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Chris Matthews Apologizes for Friending Hurricane Sandy

This was, of course, an election filled with gaffes–and Chris Matthews (aka Tweety Bird) opened Hardball last night by apologizing (and apologizing, and apologizing) for saying he was “glad” that superstorm Sandy hit, thereby shedding light on Obama’s ability to lead in a crisis while crossing party lines and working constructively with Republicans like N.J. Governor Chris Christie. Matthews obviously wasn’t celebrating the fact that many lost their homes (and in some cases their lives) to the benefit of Obama’s campaign, but it was a dumb thing to say.

Matthews quickly realized that fact and began Wednesday’s show by saying, “I said something terrible…I said something not just stupid but wrong”. During his long-winded but genuine apology, he also refrained from blaming fatigue for his lapse in judgement: Read more

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Robert Gibbs Brings Damage Control to MSNBC

The disconnect in messaging between what Scott Brown‘s victory in Massachusetts means for health care reform, and what voters were actually trying to say was apparent within the lineup on MSNBC last night. Bracketed between former DNC chair Howard Dean and Hardball’s Chris Matthews calling each other “silly” over poll interpretations, was a pair of interviews with White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs on The Ed Show, and Countdown with Keith Olbermann.

The PS2POTUS had a tough time with Schultz towards the end of his interview, though posed the point that healthcare stocks gained $4 billion after the loss of the seat to the GOP, implying that killing the bill is exactly what they want:

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Remembering Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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Individuals, corporations and the media are all honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. today. Here are some of the initiatives and events taking place:

Federal agency The Corporation for National and Community Service put out a release highlighting dozens of community service efforts happening nationwide today.

TV One will air ‘Living The Dream: An Interview With President Barack Obama,’ at 8 p.m. ET tonight.

TVNewser reports MSNBC “Hardball” host Chris Matthews will moderate a live MSNBC special titled “Obama’s America: 2010 and Beyond” today from Texas Southern University.

A number of other organizations have announced community service events.

Lastly, Google added the above image to their homepage today.

Should PR Pros Continue To Pile on Advice For Tiger Woods?

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Countless PR professionals are using the Tiger Woods news as a way to get themselves some media attention. Yesterday, we reported on Ken Sunshine‘s appearance on the CBS “Early Show.” That was just the tip of the iceberg.

Sunshine appeared on MSNBC’s “Harball With Chris Matthews” yesterday evening (video above). Ron Sachs, president and CEO of Ron Sachs Communications sounded off to the Orlando Sentinel. Gene Grabowski, senior vice president with Washington-based Levick Strategic Communications spoke with the Associated Press. 5WPR CEO Ronn Torossian went on the record with the Business Mirror.

Not everyone thinks it’s the right thing to do. “The inevitable ‘PRs offer advice to T. Woods’ stories begun. Why take part? You don’t see lawyers piling on with free advice without the facts,” said PRWeek and DMNews Publisher Julia Hood on Twitter yesterday. Actually, a number of lawyers and legal counselors have weighed in. Not surprisingly, those speaking from a legal background tell Woods to stay quiet, while PR pros advise him to tell his story, and quickly.

What’s your take – should PR pros seize the opportunity to offer advice, or is it better to stay out of a story like this?

Robert Gibbs On MSNBC: “Easiest Thing For This Town To Do Is The Same Old Thing”

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White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs was interviewed by Chuck Todd, who sat in for Chris Matthews yesterday afternoon on MSNBC’s Hardball. Gibbs came to the interview in a joking manner, laying out some light hearted comments about him and Todd being out of shape.

One of the hot topics covered in the interview was the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy, which some have said the administration have changed their stance on. They at first opposed it and are now being a bit more vague by “saying they want Congress to do it,” according to the Huffington Post’s Nicholas Graham.

On a more macro-level, Gibbs did re-enforce the Obama campaign message of change when he said, “the easiest thing for this town to do is the same old thing.”