Good morning, Broadsheet readers! Journalism loses the irreplaceable Gwen Ifill, Indra Nooyi’s straight talk prompts calls for a boycott, and Mary Jo White plans to leave the SEC in January. Have a productive Tuesday.
• The new not normal. President-elect Donald Trump’s decision to appoint campaign chief executive Steve Bannon to a top White House post lit up the internet yesterday, drawing sharp criticism from Democrats, as well as a few Republicans. At issue: Bannon’s ties to the alt-right and his record as chairman of Breitbart News, a fringe site that has long been a home to anti-Semitic, racist, white nationalist, and yes, misogynist views.
While Bannon didn’t write the disturbing content that’s appeared on Breitbart in recent years, he did boost the careers of infamous trolls such as tech blogger Milo Yiannopolous, who is best known for leading the Gamergate charge and stirring up racist Twitter attacks on comedian Leslie Jones. Here’s just a sampling of the headlines that appeared on Breitbart under Bannon’s stewardship:
- “Birth Control Makes Women Unattractive and Crazy”
- “There’s No Hiring Bias Against Women in Tech, They Just Suck at Interviews”
- “The Solution to Online ‘Harassment’ Is Simple: Women Should Log Off”
- “Planned Parenthood’s Body Count Under Cecile Richards Is Up to Half a Holocaust”
If part of Trump’s plan to unite the country includes an appeal to women—the majority of whom voted for his opponent—putting a man who signed off on these sentences in a position of immense power is not the way to do it.
ALSO IN THE HEADLINES
• Goodbye, Gwen. Gwen Ifill, one of the most prominent political journalists in the country, has died at age 61. She was a role model and trailblazer, becoming the first African-American woman to host a major political talk show when she took the helm of Washington Week in Review. In 2013, she was named co-host of the PBS NewsHour, where she and Judy Woodruff became the show’s first female co-anchors. PBS
• Madame Secretary? Former Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway has been ubiquitous in recent days, speaking for her boss in countless articles and TV news segments (including making a vocal defense of Steve Bannon). Now some D.C. insiders are speculating that she may take that role to its logical conclusion, becoming the next White House press secretary. Fortune
• Good question. Yesterday afternoon, the New York Times‘ Susan Chira and Claire Cain Miller hosted a live chat to field reader questions about gender issues in America—with a special focus on how the treatment of those issues might change under president-elect Trump. You can read the full transcript here: New York Times
• Switching to water? After PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi spoke out about the anxiety some of her female and minority employees are feeling post-election, a group of Trump fans are calling for a boycott of her company. Mic
• Being Barbra. The latest episode of OnStage, our MPW podcast, features the legendary Barbra Streisand talking about why she’s so devoted to raising awareness about women’s heart disease and how she keeps going strong at age 74. iTunes
MOVERS AND SHAKERS: Mary Jo White, chairwoman of the Securities and Exchange Commission, announced plans to leave the agency at the end of the Obama administration in January. Nasdaq named Adena Friedman as its new president and CEO. She will also join the board.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT
• Saying sorry. Fortune’s Jen Wieczner looked at transcripts of past concession speeches in U.S. presidential elections going back to 1952 and found that Hillary Clinton’s concession address used one phrase that every one of her male predecessors has shunned: “I’m sorry.” Fortune
• Barra’s Bolt. GM chief Mary Barra is betting big on the new Chevrolet Bolt to jumpstart the market for electric vehicles. Pam Fletcher, GM’s top electric-vehicle engineer, says the Bolt is expected to be able to go up to 238 miles on a single charge, which the company hopes will be enough to appeal to a wide swath of drivers. WSJ
• Starboard climbs aboard. Starboard Value LP, the activist hedge fund that pushed for the sale of Yahoo early this year, bought a $124.7 million stake in Hewlett-Packard Enterprise, which is led by CEO Meg Whitman. Fortune
• Women to watch. HBO has renewed Insecure and Divorce, committing to bringing the two female-fronted and female-created shows back for second seasons. Meanwhile, BBC Two announced plans for Mary Berry Everyday, a six-part series hosted by Mary Berry, who recently announced that she will not return as a judge on The Great British Bake Off when the show moves to Channel 4.
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