Tattle: Chelsea Clinton lands NBC gig

In this Feb. 9, 2011 photo, Chelsea Clinton attends amfAR's annual New York Gala at Cipriani Wall Street in New York. Clinton is going to work for NBC News. The network said Monday, Nov. 14, 2011, that it has hired the 31-year-old Clinton to work on projects for the "NBC Nightly News" and Brian Williams' newsmagazine "Rock Center." She will do projects in the "Making a Difference" series, generally positive stories about individuals and companies. (AP Photo/Evan Agostini)
In this Feb. 9, 2011 photo, Chelsea Clinton attends amfAR's annual New York Gala at Cipriani Wall Street in New York. Clinton is going to work for NBC News. The network said Monday, Nov. 14, 2011, that it has hired the 31-year-old Clinton to work on projects for the "NBC Nightly News" and Brian Williams' newsmagazine "Rock Center." She will do projects in the "Making a Difference" series, generally positive stories about individuals and companies. (AP Photo/Evan Agostini) (Evan Agostini)
Posted: November 15, 2011

THE FOLKS AT OCCUPY WALL ST. have it all wrong. If you want to get your job-creation message across on the news, you don't need to camp outside in the cold; you need your daddy to be president.

For the second time in a year, NBC has hired the daughter of a former commander in chief to bring . . . we dunno, something . . . to its news division.

First the "Today" show brought on Jenna Bush.

Now "NBC Nightly News" and Brian Williams' "Rock Center" have hired Chelsea Clinton.

Chelsea will report stories for the feel-good "Making a Difference" series.

Sort of makes you wonder why anybody studies communications or journalism, when a key qualification to landing a job seems to be growing up in the White House.

And it's not like either of these women is unemployed: Jenna is a teacher with - just a guess - an ample trust fund, and Chelsea is pursuing a doctorate at Oxford and working for the Clinton Foundation and Clinton Global Initiative.

NBC issued a statement on Chelsea's behalf: "People who imagine and implement solutions to challenges in their own lives, in their communities, in our country and in our world have always inspired me," she said.

Recent "Making a Difference" stories highlighted a 7-year-old boy racing go-carts to raise money for a friend with cancer, a marathon runner raising money for his mother who has Parkinson's, and rock star Bon Jovi opening a restaurant where people who can't pay for meals can do volunteer work to earn food.

At newspapers these are known as general-assignment stories - the ones frequently given to new reporters to cut their teeth on before they're sent to a grieving family or to do investigative work.

Really, NBC, Chelsea Clinton?

The good news is you don't have to be presidential offspring to work at the peacock network.

Your dad can simply run for president.

NBC News also recently hired Meghan McCain, author of "Dirty Sexy Politics" and daughter of John McCain. She'll be an analyst for MSNBC.

NBC News President Steve Capus told the New York Times that he had been approached through an intermediary about Chelsea and asked her in for a meeting.

"Given her vast experiences, it's as though Chelsea has been preparing for this opportunity her entire adult life," Capus said in a statement yesterday.

Uh, no she hasn't.

But there are people who've spent their entire adult lives preparing for an opportunity to work at NBC, and they're SOL.

If the news division of a major network doesn't think journalism is important, is it any wonder that people now look to Twitter for their news?

* In other NBC News, the Los Angeles Times reports that ex-tennis star/trainer Anna Kournikova will not be returning to the "The Biggest Loser."

The contestants may have been working out, but she wasn't.

TATTBITS

Jenni "JWOWW" Farley

 tweeted that she was "treated like a criminal" when airport security officers singled her out for a pat down in Fargo, N.D.

Like JWOWW's never had a public pat down before.

The "Jersey Shore" babe says that her selection while boarding seemed "odd and deliberate."

Yo, Jenni, when Tattle flew to New Orleans two weeks ago, we got pulled out of line and were scanned for gunshot residue. That's what random means.

Besides, the amount of explosives you could hide in your halter top could bring down a pyramid.

* The other Dakota (South, not

Fanning) is going to have a tourism-promoting float at this year's Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, and its star attraction is going to be . . . Neil Diamond.

He'll be joined by Mount Rushmore, Black Hills National Forest and Badlands National Park.

We don't get it either.

- Daily News wire services

contributed to this report.


Email gensleh@phillynews.com

 

comments powered by Disqus
|
|
|
|
|