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Sat Nov 24, 2012, 02:11 PM

NBC News Vetoed Chelsea Clinton Marriage Equality Ads

Source: Buzzfeed

WASHINGTON — NBC News blocked backers of a key marriage equality measure in Washington State from using a video featuring Chelsea Clinton urging voters to support a state-wide referendum on gay marriage, BuzzFeed has learned.

Clinton, a vocal proponent of marriage equality, cut the video for a group supporting the Washington state measure, as well as a second video for another group. But NBC, for which Clinton works as a "special correspondent" since last November, "scuttled" the campaign, sources familiar with the ads said.

In the weeks before the November elections — where voters in Maine, Maryland, Minnesota and Washington voted on measures relating to same-sex couples’ marriage rights — such prominent support would have been heavily sought. Clinton had supported efforts toward the legislative passage of marriage equality in New York, going so far as to attend and participate in a phone-banking effort in Manhattan before the legislature approved the bill in June 2011.

Chelsea Clinton is thought by many in the Clinton circle to be eyeing a political future, and her public support for marriage was an early step in that direction. Her role at NBC News — where she focused on good-news stories, and avoids politics — also appears to be a step in the direction of public life.

Three people who saw the videos confirmed their existence to BuzzFeed. They were fully prepared, with the script approved in advance, one source said. The video wasn’t intended for TV broadcast, a second source said, suggesting they were instead to be used as web-based videos. The source added that multiple efforts had been intended beneficiaries of the former First Daughter’s support.

Read more: http://www.buzzfeed.com/chrisgeidner/exclusive-nbc-news-vetoed-chelsea-clinton-marriag

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Reply NBC News Vetoed Chelsea Clinton Marriage Equality Ads (Original post)
trailmonkee Nov 2012 OP
hrmjustin Nov 2012 #1
ebbie15644 Nov 2012 #14
hrmjustin Nov 2012 #16
GeorgeGist Nov 2012 #31
hrmjustin Nov 2012 #32
66 dmhlt Nov 2012 #40
Tunkamerica Nov 2012 #35
Blue Owl Nov 2012 #2
SoapBox Nov 2012 #5
SpartanDem Nov 2012 #19
Walk away Nov 2012 #3
Ezlivin Nov 2012 #4
brooklynite Nov 2012 #10
Ezlivin Nov 2012 #46
graham4anything Nov 2012 #6
Nye Bevan Nov 2012 #27
niyad Nov 2012 #30
JI7 Nov 2012 #34
Quantess Nov 2012 #36
amandabeech Nov 2012 #7
qanda Nov 2012 #12
amandabeech Nov 2012 #26
qanda Nov 2012 #42
dlwickham Nov 2012 #15
amandabeech Nov 2012 #25
dlwickham Nov 2012 #29
proud2BlibKansan Nov 2012 #22
amandabeech Nov 2012 #24
Doctor_J Nov 2012 #28
MADem Nov 2012 #37
mrmpa Nov 2012 #8
SoapBox Nov 2012 #9
mrmpa Nov 2012 #21
NCarolinawoman Nov 2012 #23
Tunkamerica Nov 2012 #43
tabasco Nov 2012 #11
marshall Nov 2012 #45
tabasco Nov 2012 #47
NYC Liberal Nov 2012 #13
olddad56 Nov 2012 #17
calimary Nov 2012 #18
macacawitz Nov 2012 #20
Crowman1979 Nov 2012 #33
fasttense Nov 2012 #38
davidpdx Nov 2012 #39
Peace Patriot Nov 2012 #41
avebury Nov 2012 #44

Response to trailmonkee (Original post)

Sat Nov 24, 2012, 02:12 PM

1. There will be hell to pay for that. I guess we don't count to NBC.

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Response to hrmjustin (Reply #1)

Sat Nov 24, 2012, 04:11 PM

14. But they will play the most disgusting anti choice ads

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Response to ebbie15644 (Reply #14)

