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Yay or Nay: Was MSNBC's "Pimp" Comment Out of Line?

Yay or Nay: Was MSNBC's "Pimp" Comment Out of Line?

On MSNBC this week, Reporter David Shuster made a controversial remark about Chelsea Clinton's involvement in her mother's campaign to Tucker Carlson.

He said this,

"Doesn't it seem like Chelsea's sort of being pimped out in some weird sort of way?"

After making the comment, he apologized saying,

"I used a phrase that was inappropriate. I apologize to the Clinton family, the Clinton campaign and all of you who are justifiably offended. ... All Americans should be proud of Chelsea Clinton, and I am particularly sorry that my language diminished the regard and the respect she has earned from all of us, and the respect her parents have earned in how they raised her."

He was temporarily suspended because of the remark. Now, Hillary Clinton is considering withdrawing from a MSNBC debate on February 26th, saying,

"Nothing justifies the kind of debasing language that David Shuster used, and no temporary suspension or half-hearted apology is sufficient."

Was the comment out of line? Is this reaction justified?


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xanders_lilbit xanders_lilbit 9 years
It seems that noone thinks the choice of words used was the right choice. If he wanted to convey that he felt like the Clinton campaign might have used Chelsea as a ploy to make her seem more "normal mom"-ish, he should have chosen a different way to say it. But with fairness in mind, he would have to mention all the kids of presidential hopefuls that ever were and ever will be. Not to mention wives and husband (singular-Bill...). I do think it would be a poor choice on Hilary's part to bow out of a debate. As someone has mention, I too heard the reason she had originally scheduled so many debates is because her campaign has spent a large portion of their money and debates obviously get more exposure with a lower cost. She would only hurt her campaign by skipping it, not to mention giving the media an achilles heel to target. But in the end, she has to decide what's right for her.
ktownpolarbear ktownpolarbear 9 years
it was such a stupid comment. he's a professional, he should know better. while i don't think it's the best idea to skip out on the debate, you know he would've never said anything like that about another candidate.
mandy_frost mandy_frost 9 years
I didn't vote on this poll. I need a maybe. I think the rest of us are blowing it out of proportion, but this is Mrs. Clinton's DAUGHTER (who, by the way, I think is as endearing as her dad and as smart as her mom... the best politician of the bunch). She has a right to act to protect her daughter from the media which is jumping all over her campaign anyhow. That being said, the media will overreact that "evil Hillary" won't be debating "hopeful, amazing Barack" if she backs out, so I don't think she should or would. As I'm guessing you can tell, I'm voting Hillary tomorrow... proudly.
leeluvfashion leeluvfashion 9 years
It was a rude comment however I think that people are over-reacting. I don't believe he meant to say it like that however people make slips and people have made worst comments out there than what he said.
remedios remedios 9 years
HushYuppie and others - add me to those that find this a distraction. At the risk of continuing a pointless discussion, I still figure I'd throw in my two cents. While there may be differences in fact, this is little different than so many previous "controversies" we are constantly forced to discuss, support, reject, etc, all to the exclusion more substantive issues. What if it was a Republican? What if it was Fox? What if it was Obama? What if.... we don't know what if, and we don't need to know. Let's stop bickering over stupid, tangential crap. NurseDeAnna - Tucker Carlson should be ripped to shreds, but unrelated to this. The only good thing about his shows are his guests, who laugh at him as they tell him he's either wrong or (by those that agree with him) accidentally right. He seems to have this annoying need to appeal to the smart kids and wants to think he's one of them. He is the toy they allow into the party to play with. (Ok, so that was stupid, tangential crap - but I had to say it. He drives me crazy!!!!!)
janneth janneth 9 years
Yes it was an offensive remark. But look now, this reporter's name is in the news, he IS the news. Great PR for him. Anyway, she will debate cuz she is a good debater.
Renees3 Renees3 9 years
people say these kinds of thing all the time. It Obviously wasn't literal, it was just the first word he came up with. No it wasn't appropriate, but come on, get over it. It was a mistake. By vying for the presidency you put your entire life out there to be judged, family included unfortunately. You include your children, then they too are up for scrutiny. I don't agree with it, but that's the way it is.
