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Halper: Clintons Pushed GE To Get Rid Of David Shuster

From the Politico:

Halper book: Clintons lobbied GE to get rid of MSNBC’s David Shuster

By HADAS GOLD | July 21, 2014

Hillary and Bill Clinton went to the top of the NBC food chain, all the way up to General Electric’s board, to get back at MSNBC’s David Shuster in 2008, according to Daniel Halper’s forthcoming book “Clinton Inc.”

We’re supposed to be surprised by this? The Clinton’s don’t deal with underlings. Especially, when they are talking about their personal PR machine, NBC.

Halper, the online editor at the conservative Weekly Standard, details how far the Clinton camp went to get back at Shuster for saying that Chelsea Clinton was "sort of being pimped out in some weird sort of way” for lobbying super delegates on her mother’s behalf during the presidential primaries.

Which was not much of an exaggeration if you remember the absurd circumstances. (See the article below.) None of which does the Politico mention.

“According to a source close to the situation, the Clintons called people on the board of NBC’s parent company General Electric to say, ‘Well, this is outrageous, how NBC News and MSNBC are handling this, and we need to do something about it,’" Halper writes.

"Before long, GE’s chairman Jeffrey Immelt, was on the phone with Jeff Zucker, the president and CEO of NBC Universal at the time, and (former NBC News president) Steve Capus asking, ‘What the hell is going on over there? Why are my board members talking about the reporter, and why is your reporter referring to Chelsea as a prostitute?’”

The strife between Shuster and the Clintons was well documented during the 2008 campaign and a series of heated emails between Shuster and Clinton spokesperson Philippe Reines were published by POLITICO at the time.  At one point, the Clinton campaign threatened to pull out of a debate hosted by NBC News…

The Clinton campaign, Halper writes, “wanted to make it look like men, such as David Shuster, were beating up on the woman who could be the first female president of the U.S.”

It was ever thus.

Shuster ended up being suspended for two weeks. He was fired in 2010 after filming a pilot for CNN without MSNBC’s approval. He now hosts a show on Al Jazeera America.

Don’t worry, David Shuster was fired for saying what he said about Chelsea. NBC just wanted to put a little time between the cause and effect.

As we noted at the time, one could certainly be excused for thinking like David Shuster.

From the February 2008 archives of ABC News:

College Junior Breakfasts With Chelsea Clinton


Feb. 11, 2008 — Jason Rae is a typical junior in college. He spends several hours a day in class at Marquette University in Wisconsin where he is majoring in history and political science…

But not many 21-year-olds start their Monday with a personal breakfast with Chelsea Clinton, as Rae did this morning at the student union at the nearby University of Milwaukee.

Rae got the one-on-one treatment from the former — and possibly future — first daughter because he is a Democratic National Committee member from Wisconsin and thus a “super delegate,” one of the 796 free agents who can back any candidate in the race for the Democratic nomination…

He is only 21 years old — he has never voted in a presidential election because he turned 18 after Election Day in 2004

Rae said he and Chelsea Clinton talked about electability and mobilizing young people to get involved in politics. He said she spoke about what states her mother can carry in the general election and what demographics favor her candidacy. The two talked about how the campaign’s operations were going in the states and what she is seeing on the ground.

The breakfast lasted about 30 minutes. Rae said he had to hustle back to campus and get to his afternoon classes…

Any excuse to get away. By the way, as we also noted, Chelsea’s efforts were all for naught. Mr. Rae ended up backing Barack Obama a mere ten days later.

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014. Comments are currently closed.

2 Responses to “Halper: Clintons Pushed GE To Get Rid Of David Shuster”

  1. GetBackJack says:

    Well, at least someone lobbied to get rid of Schuster ..

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