Sat Nov 24, 2012, 04:22 PM

16. Of course. Who owns NBC now?

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Response to hrmjustin (Reply #16)

Sat Nov 24, 2012, 10:28 PM

31. Concast, I believe.

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Response to GeorgeGist (Reply #31)

Sat Nov 24, 2012, 10:30 PM

32. They are right wing I believe.

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Response to GeorgeGist (Reply #31)

Sun Nov 25, 2012, 09:22 AM

40. You're correct - Comcast owns NBC

And they are very much right-wing leaning corporations ... BOTH of them

Cable-TV giant Comcast acquired control of NBCUniversal from General Electric in early 2011.


http://www.hoovers.com/company-information/cs/company-profile.The_NBC_Television_Network.f49e9c96a4dcc016.html

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Response to hrmjustin (Reply #16)

Sun Nov 25, 2012, 04:56 AM

35. Kabletown

Formally Sheinhardt Wig Company

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Response to trailmonkee (Original post)

Sat Nov 24, 2012, 02:17 PM

2. Doing their best to maintain the "evenly divided nation" B.S.

n/t

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Response to Blue Owl (Reply #2)

Sat Nov 24, 2012, 02:29 PM

5. Ditto!

and Thank You!

Gotta love all the excuses these days (she works for us) for censorship and to steer a message the way the Pukes and Baggers want.

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Response to Blue Owl (Reply #2)

Sat Nov 24, 2012, 04:40 PM

19. No more like not wanting an employee be part of a political ad.

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Response to trailmonkee (Original post)

Sat Nov 24, 2012, 02:19 PM

3. Ten years from now the entire country will look back on this bullshit and wonder...

how we could have been so backwards and mired in muck. Maybe Chelsea will be a Senator by then.

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Response to trailmonkee (Original post)

Sat Nov 24, 2012, 02:19 PM

4. Liberal Media!

Yeah, right.

It would be great if we had a liberal media, but all we have is corporate media.

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Response to Ezlivin (Reply #4)

Sat Nov 24, 2012, 02:48 PM

10. So you want Fox News...

...where the line between News and Advocacy is completely blurred.

Just as long as the advocacy is something you agree with.

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Response to brooklynite (Reply #10)

Mon Nov 26, 2012, 01:49 PM

46. Actually...

I want people to be able to exercise their free speech by running television advertisements.

And I want a news station that reports news, unspins any spin and takes a rigid, non-political stance.

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Response to trailmonkee (Original post)

Sat Nov 24, 2012, 02:32 PM

6. Chelsea47 after Michelle46 after Hillary45 after PresidentObama44 retires.

 

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Response to graham4anything (Reply #6)

Sat Nov 24, 2012, 05:35 PM

27. I'm not sure I like the idea of a woman only making it

because she had a famous husband or dad.

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Response to Nye Bevan (Reply #27)

Sat Nov 24, 2012, 07:57 PM

30. and why would you assume that in her case? do you feel her unqualified, and if so, why?

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Response to niyad (Reply #30)

Sun Nov 25, 2012, 01:38 AM

34. has she shown she has other reasons for supporting her ?

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Response to Nye Bevan (Reply #27)

Sun Nov 25, 2012, 06:29 AM

36. You mean like Meghan Mc Cain?

or whatever her name is

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Response to trailmonkee (Original post)

Sat Nov 24, 2012, 02:39 PM

7. NBC did the right thing here.

Chelsea Clinton is a very fine young woman from my perspective, and her views on marriage for all are admirable.

But, and it is a big But, she is an on air reporter for NBC. As a journalist she is not supposed to be taking sides in a political debate.

I doubt that any NBC journalist would get a pass for supporting any particular politician or cause in a paid political advertisement.

Not even the members of the MSNBC lineup get to appear on TV ads for their favorite candidates.

Chelsea's situation is exactly the same as Rachel's or Ed's or Chris's.

I am surprised that anyone, including Chelsea herself, thought that NBC would allow this of one of its journalists.

