In a must read, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s Tim Cuprisin hits a home run in his critique of the talent issues at MSNBC, though Cuprisin gives Joe Scarborough a pass when he criticizes Olbermann’s insertion into straight news coverage because Scarborough himself has been inserted into straight news coverage.
The suspension of NBC correspondent David Shuster last week for an unfortunate and offensive crack about Chelsea Clinton points out a bigger problem on MSNBC:
Why are reporters hosting personality-driven shows?
Shuster, an experienced correspondent, was filling in for Tucker Carlson when he went on about the former first daughter’s role in her mother’s campaign.
Said Shuster: “Doesn’t it seem as if Chelsea is sort of being pimped out in some weird sort of way?”
Hillary Clinton’s campaign went ballistic, and Shuster was ordered to apologize and was suspended. There’s a back story here, including a couple anti-Clinton comments that aired on MSNBC, that led to the strong punishment for Shuster.
It was a poorly chosen word to describe Chelsea Clinton, especially as it comes from a guy who has to cover politicians. Still, the real question remains: Why was Shuster filling in for Carlson in the first place?