Famously press-shy figure gets a new job …

posted at 3:05 pm on November 14, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

I never had a problem with the media’s hands-off attitude with Chelsea Clinton while her father was President.  Children of Presidents should be left alone by the media, which might be a good idea even for adult children of Presidents, a position the media most decidedly did not take during George W. Bush’s two terms in office.  Nor do I have much of an issue with the adult-age children of former Presidents becoming media figures themselves; Jack Ford and Jenna Bush have both done it, as have Michael and Ron Reagan on opposite sides of the opinion media.

Somehow, though, the hiring of Chelsea Clinton by NBC as a “special correspondent” feels both hypocritical and gimmicky:

The appointment is immediate. Ms. Clinton will show up at the news division offices on Monday morning, said Steve Capus, president of NBC News, and will begin work on stories that NBC expects to use as part of its “Making a Difference” series, which runs on “NBC Nightly News.” …

“What we talked about was if she were to come on board that’s the kind of thing she would be interested in doing. We knew she wasn’t going to do the lead story. But having somebody who was going to do really captivating feature assignments for the ‘Making a Difference’ franchise really kind of synced up,” Mr. Capus said.

Those feature reports, which have become popular on NBC’s evening newscast — and which may be added to NBC’s new prime-time newsmagazine program, “Rock Center With Brian Williams” — spotlight people who are making volunteer commitments to improve the lives of others in their community.

The difference between NBC’s hiring decision here and the other cases of presidential progeny turning into media figures is that the others didn’t demand to be left alone as adults.  Two years ago, Chelsea refused to speak to the press, even when the “press” turned out to be a 9-year-old cub reporter for Scholastic News, The Anchoress reminds us:

 It’s one thing for Hillary Rodham Clinton’s campaign to turn down interview requests for the candidate’s daughter, Chelsea. But can’t a 9-year old reporter catch a break?

Sydney Rieckhoff, a Cedar Rapids fourth grader and “kid reporter” for Scholastic News, has posed questions to seven Republican and Democratic presidential hopefuls as they’ve campaigned across Iowa this year. But when she approached the 27-year-old Chelsea after a campaign event Sunday, she got a different response.

“Do you think your dad would be a good ‘first man’ in the White House?” Sydney asked, but Chelsea brushed her question aside.

“I’m sorry, I don’t talk to the press and that applies to you, unfortunately. Even though I think you’re cute,” Chelsea told the pint-sized journalist.

Now Chelsea wants a gig at NBC, getting people to, er, talk to the press.  And it doesn’t appear that her new job has changed her policy much, at least not yet (emphasis mine):

NBC said Chelsea Clinton wasn’t available for an interview, but issued a statement: “People who imagine and implement solutions to challenges in their own lives, in their communities, in our country and in our world have always inspired me.”

I have no problem with people maintaining their privacy from the media, but isn’t this a little like Greta Garbo doing a daytime talk show?

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Chelsea inherited her dad’s looks. It could have been worse, she could have inherited his infamous libido.

Dr Evil on November 14, 2011 at 3:09 PM

No, Ed. Public figures have a right to have private lives “off the clock” if they choose.

itsnotaboutme on November 14, 2011 at 3:11 PM

“Making a Difference”, wasn’t that Billy Jeff’s code language when he asked his state troopers to round up some fresh trailer trash?

fogw on November 14, 2011 at 3:11 PM

Looks like Chelsea’s back on the menu, boys!

BobMbx on November 14, 2011 at 3:14 PM

The One Percent.

bloggless on November 14, 2011 at 3:15 PM

Isn’t that “par for the course” when it comes to the business? NBC wants her to bring viewers to the, but if she’s giving out interview to others it dilutes her drawing power for them.

I seem to remember another network news station telling one of their reporters to stop doing interviews with others after breaking news on Fast & Furious.

taznar on November 14, 2011 at 3:15 PM

People who imagine and implement solutions to challenges in their own lives, in their communities, in our country and in our world have always inspired me.”

What challenges would that be?

AH_C on November 14, 2011 at 3:16 PM

She’ll be running for public office in 2016 or 2020. This gig at NBC will get her lots of face time on TV plus it ought to help her finesse some contacts that would otherwise be all but out of reach of Mommy and Daddy’s coattails. Doing bits on ‘community organizing’ and nothing but ‘feel good’ stories on NBC will help tremendously with public perceptions given the public knows barely anything of her other than she’s a Clinton.

FlatFoot on November 14, 2011 at 3:19 PM

She’s on the boards of all these corporations. Therefore:

She is the 1%!
She is the 1%!
She is the 1%!

Blake on November 14, 2011 at 3:21 PM

Meh I dont have a problem with her. Ron Reagan is far worse.

Dash on November 14, 2011 at 3:23 PM

Chelsea is on corporate boards???

SlimyBill on November 14, 2011 at 3:23 PM

Chelsea inherited her dad’s looks.

…. and her mother’s kankles

lm10001 on November 14, 2011 at 3:23 PM

Chelsea inherited her dad’s looks. It could have been worse, she could have inherited his infamous libido.

Dr Evil on November 14, 2011 at 3:09 PM

Worse? The world NEEDS more women with a sex drive like that! :-)

Actually she’s better looking than either of her parents. How did that happen……? I mean, her parents are both so loving, honest, trustworthy…….

BWAAAAAAHAHAHAHAHAHA

UltimateBob on November 14, 2011 at 3:24 PM

“Do you think your dad would be a good ‘first man’ in the White House?” Sydney asked, but Chelsea brushed her question aside.
“I’m sorry, I don’t talk to the press and that applies to you, unfortunately. Even though I think you’re cute,” Chelsea told the pint-sized journalist.

Oh, please, let there be video!

a capella on November 14, 2011 at 3:24 PM

Chelsea inherited her dad’s looks. It could have been worse, she could have inherited his infamous libido.

Dr Evil on November 14, 2011 at 3:09 PM

We don’t know that she hasn’t.

platypus on November 14, 2011 at 3:24 PM

I want to see her interview Monica Lewinsky. After all she was a big “difference maker”.

Scrappy on November 14, 2011 at 3:25 PM

My first thought on hearing this was of Caroline Kennedy and her bid for public office. We had never really heard from her before, and the public face was not pretty. I guess what I’m saying is that Chelsea-Clinton-Mezvinsky had better be pretty good on air, or it will not be good for her. And by the way, Chelsea is still homely, even after the plastic surgery.

DaydreamBeliever on November 14, 2011 at 3:25 PM

I don’t find this to be any big deal.

stvnscott on November 14, 2011 at 3:26 PM

She’ll be running for public office in 2016 or 2020. This gig at NBC will get her lots of face time on TV plus it ought to help her finesse some contacts that would otherwise be all but out of reach of Mommy and Daddy’s coattails. Doing bits on ‘community organizing’ and nothing but ‘feel good’ stories on NBC will help tremendously with public perceptions given the public knows barely anything of her other than she’s a Clinton.

FlatFoot on November 14, 2011 at 3:19 PM

Yup. She’ll be running against Ron Paul in 2038.

a capella on November 14, 2011 at 3:27 PM

NBC, wow I’m shocked.

Hummer53 on November 14, 2011 at 3:29 PM

Just when you thought her 15 minutes were up…

BHO Jonestown on November 14, 2011 at 3:31 PM

Who on MSNBC is she going to replace? Place your bets now.

meci on November 14, 2011 at 3:32 PM

Chelsea is on corporate boards???

SlimyBill on November 14, 2011 at 3:23 PM

Yes. Just like mom and dad. It’s easy money.

Blake on November 14, 2011 at 3:33 PM

Um why would a daughter of a former president want to work for NBC News to being with? Jenna and Chelsea and are both rich, well-educated. Do something else important with your time. If you don’t have anything else important to do ….. find something!

terryannonline on November 14, 2011 at 3:33 PM

“Ms. Clinton will continue her work with the Clinton Foundation and her studies at Oxford as she pursues the new job with NBC.”

I didn’t know Chelsea was a Journalism majoy…

… Oh, wait!

Seven Percent Solution on November 14, 2011 at 3:34 PM

Meh I dont have a problem with her. Ron Reagan is far worse.

Dash on November 14, 2011 at 3:23 PM

As is Miss Piggy (aka Megham McCain) who just signed on as a MSNBC contributor, where her primary role will be to bad-mouth conservative and serve as a on-the-air joke.

