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NBC reportedly will renew Chelsea Clinton deal, despite criticism

February 20, 2012 | 11:30 am

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Looks like NBC will stay in the Chelsea Clinton business, despite fierce criticism of her work so far on "Rock Center."

The network will extend the 90-day contract for Clinton, daughter of former President Clinton and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, who provides "Making a Difference" reports on the weekly newsmagazine hosted by Brian Williams, according to the New York Post.

An NBC spokeswoman declined to comment.

The critical reaction was swift -- and harsh. Glenn Greenwald, a commentator for Salon, tweeted Monday that the reupping amounted to "Royalty + aristocratic privilege + nepotism + media eagerness to incur favor with the powerful."

Last week, the second of her reports aired (following the first in December), this one about a charter school in Rhode Island. It was promptly ripped apart by Baltimore Sun TV critic David Zurawik, who derided it as an "empty-headed puff job" and "silly crap."

But NBC may be following a master plan. Asked why the news division was renewing Clinton, a veteran TV agent replied simply: "Because her dad was president of the United States for eight years and her mom will run four years from now."

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-- Scott Collins (twitter.com/scottcollinsLAT)

Photo: Chelsea Clinton's contract on NBC's "Rock Center With Brian Williams"  reportedly has been renewed. Credit: Peter Kramer/NBC.

 

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