Fox News officially announced on Tuesday that it has hired former Trump spokeswoman Kayleigh McEnany as an on-air contributor.
“It is my distinct pleasure today to welcome Kayleigh Mcenany to the Fox family,” anchor Harris Faulkner said Tuesday morning after wrapping an on-air interview with the last White House press secretary under the Trump administration. “We will be seeing much more of her in the future.”
McEnany, who has come under fire for her steadfast defense of Trump’s thousands of misleading statements as president, previously worked as a CNN commentator and a spokesperson for the Republican National Committee and the Trump campaign.
“The addition of a known and frequent liar to the Fox News roster set off some alarms within a newsroom that has been ‘purged’ in recent months in favor of right-wing opinion programming and content geared towards keeping a diehard MAGA audience satisfied,” the Daily Beast reported on Tuesday.
“It’s truly disgusting they fired hard-working journalists who did care about facts and news reporting only to turn around and hire a mini-Goebbels whose incessant lies from the White House helped incite an insurrection on our democracy that got five people killed, including a police officer,” a Fox News insider raged to The Daily Beast. “Post-Trump Fox is quickly becoming a very scary place and quite dangerous for our democracy. It’s not even conservative news anymore. They’ve plunged into an alternate reality where extremist propaganda is the only course on the menu.”
The official announcement came weeks after it was reported that McEnany had been in talks to join Fox News immediately after leaving the Trump administration.
“It’s upsetting,” a current Fox News staffer lamented to The Daily Beast. “So many good people are out of a job now and I’m sure she’ll get a huge contract.” But the hiring makes sense, this employee said, because “Sarah Sanders just left to run for governor of Arkansas and our audience loves Kayleigh.”