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I’m not suprised that prostitution is evidently foremost in the minds of MSNBC’s talking heads.

 Clinton Blasts NBC Over Chelsea Comment

Hillary Rodham Clinton - The Caucus - Politics - New York Times Blog

(NYT) -Senator Hillary Clinton sent a blistering letter today to the head of NBC, which suspended one of its reporters Friday for comments he made about Chelsea Clinton.

The reporter, David Shuster, had said Thursday that Ms. Clinton had been “pimped out” to make calls to superdelegates on behalf of her mother.

Mrs. Clinton said in her letter, to Steve Capus, the head of NBC, that she wanted to write personally to convey the “depth of my feeling” about Mr. Shuster’s comments.

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

She also said that Mr. Capus should look at “the pattern of behavior on your network that seems to repeatedly lead to this sort of degrading language.”

The reference was to comments last month by Chris Matthews, an MSNBC anchor, who had suggested Mrs. Clinton had succeeded politically because of sympathy toward her resulting from her husband’s infidelity.

Mr. Shuster apologized on air yesterday and he and network executives apologized to the Clinton family and the campaign.

But those apologies apparently did not assuage Mrs. Clinton, who rarely responds publicly to press coverage. She said in her letter that she understood she was a public figure and that her daughter was playing a public role. She also said she was accustomed to criticism, “certainly from MSNBC.”

“However,” she wrote, “I became Chelsea’s mother long before I ran for any office and I will always be a mom first and a public official second.”

The Clinton campaign had agreed to a debate on MSNBC later this month but campaign officials said yesterday they may withdraw in protest of what they called a “pattern” of behavior. Mrs. Clinton’s letter did not address the debate issue.

Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton’s letter to MSNBC’s Steve Capus (pdf)

Let’s pray that she bails out.  

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