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Chelsea Clinton banks in $600K from NBC

Chelsea Clinton
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According to a report by Politico, Chelsea Clinton, 34, was paid an annual salary of $600,000 as a special correspondent for NBC News; though the network has not confirmed that figure.

Clinton worked on a few features for “Rock Center With Brian Williams” until its cancellation in June 2013, an uncanny interview with the Geico Gecko, and contributed to NBC Nightly News packages.

She continues to be paid on a monthly basis, but it remains uncertain if she will continue her news gig after she gives birth to her first child this fall. Clinton’s work with the network could also be jeopardized in the event her mother decides to run for President.

A rep from NBC News stated, “we don't comment on details of existing contracts. NBC News continues to enjoy a wonderful working relationship with Chelsea, and we are proud of her work.”

According to the LA Times, her hiring “was done to curry favor with the Clinton’s.” Of course many believe this was a sincere political strategy to kiss up to a powerful family. Then NBC News President, Steve Capus, defends Clinton stating, “given her vast experiences, it’s as though Chelsea has been preparing for this opportunity her entire life.”

But this wouldn’t have been NBC’s first time showcasing a president’s daughter on their network. In 2009, NBC hired George W. Bush’s daughter, Jenna, as a correspondent for the “Today” show.

Nevertheless, it is reported by the LA Times that Clinton’s hiring “underscored the stunting of network news.” Much of NBC’s talented and seasoned journalists experienced lay offs. Morning shows consist of celebrity news and in-house promotions. Freelancers (with no benefits necessary) and local affiliates have taken over original reporting. LA Times questions where all the money went due to the down sizing of reporters and quality. “It’s gone to fatten the bottom line and to finance stunt hiring like Clinton’s.”

Chelsea Clinton gave a speech as vice chair of the Clinton Foundation on Monday where she emphasized the importance of the youth serving our country. Although she spoke of her parent’s service to the nation, she avoided mentioning anything regarding mother, Hillary Rodham Clinton, possibly running for president. That large detail will have an impact on Clinton’s future as a news correspondent.