MSNBC Suspends David Shuster over Chelsea Clinton Comments

MSNBC anchor David Shuster was suspended from the network last week following his offensive comments about Chelsea Clinton’s work for her mother’s candidacy. While guest hosting on “Tucker,” Shuster remarked that Chelsea’s efforts to support her mother were unseemly and that it was like she is being “pimped out” by the campaign.

Shuster has been suspended from all NBC network appearances other than to issue his apology. He also apologized to the Clinton family. NBC News President Steve Capus said in a statement: “David Shuster… made a comment about Chelsea Clinton and the Clinton campaign that was irresponsible and inappropriate…NBC News takes these matters seriously, and offers our sincere regrets to the Clintons for the remarks.’

“I am a mom first and a candidate second and I found the remarks incredibly offensive,” said Senator Clinton said at a news conference over the weekend, reports Reuters. “I have sent a letter to the head of NBC expressing the deep offense that I took.” Senator Clinton did not say whether or not she would participate in the debate scheduled for February 26th on MSNBC.

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Media Matters; Reuters 2/9/08

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