CNN and MSNBC need to signal White House press secretary Jen Psaki to host a present on cable information
Puck’s Dylan Breyers described the 2 networks’ push for Psaki as “feverish.” Executives at each networks just lately flew to Washington to recruit Psaki, who plans to go away the White House this yr.
CNN and MSNBC consider Psaki may spark their scores, as each networks proceed to wrestle with out Donald Trump to deal with.
Psaki is a promising tv prospect. She’s charming, a bit condescending, and loyal to these above her. Those are three must-have qualities on tv.
Psaki would additionally be a part of an inventory of former White House communications staffers turned media skills, together with Kayleigh McEnany (Fox News), George Stephanopolous (ABC), and Nicolle Wallace (MSNBC) — all of whom are profitable hosts.
If Psaki’s tv hopes are aggressive, MSNBC is extra optimum than CNN. Remember, primetime host Rachel Maddow has the choice to terminate her every day primetime present in April. MSNBC reportedly is aware of it doesn’t have a viable alternative possibility on its roster. So may Psaki turn into the following Rachel Maddow?
In phrases of attain in liberal media, viewership knowledge says there may be just one Maddow. Yet Psaki has extra upside than MSNBC’s different choices, like Nicolle Wallace, Joy Reid, and Chris Hayes. The Jen Psaki Show may be nearly as good because it will get for MSNBC.
By the way in which, is CNN lastly prepared to admit it has a transparent liberal bias? While MSNBC is open about its bent, CNN maintains it’s a average different. Yet over the previous yr, CNN has signed Jemele Hill, supplied Maddow $20 million a yr, and is now aggressively recruiting Joe Biden’s press secretary. CNN, tell us if are prepared to come clear.
Ultimately, search for Psaki to have choices past tv in a altering media panorama. Spotify and AppleTV+, two platforms that plan to make a splash in news-talk, have the assets to outbid MSNBC and CNN for Psaki’s providers.