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MSNBC's Shuster Suspended Over 'Pimped Out' Comment

Flap Over Comments Threatens Feb. 26 Clinton-Obama Debate on MSNBC 2/08/2008 05:29:00 AM Eastern

NBC News suspended MSNBC correspondent David Shuster over a remark he made likening Chelsea Clinton’s role in Sen. Hillary Clinton’s (D-N.Y.) presidential campaign to prostitution.

David Shuster

While filling in for Tucker Carlson on the Thursday edition of MSNBC’s Tucker, Shuster discussed Chelsea Clinton’s higher-profile involvement in her mother’s campaign with guest commentator Bill Press, asking, “Doesn’t it seem like Chelsea’s sort of being pimped out in some weird sort of way?”

After the Clinton campaign complained to Shuster and MSNBC, Shuster offered an apology Friday morning on Joe Scarborough’s radio show, Morning Joe, which is simulcast on MSNBC.

But in a statement posted on Mediabistro.com’s TV Newser, NBC News said that after he apologizes again on MSNBC Friday evening, Shuster is “suspended from appearing on all NBC News broadcasts.”

“He has also extended an apology to the Clinton family,” the statement continued. “NBC News takes these matters seriously and offers our sincere regrets to the Clintons for the remarks.”

The incident comes in the run-up to a Feb. 26 debate on MSNBC between Sen. Clinton and her Democratic rival, Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.). “Our conversations with the Clinton campaign about their participation continue today,” NBC News added. “We are hopeful that the event will take place as planned.”

Previously a correspondent for Fox News Channel from 1996-2002, Shuster joined MSNBC in 2003, where he has covered the 2004 presidential campaign, Hurricane Katrina and other national stories. He was recognized by the Disabled American Veterans for his coverage of war veterans with disabilities.

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