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It's Hard Out Here For A Liberal Network
By Ed Driscoll · February 8, 2008 01:22 PM · Oh, That Liberal Media! · The Making of the President · The Return of the Primitive

Back in November, the New York Times reported on MSNBC's coming out party:

Officials at MSNBC emphasize that they never set out to create a liberal version of Fox News.

“It happened naturally,” Phil Griffin, a senior vice president of NBC News who is the executive in charge of MSNBC, said Friday, referring specifically to the channel’s passion and point of view from 7 to 10 p.m.

And now it's time to pay the price:
SEATTLE (AP) - A distasteful comment about Chelsea Clinton by an MSNBC anchor Thursday could imperil Hillary Rodham Clinton's participation in future presidential debates on the network, a Clinton spokesman said.

In a conference call with reporters, Clinton communications director Howard Wolfson Friday excoriated MSNBC's David Shuster for suggesting the Clinton campaign had "pimped out" 27-year old Chelsea by having her place phone calls to Democratic Party superdelegates on her mother's behalf. Wolfson called the comment "beneath contempt" and disgusting.

"I, at this point, can't envision a scenario where we would continue to engage in debates on that network," he added.

It truly is a disgusting comment by Shuster (especially coming after Don Imus' equally bad turn of a similar phrase), and nice triangulation by Hillary: given their ratings, she really has nothing to lose by boycotting them.

Update: David Shuster has been temporarily suspended:

Although MSNBC representatives make disgracefully offensive comments about President George W. Bush on a daily basis, it appears there is something the network won't tolerate: over-the-top remarks about Chelsea Clinton.

Such appears to be the case as MSNBC correspondent David Shuster has apparently been suspended for comments he made about the former first daughter on Thursday's "Tucker."

Imus was fired from MSNBC for using the word "hos" [sic], Shuster suspended for "pimped". When similar language is used towards a Republican or his family, equal sanctions will be applied, right...?

(Don't hold your breath, but it would be fun to watch MSNBC or its parent company squirm if they ever have to explain the enormous double-standard.)



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