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Chelsea Clinton fails Journalism 101 again on NBC's Rock Center'
The Baltimore Sun ^ | February 16, 2012 | David Zurawik

Posted on 02/17/2012 4:16:48 PM PST by presidio9

Chelsea Clinton did her second report for NBC's "Rock Center with Brian Williams" Wednesday night, and it was just as flawed as the first. The learning curve does not appear to have bent one degree in the direction of growth.

This one-dimensional, under-reported, naive celebration of a charter school in Rhode Island was just as much of an empty-headed puff job as Clinton's first report on an after-school program in Little Rock.

And before you take to your computer to send an email telling me how mean it is for me to criticize this 31-year-old woman who has been given educational and workplace advantages generally belonging to the elite 1 percent we have been hearing so much about in recent months, let me say my criticism is not primarily directed at Clinton, but rather at NBC News, It knows the difference between jounalism and the silly crap she is doing.

Again, we were given only one side of a story without any room for any voice that would question Clinton's unsupported claim that "something special," which could serve as a model for urban education throughout the land, was happening in the charter-school classroom she and NBC News chose to shine a spotlight on Wednesday night.

Clinton presented the reading program at the school and "collaboration" with a nearby public school as big news -- if not without precedent. She never really documented the extent of that collaboration from the point of view of the public school administration. Once again, she took the words of the people she chose to champion without presenting anyone critical of them. And if you have a child in public schools, you don't need me to tell you there is unanimity of opinion on no program that is truly innovative.

But that's another major flaw with

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TOPICS: Editorial; Miscellaneous; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: chelseaclinton; clowncarmedia; nbcnews

1 posted on 02/17/2012 4:16:51 PM PST by presidio9
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To: presidio9

Ooooo...you’d better put some ice on that.


2 posted on 02/17/2012 4:18:29 PM PST by gorush (History repeats itself because human nature is static)
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To: presidio9
It knows the difference between jounalism and the silly crap she is doing.

No they don't.

3 posted on 02/17/2012 4:18:58 PM PST by ILS21R (Never give up.)
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To: gorush

Wes Hubbel must be disappointed that his daughter isn’t fairing too well.


4 posted on 02/17/2012 4:20:02 PM PST by hal ogen (1st Amendment or Reeducation Camp?)
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To: gorush

“This one-dimensional, under-reported, naive celebration of a charter school in Rhode Island was just as much of an empty-headed puff job as Clinton’s first report on an after-school program in Little Rock. “
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Ouch!


5 posted on 02/17/2012 4:20:20 PM PST by max americana (Buttcrack Obama is an idiot)
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To: ILS21R
Of course it knows. It just doesn't care.
6 posted on 02/17/2012 4:20:59 PM PST by hinckley buzzard
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To: presidio9

A check of the Clinton parent’s work will also reveal that there’s nothing special there.

At all.

Beginning to wonder what - if anything - those vaunted law schools actually teach.

Except sleaziness.


7 posted on 02/17/2012 4:22:38 PM PST by Da Coyote
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To: ILS21R

Wait a sec: NBC hired this 31-year old to be a journalist?

I thought they were doing the family a solid, helping groom her to take over Nita Lowey’s seat in Westchester.


8 posted on 02/17/2012 4:22:45 PM PST by presidio9 (Islam is as Islam Does.)
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To: presidio9

I guess a degree from Stanford ain’t what it used to be.


9 posted on 02/17/2012 4:48:51 PM PST by Huskrrrr
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To: presidio9
It knows the difference between jounalism and the silly crap she is doing.

Yes, but that is irrelevant. She is there to bring ratings, not do journalism. If she brings in viewers, she stays. If not, she goes. If she stays, she must be liberal, but her pedigree already guarantees that.

10 posted on 02/17/2012 4:57:13 PM PST by Vince Ferrer
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To: presidio9

But gee I thought she was really “smart”. MAybe that dumb Sarah girl could give her some advice.


11 posted on 02/17/2012 4:57:56 PM PST by fkabuckeyesrule (Lets institute SARAH-ia law in America!)
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To: Huskrrrr
I guess a degree from Stanford ain’t what it used to be.

Never was. (Written as a UC Berkeley Alum) Seriously, Stanford has always had the rep that if you got in, and your parents could pay the tuition, you would always graduate. Stanford has had the rep pf never giving a grade lower than a "B" since the VN war.

12 posted on 02/17/2012 4:59:59 PM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: presidio9
NBC News... knows the difference between jounalism and the silly crap she is doing.

The difference is that "silly crap" has an element of truth.

