Chelsea Clinton Joining NBC News Has Conservative Pundits Talking Bias, Political Motivations

1:29 PM PST 11/14/2011 by Paul Bond
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Glenn Beck jokes that liberal media bias has been fixed while Rush Limbaugh says NBC's purpose is to groom her for a political career.

NBC News hiring Chelsea Clinton to anchor television news-features was more evidence of media bias, or it’s the former first daughter’s opportunity to hone her skills before running for office, according to some conservatives who have weighed in on Monday’s announcement.

“Chelsea Clinton going to NBC means that she is furthering her political education, that she is furthering her ability to master the medium of television for her later career in politics,” talk-radio host Rush Limbaugh said Monday. “I have no doubt that that's what Chelsea Clinton going to NBC is all about. Learn about television for a later professional career. Now, this is an avenue not open to conservatives.”

“She might be being groomed even now for the position of next senator from New York. New Yorkers don't care whether you got experience or not. They don't care if you've even lived there. All they care about is if you're a big enough star, and Chelsea Clinton is going on television to become a media star as a precursor to becoming the next senator from New York when her mother decides it's finally time to go back to the White House,” Limbaugh said.

“Chelsea Clinton is now being schooled in public relations, on camera presence, the inner workings of the communications branch of the Democrat Party, all this under the guise of becoming a journalist,” Limbaugh said.

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But NBC doesn’t only hire the offspring of former Democrat presidents but also Republican presidents, as is the case with Jenna Bush Hager, the daughter of President George W. Bush who occasionally reports for Today. And Meghan McCain, daughter of former GOP presidential candidate John McCain, is a correspondent for MSNBC.

Conservatives Monday, though, simply used the circumstances around those hires as further proof of leftwing bias in the mainstream media. NewsBusters, a right-leaning watchdog group, for example, contrasted the New York Times' handling of NBC’s Clinton hire with the way it portrayed NBC’s hiring of Bush Hager.

The Times, which broke the Clinton story, quoted NBC News president Steve Capus gushing over the daughter of President Bill Clinton and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in a lengthy Sunday article. On Aug. 31, 2009, though, the Times “buried an item in the ‘Briefly’ section on Jenna Bush Hager,” according to NewsBusters.

The Times' 145-word item on Bush Hager is here and the Clinton article, five times longer, is here.

The hiring of Clinton “is like the daughter of the king and queen was appointed. Notice how NBC quickly obeys an ‘intermediary’ in offering her a future, whatever she wants, really,” says the NewsBusters article.

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And on Glenn Beck’s radio show Monday he segued into the NBC-Clinton news after chastising the mainstream media for downplaying rapes and other crimes at the Occupy Wall Street rallies.

“NBC just hired Chelsea Clinton. Now it’s fixed,” Beck said of media bias.

“If you could just hire the president of GE and, oh, I don’t know, [Federal Reserve Chairman Ben] Bernanke. Bernanke could do  your reports on the Fed, Clinton will do your reports on the Republicans,” Beck joked.

“They did hire Meghan McCain, and she just trashes Republicans,” one of Beck’s sidekicks said. “They’re bipartisan as long as you’re trashing Republicans.”

 Have some courage, Beck told NBC: “Hire me. Nah, you don’t want to. But hire somebody like me. Hire Rush. Hire Rush. Do it.”

“Why would he want to address such a small audience?” joked the sidekick.

“Hire somebody who is desperate enough on our side who wants to go work for you,” Beck said.

“I think there’s many of us now that are like, ‘nah, I wouldn’t work for these weasels.’”

“(There are) problems in the country. You gonna get the truth from network news? Nope. I don’t think so,” he said.

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