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TV news and its nepotism problem

Monday, November 21, 2011

imageHoward Kurtz’ panel on CNN’s “Reliable Sources” Sunday all gave a big thumbs down to NBC’s latest high-profile “journalism” hire, Chelsea Clinton, as a slap at real journalists.

Add: If you don’t think nepotism is a problem in the TV news biz, consider this excerpt from Sue Reimer’s column leading with Chelsea in today’s Baltimore Sun:

She is the latest in a growing list of children famous because their parents are famous becoming high profile broadcasters. They include Jenna Bush Hager (NBC), Luke Russert (NBC), Meghan McCain (MSNBC), Ron Reagan (MSNBC), Chris Wallace (Fox), Ayla Brown, daughter of Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown, (CBS), Mika Brzezinski (MSNBC) and even Maria Shriver (NBC), who has accomplished much but probably got her start because of her Kennedy relatives.

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