13 posted on 02/17/2012 5:06:05 PM PST by Mygirlsmom (Disgusted with it all.)
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To: hal ogen
ChelseaMorph
14 posted on 02/17/2012 5:06:12 PM PST by preacher (Communism has only killed 100 million people: Let's give it another chance!)
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To: presidio9

Only problem is they could single out any other network news reporter and make the same valid criticisms. But they like to focus their coverage on “celebrities” just to increase their sales. Yet they purport to be the esteemed journalists by which all others should be judged? While they’re writing their next great expose on the Kardashians?


15 posted on 02/17/2012 5:21:52 PM PST by JediJones (Just say NO to the MittRick system! Disenfranchise the establishment!)
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To: presidio9

She was padding her resume with this to eventually go into politics. She hasn’t done anything otherwise.


16 posted on 02/17/2012 5:33:17 PM PST by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
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To: presidio9
Hey, it's just a stepping stone! I'm sure by this fall she'll be ready to take over...

Move over, Steve! It's for the greater good!

17 posted on 02/17/2012 5:38:28 PM PST by COBOL2Java (Mitt Romney is SEVERELY conservative - so severe, it hurts him to be conservative!)
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To: presidio9

Have they found this author’s body yet?

And why could he have been visiting Mena, Arkansas?


18 posted on 02/17/2012 5:39:38 PM PST by nascarnation (DEFEAT BARAQ 2012 DEPORT BARAQ 2013)
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To: hal ogen

Dad’s name is Web...


19 posted on 02/17/2012 5:46:36 PM PST by Randy Larsen (No Romney vote from my family!)
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To: hal ogen

Wes Hubbel must be disappointed that his daughter isn’t fairing too well.

Now I am tired of this misconception about Chelseas real dad. Janet Reno would be very upset if she read your post.


20 posted on 02/17/2012 6:55:07 PM PST by JohnD9207 (Santorum...the only Conservative in the race.)
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To: presidio9

If only my daddy where a democrat President, I could get plum jobs I’m not qualified for.


21 posted on 02/17/2012 8:46:06 PM PST by Impy (Don't call me red.)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Careful there.

“Stanford has always had the rep that if you got in, and your parents could pay the tuition, you would always graduate.”

All highly selective schools have a very low drop out rate. You might be interested to know that the retention rate at Stanford is 98% and at Berkeley it’s 97%. So does that ‘argument’ come down to parent envy?

“Stanford has had the rep pf never giving a grade lower than a “B” ...”

Utter nonsense. One would think that Berkeley alum would be too smart to buy into that kind of absurd urban/campus legend. But, apparently, one would be wrong.


22 posted on 02/17/2012 9:43:19 PM PST by EDINVA
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To: preacher

That morphing photo in #14 is CREEPY!

I’ve always thought Chelsea looked strange, as she doesn’t seem to share any of Bill Clinton’s features.


23 posted on 02/17/2012 11:49:55 PM PST by octex
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To: presidio9
This "writer" is in no shape to criticize Chelsea Clinton's journalistic expertise.

Clinton presented the reading program at the school and "collaboration" with a nearby public school as big news -- if not without precedent.

Why is "collaboration" in scare quotes, when he's using it for its obvious meaning? Doesn't he know that the charter school is a public school? Why the dash before the final phrase? All it needs is a comma.

She never really documented the extent of that collaboration from the point of view of the public school administration.

Garbledegook. Stop using "really" as your go-to adverb: it doesn't add anything. And "once again," all the schools under discussion are public schools.

Once again, she took the words of the people she chose to champion without presenting anyone critical of them.

What liberal "journalist" doesn't? And what is the antecedent of "them"? Is it "words" or "people"?

And if you have a child in public schools, you don't need me to tell you there is unanimity of opinion on no program that is truly innovative.

Take this sentence out and shoot it, and then lock the writer up in a room with Chelsea Clinton and no alcoholic beverages.

24 posted on 02/18/2012 8:42:34 AM PST by Tax-chick (I saw a werewolf drinking a pina colada at Trader Vic's. His hair was perfect!)
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To: Huskrrrr

.... I guess a degree from Stanford ain’t what it used to be ....

Did she ever actually get a degree?

Or am I accurately informed that she has just hung out at the universities she has so far visited — but has not “attended?”

With a trust fund rumored to be approaching a net Five Billion Dollars, though, must be a bit hard to find any motivation down there on Earth?


25 posted on 02/18/2012 11:06:03 AM PST by Brian Allen (Buraq Hussayn bin Buraq Hussayn bin Hussayn Oogooboogo Ubambi: To America as was Pol Pot to Cambodia)
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To: Brian Allen

I seem to remember reading that Slick attended her graduation.


26 posted on 02/18/2012 11:55:49 AM PST by Huskrrrr
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