NBC reportedly will renew Chelsea Clinton deal, despite criticism
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."
-- 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.