Chelsea Clinton's role as a special correspondent for NBC News may not have been one of journalism's biggest triumphs, but Clinton's paycheck was certainly something to envy, if a new report in Politico is to be believed.
The website said that Clinton was paid $600,000 a year for her contributions to the network, which included a smattering of feel-good pieces for "Rock Center" and reports for "NBC Nightly News" in the past year. She has since switched to a monthly contract, Politico said. (NBC also employs Jenna Bush Hager, daughter of George W. Bush, though she is a much more frequent contributor.)
Unsurprisingly, the fact that a highly-connected political figure with very easy access to money was being given a whole lot more of it did not go down so well with journalists:
This is outrageous. How much real journalism could be done on $600K a year? http://t.co/jZxxexPAwL
— Wesley Lowery (@WesleyLowery) June 13, 2014