Some personnel news in the cable broadcasting world broke on Friday when Fox News correspondent Kristin Fisher let the viewing audience know that she is departing the network to join rival outlet CNN, as The Hill reported.
Fisher, who has been the network’s White House correspondent wince 2019 made the announcement during Special Report, saying to host Bret Baier, “From the jobs report to my own job, this is my last live shot on my last day at Fox News,” according to Mediaite.
The soon-to-be CNN space correspondent added, “I have had an incredible run. I started out six years ago on the early morning weekend shift. I made it all the way to the White House, which is something that has been at the very top of my career bucket list ever since I was a very little girl.”
Expressing her gratitude for the time at Fox and the collaborative nature of the job, Fisher told Baier, “So before I go I just want to thank Fox for trusting me with this beat and for giving me so many opportunities,” adding, “it has been an absolute pleasure to work with you, the entire White House team, and everybody on the Special Report team as well.”
The correspondent has sparked minor controversy among Fox News fans in recent months, having challenged former Donald Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani about election fraud claims and taking what some see a tougher approach in covering the Trump White House than certain of her colleagues at the network.
Fisher is among a number of Fox News personalities to pull up stakes and move to CNN in recent years, as an intense rivalry between the networks continues to rage. Others who have made a similar move include Conor Powell, Rick Folbaum, Dave Briggs, and Alisyn Camerota, as The Hill noted.
Jeff Zucker, president of CNN has often lobbed harsh public criticism of Fox, calling it “conspiracy TV,” and expressing his belief that it is not a “journalistic operation,” according to Mediaite.
CNN media critic Brian Stelter is also well-known for his anti-Fox screeds, recently leveling the bizarre criticism that Fox News personalities had not posted a sufficient volume of COVID-19 vaccine selfies, as those from his own network had done in large numbers.
It remains to be seen whether Stelter, Chris Cuomo, Don Lemon and the rest of the left-wing all-stars who populate the programming lineup at CNN will be able to work together nicely with a new hire who earned her reporting chops at Fox News.