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‘Pimped Out’ Returns. New Clinton Book Details Old Cable News Firestorm

shuster“Clinton Inc.,” another new book about the former, and perhaps future, White House occupants dredges up a cable news moment that regular readers of this site will recall.

In February 2008, as the Democratic primary for president was heating up, then-MSNBC anchor David Shuster waded into the debate about the Clinton family dynamic and how it plays out on the campaign trail. “Doesn’t it seem like Chelsea’s sort of being pimped out in some weird sort of way?,” Shuster asked.

That line set off a firestorm from the Clinton camp to the highest levels of NBC and even its corporate parent at the time. Politico reports on an excerpt from the book by Daniel Halper:

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.” 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?”

Shuster was suspended for the remark. His employment with MSNBC came to an abrupt end in April 2010 when it was revealed that he took part in the taping of a pilot for CNN. Shuster had been with MSNBC since 2002 following a six-year run at Fox News Channel. He is now an anchor with Al Jazeera America. Ironically, Chelsea Clinton would go on to work as a special correspondent for NBC News.

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The Morning Ticker: Clinton, Comcast, CNNx

  • NBC News contributor Chelsea Clinton earns $75,000 per appearance on behalf of the Clinton Foundation. “100 percent of the fees are remitted directly to the foundation,” says her spokesperson. Clinton last appeared on NBC News June 21.

  • Discovery Communications has hired a lobbying firm to assure the FCC is giving proper scrutiny to the proposed Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger. This follows Dish Network’s urging of the FCC to block the deal.

  • CNN will demo its CNNx app at the TV Critics Association tour today. Introduced in beta in April, the app is now live in up to 85 million homes.

The Ticker: Clinton, CBS Correspondents, Comedy

  • Chelsea Clinton, who has been absent from NBC News since January despite the recent report that her annual salary is $600,000, has done two stories for “Nightly” expected to air “shortly,” according to AP’s David Bauder. NBC wanted to “avoid the appearance of a conflict” by having her on the air around the time of her mother’s book tour, Bauder reports.

  • Capital New York’s Alex Weprin talks to three female CBS correspondentsElizabeth Palmer, Holly Williams and Clarissa Ward — currently reporting in Iraq and Syria. “I think the one benefit in this part of the world being a woman is that sometimes it can be quite disarming for people to see women, to see a foreign women, and they are perhaps less likely to be suspicious of a foreign woman than a foreign man, less of a threat,” Williams said.

  • Fusion’s Yannis Pappas will premiere his first half-hour stand-up special at 12:30 a.m. Friday on Comedy Central. Watch a preview after the jump.

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The Saturday Ticker: Clinton, AJAM, Wallace

  • Politico’s Dylan Byers reports Chelsea Clinton‘s annual salary from NBC News was $600,000. Clinton, whose contract was up for renewal this year, remains on NBC’s payroll on a month-to-month basis, an agreement put in place so that Clinton can exit in case Hillary Clinton runs for president in 2016.

  • Milwaukee Magazine previews the latest installment of Al Jazeera America’s “Fault Lines,” a documentary about the battle over mining in Wisconsin. The episode premieres tonight at 7pmET.

  • Chris Wallace sat down with Robert De Niro this week for an interview that airs on “Fox News Sunday” tomorrow. Wallace and De Niro talked about a complicated issues between fathers and sons, something they have in common. “What you’re describing is very familiar to me, the idea that he loves you — but he’s absent,” Wallace, the son of the late CBS newsman Mike Wallace, told De Niro.

Sorry is Easy. In the Case of Martin Bashir, Suspension Seems to be the Hardest Word

Martin Bashir 304Judging strictly by precedent at MSNBC, if Martin Bashir had called Sarah Palin a ‘cocksucking fag,’ ‘right wing slut,’ ‘dick,’ ‘pimp,’ or ‘nappy headed ho,’ he would be on suspension, at the very least.

Instead, Bashir is a free man. All he said about Palin on Nov. 15 was that she should be forced to have someone defecate in her mouth and urinate in her eyes as punishment for her remarks on slavery.

What’s wrong with this picture? Plenty, if one considers MSNBC’s long history of Foot in Mouth disease. In every case, the commentator was either suspended or fired. In every case, the perps have been men, and in every case but one, the broadcast slurs have been aimed at women.

Ten days ago, actor Alec Baldwin was benched for two weeks after he was caught on video calling a paparazzi a ‘cocksucking fag.’ He may not return.

In 2011, Ed Schultz and Mark Halperin were both suspended — Schultz for labelling conservative commentator Laura Ingraham a ‘right wing slut,’ and Halperin for describing President Obama as a ‘dick.’ (Sidebar: If it had been Nixon, Halperin would have been technically correct.)

