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Chelsea Clinton Has NBC Contract Renewed

From BuzzFeed:

Chelsea Clinton, TV’s Dork Diva, Struggles At NBC

Hillary and Bill have worked their way back into our hearts, and now it’s Chelsea’s turn. The only problem: she’s “terrible” on television, as network executives privately admit.

Michael Hastings
Apr 16, 2012

We’ve entered into a kind of Clinton renaissance: Hillary is now officially Internet famous—LOLZ, bitches, etc—and Bill, universally beloved, is giving the keynote to a gathering of Nobel Peace Laureates next week in Chicago, still hot on the quest for his own big prize. (Carter has one. Gore has one. Obama has one.)

Then there’s Chelsea Clinton, the former first daughter, and NBC’s latest high profile hire.

With Chelsea, it’s complicated.

To get the TV gig, Chelsea’s team played off rival networks, holding a series of meetings in New York last fall with all the major television news outlets, including ABC, CBS, and CNN. “Her agent calls, asks if you want to meet with Chelsea Clinton, you take the meeting,” one network executive tells BuzzFeed.

But she didn’t blow anyone away with her presence during the interview process, according to network executives who interviewed her. “Horrible,” says another high ranking TV executive who met with Chelsea. “There were ground rules, what she could and couldn’t report, only good news, no politics, ” says the executive, who felt Chelsea would be a dud and passed.

"No politics"? Maybe they meant "no obvious politics." Since everything she says and does is from a political motive.

There was a sense in the meetings that that the news channels were auditioning for her — not the other way around — which rubbed a few of those she met with the wrong way. “They acted like we should be grateful” that she was offering herself to the networks, says the exec.

So there can be no denying that she is a Clinton.

Even high ranking company officials within NBC, according to sources at 30 Rock, weren’t that impressed with her.

Even the Democrats’ private network, NBC? So why did they hire her? (Just kidding.)

One senior staffer told colleagues after multiple meetings that Chelsea was going to be simply “terrible” on television. Upon her arrival, Chelsea was given a welcome bag, filled with NBC swag, 30 Rockers tell me. NBC’s David Gregory responded by jokingly asking: “Where’s my welcome bag?”

What a zinger.

Gregory’s joke hints at the unprecedented level of special treatment Chelsea receives: she didn’t do live shots on her Rock Center debut; she gets chauffeured everywhere in a town car while others her age strap hang with the suckers in Gotham’s sewers; she has her own personal spokesperson; and she has her own chief-of-staff, Bari Lurie. (Lurie is to Chelsea what Huma Abedin is to Hillary: a fiercely loyal female aide and confidante, who logged over 7,000 miles with her during the 2008 campaign.)…

Not to mention how all the kids in NBC reacted. “The message was, ‘You didn’t waste your journalism degree,’” says one NBC news staffer.

Huh? Oh, well, they are ‘journalists.’ They are not practiced in the English language.

“There’s resentment.” The critical reception of her debut on Rock Center wasn’t great, either: the Washington Post described her as “one of the most boring people of her era.” And, NBC sources say, for her debut, they pre-taped her intro interview with Brian Williams at least twice (they ended up using the first taping,) an unusual move for what’s presented as a spontaneous interview.

Chelsea just renewed her original three-month contract, but there isn’t much to show for it. “Almost nothing,” is how one well-placed industry observer describes her tenure at NBC. The industry observer, who has had dealings with Team Chelsea, continues: “Certainly she’s not operating as a reporter. You need a regular presence to become established and break through. Yes, she has world wide name recognition at a young age, but you still have to do the work and show up on screen.” So far, she’s only done three Making A Difference segments in five months, according to Lexis/Nexis, while juggling other roles as corporate board member and in the Clinton Global Initiative.

Yes, being at the Clinton Global Initiative must be grueling.

To say that Chelsea’s hire hurts the credibility of television news is a debate for J-school deans. But there is a larger issue at stake here for our American psyche: Chelsea is a Clinton, ergo, she deserves a place in our heart, alongside her parents.

So why can’t we connect?

Maybe because that is a false premise. There is no reason for us to like her, or for that matter, any of the Clintons. In fact, we have every reason not to like them.

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, April 17th, 2012. Comments are currently closed.

7 Responses to “Chelsea Clinton Has NBC Contract Renewed”

  1. GetBackJack says:

    Clintons, the new Kennedys

  2. untrainable says:

    “one of the most boring people of her era.”
    There’s a quote for the 2012 Who’s Who listing. At least she’s on the top of someone’s list.
    Then again she was named after a “not so soft” drink that Anheuser Busch test marketed here in Virginia back in the 70’s. As I recall, it tasted like a teaspoon of Busch beer in a gallon of water with a little Sprite tossed in for the bubbles. Weak, tasteless, not worth the trouble. So at least she is living up to her namesake.

  3. Astravogel says:

    No doubt in my mind why the Clinton’s only had one child.

  4. canary says:

    No doubt if Chelsea Clinton isn’t doing NBC’s gigs for free, Bill & Hillary are paying NBC to keep her. Maybe a dipped into that money most likely hidden in Haiti, Mexico, Afghanistan recent trip to visit Karzai who Congress is trying to get investigated, but Hillary praises what a good job the thief is doing. Imagine how much money Karzai got when his Afghan drug cartel brother was snuffed.

  5. AcornsRNutz says:

    “Chelsea is a Clinton, ergo, she deserves a place in our heart, alongside her parents.

    So why can’t we connect? …”

    Did this arsehole survive the lightning bolt that surely must have struck him upon typing this absolute bovine excrement? I pray for the sake of his immortal soul this is sarcastic in nature.

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