Chris Mathews caves, apologizes to Hillary

Amid mounting pressure from feminist groups, MSNBC host Chris Mathews apologized for remarks he made about Hillary Clinton, reports Howard Kurtz for the Washington Post:

Under pressure from feminist groups and his own bosses at MSNBC, Chris Matthews apologized yesterday for remarks about Hillary Clinton that he now admits sounded “nasty.”

For 10 days, the “Hardball” host had doggedly insisted he was just reciting a bit of history when he said on the air that “the reason she’s a U.S. senator, the reason she’s a candidate for president, the reason she may be a front-runner is her husband messed around.”

But protests against those and other remarks by Matthews reached a peak yesterday when the presidents of such groups as the National Organization for Women, Feminist Majority and National Women’s Political Caucus sent a joint letter of complaint to NBC News President Steve Capus.

On last night’s program, Matthews defended the substance of his remarks that Clinton’s political career in New York was launched because of public sympathy stemming from her husband’s much-investigated affair with Monica Lewinsky. But, he said, “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.”

Read the whole story at the link above. If Mathews is going to apologize for every stupid remark he makes betraying his personal prejudices, he will have precious little air time to do anything else.

The guy’s an ass. Being an ass is what got him a media job. And now people are shocked when he acts like an ass?

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