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Another MSNBC apology to the Clintons

For the second time in two weeks, an MSNBC host will offer a public apology to the Clinton family. This time it's David Shuster, who will take to the air at 6 p.m. today for metaphorically comparing Chelsea Clinton to a hooker and her mother Hillary to a pimp.

Shuster, while filling as a guest host for Tucker Carlson on MSNBC's 6 p.m. talk show Tucker, noted that Chelsea Clinton has become an important cog in her mother's campaign machine, regularly speaking as well as lobbying unelected superdelegates whose votes are up for grabs at the Democratic convention, but refuses to do interviews. (Chelsea even turned down a pint-sized reporter from Scholastic News a few weeks back.) Said Shuster: "Doesn't it seem as if Chelsea is sort of being pimped out in some weird sort of way?"

Clinton's campaign went postal, threatening to pull out of a Feb. 26 debate staged by MSNBC, and Shuster agreed to apologize. Last month Chris Matthews, the host of MSNBC's Hardball show, did the same after Clinton backers accused him of a pattern of sexist remarks about Clinton, particularly a claim that most of her support among voters was due to sympathy over her husband's shenanigans with Monica Lewinsky.

UPDATE: Shuster's televised apology might be the last you see of him for awhile on ether NBC or MSNBC. He's been indefinitely suspended for the "pimped out" remark.


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