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Over the edge?Posted Tuesday, February 12, 2008, at 7:42 AM
So journalist David Shuster got into a bit of trouble recently with one of his typical off-the-cuff remarks.
This one, however, seemed a bit over the edge.
On Feb. 7, Shuster stepped in to play the role of host for an MSNBC program.
While discussing the role Chelsea Clinton had in the campaign for her mother, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Shuster's comments finally got the better of him.
He was interviewing Bill Press. During the interview, Press discussed the role George W. Bush's daughters had during his campaigns.
Shuster had this to say:
"There's just something a little bit unseemly to me that Chelsea's out there calling up celebrities, saying support my mom ... doesn't it seem like Chelsea's sort of being pimped out in some weird sort of way?"
The sirens immediately went off in the Clinton Campaign. The headquarters were sniffing blood. They wanted someone's head on a platter.
Clinton's campaign demanded an immediate apology and added she may not participate in further MSNBC debates.
Shuster then apologized on live television.
But that didn't seem to be enough.
Clinton herself wrote a letter to MSNBC big-wigs discussing an ongoing problem with how she is treated by some of the network's on-air personalities.
For example, in the past, Chris Matthews, host of "Hardball," has made remarks regarding Clinton's laugh.
She simply had enough and wasn't going to take it anymore.
MSNBC responded to the situation by temporarily suspending Shuster from all future NBC News and MSNBC appearances, other than when he was issuing apologies.
Shuster is from Bloomington, by the way. He graduated from Bloomington South High School in 1985.
His background as a television journalist began at CNN. He has also worked for Fox News.
It should be noted he has been accused of adding political commentary to his reporting in the past.
While Shuster's comments were indeed wrong, there may be some truth to them.
In January, the Clinton Campaign conducted a "Win a date with Chelsea" contest.
In addition, just recently, Clinton met with a 21-year-old superdelegate from Wisconsin. The state's primary, by the way, is today.
This 21-year-old college student has said he will not endorse anyone before the primary.
Jason Rae has not even voted in an election yet. But as a Democratic National Committee member in Wisconsin, he is a superdelegate.
And Chelsea took him out for breakfast Monday.