David Shuster's Apology for Chelsea Clinton Comment
Via Media Matters, here is the apology David Shuster gave on MSNBC's Tucker Carlson show:
Last night during the show, I spoke about Chelsea Clinton and noted the affection that so many of us have for her. I also spoke about phone calls she has made to super delegates to convince them to support her mom. In describing this effort, I used a phrase that was inappropriate, and I apologize to the Clinton family, the Clinton campaign, and all of you who were justifiably offended. As I said this morning on MSNBC, all Americans should be proud of Chelsea Clinton, and I am particularly sorry that my language diminished the regard and respect she has earned from all of us and the respect her parents have earned in how they raised her.
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Update: Shuster transcript from last night's Tucker Carlson show below:
SHUSTER: For most of the Bill Clinton presidency, then teenager Chelsea Clinton remained out of political life. Political opponents like Mike Huckabee have credited the Clintons for raising such a poised and self-possessed young woman. Now just shy of her 28th birthday, Chelsea is out and about on her mom`s behalf, campaigning in Nebraska as Saturday`s caucuses approach..
What is the Chelsea factor? Here again are nationally syndicated radio talk show host Bill Press and online columnist Bob Franken. Bill, there`s just something a little bit unseemly to me that Chelsea is out there calling up celebrities saying, support my mom, and apparently she`s also calling these Super Delegates.
PRESS: Hey, she`s working for her mom. What`s unseemly about that? During the last campaign, the Bush twins were out working for their dad. I think it`s great. I think she`s grown up in a political family. She`s got politics in her blood. She loves her mom. She thinks she would make a great president.
SHUSTER: Doesn`t it seem like Chelsea is being pimped out in some weird sort of way?
PRESS: No. If she didn`t want to be there, she wouldn`t be there. Give Chelsea a break. I think it`s great. Again, Michelle Obama is out there for her husband. What`s the big deal?
SHUSTER: Here is the big deal. I will give Chelsea Clinton a break when she sits down and gives an interview to somebody like Bob Franken. If she wants to do all this stuff, she should face the questions.
PRESS: Oh, yes, did Oprah give an interview to Bob Franken? Did Caroline Kennedy give an interview to Bob Franken? Come on?
SHUSTER: Let`s ask Bob Franken.
FRANKEN: No, and I`m feeling very left out here. To be very honest with you, I would think it would be much more remarkable if Chelsea Clinton came out for Barack Obama. Of course she would be out there campaigning for her parents. They seem to have a nice relationship. And why not? Of course, what is really at the base of all this is the discussion about Obama and his young support. He is leading what we can cynically call a children`s army with his message of change and a generational change and all that, not bad for a guy who is almost 50 years old.
But apparently the strategy is that she can go out there and neutralize it. More power to her.
SHUSTER: I say more power to her. But I also think that the collective Washington media, which has respectively these sort of unwritten rules of staying away from Chelsea, not asking her questions, that is now out the window. It`s now fair game, that when you and I, Bob and Bill, when we see Chelsea out there at these campaign events, there`s nothing wrong with going up to her with a microphone and saying, OK, which Super Delegates did you call.
FRANKEN: One teensy weensy problem, she has Secret Service protection. So it gets a little bit dicey.
SHUSTER: The logistics are complicated.
PRESS: David, I would just say, you can ask her a question, but she doesn`t have to answer
Update: Media Matters debunks Shuster's apology:
Moreover, Shuster falsely claimed that, on Tucker, he also said that "Americans should be proud of [Chelsea]" and that "everybody, all of us, love" her.
In tonight's apology, he says that on Morning Joe he noted how fond people are of Chelsea.
Comments now closing here, new thread with Olbermann's apology here.
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