Big Three Networks Herald New White House Women's Report
Published: 3/3/2011 5:15 PM ET
ABC and NBC touted the Obama administration's new report on women by leading their evening news shows with it on Tuesday. Diane Sawyer gushed over the "huge new report," while NBC's Savannah Guthrie trumpeted the "first comprehensive White House report on women since...Kennedy asked Eleanor Roosevelt to lead a study." CBS also highlighted the report on Evening News and on The Early Show the next day.
NBC's Brian Williams, during his introduction to correspondent Savannah Guthrie's report, proclaimed how "the White House reported some new numbers today about women in this country, and while, in many ways, women continue to pass men by, an old problem is just as bad, just as serious, and it continues to hold women back economically." After noting the gains by women in terms of college attendance, Williams continued that the problem was "the pay gap in the workplace, and that hasn't changed."
Guthrie began with her Eleanor Roosevelt line, and continued that the report "paints a portrait of a modern woman- less June Cleaver, more Liz Lemon" (Tina Fey's character from "30 Rock"). She then spouted some of the figures from the Obama administration document:
GUTHRIE: Pulling together data from across federal agencies, the Obama administration report finds women have eliminated the gender gap in education- now, just as likely as men to have a college degree. Young women actually are more likely to have a degree, reversing the norm of 40 years ago. After booming for decades, the rate of women entering the labor force has now tapered off: about 61% of women work. But the report says women are still paid about 75% of what their male counterparts are paid.Instead of looking into why this may be, the NBC correspondent highlighted the outraged reactions from two unidentified women they interviewed on the street.
WHITE HOUSE SENIOR ADVISOR VALERIE JARRETT: It's one thing to know something intuitively. It's very different to have the evidence that actually backs it up. This report gives us that evidence.
By contrast, ABC's Jake Tapper offered some possible explanations to the pay disparity during his report on World News, even with Sawyer's triumphal introduction: