Marisa Guthrie, Eric Deggans and David Zurawik talk to Howard Kurtz about NBC's new hire – Chelsea Clinton as well as CBS's new morning show.
Clinton and McCain are benefitting from their family ties but will be doing lightweight commentary. More galling is Luke Russert. As talented as he may be, after the tragic death of his NBC bigwig father, he was elevated right to the top, covering Congress for a major network almost right out of school with no apparent experience. The 99 percent who go to school for broadcast journalism, then work at backwater radio and tv operations for little money hoping to get a big break, must love to see the one percenters with family connections who enter the business right at the top
Do you think connections never play a role in landing gigs in any other business? How quaintly naive. More power to them, I say. It's part of the perk of making it in any sector: it benefits your kids and others you might know. If they are capable, so what? Besides, wake up to the obvious fact that media is a business. Names like Russert and Clinton are brands, and brands are good for ratings, which generate ad revenue. It's mind-boggling for somebody to aver that this practice should be stopped? By whom, the government? Should George W. Bush have been stopped from running for President because his dad, George H.W. Bush, conferred on him celebrity through his public service. What we'd all be better off seeing stopped are posts by non de persons who don't have the chops to own their opinions by attaching their full names to them, especially when denigrating others. It's easy to talk tough when you're sniping from behind a rock. Have the courage of your convictions and sign your posts with a real name, for goodness sake.
BC a pathological liar? No doubt about it. Probably true of HRC too. Mwalimu is elkliy right. A shot across the bow. One wonders what kind of manure they have to throw at Obama? Noonan had a good piece on HRC's loss today. She noted that HRC had it all, the money, the organization, the big lead and air of inevitability, and with all that going for her, she LOST!
It is not right that someone who has no journalism experience and no credentials for the job should get such a high profile and major position at a national news organization. There are people out there who have been working their way up in the news business for years and have the experience and knowledge that would do much better in the position than little Clinton, Russert, Bush, ect... I don't care what you call it, nepotism or not, it is not right and it should be stopped!
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