Friday, January 18, 2008

Chris Matthews' Lame Apology for Being a Sexist Creep (Video)

Under pressure from Media Matters, the feminist and progressive blogosphere, feminist groups, and his bosses at MSNBC, Chris Matthews-the-misogynist struggled to apologize for the sexism yesterday. Matthews did not apologize for his long and infamous record of aiming sexist remarks at Hillary Clinton and other women. Rather Matthews apologized, sort of, for his most recent sexist remark.

It was as if the other sexist barbs never happened. Oh, and Matthews made the point that he has a really great show and he is a really really great guy.

Howard Kurtz: 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.

AP: Besides Steinem, the letter to NBC News President Steve Capus was signed by Kim Gandy, president of the National Organization for Women; Lulu Flores, president of the National Women's Political Caucus; Carol Jenkins, president of the Women's Media Center; and Eleanor Smeal, president of Feminist Majority. . . Last week's Clinton comment was the trigger for their protest, but they said Matthews' comments over the years "demonstrate a larger pattern of overt sexism when discussing women." Matthews was also in the crosshairs of the liberal media watchdog Media Matters, which wrote to Capus on Wednesday to express concerns about the fast-talking political analyst.