Former White House Press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders is joining Fox News.
“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 political insights and analysis,” Sanders said in a statement about her new position, USA Today reports.
— Sarah Huckabee Sanders (@SarahHuckabee) August 22, 2019
On Thursday afternoon, the Fox News network confirmed the former talking piece for the Trump administration has signed on as an official contributor.
“FOX News has signed former White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders as a contributor,” the network said via BizPac Review.
Former White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders will join Fox News as a contributor; The network says she will "provide political commentary and analysis across all of FOX News Media."https://t.co/PN0G4OUYhl pic.twitter.com/mFoL9KZ285
— USA TODAY (@USATODAY) August 22, 2019
“Sanders will provide political commentary and analysis across all of FOX News Media, including FOX News Channel (FNC), FOX Business Network (FBN), FOX News Digital, FOX Nation and the radio/podcast division. She will make her debut on FOX & Friends during its next live audience show on September 6th,” the statement continued per the report.
According to the report, several journalists and reporters criticizing the move:
The other shoe finally drops: CNN says former White House press secretary Sarah Sanders will join Fox News as a contributor, continuing the revolving door between the Trump administration and the conservative cable newschannel. https://t.co/ztbcWGjoPp pic.twitter.com/vdtdoPsuj1
— Eric Deggans at NPR (@Deggans) August 22, 2019
Wrote this about Spicer and ABC last night, now it applies to Sanders and Fox too: How should ex-White House officials be treated when they spend months misleading the public, then seek positions of fame and privilege?
— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) August 22, 2019
Becomes? Everyone knows Sarah Sanders has been working hand in hand with the propaganda-tainment operation at Fox News since 2017, just ask countless FBI agents https://t.co/5v9qsGTgqk
— Mark Follman (@markfollman) August 22, 2019
BizPac Review reports these criticisms are unfounded as several other former White House advisors under the Obama administration made similar transitions:
That would certainly be news to former Obama administration adviser Ben Rhodes, who joined liberal media news outlets NBC News and MSNBC in 2017; former Obama administration press secretary Josh Earnest, who joined the same networks in 2017; and fellow former Obama administration press secretary Jay Carney, who joined liberal news outlet CNN in 2014.
According to conservative commentator Erick Erickson, a slew of other Obama administration officials have, over the years, wound up with jobs in the demonstrably left-wing media.
“During the Obama Administration, many members of the media floated in and out of the administration and in and out of leftwing blogs and think tanks. They are still around with many of them serving as reporters and their leftwing friends as active members of the Democrats’ ‘resistance,’” he noted in a column at the end of Trump’s first year in office.
“They trade information and shape each other’s worldviews and I am not convinced the heads of media outlets are doing enough to push their reporters to separate their worldview from the facts at hand. As a result, we are not getting the whole truth, but a narrative within which facts are shaped to advance the narrative.”