Chris Matthews apologized Wednesday for his controversial election night comments about Hurricane Sandy.
Matthews covered the election on-air from 5 p.m. Tuesday to 3 a.m. Wednesday. He said In his closing comments, “I'm so glad we had that storm last week because I think the storm was one of those things... No, politically I should say. Not in terms of hurting people. The storm brought in possibilities for good politics."
The comments sparked a fair amount of criticism, especially from conservatives. The MSNBC addressed the remarks on Twitter, and issued a full apology on-air Wednesday.
"It was a terrible thing to say, period," Matthews said. He admitted that he had been "too deeply enmeshed in political thinking" and "wasn't thinking of the horrible mess this storm has made of people's real lives."
"I left out the number one of anyone on air... to think about the real lives of people," Matthews stated.
He said that members of his own family were unhappy with his comments. “I intend to take serious steps to show that I am sincere on this,” Matthews said. “Please believe me, I am determined to do what I can to help the people who have already been hurt enough, who are suffering and have suffered enough hardship without hearing stupid stuff from me.”