In ’08, David Shuster served two weeks for saying that Chelsea Clinton was being pimped out to support her mother’s campaign. And in ’07, Don Imus’ description of the Rutgers women’s basketball team as ‘nappy headed hos’ got him fired.

Like all his predecessors, Bashir apologized – the latest to join the celebrity culture of contrition. In a statement Friday, MSNBC said Bashir had also apologized to the Palin family, that he’s “committed to elevating the discourse” and that the network was handling the matter internally.

Still, many critics argue that Bashir deserves harsher punishment.

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Martin Bashir Apologizes to Sarah Palin for Vile Slur: My Words ‘Brought Shame’

BashirMartin Bashir apologized to Sarah Palin and his MSNBC colleagues yesterday, responding to the firestorm following comments he made last week.

“I wanted to take this opportunity to say sorry to Mrs. Palin and to also offer an unreserved apology to her friends and family, her supporters, our viewers, and anyone who may have heard what I said,” Bashir said on his show Monday (video after the jump).

On Friday’s show, Bashir responded to comments Palin made linking America’s debt to slavery, calling her a “dunce” and suggesting Palin might be a prime candidate for the same treatment slaves received from a plantation owner named Thomas Thistewood: being urinated and defecated on.

“My words were wholly unacceptable,” Bashir continued. “They were neither accurate, nor fair. They were unworthy of anyone who would claim to have an interest in politics. And they have brought shame upon my friends and colleagues at this network, none of whom were responsible for the things that I said, and and at a place where we try every day to elevate political discourse and to focus on issues that matter to all of us.”

Fox News‘s Howard Kurtz as well as Inside Cable News are’t having it. They say MSNBC’s lack of a suspension for Bashir is inconsistent with the punishments handed out to other hosts, including Alec Baldwin just last week, Ed Schultz who was suspended for a week in 2011 for calling Laura Ingraham a “slut,” and David Shuster who, in Feb. 2008, was suspended for remarking that Chelsea Clinton had been “pimped out” during her mother’s campaign for president.

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Norah O’Donnell, Mika Brzezinski Attend Fortune Most Powerful Women Summit

This week was the annual Fortune Most Powerful Women Summit, held at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Washington, D.C. Among the participants: Disney-ABC Television Group president Anne Sweeney; Judy Woodruff of PBS; Norah O’Donnell and Lesley Stahl of CBS News; Mika Brzezinski of MSNBC; Chelsea Clinton and Dr. Nancy Snyderman of NBC News; Becky Quick of CNBC; Fox News panelist Nina Easton and CNN political consultant Hilary Rosen.

Here’s The Rundown For The Final Edition Of NBC’s ‘Rock Center’

Friday evening is the final episode of NBC’s “Rock Center with Brian Williams,” the primetime newsmagzine that launched in late 2011. “Rock Center” was shuffled across multiple timeslots on multiple nights over the course of its one and a half year run, and never really found a groove.

For the final edition of the program, Harry Smith, Kate Snow, Dr. Nancy Snyderman and Chelsea Clinton will have reports, along with the final edition of the “Rock Bottom” segment with Williams himself. Details on those reports are in the rundown after the jump.

A wrap party for the show is set for next Wednesday, insiders tell us.

NBC announced that it would be canceling “Rock Center” right before its upfront presentation in May, and layoffs followed soon thereafter, although many staffers were able to be placed elsewhere in NBC News.
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Micheala Pereira Makes CNN Debut, As ‘New Day’ Prepares For Launch

CNN “New Day” news anchor Michaela Pereira made her reporting debut for the channel Friday. Pereira interviewed Chelsea Clinton for “Starting Point” about her parents, growing up with the “Clinton” name and “Hillary 2016.”

“New Day” debuts on Monday, and CNN continues to make a big promotional push, including putting graphics on the elevators throughout Time Warner Center in New York:
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Women in the World, Brought to you by Women in TV News

NBC News special correspondent Chelsea Clinton was among the tvnewsers leading panels at today’s Women in the World conference. But it was her mother who got a thunderous applause and shouts of “2016!” when she took the stage at the fourth annual event. Hillary Clinton called women’s rights “a core imperative for every society.”

Clinton’s speech kicked off the day’s events, which featured an impressive roster of women from the television news industry: ABC’s Cynthia McFadden, Deborah Roberts and JuJu Chang and CBS’s Norah O’Donnell all moderated panel discussions on topics ranging from women in the tech industry to fostering female leaders.

Before moderating a spirited panel discussion about the epidemic of sexual abuse in India, McFadden (pictured above) talked with an Indian woman who was the victim of a rape. She sat with her back to the audience in order to conceal her identity. The woman, whose case is still pending in the Indian high court, described how she was raped by a male friend of hers four

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