Reviewing Chelsea Clinton’s debut on Rock Center
Not surprisingly, Chelsea received most of her knocks from TV reporters:
Aside from the slightly surreal fact that it was Chelsea Clinton doing the work, the report was straight out of the feel-good news playbook. [HuffPo]
Rather, what was surprising to see on Monday night’s show is how someone can be on TV in such a prominent way and, in her big moment, display so very little charisma — none at all. Either we’re spoiled by TV’s unlimited population of giant personalities or this woman is one of the most boring people of her era. [WashPo]
Ms. Clinton is a little self-conscious on camera and doesn’t have the kind of richly modulated anchor voice most television reporters acquire, but that actually gave her piece a more natural feel — like a video blog on Current TV. [NYT]
Chelsea doesn’t “pop” off the screen, to use an industry term—her demeanor is reserved, she doesn’t project her voice like a broadcaster. Not that most viewers probably cared. [DailyBeast]
Her voice — the first time most of us have even heard it — was pleasing and plummy, but monochromatic. [NewsDay]
It looks like she has some work to do if she wants to impress her new ‘colleagues.’ But only time will tell to see where Chelsea lands at the end of her three-month contract.
The numbers are in
Gabby’s special pulled in 13.4 million viewers compared the 4.5 million who tuned into Brian Williams’ newsmagazine. Rock Center did jump from the previous week, which only had 1 million viewers.
Bob Mother Effing Costas for the win!
Costas asked very direct questions. And he’s done some good research with this story, noting how strange it is that, after he quit Penn State, he didn’t pursue other opportunities at major universities. He had an interview with Virginia; he removed himself from consideration. A good interview but a tough one to watch. Admit that some of the things Costas asked probably made viewers uncomfortable. But he didn’t hide from them. The fact that he didn’t makes the fact that Sandusky agreed to this interview seem all the more absurd.
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