Hard Journalism: Chelsea Clinton Interviews Geico’s Gecko

On the April 25 broadcast of Rock Center, NBC’s special correspondent Chelsea Clinton “interviewed” the Geico Gecko, that fictional cartoon character that fronts many Geico Insurance company television ads.

The “interview” presented the Clinton progeny reaching the height of her journalism career asking questions with the sort of stilted delivery readily seen in any 7th grade stage play while the animated insurance spokesman replied with light hearted quips. Hard hitting journalism, indeed.

NBC billed the segment as “part of Rock Center’s look at some of the most popular television advertisements, Special Correspondent Chelsea Clinton talked to Geico’s Gecko. The Gecko reflected on his new book and his embarrassing high school yearbook photo along with his rise as one of television’s most popular ad men.”

Oddly, even in the description NBC acted as if the cartoon character is a real, living being.

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The segment was not well received by critics.

David Zurawik, media critic for The Baltimore Sun, has been a critic of NBC’s decision to hire Clinton for some time, but this one was almost too much for him to bear.

I have reviewed each of her performances chronicling the the downward arc of her learning curve. NBC’s make-believe correspondent really did keep getting worse.

But this is too embarrassing to even talk about. Even I am speechless. This says it is time to pack it in.

Even the Huffington Post was flabbergasted by the piece saying, “This has definitely been the most baffling thing we’ve seen today.” HuffPo also noted, “It was sort of weird!”

Britain’s Daily Mail just called the whole thing bizarre.

Perhaps the most boring journalist in the world will make a name for herself interviewing cartoon characters. It is a niche no one else has filled, for sure.

Here is Chelsea’s longer report featuring such deep, in depth questions as “David, what makes a great ad?,” and “What makes this ad so powerful?”

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  • herddog505

    Hey, she’s a CLINTON! So, she must be, like, TOTALLY GREAT at anything and everything she does! It’s ALMOST as great as being a Kennedy!

    • JWH

      I’m still pissed off that she got that “special correspondent” gig. I used to work in print journalism (not at any paper you ever heard of), and I knew a lot of good young journalists who would have worked their asses off to get the opportunity that was handed to Chelsea Clinton on a silver platter.

      I don’t know Ms. Clinton personally. For all I know, she may have been a fantastic business consultant. But I resent by proxy the fact that she got such a plumb assignment handed to her solely because of her last name.

      • herddog505

        I suppose it’s a double-edged sword. On the one hand, she gets opportunities that other people don’t. On the other, if she does well, people will always wonder if it’s because she’s been (ahem) helped along.

  • I feel kind of sorry for her. With her parents – pretty much nothing she does (as well as nothing, if she so chooses) will ever get her out from under their shadow and be an independent person.

    • jim_m

      Indeed. This is less a reflection upon Chelsea as it is evidence of the worthlessness of the main stream media today.

    • Matelot1

      I feel kind of sorry for her …. Didn’t she just move into a $10,000,000 apartment?

      • Hell, in New York that’s about 500 sq feet.

        Seriously, though – she’s never going to be out from under her parents’ shadow… at least not until they’ve been dead a couple of decades. She’ll always be ‘Bill’s kid’, or ‘Hillary’s girl’.

  • GarandFan

    Who knows. Maybe the lying, cheating, backstabbing gene skipped a generation.

  • Vagabond661

    Webb Hubbell would be proud….

  • Hugh_G

    Any criticism by Huston (an “alleged ” journalist”), aka The Hack, AKA The Dissembler, of someone else’s journalism is breathtakingly ironic. It’s sort of like Dick Cheyney giving lessons in shooting safety.

    • MartinLandauCalrissian

      Wow, are you a boring twit.

    • RichFader

      Well, except that even “real” outlets are agreeing with him that this is getting absurd.

    • JWH

      Sorry. You don’t get to criticize the quality of somebody else’s criticism or journalism when you commit a basic sin of your own:

      Dick Cheyney

      • Hugh_G

        Ahhh, but I make no claim to being a journalist. Huston shouldn’t either.

