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Chelsea Clinton announced today on Facebook that she will leave NBC News where she’s served as a special correspondent since 2011 to continue her work with the Clinton Foundation and as she and husband Mark Mezvinsky prepare to welcome their first child. People magazine was the first to report the news, just before the former First Daughter’s public post.
And with her departure, Clinton does not close the door to future opportunities with the peacock network.
“While my role with NBC News may be coming to an end, I look forward to working with the NBC family well into the future,” she said. Read more
If you’re booked (and that is definitely an if), you will send all your intel, numbers, backup numbers and website, and understand that even if you get the slot you’re interview could be subject to change. What’s more, if you go over the 10-minute allotted time, PLEASE REMEMBER the operator may disconnect you. If you forget, you’re still getting the axe if you go over. And by the way, please stay on the subject being promoted. (A pleasant emoticon softens the blow of that last rule.)
Airing this Friday at 10 p.m., Chelsea visits Key West to interview author Judy Blume on her first feature film being created from her book, Tiger Eyes.
See the enticing (eye roll) email from an NBC press manager… Read more
Current TV sub and radio host David Shuster is no coward when it comes to using the p-word. “This is the first time in nearly four years that I’ve used the word ‘pimp’ (or any derivation of it) on-air,” he wrote on Facebook over the weekend, referencing the infamous program that initially got him suspended from MSNBC when he said then-presidential hopeful Hillary Rodham Clinton was pimping her daughter, Chelsea, on the campaign trail. “Anyway, the segment we did tonight was the funniest of the week,” he continued. “Pay particular attention, if you like, to the double entendres. Enjoy and have a great weekend!
This use of pimping didn’t involve Chelsea Clinton, now a special correspondent for NBC’s “Rock Center.” This involved prostitutes pimping for GOP presidential hopeful Ron Paul.
‘Pimpin’ for Paul’: David Shuster reveals Nevada prostitutes who have the hots for Ron Paul – Countd current.com. “The working girls at the Moonlite Ranch, who reportedly love a good caucus, met and decided to endorse Paul’s candidacy.”
Our favorite reaction comes from a Shuster Facebook friend who writes, “Love ya D….but really?”
A fight between two grown men in media is always worth watching.
Are you rrrrready to RRRRumble?
Over the weekend, Wemple castrated Zurawik by critiquing his critique of NBC’s newest star, Chelsea Clinton, on CNN’s “Reliable Sources.” Wemple called him “childish and misanthropic.” He said Zurawik’s take on Chelsea was “rehearsed.”
Z’s quote: “Steve Capus, the president of NBC News, in his shameless hype for this journalistically bankrupt decision, said it’s as if Chelsea has been preparing all her life for this thing. Based on the first show we saw, if that’s true, it’s been a largely wasted life. And as mean as that might sound, I don’t take it back, really.”
On Monday Zurawik fired back with a complete ass kissing of CNN “Reliable Sources” host Howard Kurtz, saying that WaPo used to have “best media reporter in the country in Howard Kurtz” in the first line of the story. Now they have
that shithead Wemple, he lamented. He also tried to reattach his testicles by making a big stink out of Wemple not calling him for comment. He called Wemple a “water carrier” for the Clintons and suggested that calling him for comment might have at least made him seem like a reporter. As if that would have made Wemple’s analysis of Zurawik’s analysis any different.
(Brief memo to Zurawik: First of all, on which planet is self-pimping Kurtz the best media reporter in America? Kurtz is a longtime media reporter, but the best? Does the best attribute anti-Obama administration quotes to Nancy Pelosi that aren’t hers? Does the best think he’s talking to a congressman when he’s talking to an aide and then try to cover the whole thing up? Does the best wait five days to cover the Weiner sex scandal, reasoning that it’s sometimes prudent to wait? We know you’re a regular on Kurtz’s Sunday show, but WTF Zurawik?)
Getting back to the pissing match, Wemple was riled by Z’s accusation of being in bed with the Clintons. “So I’m now a ‘water carrier’ for the Clintons?” Wemple asked in an interview with FBDC. “It’s clear that Z, the ultimate reporter, perhaps didn’t check out this item and this item.”
He continued, “It’s instructive to follow his logic: If I cite any objection to Z’s stating that Chelsea Clinton has lived a ‘largely wasted life,’ I am carrying water for her. Not, mind you, just sticking up for basic decency. Because anybody who dissents from the notion that Chelsea Clinton has lived a ‘largely wasted life’ is just a suckup for the Clintons.”
The fight continues…Please note, Zurawik phoned us back last night with a reasonable excuse for his tardiness and we returned the call today. If and when the conversation happens, we’ll bring you his remarks. Stay tuned…
(A Sprinkling of Things we Think you Ought to Know…)
Ben Smith Goes Viral – We are still scratching our heads trying to figure out the Ben Smith move from Politico to BuzzFeed. BuzzFeed, best known for it’s collection of viral content recently named Smith as Editor-in-Chief. The readers of Buzzfeed are known for launching internet memes and immediately latched onto the possibility that someone as straight-laced as Smith would be joining their world of corgis on surfboards and planking. Thus, Buzzfeed Ben was born. View more of their creations here
We’re All for Good Causes And All – But, this seems a little crazy. This Thursday is “Free to Tweet” Day across the twitterverse. It’s a celebration of the Bill of Rights Day where you can express your appreciation for the First Amendment. Students between the ages of 14 and 22 can use the hashtag #freetotweet to be entered into a contest to receive one of 22 $5,000 dollar scholarships. The contest goes on for 24 hours, and students are encouraged to participate as often as they can in that time frame to share their love of Freedom of Expression. That sounds like a worthwhile venture. Don’t study. Just tweet for 24 hours. I am almost positive the Founding Fathers had something else in mind for the First Amendment.
