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Media Fail to Give Chelsea Clinton Same Treatment Given Ivanka Trump

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• March 7, 2018 12:31 pm

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Just one week after the media criticized Ivanka Trump for calling a question on sexual misconduct allegations against her father "inappropriate," ABC failed in two separate interviews to pose a similar question to Chelsea Clinton, whose father has faced a slew of sexual assault and rape allegations.

The two Tuesday morning interviews, first on Good Morning America and then on The View, did not avoid the issue of sexual harassment. On GMA, host Robin Roberts labeled Clinton and her mother Hillary Clinton as "great advocates for women and girls" and asked her how much the #MeToo movement has meant to her, without mentioning how the movement has brought about a "reevaluation" of former President Bill Clinton.

The View took it a step further, opening its segment, which can be viewed below, by asking Clinton whether she thought asking Ivanka Trump about allegations against her father was appropriate.

Clinton said it was a "fair question" because Ivanka Trump works with her father at the White House.

Despite Clinton saying the question would be fair, the hosts of The View passed up the opportunity to follow up with Clinton, who also currently works with her father as vice chairman of the Clinton Foundation. Clinton was applauded, and the hosts quickly moved on to promotion of She Persisted, her upcoming children's book.

An ABC spokesperson for The View declined to say whether there were any discussions with Clinton or her representatives of questions that would be off limits.

"We don't comment on the internal discussions with our guests or their reps," said Lauri Hogan.

Representatives for Good Morning America did not respond to a request for comment on the interview.

During a segment late last month, the hosts of The View laid into Ivanka Trump for calling a question concerning allegations against President Trump inappropriate.

Host Sunny Hostin said the question was "completely fair game" because she works at the White House, and her "platform is supposed to be about helping women." Patton Oswalt, who was a guest host for the episode, said, "You can't just toggle on the daughter switch when you're in an uncomfortable position."

Clinton took a similar position as Ivanka Trump in 2008 while campaigning for her mother, responding to one question about her father's affair with Monica Lewinsky by saying, "I do not think that's any of your business."

"It's none of your business," she said a week later when asked a similar question. "That is something that is personal to my family. I'm sure there are things that are personal to your family that you don't think are anyone else's business either."

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