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Chelsea Clinton, Still NBC’s Pretend Journalist
DailyDownload ^ | December 26, 2012 | David Zurawik

Posted on 12/26/2012 7:11:04 PM PST by Kaslin

I know there are questions on my beat larger and more pressing than who’s worse as a TV journalist, Chelsea Clinton or Jenna Bush Hager, the presidentially-connected, pretend correspondents at NBC News.

But I continue to be fascinated by a network news division putting someone as outrageously unqualified as Clinton on a prime-time newsmagazine. I watched her again last week in a softer-than-soft piece on a weight loss program started by Pastor Rick Warren at his Saddleback Church, and I can say with absolute certainty that she has not improved one lick in the last year. In fact, I think she is worse than when she started this job for which NBC News President Steve Capus said “it’s as if she had been preparing her whole life.”

That’s why I read with such fascination a piece at Politico this week suggesting Clinton was ready for the “next act” in her life.

Here’s the nut graph: “Family friends and supporters says Chelsea Clinton, who has evolved from a frizzy-haired little girl in the White House to a self-assured public figure in her own right, is ready to play an increasingly larger role in the national debate and may emerge as a pre-2016 surrogate of sorts as her mom mulls her future plans.”

The piece is filled with quotes from those family friends and supporters describing Clinton as “incredibly articulate and human…charmingly personal while at the same time substantively deep.”

If true, it’s amazing how none of that manages to work its way into her on-air work for NBC with such programs as Rock Center.

In the Warren piece, for example, the pastor said he had a goal of losing 90 pounds and had already dropped 50.

“So, you’re over the 50 yard line,” she said.

No, that would only be like crossing the 50 yard line if a football field was 90 yards instead of 100 yards long. The fact that NBC left her response in suggests how bad the rest of her on-camera verbal interaction with Warren must have been. Or, maybe the producers have simply given up on making her look like she is in any way worthy of a network correspondent’s job.

But I see hope in the Politico piece.

My first reaction to it was: “What, after her year of such great triumphs as an NBC News special correspondent, she’s accomplished all anyone can hope to accomplish on TV, and it’s time to move on in search of bigger stages and greater challenges? Did I miss something here, or is this some higher level of Washington spin that’s beyond a simple, country media critic like me?”

But my second reaction now is: “Those family friends and supporters don’t talk to the press unless they are serving some higher Clinton purpose. Could this piece be part of an effort to grease the skids for an announcement saying Clinton is leaving NBC News? It is, after all, coming up on a year since the network extended her initial deal. And you can’t walk away letting people think you flopped – even if that is what you did.”


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1 posted on 12/26/2012 7:11:10 PM PST by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

She is going to be running for office and is the perfect DemocRAT candidate.....she can declare residency in some state that a Kennedy is retiring from, declare her candidacy, run and win......


2 posted on 12/26/2012 7:15:39 PM PST by Kimmers
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To: Kaslin
I hadn't thought about Webb Hubble's little girl in forever.

/johnny

3 posted on 12/26/2012 7:16:20 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: Kaslin

Back when the Clintons were in the WH I remember people excoriating anyone who would say anything negative about Chelsea. My attitude was they aren’t ridiculing a 13 year old. They were ridiculing a future political nightmare.


4 posted on 12/26/2012 7:17:31 PM PST by DManA
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To: Kaslin


5 posted on 12/26/2012 7:18:59 PM PST by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: Kaslin

Lot of that going around...

6 posted on 12/26/2012 7:21:21 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (I'll raise $2million for Sarah Palin's presidential run. What'll you do?)
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To: Kimmers
There are no Kennedys in elected office at the moment. However, come the new Congress, Barney Frank's successor is a Kennedy.

Joe-Joe-Joe sticks in my mind. A twin, the one not burned by his father shooting off illegal fireworks, iirc.

7 posted on 12/26/2012 7:25:02 PM PST by Calvin Locke
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To: Chode

She teaches graduate classes @ Columbia.

Wouldn’t you love to be in there with a big picture of Monica and or Webb on your desk?


8 posted on 12/26/2012 7:25:17 PM PST by nascarnation (Baraq's economic policy: trickle up poverty)
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To: Kaslin

Maybe one of the “reporters” can ask Miss Clinton where her mother is?


9 posted on 12/26/2012 7:30:44 PM PST by machogirl (First they came for my tagline, (it's back). 2008, the Decline of America)
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To: Kaslin

This is Pravda and Izvestia USA Style; idolizing the up-and-coming Party hacks who have been selected for promotion to higher levels as reward for being a good, loyal political lackey.
Chelsea obviously doesn’t know her gluteous maximus from Page 8, but she’s of royal commie-lib bloodstock, dontchaknow!
As El Rushbo has said many times, incompetence and failure are actually rewarded in liberal circles; because GOOD INTENTIONS” and parroting the Party Line are the only thing that matters.


10 posted on 12/26/2012 7:33:30 PM PST by Tucker39
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To: Kaslin

Facts don’t matter with the left. They see all sorts of things in Obama that simply aren’t there. They will do the same for Chelsea Clinton. I thing that attacking her simply strengthens her hand. I would ignore her until or unless she tries to step into the national spotlight. As with most presidential children, I don’t think that will ever happen.