Considering who her parents are, Chelsea didn’t turn out that badly. At least she is not a bleached-blonde backstabber who looks and dresses like an overweight hooker and talks like a valley girl.

bw222 on November 14, 2011 at 3:34 PM

Didn’t she get married not too long ago? Why isn’t she at home making samwichs and babies?

NotCoach on November 14, 2011 at 3:34 PM

Chelsea Clinton / Sasha Obama 2040!!!

angryed on November 14, 2011 at 3:34 PM

Where was this job posting?

bloghooligan on November 14, 2011 at 3:35 PM

Didn’t she get married not too long ago? Why isn’t she at home making samwichs and babies?

NotCoach on November 14, 2011 at 3:34 PM

Liberals don’t each sammiches and especially don’t make babies.

stvnscott on November 14, 2011 at 3:37 PM

Where was this job posting?

bloghooligan on November 14, 2011 at 3:35 PM

Journolist.com/careers

angryed on November 14, 2011 at 3:38 PM

Chelsea inherited her dad’s looks.. Web Hubbel?

Bevan on November 14, 2011 at 3:38 PM

If Meggy Mac, Andy Cooper, Luke Russert, Jenna Bush, Doocy’s kid, and the rest can do it, so can Cankles’ daughter. I won’t be watching, but all’s fair in the DNA lottery, same as it ever was. No need to get put out by it. This country was founded on nepotism.

di butler on November 14, 2011 at 3:40 PM

I have never watch nbc and NOT about to with cc on there. Let’s keep tack of the rating and see how she does?
L

letget on November 14, 2011 at 3:40 PM

Does NBC also outfit her with a bridle.

rjoco1 on November 14, 2011 at 3:41 PM

Yup. She’ll be running against Ron Paul in 2038.

a capella on November 14, 2011 at 3:27 PM

LOL.

Mr. D on November 14, 2011 at 3:45 PM

Dr Evil on November 14, 2011 at 3:09 PM

How do you know?

antisocial on November 14, 2011 at 3:49 PM

What say you, Lorien?

BobMbx on November 14, 2011 at 3:55 PM

Comparing Chelsea to Greta Garbo is like comparing…

Okay, everyone, have at it!

the_souse on November 14, 2011 at 4:01 PM

I have no problem with the daughter of a former Presidents daughter working as a news correspondent. I have a real problem with the daughter of the current Secretary of State in a Democratic Administration working as news correspondent.

jstjoan on November 14, 2011 at 4:02 PM

Yup. She’ll be running against Ron Paul in 2038.

a capella on November 14, 2011 at 3:27 PM

Post of the Day.

ROTFL

monique on November 14, 2011 at 4:09 PM

She’s the perfect television journalist and future political candidate: she has a built-in agenda, has never demonstrated an iota of independent thinking, advanced her education and career through shameless nepotism, has avoided every uttering a word of controversy or substance, and were it not for her butterface stature, would probably be anchoring the CBS Evening News by now.

elcapt on November 14, 2011 at 4:13 PM

I have no problem with the daughter of a former Presidents daughter working as a news correspondent. I have a real problem with the daughter of the current Secretary of State in a Democratic Administration working as news correspondent.

jstjoan on November 14, 2011 at 4:02 PM

Why?

NotCoach on November 14, 2011 at 4:13 PM

Please spare us. We don’t need another Clinton to occupy our time.

George on November 14, 2011 at 4:14 PM

I can hardly wait for the first Republican to say:

“I’m sorry, I don’t talk to the press and that applies to you, unfortunately. Even though I think you’re ummm, errrr, ahhhh, pleasant?”

right2bright on November 14, 2011 at 4:14 PM

Nothing new here. How long has former White House Press Secretary George Stephanopoulos been working for the media?

Maybe if John McCain had won the election in 2008, we wouldn’t have Meg Mac in the media. Darn…

Then again, Liz Cheney hasn’t exactly been shy with the media about her political opinions, which tend to agree with most Hot Airians.

Still waiting for the Global Nuclear Warfare Strategy Hour starring Amy Carter, and the Energy Development Policy Hour starring Pipeline Piper Palin…

Steve Z on November 14, 2011 at 4:15 PM

One gets tired of kids of famous politicians being given the upper hand and insider chances…I am glad we don’t have anything like that on the Republican ticket…

right2bright on November 14, 2011 at 4:16 PM

Yup. She’ll be running against Ron Paul in 2038.

a capella on November 14, 2011 at 3:27 PM

Too much of a generation gap. Chelsea will be running against Senator RAND Paul in 2036.

