Fox News hires Sarah Huckabee Sanders, former White House press secretary

Cheryl Sanders
August 22, 2019

"That was a state I won by a lot", Trump said at an early June press conference in which Sanders thanked the president through a farewell address.

"Fox News has been the number one news organization in the country for 17 years running, and I am beyond proud to join their incredible stable of on-air contributors in providing insights and analysis", she said via statement.

The inked deal merely extends a pipeline that was rushing during Sanders's time at the White House: According to Media Matters, Sanders appeared on Fox News 67 times from August 2017 until her departure, versus six on CNN and zero on MSNBC. The network was apparently unable to cite any accomplishments from Sanders's White House tenure. She begins her new role on September 6. In an interview with former Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigators, Sanders even admitted that she provided reporters with baseless information about the firing of former FBI Director James Comey. Hope Hicks, the former White House communications director and close Trump confidante, was also brought on by Fox Corporation in 2018 as an executive vice-president and chief communications officer.

Raj Shah, the former White House deputy press secretary, joined Fox Corporation as senior vice-president just last month.

The revolving door has also worked in the opposite direction.

Fox News announced Sanders has joined the network as a contributor.

It raises the question: How should former White House officials who misled the public be treated when they seek positions of fame and privilege?

And yet, Sanders, daughter of former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, left the office with a more mixed track record than her predecessors.

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