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"

  • Steve Myers

    Steve Myers was the managing editor of Poynter.org until August 2012, when he became the deputy managing editor and senior staff writer for The Lens, a nonprofit investigative news site in New Orleans.

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