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Posted on Jan 17, 2008
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The “Hardball” host is known for being outspoken, but apparently even he thinks he can go too far. Chris Matthews has apologized for suggesting that Hillary Clinton’s political success stemmed from having an unfaithful husband.

Full disclosure: Media Matters coordinated a pressure campaign against Matthews that included an advertisement on Truthdig.


Controversy erupted after Matthews made remarks on Joe Scarborough’s “Morning Joe” on MSNBC 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. That’s how she got to be senator from New York. We keep forgetting it. She didn’t win there on her merit.”

Matthews first reminded viewers Thursday of his love of politics and country, and that he always speaks his mind without submitting to political correctness.

Then came the apology, where Matthews said it was not “fair to imply that Hillary’s whole career depended on being a victim of an unfaithful husband.”

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By DennisD, January 19, 2008 at 6:09 pm Link to this comment
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Use your own minds, form your own opinions and most importantly don’t listen to any of these political pundit comedians no matter what they’re talking about.

It’s a waste of your precious time and lends credibility to their irrelevance.

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By mary, January 19, 2008 at 10:38 am Link to this comment

and not soon enough for me!  These are the guys that allowed this administration to get away with their criminal actions.  Matthews absolutely hates the Clintons, period.  He believes she will not be able to win the election, giving the right another 8 years and shows like his more of the same.  The entire fed gov needs to be cleaned up, as does the truth in news reporting.  The American people are paying attention and these guys are just realizing it and will say or do anything to put a stop to us.  Comments of blogs like this one is proof.  Is that a light at the end of this tunnel?

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By RS Janes, January 19, 2008 at 7:58 am Link to this comment
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Sorry, Simpleton, but Matthews has been supporting ‘tough guy’ Republicans Giuliani, Thompson and McCain, in that order. (Amusingly, in each case the object of his ardor dropped in the polls following Chris’ spittle-flecked endorsement.  You might call it the Matthews Curse, like the front cover of Sports Illustrated.)

A colleague of Matthews’ told a reporter for the Philadelphia Inquirer that Matthews had said years ago, “I hate her, I hate her,” referring to Hillary Clinton. If you can find a source for your claim that he has ‘pushed’ Hillary’s candidacy, I’d like to see it.

Whatever he’s done in the past few weeks has strictly been due to the pressure from Media Matters—they’ve been doing an excellent job of cataloging his manifold offenses to common decency and factuality.

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By Douglas Chalmers, January 19, 2008 at 12:13 am Link to this comment

“...always speaks his mind without submitting to political correctness….” is just another way of justifying his being a sexist - and maybe a racist, too - they usually go together (only this election is different in how).

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By RS Janes, January 18, 2008 at 5:15 pm Link to this comment
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I missed it—who was calling for Matthews to be removed from his job? I wasn’t—I was simply exercising my right to free speech to criticize his sleazy approach to women, and his often-obvious political bias.

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By simpleton, January 18, 2008 at 3:31 pm Link to this comment
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the Media Matters ads plastered over Truthdig yesterday gave me a chuckle of amazement. Fact is, Chris Matthews had been pushing the Hillary candidacy for the past three weeks or so. That’s probably come to a screeching (no offense, MM) halt. Another proud triumph of feminism over itself.

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By Thomas Billis, January 18, 2008 at 10:37 am Link to this comment

O goody amother interest group has decided that somebody was politically incorrect.Whether you agree with Chris Natthews or not that is his opinion.He is not a newscaster he is a pundit.MSNBC as usual cannot get down on their knees fast enough to kiss the ass of some interest group,If you do not agree with Chris Matthew’s opinions change the channel.I do not listen to Rush Limbaugh because I do not agree with his opinions.Would I want him to tone them done or change them?The answer is a resounding"no” because I live in America and I want people to express their opinions without fear that they will offend some interest group and be fired.You cannot have it both ways.Do not offend someone and get candid opinions.When the next time you are thinking boy these guys never say anything relevant or ask a tough question remember these little brouhaha’s that put a chill on honest opinions.Remember the toughest free speech to defend is the one that makes you sick to your stomach.

