Clinton will be charged with profiling organizations and individuals “who represent the best of what works in the United States and around the world, frequently emphasizing stories about everyday people doing extraordinary things” for NBC News’s “Making a Difference” segments, the network news operation announced Monday.
“Chelsea is a remarkable woman who will be a great addition to NBC News,” said division President Steve Capus, adding how proud NBC News suits are that she will be taking her “considerable, unique talents and dedication to NBC News.”
Clinton, for her part, said the gig will enable her to live her grandmother’s adage: “Life is not what happens to you, but about what you do with what happens to you.”
What has happened to Clinton is that she has joined a proud tradition of political children hired by NBC News, reaching way back to the days of JFK/RFK/Ted Kennedy niece Maria Shriver. More recently, that roster includes George W. Bush’s daughter Jenna Bush Hager, who works as a correspondent for NBC’s “Today,” and Sen. John McCain’s daughter Meghan McCain, who is a contributor at MSNBC.
Which, in one of those incredible coincidences, is our fantasy casting for the next edition of “Dancing With the Stars.”
Yes, daughters of former presidents and presidential hopefuls are the Drew Barrymores of New York TV network news divisions — the Willow Smiths of Washington.
Anyway, the title “special correspondent” puts Clinton in the same category as Ted Koppel and Meredith Vieira on “Rock Center.”
Explained Capus: “Given her vast experiences, it’s as though Chelsea has been preparing for this opportunity her entire life.”
And by “preparing for this opportunity her entire life,” Capus meant: “successfully dodging the media her whole life.” Because she is the child of Bill and Hillary Clinton, of course, the press was supposed to keeps its hands off Chelsea as she was growing up, so she could live her life as privately as possible.
Penn State vs. Giffords
Monday night NBC News took on ABC News’s interview with Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) with an interview of its own: Bob Costas talked with former Penn State assistant coach Jerry Sandusky, who in the interview admitted to “showering and horsing around with young boys” but insisted that he is “innocent of those [sexual abuse] charges.”
Joe Paterno’s onetime defensive coordinator — and founder of a charity to help at-risk youth — has been charged with 40 counts of sexually abusing eight boys, dating back to 1994. A grand jury report detailed claims of alleged sexual encounters with young boys in Sandusky’s house, in hotels and in Penn State locker rooms.