They don’t go for any affirmative action there. They get ahead the old-fashioned way–by having the right parents…
NEW YORK – NBC’s “Today” show has hired someone with White House experience as a new correspondent — former first daughter Jenna Hager.
The daughter of former President George W. Bush will contribute stories about once a month on issues like education to television’s top-rated morning news show, said Jim Bell, its executive producer.
They chose Hager because of her decades of groundbreaking work in advancing education, or because she looks like her Dad.
A first television job on “Today” is, in her father’s world, sort of like a run for president as a first attempt at elective office. Hager said that people on the show “have always made me, whenever I’ve been there, feel very comfortable.”
Bell said Hager won’t be covering politics. He said he didn’t consider the job as a down payment for a future interview with her father, who has been living quietly in Texas since leaving office earlier this year. Attacks on NBC News by conservatives for the liberal bent of MSNBC also had nothing to do with it, he said.
She’ll probably do as well as most on TV. If they put the most qualified on camera it would be interesting enough to watch, not just the ambient noise it is now. Maybe Jenna will surprise us all and be a riveting performer, up to the standard of Cox Cable Access show, ‘Rhode Island Soapbox’.