Eric Deggans, the television critic for The St. Petersburg Times, had already labeled NBC the "Nepotism Broadcasting Company" for having Kathie Lee Gifford's son Cody review movies on "Today" and for having the late Tim Russert's son, Luke, report on politics for the news division.
On Monday Mr. Deggans wrote:
"Few doubt that Clinton seems a poised intelligent young woman, especially after growing up in the maelstrom of the Clinton's tumultuous presidency. But I always think it sends an odd message to have high-profile correspondent jobs go to people with little or on TV reporting experience."
Meanwhile, James Poniewozik of Time magazine made a case for nepotism, writing, "All other things being equal, fame—earned or inherited, deserved or not—quite simply is often an asset for an interviewer. People will sometimes talk to a famous person on camera because they recognize them and there’s an element of comfort."
Ms. Clinton's name was trending on Twitter for much of the day. Some of the sentiments were supportive of her and her new position...