matthews Explains HRC Comment: Offers Ap

prove it.

by MollieBradford 2008-01-17 04:04PM | 0 recs
Re: Chris Matthews Explains HRC Comment: Offers Ap

Well, at least you didn't say George Soros, but this is still not the sort of thing I expect to hear from progressives.

by Steve M 2008-01-17 04:07PM | 0 recs
Re: Chris Matthews Explains HRC Comment: Offers Ap

You know what aiko, right is right and wrong and wrong and Chris Matthews was wrong. You've got to admit that even if you don't like Hillary.

by lonnette33 2008-01-17 04:08PM | 0 recs
Re: Chris Matthews Explains HRC Comment: Offers Ap

I have enjoyed watching Tweety's public distaste for all things Clinton.

by aiko 2008-01-17 05:06PM | 0 recs
Re: Chris Matthews Explains HRC Comment: Offers Ap

A lot of liberals really loved watching people like Matthews trash Gore in the 2000 primaries, too.  Someday I'll tell you the story about how that all turned out.

by Steve M 2008-01-17 05:11PM | 0 recs
Re: Chris Matthews Explains HRC Comment: Offers Ap

Matthews was pro-bush until the war went wrong. He has been pro-Obama and anti-Hillary since the start of this race. Media Matters is pro-Clinton. MSNBC is  not. CNN is pro-Clinton. Time is not. etc.

I am grateful that for once --for once--the journalists and editors have some balls and didn't just go with the traditional machine candidate. Its like fresh air.

by aiko 2008-01-17 05:49PM | 0 recs
Re: Chris Matthews Explains HRC Comment: Offers Ap

You're such a low life. I don't expect anything less from Obama's supporters.

by lonnette33 2008-01-17 05:12PM | 0 recs
Re: Chris Matthews Explains HRC Comment: Offers Ap

I should not have called you a low life. I apologize. I just cannot the guy you support.

by lonnette33 2008-01-17 05:25PM | 0 recs
Re: Chris Matthews Explains HRC Comment: Offers Ap

I won't vote for her under any circumstances, so we are even.

by aiko 2008-01-17 05:50PM | 0 recs
Do I accept? Depends.

I will watch more.  I used to love his show.  He is right on the war, but was a wee too harsh to Kerry, and I think accepts Republican talking points too easily.

I think his apology was real, but maybe weak.  But still real is worth a lot.

I do think he may be a serial sexist, and only did this because NBC said he had to.

But credit is owed to Chris, and NBC, because he did apologize.  If he reverts back tomorrow then I say hammer the shiite out of him and never forgive.

by dpANDREWS 2008-01-17 03:44PM | 0 recs
Re: Do I accept? Depends.

I agree to a certain extent, but he never really said, "I'm sorry"; it's an implied apology.

by lonnette33 2008-01-17 03:48PM | 0 recs
Re: Do I accept? Depends.

Credit is owed to all the progressives who gave them a hard time over this.  We need to pressure the media every time they push bullshit memes against our candidates, or they'll elect another George Bush just like they did in 2000.

by Steve M 2008-01-17 03:56PM | 0 recs
Yes

Huge applause to everyone who called, emailed and bitched.

by dpANDREWS 2008-01-17 04:01PM | 0 recs
The management had a word I'd say.

I know I wrote and I'm sure thousands of others did to. The message obviously reached someone. They are worried about female viewers and advetisers.

by ottovbvs 2008-01-17 03:45PM | 0 recs
he has practically the whole line up

campaigning against her on every show.  Joe and Mikka are transparently working to get Obama nominated.  It's not every worth watching that network anymore. And they think they are fooling us if they throw in the occasional positive remark.  

Tweety has said way too many misogynist things for his apology for one of them to be enough.  the man needs therapy and the whole network should be censured.

by MollieBradford 2008-01-17 03:48PM | 0 recs
The national media is 80% in the bag for Obama

They are Ivy League educated, earning over 100K a year on average.   They are the think slice of the Democratic Party Obama appeals to and they LOVE him.  

The local media, in Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada, etc, has been much more even.

by dpANDREWS 2008-01-17 04:10PM | 0 recs
Re: he has practically the whole line up

This morning I thought I was going to vomit when Lisa, a white house reporter on Morning Joe "researched" Obama's record and put forth a bullshit weak ass story regarding the Ethics Legislation he co-sponsored and Iraq record. Mikka, that b---- barely let her get the story before she was trying to debunk it.  I can't Mikka.

by lonnette33 2008-01-17 04:15PM | 0 recs
Re: he has practically the whole line up

two members of her family are working for Obama.  I remember that after "turn the page" came out as this new slogan for Obama, Mikka kept saying it over and over on unrelated stories.  She is so transparent and she is so freaking dumb she thinks she is fooling anyone.

by MollieBradford 2008-01-18 04:27AM | 0 recs

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