'This Week' Web Extra: Katrina vanden Heuvel

The editor and publisher of The Nation answers viewer questions.
5:48 | 05/19/13

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Transcript for 'This Week' Web Extra: Katrina vanden Heuvel
Hi I'm Benjamin -- of this week when George Stephanopoulos I'm here today with the nation's Katrina -- who won't welcome thank you thank you for joining us thank you. And because we believe all politics is social this week we're gonna put some of the questions that you submitted on FaceBook to Katrina. So the first question comes from Susan K and she says how did you get started in your prayer. I got started in my career I was an intern at the nation. And editor -- high school paper editor of a college paper and I wanted to. It's you know there was. The passion for politics used for journalism but it is really the internship in 1988 nation which has now launched about a thousand journalists. Thinkers writers around including the head of the labor party in Britain and cardinal event former nation -- -- -- -- -- get started. And I recommend ever in the nation internship there. It works obviously. So the next question comes from Melinda Jones and she says. Who is the most difficult person you've had to interview and -- obviously probably interviewed a lot of people this is an unusual. I interviewed. Mikhail Gorbachev the former leader of the Soviet Union. On May twentieth anniversary of the fall of the Berlin -- And it was difficult not only because it was in Russian which I speak conflict but because he is someone who was so passionate. It in his conviction about his ideas and in his belief that he helped change the world. And in the -- he played in -- fall of the Berlin Wall that he talks in great bursts and to interrupt someone. Who I believe helped change the history of the world and a better way it's a very tough thing to do so I would say -- was Mikhail Gorbachev said. But he sounds pretty difficult. So the next question is from Coleman to Bork and she writes how was it. How was writing about politics shaped your life and what don't you favor about it. I love writing about politics I find often though that the parameters of writing about politics -- to -- that it's too partisan. I love writing about the ideas in these issues that inform our politics. So what I don't like is where it gets too. Shrill -- hyper partisan what I do love is bringing a new idea. Into the world -- lifting up people who are involved in politics who don't get the attention disorder. So you know those and those of the things I love and I'm also not first and foremost to be honest and editors I love finding the younger riders -- -- have. You know a passion about an issue when want to share. With the world with the nation in the nation and so that's part of my mind. Absolutely OK and so are for our final viewer question comes from -- And it's more misstatement actually says Pat Robertson has no respect for women of course. This week he said during a show males have a tendency to -- a little bit and what you want to do. Is. Make -- home so wonderful that he doesn't want to wonders talking to a viewer who had said. Her significant other was cheating on her so what -- what's your response to that. You know putting aside Pat Robertson who said some pretty outrageous things and his time on this earth. I think the most one of the most important things about the civilized countries respect for women. And I think we're seeing and too many of our institutions. A lack of respect for women I think for example of this week the epidemic of sexual assault to military. And the need to find a way to restore honor to the men and for the women who are serving this country in very difficult ways. I think of those who have talked about legitimate -- -- has no place in our country so I think Pat Robertson reflects a strand. That if we're going to be a civilized. Decent country has to be kind of outage revealed. And said no this is not part of what we are who we are let us -- our sisters or mothers for daughters. Those in political power but also the most vulnerable among us who are often women. -- and now moving on to our our lightning round first question Anthony Weiner. Merrill bed -- we support him if he runs -- new Yorker. There are a few very good candidates are -- running for mayor I think Anthony Weiner. I'm a believer in redemption and you know second chances but he needs a few more years in the wilderness in my mind do that. -- -- your favorite Republican. Obviously -- well known progressive Walter Jones Walter Jones congressman from North Carolina he was famous for coining the term freedom Fries. During the Iraq War -- the French were too crazy but he lives in -- district where he went to so many funerals for those who were being killed in Iraq and later Afghanistan. That he has joined. Trans partisan with people who ended DO -- -- -- to end the Iraq War and understands that. There are better alternatives to conflict and -- so I think Walter Jones is a really interest in. Republican on his own terms but also someone who. People could look to emulate guilty pleasure guilty pleasure -- -- watching Trueblood and a lot of shows like that sitting with a dirty martini. Sounds great and lastly your pet if -- -- I moved. People who likes to do you know I'm not I don't I love Twitter you know I love Twitter but -- The craziness were people in in their cell phones like it's like sitting peace and going to a restaurant and people -- -- their -- with other people and they're not talking to each other. We got to find a way to better engage other -- -- in the -- being in the moment being present. Great I'm wolf thank you so much for joining us today and thank you Deborah who submitted their questions you can follow the show and Twitter. At this week ABC and on FaceBook at FaceBook dot com slash this week ABC.

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