foxie foxie 9 years
@ Katies- WHAT. Stuff like that flies on television ALL THE TIME. All kinds of jokes are made at the expense of the President's daughters, for instance. This is just another example of overly-sensitive, cry baby idiots throwing hissy fits until someone kisses their asses and pleads forgiveness.
Lucy-Ingham Lucy-Ingham 9 years
I wouldnt skip the debate, but it does seem pretty sexist as a comment (and no, im not a radical feminist). If it was Bill, no one would have made such a comment
lorenashley lorenashley 9 years
fuzzles fuzzles 9 years
Hillary needs to pull up on her big girl panties and go to the debate. She's no doubt heard worse things said about her family. Pulling out of the debate would only hurt her campaign.
Jess8902 Jess8902 9 years
yawn. It was stupid, but I agree with HushYuppie, it's just another distraction. Focus on what matters, it's not like he called her a Whore. That,of course, would've been different.
katies104 katies104 9 years
What an idiot! Of course it was out of line! The literal meaning of his statement is that the Clintons sent their daughter to sell her body for votes for her mother. Regardless of your party affiliation you have to realize that stuff like that isn't going to fly on national television.
x_juicyfruit x_juicyfruit 9 years
I wouldn't skip the debate. That would hurt her.
liciababe liciababe 9 years
if chelsea is out campaning then she is fair game while yea perhaps it was not the best choice of words the clintons are full of crap
misogi misogi 9 years
I don't see what the big deal is AT ALL, that comment seems like something that should be laughed at or brushed off. Sometimes it seems like politicians are more sensitive than average people just to get publicity.
demeter demeter 9 years
So dramatic! This is being blown waaaaay out of proportion.
raciccarone raciccarone 9 years
This is why people think the press is liberal. When someone says "pimp" and "Chelsea Clinton" in one sentence, everyone goes crazy, but no one even makes a peep when the media says things like "Laura Bush" and "vehicular manslaughter".
LiLRuck44 LiLRuck44 9 years
Why would a commentator have any business talking about that? Why not just talk about the issues? I hate when they talk strategy, edge, etc. Just educate people and let us decide! That being said, I hope Hillary is ready for the middle east and their strong respect for women if she gets into office.....
annebreal annebreal 9 years
Blown out of proportion and I agree with HushYuppie, it's an unnecessary distraction from real issues. Had this guy used another turn of phrase, like exploiting, that would've been much more appropriate (and I would've kinda/sorta agreed with him). Inappropriate but move on and do the debate.
NurseDeAnna NurseDeAnna 9 years
If it was Tucker Carlson who said it, he would've been ripped to shreds. Hillary wont skip on the debate. She would debate him every week if he agreed, she has no funds left! She's already spent more than twice than Obama and doesn't have a lot left...unlike Obama
potc-crazyy potc-crazyy 9 years
I wouldn't skip the debate, but that comment was definitely out of line.
Zahara-Pitt Zahara-Pitt 9 years
MSNBC "journalist" have sad some very nasty things about the Clinton, especially that pig CHris Matthews and Morning Joe is a joke, i wonder what would of happened of the idot what said Michelle Obama name instead of Chelsea
princess_eab princess_eab 9 years
Even my Republican mom agreed that it was totally inappropriate to be said on national TV. I'm not even a Hillary supporter, but come on, Chelsea is 27-- she's not being "pimped out". How insulting. Were Romney's kids, McCain's daughter, etc .etc. all being pimped out too? Please, kids always work for their parents' campaigns!!
trésjolie1 trésjolie1 9 years
Well, I do think they are protective of her, but after Bill's stupid Jesse Jackson comments they did make her speak on TV in front of a college crowd. It was the first time speaking to the press(she had even declined an interview with a little kid, remember?), and it was right when Bill was messing things up for Hillary. You could say that it might have been Chelsea's own idea, and you might be right, I certainly don't know what goes on in other people's heads. But she was so insecure and uncomfortable that it was painful to watch. She looked like a wounded dog. So, at that time the thing that popped into my head was the same thing as this MNBC correspondent said; as incredible inappropriate it might be. That her campaign might have asked her to do that to get her on air time talking about her mother and humanizing her. That's the impression I got at the time, but I give you permission to shoot me down for it. But if it becomes a talking point I thought I might as well be honest. I'm not on TV, if I was I would bring the point across in a completely different manner with no mention of pimping.
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