Former White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany joined Fox News, the network said Tuesday.
Responding to the news, an anonymous Fox News member quoted by the Daily Beast McEnany called “a mini-Goebbels” that “helped incite an insurrection in our democracy.”
The Fox News anchor Harris Faulkner made the announcement around an interview with Trump’s former aide, saying that it was “a great pleasure today to welcome Kayleigh McEnany to the Fox family. We will see much more of her in the future.
“Coming a little later this hour, more of Kayleigh, including the challenge of being a new mom while serving in the White House.”
A Fox News spokesperson confirmed that McEnany had joined the network as a “live commentator,” a position he previously held at CNN.
McEnany was Donald Trump’s fourth press secretary, after Sean Spicer, Sarah Sanders and Stephanie Grisham. She promised that she would “never” lie to reporters, a promise she fought to keep while representing a president who for one account made 30,573 false or misleading claims in office.
McEnany’s post-White House plans first came into focus in January, when a government watchdog, Citizens for Accountability and Ethics in Washington, released a “termination financial disclosure report” that saying he had struck a deal with the Rupert Murdoch news network.
“During his tenure in the Trump administration,” Crew said, “McEnany appeared regularly on [Fox News]even more than 20 times after Trump lost the 2020 election. “
Fox News said McEnany had not joined. He announced a Fox Business show for Larry Kudlow, Trump’s former senior economic adviser.
Among McEnany’s predecessors in the White House, Sanders recently quit a deal with Fox News to run for governor in Arkansas, while Spicer joined Newsmax, an increasingly fierce and pro-Trump right-wing competitor.
As a press secretaryMcEnany advanced Trump’s lie that the presidential election was stolen by Joe Biden, through massive electoral fraud. In service of that lie, on January 6, Trump incited his supporters to attack the United States Capitol.
Before the Senate judicial committee on Tuesday, Christopher Wray, director of the FBI, said the riot was an example of “domestic terrorism.”
Although Trump was reportedly pleased by the events at the Capitol, McEnany told Faulkner on Fox News, the atmosphere that day was of “disbelief, shock, gloomy, sad, horrified by the violence, and it was a very hard day, difficult in the White House, there is no doubt.”
Later on tuesday the daily beast quoted an anonymous “Fox News whistleblower” referring to both the Capitol riots and the firing of employees who called the election of Biden, saying, “It’s really disgusting that they fired hardworking journalists who cared about the facts and the news only to turn around and hire a mini-Goebbels whose incessant White House lies helped incite an insurrection in our democracy that sparked the deaths of five people, including a police officer.
“Post-Trump Fox is fast becoming a scary and quite dangerous place for our democracy. It’s not even conservative news anymore. They have plunged into an alternate reality where extremist propaganda is the only item on the menu. “
Another anonymous Fox News source told Beast that the hiring made sense, as “Sarah Sanders just came out to run for governor of Arkansas and our audience loves Kayleigh.”
CNN host Brian Stelter, author of Hoax: Donald Trump, Fox News and the Dangerous Distortion of Truth, tweeted: “One way to think of Fox News in 2021 is like Trump’s White House in exile.”
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