        • Jwb10001

          Why is it people like you can’t just discuss the topic at hand? Why is it you always get in to a personal attack mode? Do you have nothing intelligent to add? Are you just a mean spirited hack? The story isn’t about Huston it’s about Clinton, I frankly feel sorry for her, as others have said she’s living in the shadow of 2 very powerful and dominating personalities. But that subject must be too much for you instead you have to just add snark and BS. This is an interesting personal story of a young woman trying to find her way but you can only jab at the author. How very nice of you, thanks so much for NOTHING.,

          • jim_m

            Because if they think rationally about their ideological positions they will discover that those positions are unworkable and inconsistent. It is far easier to attack the messenger personally in hopes of discrediting the person, if not their message.

          • Hugh_G

            Because the subject at hand is “snark.” That’s what Huston does. He’s clever, I’ll give him that.

          • Jwb10001

            Really I thought the subject was Chelsea Clinton. Maybe you want it to be all about you. That probably explains it.

          • Hugh_G

            How’s the “comment” of Brian….below fit with your notion of a personal attack mode?

          • jim_m

            The difference, which I should not have to explain to you, is that he is heaping abuse on the subject of Warner’s essay, whereas you are attacking Warner in an attempt to discredit him rather than addressing the merits of his essay.

            Brian is being gratuitous in his abuse of the Clintons, while you are ignoring the issues raised and attacking the author because, presumably, you have no real counter to what he has said so you attempt to discredit him since you cannot discredit what he said.

          • Jwb10001

            and did Brian attack you personally there or are you just looking out for the Clintons, I’m pretty sure they can take care of themselves as can Huston as far as that goes. My wonder is why you can’t engage the subject which still seems to elude you.

        • MartinLandauCalrissian

          So, show us where he’s ever made the claim to be a “journalist”? Idiot.

          • Hugh_G

            For an alleged “idiot” I didn’t have to work too hard to look up the definition of the word “journalist.” You might try Merriam-Webster, e.g..( And no, look it up yourself.)

            You might also check his little bio above.

          • You insult idiots everywhere.

    • jim_m

      My, you’ve been gone a long time Hugh. Were you banned?

      • Hugh_G

        No. Just took a vacation. Needed to fill my lungs with some purer air for a while. Nice to see you haven’t changed at all. I’d have been disappointed.

      • That’s why the BS level dropped around here…

  • Hank_M

    I can’t believe she accepted the so-called assignment.
    Not a smart career move.

    • herddog505

      Money talks. Also, somebody – possible Bill – told her that staying in the limelight, even in such a ridiculous fashion, was a good idea.

      The only thing worse than being talked about is not being talked about.

      — Oscar Wilde

  • Brian_Richard_Allen

    Compared to her recidivist, treasonous, lying, looting,thieving, mass-murdering, co-serial-rapist, habitually drunken dumbest woman in all of recorded history to have ever pooped between two shoes and to have failed the dumbed-down DC Bar?

    Webb Hubbel’s thicker-than-two-planks daughter, Chelsea Cli’ton’s even darned dumber.

    Dangerously dullard dumber!

  • Matelot1

    Her father-in-law is former disgraced democratic congressman Edward Mezvinsky. From Wikapedia:

    From 1993 to 1995, Edward Mezvinsky’s wife Marjorie Margolies-Mezvinsky served one term in Congress, and was the party’s nominee for lieutenant governor of Pennsylvania in 1998. In 2000, she was running for the Democratic nomination for the U.S. Senate when his business problems forced them to file for bankruptcy and caused her abrupt withdrawal.[5] They were divorced several years later.[8]

    In 2010 Edward Mezvinsky’s son, Marc, married Chelsea Clinton, daughter of former U.S President Bill Clinton and former U.S. Secretary of State and U.S Senator from New York Hillary Rodham Clinton.[9]

    [edit]Criminal activities

    Mezvinsky was involved in a series of business transactions that ultimately led to his downfall.

    I think his “business problems” had to do with Nigerian sweepstakes scams.

    In March 2001, Mezvinsky was indicted and later pleaded guilty to 31 of 69 charges of bank fraud, mail fraud, and wire fraud.[10] Nearly $10 million was involved in the crimes. Shortly after his indictment, he was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, but the judge at his trial disallowed a mental illness defense.[5] He served his time at Federal Prison Camp, Eglin.[11] Mezvinsky, Federal Bureau of Prisons# 55040-066, he was released in April 2008.[12] He was expected to remain on federal probation until 2011, and owes substantial restitution to his victims.[13]


  • Matelot1

    Nobody ever mentions that her father-in-law Edward Mexvinsky is a disgraced democratic congressman from Iowa he spent time in prison for being involved with Nigerian Sweepstakes scams.