Chelsea Clinton Makes Her NBC Debut – On last night’s “Rock Center” on NBC, Chelsea Clinton made her debut as part of the network series called “Making a Difference.” Her first report was filed from her home state of Arkansas and profiled a woman trying to help children living in poverty. After the report, she joined Brian Williams in studio. When asked why she decided to shed her private lifestyle to enter the world of TV reporting, she said her recently deceased Grandmother, Dorothy Rodham, told her that “being Chelsea Clinton had happened to me and that I had a responsibility to do something with that asset and opportunity.” Didn’t Uncle Ben tell that to Spider-Man? “With great power comes great responsibility?” View her debut in the video below.
With Twitter being like a schoolyard and some tweeters acting as bullies, there was no way MSNBC’s newest contributor was going to get away with her flub so easily. Last night on Twitter Meghan McCain gave the feeding frenzy — more than 120,000 followers — a piece of bloody red meat as she did the unthinkable: She called herself a “correspondent” as opposed to the “contributor” that she is. She deleted it and said she meant to say contributor. “Enough re-tweets are out there to show the original,” relayed a Washington reporter to FBDC. “Kinda funny. What was sad was her blaming it on auto text correct.”
But is that really what’s sad?
After Current TV’s David Shuster politely wrote to ask whether she was a contributor or a correspondent, she tweeted back: “@DavidShuster contributor – apologies, autocorrect ”
Daughter of a senator. Author of a splashy book, Dirty Sexy Money, and America You Sexy Bitch (yes, we’re serious) slated for July 4. Recipient of job offer after job offer for what many see as the direct result of being the outspoken daughter to Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.). Soon Chelsea Clinton will face the same wrath on NBC’s “Rock Center” and it won’t be pretty. The journo masses don’t take kindly to sudden colleagues who haven’t earned their stripes. Or, at least earned them in ways they see as weak or inappropriate. They don’t like it when things come too easily. For anyone, but especially young journalists with famous last names.
The haters included Iowahawkblog’s David Burge who wrote, “Meghan McCain, Luke Russert, Chelsea Clinton. NBC has more hereditary idiots than an Middle East dictatorship. #ThePlaceForNepotism.” Then came Houston blogger, Christian, and mother Melissa Clouthier, who wrote, “Why do I feel more justified than ever for my scorn of Meghan McCain? Ugh. What an idiot.” (Unclear whether she’s the idiot or if that’s McCain.) And Sen. Jim DeMint‘s (R-S.C.) Speechwriter Amanda Carpenter snipped, “Worth noting–must be nice to be a president’s or candidate’s daughter if you want to do TV. Jenna Bush hired by NBC, Meghan McCain MSNBC.”
Names she was called and ways she was described Monday: Nasty witch, goddess, no one takes her seriously, not qualified. But in the end, perhaps her father’s words held the most impact. He wrote her a special note on Twitter: “Great job in providing a rational viewpoint on MSNBC today. I’m very proud.”
Last night after outrage over her mistake waned, she gave her “Twitterfam” the opportunity to ask her 10 questions. She wrote, “Alright twitterfam – 10 questions…. starting now! Ask me anything you want, haven’t done this in a long time.” She answered the following seven questions. Perhaps the most fitting is the song she sang to herself Monday morning.
Favorite Muppet: Animal, I have a thing for drummers.
Last song you listened to and sang along? This morning when I was getting ready – Guns N’ Roses “Welcome to the Jungle”.
Are you a vegetarian? If not, do you feel guilty? I’m not a vegetarian. No, real women eat meat.
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Well, of course. That’s a given.
But have D.C. news makers gone too far in the nosy department on the details of Chelsea Clinton‘s wedding?
Here’s how WaPo‘s fashion guru Robin Givhan spells it out in a weekend column in which she manages to not only insult a town of journalists (they’ve resorted to the equivalent of “dumpster diving”) but also Chelsea – saying her dress won’t be remarkable except to those who love her (how lovely for her).
(Givhan writes, “Her gown will undoubtedly be lovely, as most wedding dresses are, but it will probably be unremarkable to all except her closest friends, family and betrothed. That’s as it should be.”)
Chelsea Clinton’s endless wedding gown options…
Media writers, unite!
We joined George Stephanopoulos for lunch this week to discuss “This Week”‘s upcoming move to the Newseum (first show: April 20).
Of course, we wanted to know what’s going to happen to “This Week”‘s legendary green room (each week, a chef whips up tasty, customized omelettes). Sadly, that won’t make it to the Newseum, but they will have catering that provides scrambled eggs, bacon and sausage, fruit, and bagels and lox (no omelettes). With Wolfgang Puck’s “The Source” nearby, good food is never far away (budget willing). (And fear not: Green Room Courtney will still pose for pictures). “This Week”‘s roundtable, however, will be moved to the Newseum studio.
Stephanopoulos said he’s enormously excited for the move, especially for the great view of the U.S. Capitol that the Newseum’s studio provides (the Capitol will be over his left shoulder in the shot).
We asked how this move fits any hopes that “This Week” has to eventually top perennial ratings champ “Meet the Press.”
The hope is this will just give viewers another reason to watch.
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Philadelphia, Pa.: Is there any way to attempt to correct Chris Matthews from pronouncing Illinois “Illinoise”? Especially when we know it’s accidental…it’s quite embarrassing for the rest of us and it happened over and over again yesterday….
Amy Argetsinger: He’s just doing it to get attention. Ignore him.