To trust today's media is to buy a pig in a poke

Richard G. Carter | 10/12/2012, 4:17 p.m.
"Never believe what you publish and never publish what you believe..."-Miguel Ferrer, "The Night Flier"...
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"What does something that happened 20 years ago relative to an ex-wife have to do with America's problems today? I loved when Newt Gingrich shoved it back in their face."

Now on to Clinton-a classic example of nepotism run amok. In case you hadn't heard, NBC News last November signed the former first daughter to a 90-day contract as a full-time special correspondent. Yes, that's right. Can you believe it?

My questions: Does anyone really think Chelsea-I will use her first name to avoid confusion with her famous father, Bill, and her mother, Hillary-has the sticks to be a reporter or commentator for a major national news organization? Is she in any way qualified? Does she have any real life experience in TV or print journalism?

My answers: No. Nada. Nunca. No way, Jose. Except, perhaps, in America's current "Wizard of Oz" world where so-called celebrities-and I use the world advisedly in Chelsea's case-are foisted off on an increasingly gullible public. Yikes and triple erk!

Steve Capus, president of NBC News, said Chelsea, 31, would work on its "Making a Difference" series on "Rock Center" and "Nightly News." Said Capus, "We both want to see how this goes...But I hope it's the beginning of a nice, long-term relationship." Hmmm...

After her Dec. 12 debut, Hank Stuever of the Washington Post noted, "Either we're spoiled by TV's unlimited population of giant personalities or this woman is one of the most boring people of her era." You can say that again.

It's clear Chelsea has nothing going for her but her famous parents' name. She did not audition. She did not pay her dues. She did not work her way up the ladder at jobs in small markets, as do the majority of aspiring young men and women with college degrees in journalism-which she does not have. If her last name was Smith, she'd be out like trout.

Finally, a spokesperson for Chelsea had this to say: "She is at the beginning of her contract, and when she gets closer to the end, discussions will begin about whether or not to renew. In the meantime, she is very much enjoying her time there and looking forward to her next piece airing."

Well la-de-da. As Richard Boone, playing a German officer in 1951's "The Desert Fox," snarled at a British commando after a botched attempt to kill Field Marshal Erwin Rommel: "Are you serious, Englishman?" Uh-huh. And that's the name of that tune.