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Ix-Nay On The Elsea-Chay

It’s bad enough to have to watch Hillary plug the new paperback edition with Larry King. (“Cleveland, hello, you’re kissing Hillary Clinton’s ring.”) Did CNN have to follow-up with Rep. Jane Harman (Bill Bennett’s dark horse for the veep spot) telling King how amazing Chelsea has turned out, what great parenting she received?

Repeat after me: it is unfair to declare the press off limits to this teenager/young adult for eight years and more, killing the chance of any critical articles a la Dubya’s Tequila Twins, and then turn around and exclaim about her model (censored) behavior as a way of puffing her parents as wonderful people. If they were such wonderful parents, maybe they would have stayed in Arkansas, or skipped the intern Olympics.

Chelsea may be a doll. She may also be a drunk. (I bought the Globe — the supermarket tabloid, not the Boston bulletin board for liberals — with Chelsea looking quite kablooey on the cover, since it was a refreshing step away from the Model Child propaganda.) My distaste really has nothing to do with her, but about the manipulated image of her for her parents’ never-ending political ends.

Tim GrahamTim Graham is Director of Media Analysis at the Media Research Center, where he began in 1989, and has served there with the exception of 2001 and 2002, when served ...

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