November 21, 2011 / 6:02 PM / 8 years ago

NBC News adds Meghan McCain as contributor

Columnist Meghan McCain arrives at the 2011 Time 100 Gala ceremony in New York April 26, 2011. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

NEW YORK ( - NBC News is making a run on high-powered daughters.

MSNBC announced Monday that Meghan McCain, daughter of Arizona Senator John McCain, has joined MSNBC as a paid contributor, making her first appearance on “NOW with Alex Wagner.”

McCain has appeared as a guest on the “Lean Forward” network since 2009, but this makes her post official — and salaried.

This news comes less than a week after NBC News announced that Chelsea Clinton, daughter of Bill and Hillary, had come aboard as a special correspondent. And then there is Jenna Bush Hager, contributor to NBC’s “Today” show and daughter of president number 43 — George W. Bush.

While Clinton’s appointment struck some as a case of nepotism, McCain has not only contributed to the network for a few years but is a columnist for The Daily Beast, where she writes about social issues, marriage equality and other such topics.

In a press release, MSNBC cited McCain’s “unparalleled exposure to American politics” while McCain described it as a “unique opportunity to share my perspective as a Republican on a network I respect and have built a relationship with over the past two years.”

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