Matthews: Hillary Jab Was 'Nasty'

Beleaguered Hardball host backs down from anti-Hillary remarks
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 18, 2008 8:17 AM CST
Chris Matthews of MSNBC's "Hardball" laughs with a guest during a commercial break. Matthews has said he's sorry for his "unfair" remarks about Hillary Clinton. He's promised to more respectful in future.   (KRT Photos)
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(Newser) – It took protesters outside NBC's studios, a letter of complaint signed by Gloria Steinem, and a little pressure from on high, but after 10 days Hardball host Chris Matthews backed down from sexist remarks about Hillary Clinton, the Washington Post reports. He admitted last night that saying Clinton's political career launched because "her husband messed around" was unfair and sounded "nasty."

Women's groups had mixed response. The National Women's Political Caucus said "This is a victory for all women. We are pleased that Chris Matthews has shown remorse," but NOW's president "wasn't really looking for an apology. I was looking for a behavior change." Matthews has promised to be more respectful in the future.