Hiltzik Calls Chelsea Clinton’s $600,000 NBC Gig a “Bribe”; L.A. Times Editors (OK, Lawyers) Rush to Quietly Paper Over the Accusation
Michael Hiltzik has a column that is — currently — titled Why did NBC reportedly pay Chelsea Clinton $600,000 a year?
The disclosure raises the obvious question of NBC’s goal in giving a person without any measurable journalistic or broadcasting experience or any particular public following a high-profile job and apparently paying her a top-echelon salary.
The answer is equally obvious. Plainly, it was done to curry favor with the Clinton family.
I find myself in rare agreement with Hiltzik. But here’s the funny part. At the very bottom of his piece we see this:
Updated at 12:08 p.m. PDT: This post has been revised. During the editing process, changes were made to the headline and text.
Were they now!?
Odd how the changes are not specified. It’s enough to make an L.A. Times critic want to dig deeper.
A fella on Twitter has a hint as to what might have changed, saying that the original headline called Clinton’s job a “bribe”:
— Joe the Dissident (@joethepatriotic) June 16, 2014
It looks like the fella on Twitter is right. iowahawk noticed the “bribe” language hours ago — before the story was changed and people started telling iowahawk that the link was broken:
Lefty LA Times columnist Hiltzik: Chelsea's $600k NBC salary a "bribe" to "curry favor with the Clintons" http://t.co/4WBiqTOZy3
— David Burge (@iowahawkblog) June 16, 2014
Tellingly, Hiltzik still has this tweet up:
Why did NBC pay Chelsea Clinton $600,000 a year? As a bribe. http://t.co/3FWpveF0fy
— Michael Hiltzik (@hiltzikm) June 16, 2014
Look at the screenshot of the article below the tweet. The original headline is still there, as it is in this L.A. Times tweet that I predict will be removed shortly after this post goes live:
— Los Angeles Times (@latimes) June 16, 2014
Look at entry #2. The word “bribery” is part of the post’s title.
All this is proof that the word “bribe” was in Hiltzik’s original title, before the editors (OK, let’s be honest: the lawyers) got hold of it.
P.S. Please email when the Hiltzik and L.A. Times tweets get removed, in 3…2…1..
Yes, of course I have screenshots.
P.S. He’s right, you know. Even a
stopped clock dishonest leftist hack is right twice a day once in a blue moon.