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Fox News, CNN defend MSNBC's Shuster - VIDEO

by Bob Sassone, posted Feb 18th 2008 11:37AM

ShusterWe told you about David Shuster being suspended from MSNBC (he returns next week) for saying that it seems like Chelsea Clinton is being "pimped out" because she's making phone calls and appearances on her mother's behalf. Now the network's rivals are saying they're on Shuster's side.

I have to say I agree that Shuster's suspension was silly. The guy apologized (twice, at least, and so did the execs at MSNBC) so it should have stayed at that. Was the remark inappropriate? Probably, but not because it's "offensive." It was inappropriate because it didn't make any sense. Maybe if Chelsea Clinton was still 11 years old there could be a case made that she was being used by a campaign, but she's a grown woman who was just working as any grown woman works in the campaign. Would Shuster have said this about another woman in Hillary's camp? I doubt it. Check out what CNN has to say here, and what Fox News has to say after the jump.

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jazzd2200

Hillary is a hypocrite!
She is offended when the assertion is made that it "seems" like Chelsea is being pimped out by Hillary's campaign, while the next day, all we hear about is the 21 year old "super delegate" that is trying to re-arrange his school and work calendar so he can have breakfast with Chelsea!
A pimp is a pimp is a pimp!!

February 18 2008 at 3:12 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Joey Geraci

What are you talking about? Link please about this thing that all of us are supposedly hearing about?

February 18 2008 at 3:38 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
judithgrayson

I don't watch MSNBC or CNN any longer because they disgust me. The calibre of "reporting" is so twisted and the fake information and statistics skewed, the attacks against Hillary Clinton so noxious, why bother. The circus promotion for BO is all they talk about. If they were printed on paper they would both be called "rags", as all sensational supermarket tabloids. I am surprised both these sources don't have incredible aliens from outer space featured. Yet. Shuster is a pig for saying what he said. So low and smarmy, really vile. Which is a good description of those who "report" (give me a break) on these stations.

February 18 2008 at 2:57 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Joey Geraci

I'm sorry, but you can't put Countdown in the same sentence as Hannity and Colmes, O'Reilly Factor, etc. He most definitely has a liberal bias, but he is first and foremost a accomplished and serious reporter, unlike the hate-filled children that preside at Fox News. (Unfortunately, MSNBC has it's own hate-filled child that it lets get on the air, and his name is Shuster).

MacGuffin, you are being absolutely ridiculous. The Clinton campaign has done nothing at all to deserve the ridiculous treatment they have received across the media landscape, and this is just the most obvious example. She is a grown woman, and no different than the Obama campaign "pimping" out Michele all across the country recently. And the Obama campaign has been attacking Clinton just as much as much, if not more so, than Clinton has been attacking Obama. He just does it in the middle of his soaring oratory, so it is harder to notice.

For the record, I voted for Obama, but it was a pragmatic decision, not an emotional one. Clinton does not deserve any of the hate that she has received across the board.

February 18 2008 at 12:48 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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J 2 The B

His term (while it was a bad choice of words) is actually pretty spot-on.

The Clintons send Chelsea out to drum up support for Hillary. But, she refuses to speak to the media, and won't take any questions about the campaign from reporters. The argument is that she is a private figure and shouldn't be expected to answer questions.
But the minute they send her out to campaign for her mother, she becomes part of the story and should be expected to answer questions (she could always say, "No comment").

It seems like the Clinton's want it both ways.

Oh, and she isn't just some innocent kid. She is 27 years old, a graduate of Stanford and currently works for a hedge fund. So she is probably capable of answering questions intelligently.

If you don't want her in the public eye, then keep her off the campaign trail. But Hill realized that she needed to counter the Obama-mania among the youth, so she sends out Chelsea to work the younger crowd.

February 18 2008 at 12:42 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Joey Geraci

She isn't expected to do anything. You can argue that she should answer questions if she is out there actively campaigning for her mother, and I'd probably agree with you. But she is under no responsibility to talk to anyone.

February 18 2008 at 3:40 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Tool

The Clintons like it both ways.

They attack and use everything to their political advantage.

Then when someone says something about them, they play the victim.

It's an outrage!!! OMG someone made a snide remark about our dear daughter. Well, you put her out there, what do you expect?

Time to turn the page, I'm not willing to deal with 4 or 8 more years of Clinton politics. This reminds all of us good Democrats why we were sick of Clinton in his last few years.

February 18 2008 at 12:10 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
No1Dad

It's no surprise that CNN and Fox would be critical of their competition. Whenever one of the cable news networks is in a controversial situation, the other two pounce like wild dogs.

I agree that the suspension was silly. Dumber and more offensive comments than that are made on Olbermann's show all the time. Same for Hannity & Colmes, Lou Dobbs, etc.

February 18 2008 at 11:58 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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