MSNBC Anchor Apologizes for 'Pimped Out' Jab at Clinton

Shuster suspended over Chelsea remark
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 8, 2008 6:22 PM CST

(Newser) – MNSBC suspended anchor David Shuster today after he drew fire from Hillary Clinton's camp for saying former first daughter Chelsea was being “pimped out in some weird sort of way” by her mother’s campaign. Shuster apologized on air earlier tonight, though he at first stood by the comments, made yesterday, even after a spokesman called his remark offensive, the Washington Post reports.

A Clinton aide called the comment “disgusting,” and, noting the recent fracas over Chris Matthews’ Lewinsky-related slur, said, “You have to question whether there is a pattern at this particular network.” He even suggested Clinton may refuse to debate on MSNBC. A network spokesman says Shuster’s words were “completely inappropriate” and adds that private apologies have been offered.