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Chelsea Clinton’s Coming to a TV Near You

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Posted on Nov 14, 2011
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Because this is just what the gravely endangered journalistic profession needs, NBC has elected to pluck former first daughter Chelsea Clinton from her hardscrabble life and groom her to become a special correspondent for “NBC Nightly News.”

Thus enabled by the giant corporate network, she’ll report on hopeful stories of people helping others for a special segment called “Making a Difference.” And in case you didn’t know, Clinton’s not the only one of her kind to make this move to the MSM.  —KA

The New York Times:

Mr. Capus said Ms. Clinton had said to him, “That’s the kind of thing, if this were to happen, that I would really like to do.” He added, “It’s not about Chelsea Clinton saying, ‘Here I am; I want to be a TV star.’ ”

Ms. Clinton, who was not available for comment, said in a statement: “I hope telling stories through ‘Making a Difference’ — as in my academic work and nonprofit work — will help me to live my grandmother’s adage of ‘Life is not about what happens to you, but about what you do with what happens to you.’ ”

[...] Ms. Clinton will become the second daughter of a president hired by NBC News, and the third daughter of a recent presidential candidate. Jenna Bush Hager, daughter of President George W. Bush, works as a correspondent for NBC’s “Today” show, and Meghan McCain, daughter of John McCain, is a contributor to MSNBC.

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By blogdog, November 26, 2011 at 8:21 pm Link to this comment

RE: CHELSEA CLINTON’S COMING TO A TV NEAR YOU

wrong - closest she’ll get, my neighbors’ TVs - mine connects to no broadcast nor
cable networks and never will be ever again - NYT, the dominant brain-dead pop
culture you (and all MSM) shill so relentlessly is summed up here in under 3 min…

http://soundcloud.com/fighting-words-music/philistine-nation-joe-blow

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By Maani, November 19, 2011 at 7:34 pm Link to this comment

John:

Certainly, people who truly “earn” their place are more…laudable (?) than those who get it through circumstances of birth or “special access.”  I simply disagree that every person who gains access based on the latter is necessarily the “wrong” (much less a “bad”) person for the job.

As an aside, I don’t see this as a “spat.”  We don’t even entirely disagree.  As for others, since this “spat” (LOL) is completely on-point re the article, it is relevant, so others can weigh in if they have an opinion on it.

Peace.

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By John Poole, November 19, 2011 at 12:23 pm Link to this comment
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To Maani. It is not resentment nor envy that makes me critical of Chelsea’s “good
fortune” of being given a high profile job offer just because of her name and
connections. I think she may be now confused as to what to do with her life. 
  I do have a weak connection to her story since my son and Mark Mezvinsky
were friends in the same grade at a small Quaker school. They ended up not
being friends by high school.  Mark eventually became a hedge fund guy and my
son became the ARSO in Tripoli, Libya but he’s safe back in DC still working for
DS. 
  I do not have rancor for those who have what I consider unearned good fortune
but I pay more attention to those who have worked diligently towards a position
of possible influence over the evolution of this nation.

We should end this spat. It must be boring to others on this site.

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By Maani, November 19, 2011 at 11:56 am Link to this comment

John:

I think you have it exactly backward.  Are you suggesting she work for, say, Truthdig instead?  Or maybe Democracy Now?  Sure, that might create some “street cred” for her.  But it would not reach nearly the audience she will reach in the MSM.  And if her motives are genuine - and you have zero reason cause to doubt them, unless you know her personally, or know something that the rest of us don’t - then I would rather see her present her stories to the largest possible audience, particularly if she hopes to influence others to similar acts of “making a difference.”

I also think you, and almost everyone else here, is being hugely dishonest.  I am not convinced that any of YOU, having “access” of this sort, would simply turn it down “on principle.”  Forgive my “french,” but…bullshit.  In that regard, should Chelsea be DENIED opportunities simply because of who her parents are, and the access and opportunities afforded her by that?  I don’t think so.  In fact, I wouldn’t even think so if her intentions were 180 degrees from what she claims.

I think she has every right to make use of whatever access is afforded her - just as you and me and everyone on these boards has that same right, even if some of you delude yourselves into thinking you are so pure that you would not take advantage of that.

I repeat: good for her.  I wish her well.  And let her own reporting “speak” for her, and whether her motives and intentions are what she claims.  If they are not, it is unlikely she will have a very long career, at least at NBC.

Peace.

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By larrypsy, November 19, 2011 at 11:22 am Link to this comment

I have a solution, considering Brian Williams had a segment about Beyonce being pregnant it would surely
be appropriate to have Chelsea select her as a candidate for her program “Making A Difference”.

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By John Poole, November 18, 2011 at 11:01 am Link to this comment
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to Maani. Perhaps if she did her charitable community service of enlightening and
uplifting the masses in a less exalted and high profile venue I might see your
point. She has been given the chance of making a “difference”  without having
earned it or worked seriously at the craft of journalism for years before being a
high profile “contributor”.  Being in such an exalted position makes getting other
highly paid work almost inevitable so forgoing her salary isn’t really a sacrifice.
Just being “known” in America can count for an awful lot of moola according to
how one milks one’s celebrity status. 

She and Mark might even run on a copresidency ticket in twenty five years.  Why
should the office be limited to just one person instead of a couple with equal
duties?

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By larrypsy, November 17, 2011 at 10:51 pm Link to this comment

Doesn’t anybody have an update on Beyonce’s pregnancy?

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By Maani, November 17, 2011 at 10:40 pm Link to this comment

John:

You don’t read so good.  She is donating her entire NBC salary to charity, which is even more laudable than working for free.

