Marianne Williamson is a spiritual author whose most high-profile previous foray into politics was an unsuccessful run for Congress as an independent. In a field of nearly two-dozen Democratic presidential candidates, she wouldn’t normally warrant much press attention.
But Williamson’s campaign says she’s hit the 65,000-donor threshold to qualify for the upcoming primary debates. And after 2016 — when the media was accused of anointing winners too early and missing the rise of Donald Trump — news executives and editors are anxious to make sure they give every would-be president a fair look.
“I feel compelled to give everybody a chance to prove that they’re worthy of coverage,” said Chuck Todd, who hosts NBC’s “Meet the Press” and serves as political director.