Does Chelsea Clinton Deserve Her Job At NBC?

Dan Fastenberg
Chelsea Clinton news correspondent NBC
Chelsea Clinton news correspondent NBC

The critics are now calling it the Nepotism Broadcasting Corporation.

The news that Chelsea Clinton would be brought on as a special correspondent for NBC News, with plans for her to regularly contribute to "NBC Nightly News" and the news magazine, "Rock Center With Brian Williams," elicited much reaction both inside and outside the news industry. The past few years have seen the media establishment facing a crisis unlike any it has faced since the inception of Johannes Gutenberg's printing press in the 15th century. Journalists have been laid off in droves, and so the idea that anyone could leap to such a premiere post with no industry experience has ruffled more than a few feathers. Referring to Clinton's qualifications, which include a stint as a hedge fund employee, Time magazine media critic Jim Poniewozik noted, "However capable she is, Chelsea Clinton's newest career turn is not, by any reasonable definition of the word, fair. She is starting a job she simply would not have were she not famous."