Peace.

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By John Poole, November 16, 2011 at 10:38 am Link to this comment
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to Maani- OK, then let HER tap into her charity gene by working for free. She is
already quite wealthy by being on company boards and she does have a husband
who could cover their living expenses. Getting a chance to save the world and
giving us feel good stories is reward enough, She should consider it her unearned
right to do public service charity work, right?

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By Maani, November 15, 2011 at 11:56 pm Link to this comment

What a bunch of mean-spirited, cynical, narrow-minded, ad hominem-invoking people you are!  She’s not interested in being Christine Amanpour; she wants to bring stories of people making a difference.  I say, good for her.  I wish her the best.  Maybe some of you will learn what it means to be charitable…

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By examinator, November 15, 2011 at 11:43 pm Link to this comment

Aren’t we being a wee bit precious here? Lets be clear regardless of how she got there (and she’s not the first to do it on a name) she will still be under the gun to make an impact…hold an audience.
By the way have you heard Kadasian *sisters* talk? talentless bunch? At least Chelsea won’t be getting $100,000 to $400000 simply to turn up!
And she’ll be a light weight feel good reporter not someone who people will believe implicitly like what’s that goose with the glasses and white board’s name?

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By MK Ultra, November 15, 2011 at 3:57 pm Link to this comment

First, the father.  Then the mother and her mouth.  Now her.  Seriously, this is beginning to look like a course bestowed upon the American people by the clan of three.

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By berniem, November 15, 2011 at 3:38 pm Link to this comment

See, GE is doing something about joblessness here in Amerika! Now, don’t you feel bad for complaining about them not paying any taxes? I’m sure Chelsea got the job fair and square over all of those other candidates that interviewed for it, including Monica!

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By bluejeanne, November 15, 2011 at 11:37 am Link to this comment
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And now to you, Chelsea Mezvinsky-Clinton . . .  Can you tell us what is your perspective on Secretary of State Hillary Rodham-Clinton’s visit to Afghanistan?  Do you think Afghan women have made inroads towards autonomy since Secretary Rodham-Clinton’s last visit there? Being the exceptionally compassionate woman that you are would you say that those Afghani women who have endured the recent ten years of war, complements of the USA,  are better off today then they were say, three years ago ?

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By Roger Lafontaine, November 15, 2011 at 9:15 am Link to this comment
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Maybe this is what Jefferson meant in that line of the constitution, you know the one about ‘the pursuit of crappiness’.

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By larrypsy, November 15, 2011 at 8:11 am Link to this comment

Chelsea Clinton deserves an opportunity just as anyone in this country - regardless of heritage or affiliation.  I would just appreciate Chelsea asking Brian Williams of NBC for an update on his news broadcast how Beyonce is proceeding with her pregnancy.

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By Oceanna, November 15, 2011 at 6:57 am Link to this comment

Such is life for the plutocrats and their offspring, whether they’re the common
Kardashians or the world-power-player Clintonistas.

If Meagan, Jenna, or Chelsea want a Shetland pony or to play newswoman then by
Pluto, they most assuredly will have it!

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By prisnersdilema, November 15, 2011 at 6:46 am Link to this comment

NBC has nothing to offer…clearly Chelsea Clinton will continue this process…we can’t
have real news anymore, because we can’t have panic in the streets…and we can’t have
truth substituting for lies….


The dissolution of Amerika will not be televised, nor will the pain of those afflicted by the
plutocracy.  Only soothing stories to keep you sleeping, and make you believe that the
apocalypse will not happen to you, only others, that you have some sort of vague
awareness of…

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By dsmith, November 15, 2011 at 5:26 am Link to this comment
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This?

Brian Williams…“And now we go to our own hard hitting investigative reporter Chelsea Clinton. Chelsea, what can you tell us about the neocons and the Israeli lobby’s push to get us involved in yet another war, this time with Iran?”

Or this?

Brian Williams…“And now we turn to Chelsea Clinton for a special report on how a puppy was saved by a six year old! Chelsea.”

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By zonth_zonth, November 14, 2011 at 11:51 pm Link to this comment

MSM and politico nepotism at the helm reporting on their own created pseudoreality. The marriage is so translucent, one would have to be completely brainwashed to not reflect on it.

Next apple pie eating sporting event and feel good story about obtaining the american dream please Chelsea

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By MeHere, November 14, 2011 at 10:13 pm Link to this comment

Birds of a feather flock together in order to bring more fluff to the news.
TV news programs are useless and yet elections are largely decided based on the
information they provide. We’re doing just great.

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By Anarcissie, November 14, 2011 at 10:04 pm Link to this comment

She’s not coming to a TV near me.  And if she and Jenna are coming to a TV near you, there’s something you can do about it.

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By Blueokie, November 14, 2011 at 8:17 pm Link to this comment

Once again NBC lets us all know that they aren’t serious at all.  Trust fund not enough?  Can we sell you as a legacy?  Can you throw softballs at Repugs and treat their anecdotes as gospel like David Gregory?  Come “work” for us, we just don’t
give a rat’s ass anymore.

Spucking Fectactacular,  what a joke.

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By kerryrose, November 14, 2011 at 5:24 pm Link to this comment

Chelsea Clinton is married to a Goldman Sachs hedge fund manager.  I think she is as good at bullshit as her father.

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By larrypsy, November 14, 2011 at 5:18 pm Link to this comment

Perhaps she can ask Brian Wlliams why NBC has not responded to my inquiry how Beyonce is progressing
with her pregnancy?  After all, he concluded his broadcast the other night with a segment announcing her pregnancy and that is certainly more entertaining
than providing news about warfare.

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