Clinton Campaign Not Looking for Shuster to Be Fired, After All

By Lee Speigel

Feb 9, 2008 9:07pm

After some conversations with folks at the Clinton campaign, I can offer some clarity — maybe — on what they’re asking NBC/MSNBC to do.

And despite Clinton’s letter, saying David Martin Shuster’s apology and suspension was not sufficient, Clinton’s goal is not for NBC to fire Shuster, he and his fans will be happy to hear. Until Thursday, the Clinton campaign had no issues with Shuster, I’m told.

The campaign says it has more to do with what it sees as a sexist, locker room, on-air atmosphere at MSNBC.

Clinton supporters ask: what other network has had, within the space of one year, because of comments widely seen as boorish and inappropriate, a firing (Imus), an on-air apology (Chris Matthews) and a suspension (Shuster)?

Clinton, who has been on the receiving end in two of those incidents, is taking a stand for MSNBC to clean up its act. Or, so Camp Clinton says.

Of course, others might think she is capitalizing on an ugly moment to galvanize female voters.

What say you?

- jpt

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