McQuaid: Why do news orgs think they can buy authority by hiring political offspring?

Forbes | The Huffington Post
“Whenever a network TV news division pulls one of these nepotistic no-brainers, it saps a bit of American journalism’s life force,” writes John McQuaid about NBC News’ hiring of Chelsea Clinton as a special correspondent. ”The message here is that fame and parentage confer journalistic authority, rather than talent or an ability to get the story right.” The Huffington Post’s Michael Calderone relays political reporters’ surprise at the move, many of whom say Clinton seemed to have no love for the media during her mom’s presidential run. Calderone didn’t get an interview with Clinton, but neither has anyone else. || New name: St. Petersburg Times’ Eric Deggans says he was right when he said NBC stands for “Nepotism Broadcasting Company

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  • Elaine Clisham

    See also: http://t.co/UMLOYRre.

  • Anonymous

    For gods sake, NBC even just said that Chelsea was equivalent to Tim Russert…..wow…just wow.  What a loser organization.

  • JH

    This practice is so depressing if you like real journalism.

  • http://twitter.com/FlaFan FlaFan

    Because they did so while thousands of real journalists who actually know how to do their jobs have lost those jobs during the last few years. Is any money NBC might make from this back-scratching going to hire back any of those journalists? I doubt it.

  • Anonymous

    To get real, I imagine Ms. Clinton could pick up the phone and arrange for an on-camera interview with just about any American politician and three-quarters of the world’s leaders in 15 minutes flat. I may be off somewhat in my estimates, but let’s face it, most of us don’t have this kind of clout. 
    Ms. Clinton’s producers or the rank-and-file newsroom grunts can furnish the pertinent questions she should ask if she can’t come up with them herself. NBC has bought itself some great name recognition and foot-in-the-door access in a business that’s as much about show business and getting the hot interview as journalism. Why does that offend anyone? 

  • Anonymous

    Let’s add to the list the coronation of the Dauphin Russert. Why did someone with virtually no experience leapfrog to the exalted network spot over literally hundreds of others more qualified and deserving? This is not garden-variety nepotism but the exact same mechanism described above. It is foolish to pretend that there isn’t media royalty treated with similar droit de seignieur.