Chelsea Clinton’s first story airs on NBC next Monday night. As the New York Times reports, it’ll highlight the work of a woman who runs an afterschool program in Pine Bluff. Sounds like an example of the positive stories the Clinton says she wants to put on NBC’s air.
The good deeds continue through Wednesday night, when Clinton will host ●PBS’s Live from Lincoln Center premiere of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker. From the news release: “The live television broadcast will be hosted by School of American Ballet board member Chelsea Clinton, who danced several roles in the beloved ballet with Ballet Arkansas from 1985-1992 and then the Washington Ballet from 1993-1996.”
A disastrous decision by the 31-year-old cub NBC reporter! Just like that — with one measly PBS appearance — her editorial horizons collapse upon her. Just sample all the conflicts of interest that now await her:
●PBS’s Live from Lincoln Center premiere of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker will highlight the mind-blowing scenery of the late Rouben Ter-Arutunian, described in the New York Times as a “witty, elegant and erudite man.” Forget ever profiling anyone who fits that description, given your now-demonstrable sympathies for Ter-Arutunian.
●PBS’s Live from Lincoln Center premiere of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker will include some intermission programming from Chelsea Clinton, says spokeswoman Eva Chien. The NBC reporter will be interviewing New York City Ballet head Peter Martins as well as some children. Which means, obviously, no Peter Martins or children in any Clinton stories for NBC. Non-Peter Martins adults only from here on out.
●PBS’s Live from Lincoln Center premiere of George Balanchine’sThe Nutcracker will be rebroadcast on Christmas Eve via the American Forces Network. The press release says AFN “serves nearly one million American service men and women, Department of Defense civilians and their families overseas, stationed at bases in 175 countries as well as 140 U.S. Navy ships at sea.” The AFN is thus clearly off-limits for any Clinton story pitches at NBC. Just to be safe, let’s throw in the entire U.S. military apparatus and anyone connected to it.
●PBS’s Live from Lincoln Center premiere of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker will air the divine melodies of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. Tchaikovsky was a gay Russian composer of the Romantic period — so, three more forbidden topic areas for this up-and-coming NBC reporter.