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Posted at 07:14 PM ET, 12/13/2011

Press-phobic Chelsea Clinton debuts as ‘Rock Center’ correspondent, gets 4 million viewers [Update]

After decades of enjoying the media’s presidential offspring pass Chelsea Clinton naturally decided she wanted a career in journalism. And NBC was happy to oblige.

Monday night, she made her debut on the network’s rating-starved newsmagazine, “Rock Center with Brian Williams.”

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UPDATE:

So how did “Rock Center” do with that much-bigger “Fear Factor” lead-in audience, and the debuts of special correspondent Ted Koppel and the unveiling of the latest privileged child of famous politician turned TV correspondent Chelsea Clinton?

Only about 4 million people watched Clinton explain to Brian Williams that she decided to help needy people by allowing herself to become a TV news celebrity.

“For most of my life I did deliberately lead a private life and inadvertently led a public life,” Clinton told Williams, after we’d sat through her piece in which we learned a very little about a woman who has devoted herself and her savings to a program for needy children in Pine Bluff, Ark.

Clinton said that her grandmother — who believed “life is not about what happens to you, but what you do with what happens to you” — had been challenging her to “lead more of a purposefully public life — that being Chelsea Clinton had happened to me, and that I had a responsibility to do something with that asset.”

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