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The Bush Who is in Washington for the Inauguration

The two Presidents Bush will not be attending today’s second Inauguration of Pres. Obama. But former first daughter and granddaughter Jenna Bush Hager is there. The NBC News contributor was on set with Brian Williams, Savannah Guthrie and David Gregory to talk about being a member of the First Family. “We may have had a little — a couple mix-ups,” said Jenna who, with her twin Barbara, was in college when their father was in the White House. “We weren’t going to bring it up,” said Guthrie, laughing. “I think one of the things that my parents did and the Obamas seems to be doing, is just letting them grow up, letting us grow up, as normal as you can be.”

No word on whether the other presidential daughter/NBC News contributor Chelsea Clinton will take part in NBC’s coverage.

Zurawik: Chelsea Clinton NBC’s ‘Pretend Journalist’

Baltimore Sun TV critic David Zurawik takes aim at Chelsea Clinton in his latest Daily Download column, calling her a “pretend correspondent” at NBC News:

I continue to be fascinated by a network news division putting someone as outrageously unqualified as Clinton on a prime-time newsmagazine. I watched her again last week in a softer-than-soft piece on a weight loss program started by Pastor Rick Warren at his Saddleback Church, and I can say with absolute certainty that she has not improved one lick in the last year. In fact, I think she is worse than when she started this job for which NBC News President Steve Capus said “it’s as if she had been preparing her whole life.”

‘Rock Center’ To Talk To Richard Engel, As ‘Meet The Press Talks To The NRA

NBC News has announced a pair of notable interviews, with “Rock Center” to feature a discussion with Richard Engel and his crew, and “Meet the Press” securing the first interview with NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre since the awful shooting in Newtown, CT last week.

On “Rock Center” tonight Brian Williams will sit down with Engel, as well as producers Ghazi Balkiz and Aziz Akyavas, and cameraman John Kooistra “to hear their story first-hand.” Other stories include an Ann Curry piece on Sandy Hook and the latest from Chelsea Clinton.

On “Meet the Press” Sunday, David Gregory will sit with LaPierre in his first interview since the Newtown shooting. The NRA is slated to hold a press conference today, so whatever they announce there will surely come up in the interview.

Buzzfeed: NBC Scuttled Chelsea Clinton’s Marriage Ad

NBC News “special correspondent” Chelsea Clinton is a politically active person in a very politically active family. She also works for a news organizations that prides itself on fairness. Buzzfeed reports that NBC scuttled plans for Clinton to appear in an ad supporting gay marriage that would have aired in Washington State and online leading up to the election. Even though Clinton does not report on political issues for NBC, the ads were apparently a bit too much.

Three people who saw the videos confirmed their existence to BuzzFeed. They were fully prepared, with the script approved in advance, one source said. The video wasn’t intended for TV broadcast, a second source said, suggesting they were instead to be used as web-based videos. The source added that multiple efforts had been intended beneficiaries of the former First Daughter’s support.

The Ticker: Williams, Clinton, Dobbs…

  • The man that NBC’s Brian Williams calls his role model, local Elmira anchor Carl Proper, has died. In an interview with WETM last night, Williams remembered Proper as the “local go-to guy in so many ways.” TVSpy has more details.
  • Chelsea Clinton has been absent from the campaign trail this election season because of her role on “Rock Center.” The New York Post reports “her contract with NBC News ‘prevents her from participating in the campaign.’”
  • Fox Business Network anchor Lou Dobbs talks politics with Investor’s Business Daily. “I’ve never seen a turn in the polls like this, and I believe it’s profound,” he said.

MSNBC Dedicates Segment To Magazine Article About NBC News Contributor Chelsea Clinton

How meta is this? MSNBC’s “Andrea Mitchell Reports” dedicated a segment to a Vogue magazine interview with Chelsea Clinton, a contributor to NBC News. Mitchell notes that Clinton is very private, an that the Vogue article is a big example of her “stepping out” into the limelight. She makes sure to note her conenction to NBC news of course.

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Visit NBCNews.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy

Clinton will be on “NBC Nightly News” tonight with a new segment.

Ben Mulroney Joins ‘Good Morning America’

NBC News employs the daughters of two former presidents: Jenna Bush Hager and Chelsea Clinton. ABC has on staff, Chris Cuomo, the son of a former New York governor and the brother of the current one. MSNBC counts Meghan McCain, daughter of Sen. John McCain as a contributor and CNN has turned to the great-granddaughter of Pres. Herbert Hoover, Margaret Hoover, for commentary. A Shriver, a Brzezinski, we’re sure there are  more.

Now, ABC has gone north of the U.S. border to find the latest political progeny who’s turned to television.

ABC News president Ben Sherwood announced the hiring of Ben Mulroney as a contributor to “Good Morning America.” Mulroney, the son of former Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney, will continue to host CTV’s “etalk,” an entertainment news program in Canada.

“He is a terrific broadcaster, quick on his feet, and excels at live television,” writes Sherwood in a note to the staff. “Ben is a versatile journalist, equally comfortable on the red carpet, covering the Vancouver Winter Games or interviewing Canadian Prime Ministers.”

Mulroney makes his “GMA” bow this weekend.

Sometimes, It Helps To Have the Subject’s Granddaughter On The Payroll

NBC News catches a lot of flack for hiring the children of prominent politicians (i.e. Meghan McCain, Chelsea Clinton), but there is a method to the madness. Today is former President George H.W. Bush‘s 88th birthday, and NBC’s “Today” had the first interview… conducted by his granddaughter, “Today” contributing correspondent Jenna Bush Hager.

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Bush says he hopes to go skydiving for his 9oth birthday. No word on whether Robin Meade will be joining him this time.

Bush will be giving other interviews today, including to “ABC World News” anchor Diane Sawyer.

Will NBC’s Bet on Chelsea Clinton Pay Off?

Five months into her employment with NBC News, BuzzFeed looks at what Chelsea Clinton has brought to the network, and what she hasn’t. “So far, she’s only done three Making A Difference segments in five months,” writes Michael Hastings.

Almost everyone I spoke to for this story — from within NBC and at other networks as well — agree that that problem is that she won’t talk about the one thing that makes her undeniably compelling. How did it feel to be Chelsea Clinton during the Monica years? In the past, she’s responded angrily to that question. “It’s none of your business,” she told an audience after being questioned about it on the 2008 campaign trail.

That line doesn’t play anymore, now that she’s entered the family business of living in public. “What’s she giving us?” one NBC executive, who sees Chelsea regularly, asks. “There’s that wall that needs to be torn down. She sounds like a smart and intelligent woman, but there are lots of smart and intelligent women.”

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Fox News SVP: Heather Childers’ Tweets on Obama Were ‘A Mistake’

Heather Childers is the latest cable newser to find herself at the center of a social media firestorm.

The Fox News anchor tweeted links to several articles from Godfather Politics earlier this week that caused a stir, including one which questioned whether the Obama campaign had threatened Chelsea Clinton‘s life and one that said Obama “Channels Joseph Stalin, Attacks Supreme Court Justices.”

“The tweets have been addressed with Heather and she understands this was a mistake,” Fox News SVP Michael Clemente told Mediaite Tuesday.

After a flood of responses, Childers was quick to offer an apology. “Here’s the thing folks … that ONE topic sure got a lot of you tweeting,” she wrote. “Why? I apologize if the article offended anyone. Very interesting.” She has since protected her tweets.

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