Chelsea's NBC Debut Nothing Special
But don't rule out future success: critics
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Dec 13, 2011 6:40 AM CST
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(Newser) – Chelsea Clinton made her debut appearance on NBC last night, presenting a story about an Arkansas woman's challenges in running an after-school program for underprivileged kids. Critics weren't particularly impressed, but suggest she may have a future:

  • "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"—which would be okay, if she weren't on television, writes Hank Stuever in the Washington Post. Her job is an easy one: "feel-good journalism about folks just makin’ their way."

  • Her "monochromatic" presentation proved Clinton doesn't know what she's doing now, but she may have potential, argues Verne Gay in Newsday. "Work out the kinks. Master the craft. Learn what it really means to be a reporter."
  • At Mediabistro, however, Chris Ariens applauds Clinton's work. "If you’d tuned in as the story was airing you might think a seasoned journalist was delivering the report—her questions were direct, the writing was succinct, her voice has a built-in broadcast quality."
  • Sure, "Chelsea doesn’t 'pop' off the screen, to use an industry term—her demeanor is reserved, she doesn’t project her voice like a broadcaster," writes Howard Kurtz at the Daily Beast. "Not that most viewers probably cared," he notes. "If she can loosen up a bit, this could be a pretty good niche."

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Dec 14, 2011 4:23 AM CST
Yet another presidential child who allows herself to be convinced that he lineage somehow makes her Somebody Important, very much along the lines of James Roosevelt, Margaret Truman, JFK junior, Amy Carter, Michael Reagan, Patti Davis, and of course Bush 43.
Dec 13, 2011 6:57 PM CST
If it weren't for media and academia, where would no-talent libs work??
Dec 13, 2011 4:04 PM CST
Well, Chels ... y'didn't cause any swooning out there among the chattering class. Relax. You have an opportunity few ever see, an opening rare indeed, and you should be able to access eager coaching in your craft. First efforts are rarely best efforts as careers go. Watch that video and let it teach you. If you are serious, use your opportunity to access teachers and set yourself to learning your craft. Your name is a key. It's an entree. It won't sustain you if you don't show you can do it yourself.