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NBC Blocked Chelsea Clinton's Marriage Equality Ad

Chelseatraining1Increasingly worried about the blurry lines between stoic, non-partisan NBC News and their liberal, definitely partisan cousin MSNBC, executives at the peacock network have been trying to clearly delineate the two sides, and it appears they want to keep special correspondent Chelsea Clinton in the neutral camp.

BuzzFeed reports that executives behind-the-scenes put the kibosh on a pro-gay marriage ad in which Clinton starred:

NBC News blocked backers of a key marriage equality measure in Washington State from using a video featuring Chelsea Clinton urging voters to support a state-wide referendum on gay marriage, BuzzFeed has learned.

Clinton, a vocal proponent of marriage equality, cut the video for a group supporting the Washington state measure, as well as a second video for another group. But NBC, for which Clinton works as a "special correspondent" since last November, "scuttled" the campaign, sources familiar with the ads said.


In the video, a third source said that Clinton described her belief that everyone should have the freedom to marry, detailed the importance of the upcoming votes, and stated that success in the states voting on marriage would send a message to rest of the country.

NBC did not respond to the story before it went to virtual press. As for Clinton, she'll soon have to decide whether she wants to continue pursuing journalistic endeavors, endeavors which were coolly received, and what would most likely be a vibrant career in the political sector.

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  1. I think Chelsea will go into politics. I hope she does. She is intelligent and has many good ideas.

    Posted by: Icebloo | Nov 23, 2012 2:34:14 PM

  2. my neighbor's step-aunt makes $70 every hour on the computer. She has been out of a job for six months but last month her pay check was $16540 just working on the computer for a few hours. Read more on this web site

    Posted by: gauja | Nov 23, 2012 2:52:16 PM

  3. @Icebloo, agreed, she will go into politics.

    Posted by: Matt26 | Nov 23, 2012 3:12:24 PM

  4. She's shown remarkable poise and grace for decades. From the taunting and mockery she received as a teen and First Daughter many would crumble and shy away from the spotlight forever. She has continually impressed.

    Well met.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Nov 23, 2012 3:30:27 PM

  5. So NBC is against marriage equality? Good to know... will never watch a NBC/Universal show ever again.

    Posted by: Max | Nov 23, 2012 3:50:30 PM

  6. NBC probably didn't do this for homophobia reasons. They did it because they want their reporters to remain "partial" and not go out of their way to have opinions that could be considered offensive. Obviously, I don't think this way and I disagree with their decision, but that's where we're at. They want Chelsea to be more neutral in terms of her political opinions.

    Therefore, it's probably for the best she leave NBC and really go into the political field. She's very bright and her opinions would be well-received.

    Posted by: Francis | Nov 23, 2012 4:33:03 PM

  7. GAUJA, well MY neighbor's step-aunt's best friend's cousin makes $700 as a hooker. So there.

    And thank you Chelsea for the ad. The thought is appreciated.

    Posted by: Sargon Bighorn | Nov 23, 2012 4:40:43 PM

  8. We may be calling her Madame President one day.

    Posted by: daws | Nov 23, 2012 5:09:50 PM

  9. Ever since Comcast bought NBC, I find myself watching less and less NBC. I think the programming has really gone downhill, and it happened much faster than the decline with the G4/TechTV merger. Comcast seems to like to kill good channels.

    Posted by: Garst | Nov 23, 2012 5:37:54 PM

  10. She is a member of a news organization. Journalists shouldn't be inserting themselves into political causes and ads regardless of the cause. If she wants to delve into politics she should resign her post at NBC.

    Posted by: Brian in Texas | Nov 23, 2012 6:31:33 PM

  11. When can we stop calling it "gay marriage" and start calling it "marriage equality"? I correct everyone I know, it's time for the media to do the same - and that includes bloggers.

    Posted by: Craig | Nov 23, 2012 10:42:37 PM

  12. I would still like Hillary to go down in history as the first female President of the US and hopefully Chelsea can follow a few years later.

    Posted by: Icebloo | Nov 23, 2012 11:22:59 PM

  13. This is proof that the US controls the media like Russia controls the media.

    Posted by: Larry | Nov 23, 2012 11:23:56 PM

  14. @ Brian,Leave it to a Texan to talk about the rights and wrongs of political ethics... Home of the Bush's,and Gov.Perry! You have it wrong... Texans should not mix Oil and Politics!

    As for Chelsea... what ever she chooses to do, it's for the betterment of America... can't say that about the Bush's!

    If Hillary runs next time, America will Win with Hillary, no matter who the GOP-Heads and the Billionaires put up... America is not for sale!

    Posted by: Jerry Pritikin aka The Bleacher Preacher | Nov 24, 2012 2:08:00 AM

  15. When it comes to airing anything "controversial," you can count on NBC to always side with sexism and homophobia. Back in 2004, the United Church of Christ wanted to air a commercial showing a same-sex couple being welcomed into church. NBC decided this was "too controversial" and refused to air it. They have a string of cowardly decisions on cultural controversy going all the way back to the network's foundation that borders on censorship.

    Posted by: Dan B | Nov 24, 2012 2:18:28 AM

  16. @Max.
    Yes you will.

    Posted by: Edd | Nov 24, 2012 8:52:08 PM

  17. Nothing against Chelsea, however: let's try & keep this a proper democracy, fellow Americans. We don't need another Kennedy or, goddess forbid, Bush dynasty. Presidents & other elected officials ought to be elected based on their qualifications & stance on pertinent issues--not Mom & Pop's DNA. You want a royal family or monarchy, you know where you can go... ;D

    Posted by: Nope | Nov 24, 2012 11:50:54 PM

  18. I partially agree with not wanting another quasi-royal dynasty... however this seems like the natural extension of a life's work which was bolstered by being knee-deep in the presidency for 8 years.

    US politics isn't an amateur game and she was brought up knowing the rules, not surprised she's a good player. She's got the brains for it, looks like she's working on her leadership skills and following in mom's footsteps- good luck to her! Hope she moves into politics once she realizes the US media has been totally neutered.

    Posted by: MaddM@ | Nov 25, 2012 12:37:16 PM

  19. THey weren't being homophobic....She's seen as being too politcal and self serving...that's why they blocked them...

    Posted by: Alan Brickman | Nov 25, 2012 1:01:10 PM

  20. "She is a member of a news organization. Journalists shouldn't be inserting themselves into political causes and ads regardless of the cause. If she wants to delve into politics she should resign her post at NBC."

    Was that ever true? I do believe that free speech is a Constitutional right still.

    Journalists don't belong to their news organizations. What they do on their own time should be up to them.

    Posted by: GuyB | Nov 25, 2012 11:14:26 PM

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