Chelsea Clinton – She’s A Media Machine Now

This is kinda silly. From a NYTimes blog:

The Clinton campaign may refuse to do any further debates on MSNBC because of a comment that David Shuster, a political correspondent, made regarding Chelsea Clinton.

Mr. Shuster has been suspended from appearing on all NBC News broadcasts, after asking during an interview whether “Chelsea is sort of being pimped out in some weird sort of way?” by making calls to superdelegates. He is supposed to be making an on-air apology later tonight.

Last I checked, Chelsea was of legal age, and perfectly capable of making campaignin’ decisions on her own. Besides, she’s a Clinton; she’s been groomed, press or no press, to campaign from Day One. I am quite certain she’s merely at the starting gate of a lifetime in politics. And thus the public eye.

Can’t take the heat of mass media bloviators, then best stay out of politics altogether. God forbid any kids get on this blog…


  1. Harry says:

    Maybe they think the theatrics will help things go better in this weekend’s caucii? When it’s Billary, I just can’t help being sceptical about the performance.

  2. John Konop says:

    If Chelsea cries about this it may help Hillary. The Clinton campaign strategy is called the “crying game” I am not sure of Bill’s role in this movie.

  3. Old Vet says:

    Sorry, but there are some things you can’t overlook, even in politics. Having someone call your young daughter a whore is one of them. Andrew Jackson would have killed the man (if he’d had a daughter, of course).

  4. I’m not sure what’s “kinda silly.” If a network personality makes the kind of gaffe that Shuster made, a campaign can either agree to continue appearing on that network or not.

    Do you really think it would make sense for the Clintons to have done nothing in light of an insult like this?

  5. Ms_midtown says:

    That journalist needs a new line of work. That is way out of bounds, we’re talking morning radio shock jock material, not MSNBC.

    You have no evidence of the following
    “she’s been campaign from Day One. I am quite certain she’s merely at the starting gate of a lifetime in politics”

    Chelsea Clinton has not announced any political plans, nor have McCain’s children, Obama’s children, or President Bush’s daughters.

  6. I believe its the word “pimping” that is causing the outrage. Imagine if someone said of Michelle Obama that she was being “pimped” out by the campaign to get votes. The Clinton’s get terrible coverage from the press corps, which resents their overall appeal despite the fact that intellectual Washington insider CW types don’t “get” them. They’ve got to make the most of what they can get, even if it’s just backlash type stuff against negative coverage.

  7. John Konop says:


    If any other candidate other than the Clinton’s had used the race card like they did against Obama the press would have torched them!

    A few examples!

    Politico-The Obama campaign has released a recording (mp3) it says came from a Nevadan’s answering machine of an anonymous robocall that criticizes Obama for taking money from special interests while repeating, four times, his rarely used middle name: “Hussein.”
    “I’m calling with some important information about Barack Hussein Obama,” the call begins, before saying that “Barack Hussein Obama says he doesn’t take money from Washington lobbyists or special interest groups but the record is clear that he does.”
    After mentioning his full name once more, the call concludes:
    “You just can’t take a chance on Barack Hussein Obama.”

    Mrs. Clinton: Barack Obama Hasn’t Done the Necessary “Spadework”

    Clinton Surrogate Appears To Tie Obama To JFK Assassination

    I could go on and on……..

    How could you defend this behavior agree or not with Hillary?

  8. Ms_midtown says:

    Cheap, dirty robo calls attacking Obama are just that cheap and dirty

    Candidates children are ALWAYS hands off.
    Unless they go out on the negative attack.
    Presidential candidates don’t send their kids out other than as positive vibe munchkins.

  9. shelbinator says:

    How old are you Old Vet? Get hip wit’ da lingo. It’s a HUGE leap to assume David Shuster essentially called Chelsea a whore just because he used the word “pimp.” To pimp is such a commonplace and mundane verb these days that I hear far, far more often in the context of commerce than the sex trade. We pimp our blogs when we go comment and link back; Spacey and I pimp our video skills when we hand out cards at Manuel’s. Do you think they should get all riled up about their daughter being called livestock if Shuster had called a Chelsea visit a dog & pony show?

  10. SpaceyG says:

    I use the verb “pimp” about as much as I use the noun “f*cktard” nowadays. And I’m no spring chicken. Old Vet must be positively ancient.

  11. Imagine if Shuster hadn’t used the unfortunate phrase — “pimped out” — and simply brought up the fact that Chelsea Clinton is cold-calling superdelegates, who from what I’ve read, may very well decide the Democratic nominee. That’s enough to make the superdelegates secondguess the confidence of the candidate. The fact that the Clinton campaign could turn that truth around and direct the attention on Shuster’s poor choice of words could probably win Clinton some points with the public and the superdelegates. It seems like a chauvinistic jab on the reporter’s part, and not a desperate move by a campaign to garner support. Plus, you’re sticking up for your flesh-and-blood.

    That’s some clever media strategy, me thinks. Plenty of nasty things have been said about Chelsea in the past. This was the most shocked I’d ever seen the Clintons react.

  12. Ms_midtown says:

    Fine say tardy things about candidates kids.
    Remember the third presidential debate in 2004.
    John Kerry – “Dick Cheney’s daughter, who is a lesbian, she would tell you that she’s being who she was, she’s being who she was born as. ”

    Really helped with the last minute Kerry surge in Ohio.

  13. John Konop says:

    NYT’s Rich: Clinton Camp Guilty Of “Bigoted” Lying

    …..The question now is how much more racial friction the Clinton campaign will gin up if its Hispanic support starts to erode in Texas, whose March 4 vote it sees as its latest firewall. Clearly it will stop at little. That’s why you now hear Clinton operatives talk ever more brazenly about trying to reverse party rulings so that they can hijack 366 ghost delegates from Florida and the other rogue primary, Michigan, where Mr. Obama wasn’t even on the ballot. So much for Mrs. Clinton’s assurance on New Hampshire Public Radio last fall that it didn’t matter if she alone kept her name on the Michigan ballot because the vote “is not going to count for anything.”……

  14. Old Vet says:

    Hey, guys, I ain’t that old. (But old enough to have slogged through the endless, futile quagmire of Iraq – er, I mean Vietnam. Easy to confuse the two, ain’t it?) It may be common (in both senses of the word) to call women ho and bitch, but that doesn’t make it less offensive. The journalsit needs to be “buggy whipped”. :>)

  15. Tea Party says:

    Thank You, Old Vet.

    It is the casual use of offensive language, by folks that are both hardened and cynical by the news they report, that helps set the bar for the general lack of civilty in public discourse.

    Popular vulgarity is neither hip or cool, as it only appeals to the younger generation weaned on Wii. It is simply intellectually lazy.

  16. Old Vet says:

    Why is it that certain types always defend crassness and vulgarity by pointingto some crassness and vulgarity from some other quarter. “Yeah, my guy may be a mass murder, but Charles Manson killed more people.” That works only with zealots.

  17. John Konop says:

    Old Vet

    I disagree with Obama on many issues, yet I respect how Obama has not used race as a card like Hillary uses gender. Obama stands for what MLK stood for equal opportunity not engineering fairness.

    I do think the Obama’s run for the White House could be a water shed moment for race relations in our country. Billary and company should be ashamed of what they have done. No country is bigger than one person or a family.

    If Billary had any class she/he would drop out and apologize.

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