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Response to amandabeech (Reply #7)

Sat Nov 24, 2012, 03:23 PM

12. +1

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Response to qanda (Reply #12)

Sat Nov 24, 2012, 05:20 PM

26. Thanks! Happy Holidays!

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Response to amandabeech (Reply #26)

Sun Nov 25, 2012, 12:29 PM

42. To you also!

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Response to amandabeech (Reply #7)

Sat Nov 24, 2012, 04:18 PM

15. a voice of reason

glad that someone understands the issue here

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Response to dlwickham (Reply #15)

Sat Nov 24, 2012, 05:20 PM

25. Thanks! Happy Holidays!

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Response to amandabeech (Reply #25)

Sat Nov 24, 2012, 06:33 PM

29. de nada

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Response to amandabeech (Reply #7)

Sat Nov 24, 2012, 05:02 PM

22. Yep

Good call.

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Response to proud2BlibKansan (Reply #22)

Sat Nov 24, 2012, 05:19 PM

24. Thanks! Happy Holidays!

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Response to amandabeech (Reply #7)

Sat Nov 24, 2012, 05:54 PM

28. Maybe now they'll fire Greory for dancing with Rove

or everyone at ConNBC for campaigning on the air for Repukes.

Your post is very thoughtful and complete corporate bullshit.

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Response to amandabeech (Reply #7)

Sun Nov 25, 2012, 06:40 AM

37. None of these people are "journalists." They're not even "reporters."

They are commentators. Personalities. Advocates. They don't try to give us two sides of a story; they aren't suggesting that we can see things either way...that the Faux POV is "just as valid" as the MSNBC one. They are advocates for their own personal viewpoints. Chris Matthews is a Roman Catholic Old School Tip O'Neill-trained Social Justice type, Rachel Maddow is a left-leaning liberal Democrat, Ed is the Union guy.

Chelsea was hired knowing full well who her daddy was and what her politics are -- her "pull" is that she is the daughter of a former President...just like Jenna Bush, who also got hired for the same reason-- to do fluff pieces and pull in an audience of curious gawkers.

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Response to trailmonkee (Original post)

Sat Nov 24, 2012, 02:44 PM

8. It makes sense that if you're employed by a "news" organization..........

then you can't make public ads, supporting a candidate or make other political statements.

I would like to have seen the ads, but I understand the why of it all.

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Response to mrmpa (Reply #8)

Sat Nov 24, 2012, 02:48 PM

9. Speaking of her being "employed" by NBC...

has anyone really seen her doing anything?

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Response to SoapBox (Reply #9)

Sat Nov 24, 2012, 04:47 PM

21. I have...............

she's done 3 spots I've seen on the NBC evening news with Brian Williams, I've seen those. For some reason I think she had done something for Rock Center with Brian Williams.

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Response to SoapBox (Reply #9)

Sat Nov 24, 2012, 05:06 PM

23. She did a segment on the wanton slaughter of elephants in Africa.

It was very sad and difficult to watch.

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Response to mrmpa (Reply #8)

Mon Nov 26, 2012, 03:56 AM

43. Yeah. Everybody, especially on-air talent, is made quite aware that

this sort of thing is against the rules. She should have read her contract.

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Response to trailmonkee (Original post)

Sat Nov 24, 2012, 02:58 PM

11. She could have quit her job and let the video be used

She sure has that Clinton courage.

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Response to tabasco (Reply #11)

Mon Nov 26, 2012, 11:32 AM

45. And she doesn't need a job?

She's worked hard to get where she is, and is no doubt wanting to support her family herself rather than rely on her parents for income.

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Response to marshall (Reply #45)

Mon Nov 26, 2012, 10:52 PM

47. LOL.

No doubt.

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Response to trailmonkee (Original post)

Sat Nov 24, 2012, 03:55 PM

13. If she works for NBC as a correspondent then they were right.

We don't need more "left vs. right" journalism; we need unbiased, neutral reporting.

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Response to trailmonkee (Original post)

Sat Nov 24, 2012, 04:30 PM

17. The planet is literally dying but rather than focus on that,

we, as a nation, would rather make an issue out of who can marry who or whether or not people should be able to choose to smoke pot. It is already too late for some things to matter to the general population. Let people live free while they can.

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Response to trailmonkee (Original post)

Sat Nov 24, 2012, 04:35 PM

18. Oh Good Lord that's gonna kill john derbyshire!

"Chelsea Clinton is thought by many in the Clinton circle to be eyeing a political future..."

http://www.democraticunderground.com/?com=view_post&forum=1014&pid=8038


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Response to trailmonkee (Original post)

Sat Nov 24, 2012, 04:42 PM

20. I guess I see their point......but.....

.......they don't seem to care when on Sunday morning "Dancin' Dave" lends credence to right wing talking points by not calling them on their bullshit. Fluffy doesn't come right out and admit he supports a certain agenda, but he sure as hell doesn't get in the way of Lindsay Graham and Grampy McCain when they start to wax psychotic.

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Response to trailmonkee (Original post)

Sat Nov 24, 2012, 11:33 PM

33. I think Al Franken needs to restart his "Give a Limo for a Lame-O" idea for NBC.

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Response to trailmonkee (Original post)

Sun Nov 25, 2012, 06:55 AM

38. Ah, the secret censorship of corporate owned television.

What else do you think they censor out that doesn't fit into their political beliefs?

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Response to trailmonkee (Original post)

Sun Nov 25, 2012, 07:30 AM

39. The conflict of interest is a problem

I'm not saying I agree fully with NBC's decision, but if she wanted them to air she could have up and quit thereby eliminating the reason for them saying no. Remember they popped Olbermann for his campaign contributions.

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Response to trailmonkee (Original post)

Sun Nov 25, 2012, 10:02 AM

41. Bad career move by Chelsea, working for corpo-fascist media moguls...

...who have, a) destroyed journalism, and b) helped destroy our democracy and our economy.

Can't avoid the stench of privilege either. Would she be doing "color" for the NBCons if she wasn't the Clinton's daughter? Maybe. But probably not. In any case, she has seriously risked that a lot of people will see it that way--that she aced many poor, unprivileged young journalists out of a job because she has a famous name. If she wants a career with the corpo-fascist media, fine. You go, girl! But if she wants to springboard from one of the destroyers of democracy into elected office, frankly I don't think she can represent ME, and I would have trouble voting for her, knowing that the NBCons gave her a leg up. Why, would be my question. Why would one of these evil media monopolies jumpstart her career?

As for the NBCons getting all huffy about the perception of bias, it's just laughable. They lost legitimacy as journalists a long time ago--threw it away for war profiteering and 1%er propaganda. They aren't gonna get it back by banning Chelsea's ads on gay rights.

Some upthread posters ask, Do we want NBC to be Faux News where the line between journalism and advocacy has been erased and everything they broadcast is far rightwing "Big Lie" propaganda? I don't think these posters realize how far gone ALL corporate media is, in this country, nor how wrong it is that those who brought us the Bush Junta and the War on Iraq control our PUBLIC airwaves, not to mention print newspapers, books, magazines, movies, TV shows and radio stations, conglomerated with the weapons industry and other evildoers such as the financial industry.

We are the most disinformed, brainwashed people in the world. The corporate media is WHY. And their pretensions about objectivity are not just a joke, they are a disaster. That people are beginning to understand the bias of Faux News is encouraging. But that many people still believe in the "objectivity" of NBC News or the New York Slimes or the Associated Pukes is disastrous. It means they can lead us right off the cliff into more wars, into more stolen elections, and into yet more massive looting by the rich, while the very planet we live on is destroyed



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Response to trailmonkee (Original post)

Mon Nov 26, 2012, 07:05 AM

44. Chelsea would be better off ditching NBC, particularly if

she has any political ambitions.

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