Friday, February 8, 2008

Power of Words: 'Pimped out' remark about Chelsea bites anchor's backside

The 2008 U.S. Presidential Campaign gets hotter by the day. MSNBC's David Shuster was doing an interview, and he asked,"But doesn't it seem like Chelsea's sort of being pimped out in some weird sort of way?" Shuster was referring to Hillary Clinton's daughter's very public involvement in presidential campaigning. Shuster promptly got raked over the coals for his remark.

This is a culture thing. I hear the words 'pimped out' all the time from my daughters and their friends, though not related to the Clinton daughter. My husband bought a Chrysler 300C (with the hemi) and the first thing my older daughter said was, "Look at Daddy's pimp-mobile!"

Shuster of course should've chosen his words more carefully. But if that's the worst thing we hear as this race cooks up, we might consider ourselves lucky. And just to be completely honest, this situation offers Sen. Clinton additional free publicity for her campaign.

Judging by the charisma and success Sen. Barack Obama has demonstrated, I'd say Sen. Clinton could use all the publicity she can get.

At any rate, words count more than ever before, courtesy of the Web's capability. What we say not only reverberates globally, it remains on the Web in perpetuity.

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