In the last 24 hours we’ve had some very interesting communications from MSNBC.
Yesterday at 5 pm Chris Matthews opened his show with an apology to Hillary Clinton (h/t Atrios).
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 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. So, I get it.
I invite you to read the whole transcript and watch the video. While it was pretty earthshattering breaking news to get any kind of apology at all, a lot of people, including myself, thought it was just an example of the “I’m sorry you were offended by what I said” variety of non-apology apology.
In fact I still think that.
Also yesterday, at 8 pm, Keith Olbermann had Lawrence O’Donnell, author of this from the Huffington Post, on to talk about the campaign and Lawrence pretty much delivered a hit piece on John Edwards.
Quite a few people over at the Daily Kos were upset enough to diary about it and many more joined their voices in agreement.
So today we get this from second time diarist Keith Olbermann (don’t worry, it’s a storyonly link)-
Those of you complaining about it are right.
His HuffPo piece was news to me.
Shouldn’t have been, obviously, but it was.
I don’t read every blog, nor everything written by my guests. I often don’t know until an hour beforehand who will be a guest on a given show… Also, to announce, on-air, each guest’s preferences, prejudices, shillings and shiv jobs, would reduce the rest of the show to “Good Evening. Call Me Ishmael. My Boat Sank. The End. Good Night.”
But even with these caveats, the point about this appearance, especially in the wake of such a freshly-written piece, is well-taken and I’m very sorry.
It will be addressed tonight on the show.
As usual I hesitate to editorialize too much, you can think what you want, but in addition to the question of who’s the mensch I invite you to consider if this represents a new direction at MSNBC.