11 posted on 12/26/2012 7:35:06 PM PST by Essie
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To: Tucker39

Remember after she graduated from Sanford she started out at the top in her first job?


12 posted on 12/26/2012 7:40:26 PM PST by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them.)
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To: Kaslin

Easy way for NBC to curry favor with the klintons (and Web Hubbell ).


13 posted on 12/26/2012 7:45:55 PM PST by 21st Century Crusader (August 26, 1191)
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To: nascarnation
in what... influence peddling???
14 posted on 12/26/2012 7:47:08 PM PST by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: Kaslin

she’ll be booted upstairs until they find a position for her that is all title and absolutely no substance.

Just like Michelle Obama’s $300K ‘outreach’ program at the hospital- a job that remains unfilled since she left.


15 posted on 12/26/2012 7:52:34 PM PST by Mr. K (There are lies, dammed lies, statistics, and democrap talking points.)
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To: Kaslin

she’ll be booted upstairs until they find a position for her that is all title and absolutely no substance.

Just like Michelle Obama’s $300K ‘outreach’ program at the hospital- a job that remains unfilled since she left.


16 posted on 12/26/2012 7:52:46 PM PST by Mr. K (There are lies, dammed lies, statistics, and democrap talking points.)
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To: Kaslin

The Inner Circle take care of the Party Members. Ain’t communism wonderful?

Happy New Year


17 posted on 12/26/2012 8:09:15 PM PST by bray (Welcome to Obamaville)
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To: Kaslin

Ok, well I didn’t bother reading the article because I couldn’t care less about ANY of the Clintons, but it’s not like NBC has any “real” journalists anyway. Their business model is all about paid propagandists.


18 posted on 12/26/2012 8:37:50 PM PST by Bullish (The stench from this amateur regime stinks all the way to Kenya.)
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To: Kaslin

This is another sad example of how the patriachial society oppresses women. She didi not want to be an infotainment bimbo married to a ski bum; she wanted to go to medical school.


19 posted on 12/26/2012 8:50:29 PM PST by Oztrich Boy (I think, therefore I am what I yam, and that's all I yam - Rene "Popeye" Descartes)
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To: Mr. K

michelle actually did real work for the hospital. she was in charge of shuttling poor blacks with no insurance to other hospitals, to keep beds open for canadians paying cash, and customers with health care to pay their bills.


20 posted on 12/26/2012 8:58:37 PM PST by Secret Agent Man (I can neither confirm or deny that; even if I could, I couldn't - it's classified.)
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To: Secret Agent Man

Too bad Mittens didn’t win. He could have given her his 1st interview in the oval office. That would really irritate the ‘pros.’


21 posted on 12/26/2012 9:18:20 PM PST by DIRTYSECRET
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To: Kaslin; GOPsterinMA; fieldmarshaldj; sickoflibs; BillyBoy; Perdogg

New reality show idea.

Chelsea, Meg McCain, the Romney boys, the Bush girls, all on an island, Hunger games style.


22 posted on 12/27/2012 12:35:28 AM PST by Impy (All in favor of Harry Reid meeting Mr. Mayhem?)
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To: Impy

GREAT IDEA!!!


23 posted on 12/27/2012 3:40:16 AM PST by Ann Archy (ABORTION........the HUMAN sacrifice to the god of CONVENIENCE.)
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To: Kaslin

The piece is filled with quotes from those family friends and supporters describing Clinton as “incredibly articulate and human…charmingly personal while at the same time substantively deep.”

wonderful, another little intellectual from the oligarchy to rule over us and tell us how to life. She better play nice president post turtles spawn


24 posted on 12/27/2012 4:09:08 AM PST by winodog (Thank you Jesus for the calm in my life)
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To: nascarnation

I think it’s very mean-spirited to even joke about doing something like that to Chelsea. What her dad did or her mom did are not her fault. I don’t care for her politics, and I certainly don’t think she’s a great journalist, but I also know that she’s just a product of the parents who raised her, and I don’t think the children of politicians should be held responsible for the transgressions of their parents. I watched the Rick Warren piece, and I thought she did a decent job, but my overwhelming feeling was that NBC would never have a less-than-attractive female “journalist” on air for a show like that if it weren’t a (liberal) politico’s child. However, it’s not Chelsea’s fault that such decisions are made, and attacking her personally in such a harsh and vicious way as you suggest crosses the line. What’s next? Should we confront the Obama girls with photos of Larry Sinclair?


25 posted on 12/27/2012 4:19:15 AM PST by RightFighter (It was all for nothing.)
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To: Kaslin

Journalism is dead and the only qualification for being a propagandist is to be a celebrity.


26 posted on 12/27/2012 6:38:39 AM PST by Brooklyn Attitude (Obama being re-elected is the political equivalent of OJ being found not guilty.)
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To: Mr. K

a job that remains unfilled since she left.”””

I maintain that the job was ‘unfilled ‘ when Michelle was there.

It was just a method of giving the Obama’s tons of money in reparations.


27 posted on 12/27/2012 7:43:51 AM PST by ridesthemiles
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