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Matthews explains remark about Obama

January 29, 2010

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MSNBC’s Chris Matthews said President Obama has done so much to heal racial divisions that Matthews “forgot he was black’’ while watching his State of the Union address. Those four words - “forgot he was black’’ - so instantly set the Twitter world afire that Matthews came back less than 90 minutes later Wednesday night to explain what he meant. The MSNBC commentator said it was noteworthy to him that a black president was addressing a room of mostly white people and how it didn’t seem to be an issue. (AP)

Leno speaks
Jay Leno told Oprah Winfrey on yesterday’s episode that he thinks what happened to Conan O’Brien was “unfair.’’ NBC has unseated O’Brien from “The Tonight Show’’ and moved Leno back to the program he had hosted for 17 years. Leno also revealed that he was “devastated’’ when NBC executives asked him to leave “The Tonight Show’’ in 2004 because they wanted to give the program to O’Brien. (AP)

Death saddens band
Metallica has posted condolences on its website to the family and friends of Morgan Harrington, 20, a fan whose remains were found in a field this week, three months after she disappeared while attending the band’s concert in Virginia. The cause of her death has not been determined. The band said it was “profoundly saddened’’ and said its thoughts are with her parents, Gil and Dan Harrington. (AP)

Jackson hearing
A judge yesterday scheduled a hearing for May 26 to decide whether Michael Jackson’s father should receive a monthly allowance of more than $15,000 from the pop star’s estate. Jackson omitted his father, Joe, from his will and trust, which benefits the singer’s mother, three children, and various charities. (AP)