Imagine being a TV news correspondent when you're the only thing anyone ever wants to talk about. And not even you really, but your dad. Specifically, that thing your dad was impeached for back in 1998. That's a parental shadow that would make most of us scurry back into a hole in the ground, but Chelsea Clinton is still trying to make a go of it in spite of being panned by several brave, anonymous NBC executives.
To add insult to critique, The Washington Post recently called her "one of the most boring people of her era." Keep in mind that era includes Kim Kardashian and at least 80% of the people who have Tumblr accounts dedicated to their cats, and that is quite an insult. To add even injury to that insult, here is an excerpt from an article that refers to her as, "TV's Dork Diva"…
Almost everyone I spoke to for this story — from within NBC and at other networks as well — agree that that problem is that she won’t talk about the one thing that makes her undeniably compelling. How did it feel to be Chelsea Clinton during the Monica years? In the past, she’s responded angrily to that question. "It’s none of your business," she told an audience after being questioned about it on the 2008 campaign trail.
That line doesn’t play anymore, now that she’s entered the family business of living in public. "What’s she giving us?" one NBC executive, who sees Chelsea regularly, asks. "There’s that wall that needs to be torn down. She sounds like a smart and intelligent woman, but there are lots of smart and intelligent women." Until she’s willing to answer the Monica question, or any real question — to finally open her soul to public view, paying the required tribute to the media gods, to have her Oprah moment — it’s unlikely she’ll be given a warm public embrace. "Is she just boring," wonders the NBC exec. "Or can she come out of her shell?"
Like the executive quoted above, I too get incredibly bored whenever someone won't vomit up every last chunk of their personal life to me so I can profit from it.
I guess they just don't make them like Patti Davis anymore.
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Tags: Hillary Clinton, Impeachment, Monica Lewinsky, NBC