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(WOMENSENEWS)–CheersA shaming campaign against MSNBC talk show host Chris Matthews resulted in a quick apology for his sexist coverage of Hillary Clinton’s presidential bid on Jan. 17.Matthews’ remarks against Clinton and other women were mapped out in a Dec. 18 report from watchdog group Media Matters. The next day, Matthews attributed Clinton’s political success to sympathy for her as the wife of an adulterer: “Let’s not forget, and I’ll be brutal, 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 that her husband messed around.”That was the final straw for some women’s rights groups–including the National Women’s Political Caucus, the National Organization for Women and the Feminist Majority Foundation–who protested outside NBC’s Washington, D.C., bureau and sent open letters to Steve Capus, president of NBC News.”Saying Senator Clinton got where she’s got simply because her husband did what he did to her is just as callous, and I can see now, came across just as nasty–worse yet, just as dismissive,” a contrite Matthews said after 10 days of public pressure, adding that he would be more respectful toward women in the future.More News to Cheer This Week: More than 12,000 anti-domestic violence centers have been opened across China since 2005, Xinhua News reported Jan. 14.