David Shuster after his on-air comment regarding "pimping" Chelsea Clinton last night. Video of the initial comment, and Shuster's super-weak apology can be found here. The MSNBC statement is up at Media Matters.
I like David Shuster a lot. He is a great investigative reporter who has done a lot of good work exposing the many scandals of the Bush Administration. But I am glad that finally someone is taking the extreme anti-Clinton bias in the media seriously. It seems that nothing is out-of-bounds when discussing the Clintons. Hell, I'm supporting Obama and it still pisses me off on a regular basis. Would it be okay for members of the media to say that John McCain was "pimping out" his daughter if she made a campaign appearance for him? What about with Obama? Did he "pimp out" his wife for the speech in Lincoln, Nebraska earlier today? Of course, not. There would be near universal outrage if it were said. But when discussing the Clintons, of course, no characterization is too crass...ever.
To me, Shuster's comment is one of the more offensive anti-Clinton remarks mainly because it is about the Clinton's daughter which I thought was out of bounds. However, it is hardly the worst that has been said during this election cycle, not even the worst said on Tucker (where the original comment aired).
UPDATE: Shuster apologized again at the beginning of today's Tucker. He seemed more sincere this time.
UPDATE 2 (7:20 PM): Keith Olbermann apologized about this incident in his usual eloquent way on his show.