The Village Times



Chelsea Clinton


Congratulations to First Daughter and NBC News Special Correspondent Chelsea Clinton for earning a nomination to the Village Class of 2012! Before voting takes place, we've invited two of our members to weigh in on the nomination: one in favor, and one opposed.




Brian Williams, NBC Nightly News

As Chelsea's sponsor, I can say with confidence that she would be a welcome addition to the Village. She is intelligent and articulate and she strengthens our close ties with the political class. I know some of you might be thinking, “Brian, how can disparage bloggers for their lack of meaningful journalistic experience, and then turn around and advocate for a neophyte like Chelsea?” To which I say, lighten up people, there's nothing wrong with a little star power in our ranks. As someone who's guest-starred on SNL, 30 Rock, and the Daily Show, I've always believed we should take steps to broaden our brand beyond the borders of journalism. Give Chelsea a chance. You won't regret it.




David Brooks, Columnist, New York Times

It pains me to point out that my good friend and colleague Brian Williams has been blinded by the light. Chelsea is a fine young woman—no argument here. But a place in the Village should be reserved only for serious, accomplished journalists. Need I remind you all of the considerable kerfuffle that erupted here back in 2010 when Jenna Bush was nominated? “She hasn't done anything,” many of you said. “She isn't qualified.” So how is it different with Chelsea? Oh, wait, I know. Her dad was a Democrat! This is hypocrisy, plain and simple. Chelsea Clinton is not a real journalist, and all the pallid “Making a Difference” segments in the world about won't change that.



The vote on Chelsea's nomination will take place later this year.