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Ali Vitali: Female Presidential Candidates Face Innocuous Pitfalls

Vitali discussed with Katie Phang the double standards she’s witnessed covering female presidential candidates.

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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. 

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NBC News Adds Sacramento, Washington D.C. Correspondents

On Thursday, NBC News announced the additions of two new correspondents as the network added Dana Griffin and Marissa Parra.

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On Thursday, NBC News announced the additions of two new correspondents as the network added Dana Griffin and Marissa Parra.

Griffin will be based in Sacramento; meanwhile, Parra will be heading to Washington, D.C. As part of their new roles with the network, both will appear across NBC News and MSNBC platforms.

After spending time as a reporter and fill-in anchor for NBC7 in San Diego, Griffin heads to the national media stage, where she tweeted her excitement to start the new position. 

Griffin is familiar with the Northern California market as she spent nearly three years reporting for KCRA in Sacramento and was a weekend anchor and reporter for KIEM-TV up in Eureka.

Parra joins NBC News from CBS2 in Chicago after spending three years as a general assignment reporter. Parra will also be heading to a market she knows after spending three years as a freelance producer for ABC News’ Washington, D.C. bureau.

“A lifelong dream,” Parra tweeted on Thursday. “I’ll be an NBC Correspondent covering the same states I once called home. See you soon, East Coast!”

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Ari Melber Refers to Fox News as ‘MAGA Snowflake Bubble’

The MSNBC host had a guest to discuss the topic, but before he tossed it over to the attorney and former FBI agent Asha Rangappa, Melber took a shot at the network.

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MSNBC host Ari Melber went after Fox News and its contributor Lara Trump, appearing on the network criticizing a lawsuit by the New York attorney general against her family’s company.

On Wednesday, New York AG Letitia James publicized a $250 million suit against the Trump Organization, accusing them of overinflating assets to get low-interest loans.

The MSNBC host had a guest to discuss the topic, but before he tossed it over to the attorney and former FBI agent Asha Rangappa, Melber took a shot at the network.

Melber referred to Fox News (h/t Mediaite) as a “MAGA snowflake bubble where you’re not going to be triggered. You’re not going to be pressed and shout out to anyone who needs a bubble. You know you can live in a snowflake bubble if you want.”

Neither side is immune to these types of criticisms when having people of Trump’s status where a rival network believes that the host isn’t asking the tough questions. 

Fox News has done this in the past when members of the Biden administration go on CNN or MSNBC. 

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Alyssa Farah Griffin Praises Christiane Amanpour For Not Wearing Hijab

“The View’s” Alyssa Farah Griffin, applauded Christiane Amanpour’s decision to walk away from the interview with the Iranian president rather than wear a hijab.

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On Thursday, CNN Chief International Anchor Christiane Amanpour shared details of an interview with Iranian president Ebrahim Raisi, which didn’t happen. 

Raisi insisted that Amanpour wear a hijab while conducting the interview despite the location being in New York and not Iran. Still, the CNN anchor declined the request leading to the president skipping the interview. 

Many in the news media, including “The View’s” Alyssa Farah Griffin, applauded Amanpour’s decision to walk away from the interview rather than wear a hijab. 

“Iranian President Raisi demanded @amanpour wear a headscarf for their scheduled interview,” Farah Griffin tweeted

“In a powerful display of solidarity with the women of Iran, she declined, & he refused to do the interview. Stand with the women of Iran & say her name #MahsaAmini.

This with Amanpour would have been Raisi’s first interview after protests are sweeping Iran with women burning their hijabs after the death last week of Amini, following her arrest by the “morality police.”

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