MSNBC and NBC News Capitol Hill Correspondent Ali Vitali has a new book called “ELECTABLE: Why America Hasn’t Put A Woman In the White House…Yet” and spoke with Katie Phang regarding the topic of women running for president.
On Friday’s edition of “The Katie Phang Show,” Vitali discussed with Phang the double standards she’s witnessed covering female presidential candidates.
The reporter shared a story covering Vice President Kamala Harris and her bid to win the Democratic nominee for president in 2020 before ultimately withdrawing before the primaries.
“It was a reminder to me of what the rest of the campaign cycle would look like, which is the fact that when you are doing this role of campaigning for president and you are different than most of the people who have done this before …
“… I have done hundreds of [campaigns] over the course of the last two presidential cycles I’ve covered. They can be interpreted differently, and it’s a reminder that these things that seem innocuous can actually become pitfalls for female candidates, even if they are just doing the natural job of campaigning for president.”
With the 2024 Presidential Election nearing, no female presidential candidate has surfaced yet. Still, there’s no denying this will be a topic of conversation should a women politician be in the mix.
Dana Perino: Voter Uncertainty Drives High Debate Ratings
“I think there are people who are open-minded, and they’re paying a lot of attention, and they care about the direction of this country, and they’re worried about it.”
Fox News host Dana Perino, one of the moderators for the upcoming Republican presidential debate, tells Deadline that former President Donald Trump has been critical of the debates, claiming that his absence led to low viewership.
However, the first debate had a higher-than-expected viewership of 12.8 million, and Perino suggests that this reflects a willingness among voters to explore alternative candidates.
Perino’s statement implies that viewers are engaged and concerned about the direction of the country, and they are actively seeking information about the candidates and their policies. It will be interesting to see how the second debate’s viewership compares to the first and whether it can maintain or exceed the previous numbers.
Donald Trump has criticized the idea of another Republican presidential debate, claiming that his absence resulted in low viewership. However, the upcoming second debate at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library on Fox Business and Univision will be closely watched to see if it can match last month’s higher-than-expected viewership of 12.8 million.
Dana Perino, who is moderating the debate with Stuart Varney and Univision’s Ilia Calderón, suggests that the strong viewership from the previous debate indicates a willingness among voters to consider alternative candidates.
“I think there are people who are open-minded, and they’re paying a lot of attention, and they care about the direction of this country, and they’re worried about it,” Perino told Deadline.
Seven candidates qualified for the debate: Doug Burgum, Chris Christie, Ron DeSantis, Nikki Haley, Mike Pence, Vivek Ramaswamy, and Tim Scott.
According to reports, Trump is planning to deliver a speech in Detroit to union members as the United Auto Workers continue their strike. This is seen as a counter-programming move, similar to the one he made last month when he appeared in an interview with Tucker Carlson on X/Twitter, as Fox News was presenting the first hour of the Milwaukee debate. It was a clear jab at Fox, which Trump frequently criticizes.
During a speech on Monday, he falsely claimed that “the last debate was the lowest-rated debate in history. That’s a good compliment, isn’t it?”
Perino has stated that she did not have any conversation with former President Trump or his team regarding his participation in the debate. This is in contrast to the first debate, where co-moderator Bret Baier had disclosed that he had spoken to the former president about it, and Fox executives had also met with him to discuss his involvement.
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Anderson Cooper: CNN Doesn’t Have Obsession with Donald Trump
Anderson Cooper pushed back at Howard Stern’s claim, stating that CNN has focused on various other news stories and not on anything Trump-related
CNN’s Anderson Cooper came to the network’s defense during an interview with Howard Stern. The radio host noted that news outlets such as CNN are obsessed with former President Donald Trump.
“It seems to me that Trump not only has changed our world but he’s changed the entire news business,” Stern said.
“It’s almost like we’re so addicted to hearing about him that if you don’t do a Trump story on your show, people aren’t that interested. You just want to hear, ‘Is Trump in trouble?’ It’s like an obsession throughout the country.”
Cooper pushed back at Stern’s claim, stating that CNN has focused on various other news stories and not on anything Trump-related, despite the former commander-in-chief announcing his bid for president in 2024 last year.
“I would argue in the last, you know, couple of years when he wasn’t running for president, he wasn’t the focus [at CNN],” Cooper told Stern.
“We weren’t covering him as much, if at all, once he left office. And frankly, our Ukraine war coverage, I mean, I left, you know after my second son was born, I left a week later to go to Ukraine for, you know, I don’t know, two or three weeks or something.”
ABC News Elevates Deborah Roberts to Permanent 20/20 Co-Anchor
Roberts will continue as senior national affairs correspondent for the network while also taking on a new role at 20/20.
David Muir will have a new co-anchor for 20/20 as ABC News announced that Deborah Roberts has been promoted to the more permanent co-anchor position.
“Deborah has been reporting for 20/20 since 1995, covering everything from profiles of political figures to the most shocking crime cases gripping the nation,” ABC News president Kim Godwin said in a press release.
“She is a skilled investigative journalist, oftentimes trekking across the country to conduct hard-hitting interviews providing viewers with relevant, insightful information. Deborah is an empathetic reporter, bringing humanity to every story.
Roberts permanently takes over for Amy Robach, who was let go due to a public romantic relationship with T.J. Holmes. Roberts will continue as senior national affairs correspondent for the network while also taking on a new role at 20/20.
Since 1995, Roberts has reported on 20/20 and earned Emmys for her coverage of international and national world events.