In a recent turn of events, former Bush 43 Press Secretary turned Fox News host, Dana Perino, took the opportunity to introduce Hillary Clinton as “the amazing Secretary Hillary Clinton” at the Clinton Global Initiative’s annual meeting. The meeting, which took place between September 18th and 19th, was just days before Perino’s role as a moderator for Fox News’ GOP presidential debate on September 27th.
In a video footage capturing the introduction, Perino stood behind a podium and addressed the crowd, exclaiming, “You are here to see the amazing Secretary Hillary Clinton.” As Clinton walked towards the stage, Perino snapped to attention, exhibiting a noticeable military-like stance. This gesture was particularly striking around the 9 to 11-second marks in the video.
During the Clinton Global Initiative meeting, Perino not only introduced Clinton but also served as a moderator for roundtable discussions among prominent globalists, including Clinton herself. The event aimed to address various issues, with a special focus on protecting freedom of the press and supporting human rights.
While Perino’s moderation skills received praise from the Clinton Global Initiative, her performance as a moderator in the GOP presidential debate received criticism from viewers. Many deemed her and her fellow moderators, Stuart Varney and Ilia Calderón, as incompetent in maintaining control over the debate’s flow. Critics have called their performance lackluster and expressed disappointment at their inability to steer the discussion effectively.
In a surprising turn, Perino seemed to engage in strategic discussions with the establishment-backed candidates on stage during the debate. She advised them that if multiple candidates did not drop out and unite behind a single candidate, it would become increasingly difficult to prevent former President Trump from securing the GOP presidential nomination once again.
These developments come at a time when Fox News is undergoing significant changes in their daytime programming lineup. The network has transitioned from being the top-rated cable news channel to facing criticism and dwindling viewership. This shift has been linked to Fox News’ perceived anti-Trump stance, which some viewers find disheartening.
The events surrounding Dana Perino’s introduction of Hillary Clinton at the Clinton Global Initiative’s annual meeting have captured attention and sparked debates. While Perino received accolades for her role as a moderator during the meeting, viewers of the GOP presidential debate criticized her and her fellow moderators for their performance. These recent developments also coincide with the ongoing changes at Fox News, where the network has faced a decline in ratings and controversy over their alleged anti-Trump stance.
The impact of these events on the political landscape and the future of Fox News remains to be seen. As the 2024 presidential election approaches, the role of media and moderators in shaping political discussions and influencing public opinion will undoubtedly be closely scrutinized.