by Taylor Marsh
Could David Shuster be any more unprofessional? Does he not realize that he's talking about the daughter of a woman who is the first female candidate to be vying for commander in chief? One can only guess what would happen if he'd said something so heinous about Barack Obama's daughter. It would have been Shuster's Imus moment. Hey, but it's just about Hillary's kid, so she's fair game, as is all things anti-Clinton. Evidently Shuster has decided to channel Chris Matthews.
We all know MSNBC is in the tank for Obama. But this is indefensible. Shuster built up quite a reserve during the Libby trial. But this frat boy, anti-Clinton wingnut channeling tirade targeting Chelsea Clinton has proven that he's not up to the job or the position to which MSNBC has bestowed on him.
DAVID SHUSTER: Bill, there's just something a little bit unseemly to me that Chelsea's out there calling up celebrities, saying support my mom, and she's apparently also calling these super delegates.
BILL 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'd make a great president --
SHUSTER: But doesn't it seem like Chelsea's sort of being pimped out in some weird sort of way?
I am disgusted by the indiscriminate sexism and blatant misogyny of this statement. I also cannot believe in the 21st century we have Neanderthal men parading around with such arrogance that they wouldn't immediately check themselves as a statement like this went tripping through their itsy-bitsy-teeny-weeny brain. That I have to point out the history and monumental importance of what's going on between Chelsea and her mother at this moment makes me so incredibly sad that words almost escape me.
Chelsea Clinton is making a choice. She's not some chick robot turning political tricks for her mother, showing cleavage and thigh, while hoping to get cash for some hustler.
Mothers and daughters have been working together for centuries, supporting one another. I wish my mother were alive to see and feel and experience what I am right now. I cannot imagine the pride of Chelsea Clinton as she watches her mother compete as the first viable female presidential candidate in United States history. The joy is one thing, but the sheer history of this moment must be an awesome thing to experience as her daughter. Together they must be having the time of their lives.
Then along comes this punk David Shuster who equates Hillary Clinton to a pimp, some abusive character who is pushing her daughter, her own daughter, out against her will. He then equates Chelsea Clinton to a political hooker, with all the dirt and sleaze that goes with it.
Women across this country have had to put up with these over-combed, over-pressed, over-inflated egotistical media preening males for months and months as they pontificate from on high about the presidency, making their money, clucking their teeth, while elbowing the small man in the next cubicle, all to the satisfaction of too many Americans who are into hunting Clintons for sport.
In what world do we allow political pundits to attack a young woman proudly campaigning for her mother, a woman who is running for president, then let them get away with calling her mother a pimp and the daughter a hooker?
It's one thing that MSNBC attacks Hillary Clinton in every show on MSNBC, while building her male opponent up. But minus Dan Abrams, with "Tucker" at least allowing pro-Clinton people on the set, which is more than you can say for Keith Olbermann these days, there is no positive reporting whatsoever on Clinton. But Shuster's latest behavior is not only unprofessional and unethical, but beyond all common decency.
The really sad part is that because of something in the air at MSNBC, David Shuster thought he could get away with it.
That the self-important men on MSNBC, to include Chris Matthews, and now David Shuster, don't understand that by attacking Chelsea Clinton in this way they are attacking all women, shows you the lengths that our media will go to destroy Hillary Clinton, doing everything they can to bring her down to a pimp level politician, even at the cost of using her daughter to do it.
Calling Tom Brokaw. It's time for an intervention.