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Hillary makes NBC apologize, again.

11:00 PM, Feb 25, 2008 • By HOWARD MORTMAN
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Now on MSNBC: A full hour of its biographical program, "Headliners & Legends."

The subject: Hillary Clinton.

(This pre-empts the regularly scheduled programming, a show called Deadly Encounter. Not joking.)

"THE GROVEL CONTINUES," was the headline at Instapundit.

And it begged many serious questions, not the least of which: Couldn't they have instead shown canned footage of Barack Obama? Even John McCain?

Probably not when you have Hillary Clinton saying this (from her later appearance on Politico/Channel 7 on the eve of the Potomac Primary): "This is like the third time they've had to apologize. And there are a lot of things that they haven't had to apologize for that might have merited one. So I wish they would take a look at, you know, some of the pattern of demeaning comments that are made on their networks."

Ironically, the demeaning word pimp had already been used on air. In September MSNBC anchor Keith Olbermann said President Bush was "pimping General David Petraeus."

Not a peep about pimp after that one.

No, it can't be the pimp factor. It must be the Chelsea factor. Maybe the Clinton camp wants NBC to stand for Never Badmouth Chelsea.

Howard Mortman is the public affairs practice director for New Media Strategies in Arlington, Va., where he writes the Extreme Mortman blog.