The Clinton campaign and its allies are up in arms about a comment made by a cable TV political show host that Chelsea Clinton is being "pimped out in some weird sort of way" by making appearances for her mother on the campaign trail.
David Shuster has been temporarily suspended from NBC news broadcasts, and at the top of the Tucker Carlson show on MSNBC at 6 apologized on air for the remark he made Thursday evening on MSNBC.
Shuster said his remarks were "inappropriate."
"I apologize to the Clinton family, the Clinton campaign, and all of you who were rightly offended," he said.
Shuster said he did not intend to diminish the respect that she and her parents had earned.
On Thursday night, his guest, radio talk show host Bill Press, immediately defended the former first daughter, saying she wouldn't be campaigning if she didn't want to. "Give Chelsea a break."
Today, the Clinton camp threatened to boycott the cable network, even though it is scheduled to host a debate with Barack Obama she wants. And this afternoon, EMILY's List, which raises money for female candidates, weighed in.
"I'm sending this letter today to let you know that the misogynistic pattern in the reporting by your network must come to an end," Ellen Malcolm, the group's president, wrote to MSNBC News Senior Vice President Phil Griffin. "I know I speak for millions across this country when I demand that you take immediate steps and publicly tell us what you will do to eliminate this sexist and demeaning culture that has become so pervasive in your network.
Malcolm mentioned that Chris Matthews, host of "Hardball" on MSNBC, recently apologized to the former first lady after suggesting her political career had been made possible by her husband's philandering.
"Your tolerance for this behavior speaks volumes about the corporate culture of MSNBC," Malcolm continued. "If you refuse to take action, women across the country, viewers, sponsors, and consumers can only assume your implicit endorsement of this type of sexist commentary on women and repugnant treatment of our children."