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By May, January 18, 2008 at 10:05 am Link to this comment
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Chris Matthews does have a problem with women, especially smart, successful women who dare to step outside the kitchen and bedroom and challenge the male-dominated world he is used to living in.  Isn’t that Republicans in a nutshell?  Also, I dimly recall some theory that Ms. Clinton would be the Dem candidate most easily beat in the upcoming election, so the Repub pundits criticism of her and the presumed support because of said criticism is all part of the plan.  These “journalists” (I use that term loosely), think they can play the American public like a fiddle.  It remains to be seen if they’re correct.

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By Penny, January 18, 2008 at 7:49 am Link to this comment
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Unlike MOST, I watched Morning Joe the day the conversation occured. And I do say CONVERSATION! This comment was part of a larger discourse that also discussed Mrs. Clintons strengths. I am so angry at the censorship taken on behalf of the Clintons, by groups supporting the Clintons eg. Media Matters… and it sure does to the Clintons! It MATTERS how they can SPIN the Media…Mr. Matthews has a Show based on telling the truth as ugly as it may be. I appreciate that and HOPE the Media STANDS up and sifts through the deceit. Thanks to Glen, AP Reporter, for confronting Romney on HIS half-truths! And thanks to Chris…too bad your Network doesn’t have HALF the courage you do…

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By RS Janes, January 18, 2008 at 7:14 am Link to this comment
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A friend of mine described Matthews’ on-air persona as “really, truly creepy,” and now that creepiness is coming back to haunt him. Media Matters is doing an excellent job of keeping track of his habitual outrages against common decency and simple fact, and his Hardball audience, never huge, is pathetic compared to MSNBC barnburner Keith Olbermann.

With Tucker Carlson’s impending departure from the cable news network and the rumored elevation of progressive talker Rachel Maddow to take his place, Matthews is feeling the heat; in a political season of change, he has found himself part of the Old Guard and he’s in a panic – even he sees that the future doesn’t augur well for media camp followers of the defeated GOP Grand Army and its failed joke of an Emperor, soon to be exiled to a life of clearing brush in Crawford and making his unfitness for office the fault of others. Perhaps Chris will end up one day working at the Texas ranch himself—appropriately oiling up the chainsaws and ghostwriting the Little King’s scripts of blame.

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By Conservative Yankee, January 18, 2008 at 6:42 am Link to this comment
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All points below taken and accepted HOWEVER the law of averages says even right wing sleezbags who are full of hot air get part of the story correct some of the time.

Hillary IS where she is because of her husband’s philandering.. Unlike Margaret Chase Smith, Susan Collins, Eleanor Holmes Norton, or Ann Richards, when you strip away “the bill experience” Hill the business-shill has no umph!

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By Michele, January 18, 2008 at 5:05 am Link to this comment
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while I don’t think Clinton was voted for senator based on her handling of her husbands affairs I do wonder if nepotism is how we ended up with the moron on the hill. or was is plain stupidity alone ?

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By Bangkok Expatriate, January 18, 2008 at 2:32 am Link to this comment

What do you expect from these Right-Wing hot airbags?  They sing the choir of praise on any Right-Wing agenda or politician and play dirty with opponents.  The past 7 years of Bush’s administration has seen the pernicious rise of silencing opponents with sound bytes rather than discussing the real issues.

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By Grace Alexis, January 18, 2008 at 2:31 am Link to this comment
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it is obvious that Chris matthews didn’t mean what he said, HE ROLLE HIS EYES at the end of the statement! for keeerist’s sake, no where in that statement did he apologize, he just made excuses.

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By Outraged, January 18, 2008 at 12:38 am Link to this comment


Go to the mirror and say 10 times, I am full of shit. I am full of shit. I am full of shit…etc.

Was that enlightening…?

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