Steve Z on November 14, 2011 at 4:18 PM

One gets tired of kids of famous politicians being given the upper hand and insider chances…I am glad we don’t have anything like that on the Republican ticket…

right2bright on November 14, 2011 at 4:16 PM

Gee, isn’t one of our candidates the son of a former governor of Michigan?

Steve Z on November 14, 2011 at 4:21 PM

When I first saw the picture–I thought Debbie Downer had ironed her hair.

dragondrop on November 14, 2011 at 4:24 PM

Gee, isn’t one of our candidates the son of a former governor of Michigan?

Steve Z on November 14, 2011 at 4:21 PM

Well by golly, I think you are right…you don’t suppose…

right2bright on November 14, 2011 at 4:27 PM

I’m sure the NBC veterans will be thrilled, certain to help her in any way possible.

diogenes on November 14, 2011 at 4:30 PM

Would LOVE to see her interview Monica Lewinsky!

After all they were both in the White House at the same time.

The odds of this interview actually happening . . . .

Bubba Redneck on November 14, 2011 at 4:36 PM

She’s a cross between Jane Hathaway and Mr. Ed.

hip shot on November 14, 2011 at 4:43 PM

NBC talking head? Well, her dad is one of the most famous liars alive… so she has the genes for it.
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RalphyBoy on November 14, 2011 at 4:51 PM

It could have been worse, she could have inherited his infamous libido.

Dr Evil on November 14, 2011 at 3:09 PM

how dod you know that she didn’t :-)…are you privy to her bedroom ways? :-)…guess we shall wait and see :-)…

jimver on November 14, 2011 at 5:07 PM

Considering who her parents are, Chelsea didn’t turn out that badly. At least she is not a bleached-blonde backstabber who looks and dresses like an overweight hooker and talks like a valley girl.

bw222 on November 14, 2011 at 3:34 PM

..this is going to stay with me for a long, long time.

The War Planner on November 14, 2011 at 5:26 PM

Somehow, though, the hiring of Chelsea Clinton by NBC as a “special correspondent” feels both hypocritical and gimmicky:

Don’t forget her Stanford history degree also got her a job as special consultant to a hedge fund.

I am so glad we don’t have royalty in the Republic/sarc

cobrakai99 on November 14, 2011 at 6:37 PM

Does Little Ron do dog shows anymore?

Cindy Munford on November 14, 2011 at 7:01 PM

Chelsea inherited her dad’s looks. It could have been worse, she could have inherited his infamous libido.

Dr Evil on November 14, 2011 at 3:09 PM

How do you know she didn’t ?

listens2glenn on November 14, 2011 at 8:12 PM

Scary looking hands, tho’!

Sherman1864 on November 14, 2011 at 8:14 PM

I seem to remember something about her working for a hedge fund for a while.

Anybody else remember that?

Is she a Wall Street insider as well as one of the 1%?

schmuck281 on November 14, 2011 at 9:21 PM

This is a big yawner, in my view.

tx2654 on November 15, 2011 at 2:08 AM

I haven’t watched network news in (literally) years, and yet I seem to know what’s going on around me and in the world in general. Why, you’d almost think there was some kind of alternate news source out there.
I’m sure the Clinton spawn will do well. She will go as far as her own talent and determination can carry her./

Extrafishy on November 15, 2011 at 6:23 AM

I thought she so shy she could not talk in public./sarc She is so fabulously rich, I wonder how much she and her husband give to the other 99% in charitable donations? She surely does not need the income from the job.

SC.Charlie on November 15, 2011 at 8:27 AM

GAAAAAA!!!

Or better yet…

FFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU

Coronagold on November 15, 2011 at 9:32 AM

Seriously, looking at that picture…….Exactly how much surgery HAS she had. She doesn’t look bad……she used to be a basset hound. NO disrespect meant to the fine hound, but that’s not a good look for a human.

Sponge on November 15, 2011 at 10:47 AM

Famously press-shy figure gets a new job …

… and I couldn’t care less.

Seriously. This is a non-issue for me.

Lawrence on November 15, 2011 at 11:06 AM

The Garbo analogy was SPOT-ON!!

My DILLIGAF meter is pegged out on this matter…

Khun Joe on November 15, 2011 at 11:34 AM