Clinton's NBC Gig Proves News Biz Is a Joke

It's become an aristocracy, or entertainment, depending who you read
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 14, 2011 12:28 PM CST
Clinton's NBC Gig Proves News Biz Is a Joke
Chelsea Clinton attends the George Washington University (GW) kickoff rally to launch the 'GW Phones for Hope,' as part of a 2012 Clinton Global Initiative University project.   (Getty Images)

Chelsea Clinton’s hiring at NBC prompted an inspired rant from Glenn Greenwald on Salon. Pointing out the fact that NBC has also hired Jenna Bush, Meghan McCain, and Luke Russert, Greenwald writes, “I really don’t understand what those angry, lazy losers in the Occupy movement are so upset about. America is a meritocracy,” and everyone who has anything certainly earned it. “When all else fails, we have a media filled with insurgent outsiders who will be relentless watchdogs over those in power." And that media? Also diverse—as evidenced by Clinton’s previous work at a hedge fund and her ties to Goldman Sachs.

It’s so great that the founding fathers freed us from “the shackles of monarchy,” Greenwald continues, because it would be terrible if we were still captive to “those bestowed with prerogatives not because of what they’ve achieved but because of the accidental fortune of their birth.” Click to read his entire sarcastic diatribe. Others who seem to agree:

  • Noreen Malone, New York: "NBC News maybe kinda sorta likes to hire kids of famous political people." And, whew, "it sounds like it was a very rough interview process," consisting as it did of one question.
  • Anna North, Jezebel: “Wouldn’t it be nice if when you weren't sure what to do with your life, the president of NBC News just called you up and asked you what type of job you felt like having?” she muses. At this rate, “TV news should be entirely composed of politicians' offspring by 2020.”
  • Hamilton Nolan, Gawker: "So, Chelsea Clinton is joining NBC 'News' to 'report' on 'Making a Difference.' We'll pause here as you get out all of the obvious jokes. (Pause.) Great. Now, let's take a moment to contemplate just how vapid our nation's most powerful 'news' networks really are. ... Network 'news' is an entertainment business. It has as much to do with journalism as CSI has to do with the day-do-day life of a policeman."
(Read more Chelsea Clinton stories.)

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