Fox News denied on Tuesday that former White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany had joined the conservative TV channel, after a government ethics watchdog reported that she had. (See post at 11.52am.)
But Fox News also said it was open to hiring McEnany in the future.
Citing a “termination financial disclosure report”, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington said: “McEnany reached an agreement with the company in January 2021 to start working there this month. During her stint in the Trump administration, McEnany regularly appeared on the network, including more than 20 times after Trump lost the 2020 election.”
The report published by Crew featured a reference to an “employment agreement with Fox News, starting work in January” 2021. Before entering the White House, McEnany worked for both Fox News and CNN.
A Fox News spokeswoman told the Guardian: “Kayleigh McEnany is not currently an employee or contributor at Fox News.”
A source familiar with the matter said conversations had been held after the presidential election in November, but had been paused.
“We do not discuss the details behind contracts with any personnel,” the source said, “but we are open to hiring her in the future given we do not condone cancel culture.”
“Cancel culture”, the perceived quietening of unwelcome voices by mainstream media and other institutions, has become an attack line on the political right.
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Former White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany has joined Fox News as a contributor, the watchdog Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington said on Tuesday, lamenting “the revolving door between Fox News and the Trump administration”.
News of McEnany’s move to Fox News followed former press secretary Sarah Sanders’ exit from the same outlet, shortly before she announced a run for governor in Arkansas with a statement including an attack on the mainstream media.
“According to her termination financial disclosure report,” Crew said in a release, “McEnany reached an agreement with the company in January 2021 to start working there this month. During her stint in the Trump administration, McEnany regularly appeared on the network, including more than 20 times after Trump lost the 2020 election.”
The report published by Crew featured a reference to an “employment agreement with Fox News, starting work in January” 2021. Before entering the White House, she worked for both Fox News and CNN.
A Fox News spokeswoman did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
McEnany was Donald Trump’s fourth White House press secretary, succeeding Sean Spicer, Sanders and Stephanie Grisham in April 2020.
“I will never lie to you,” she declared on her debut in the White House briefing room. “You have my word on that.”
In an administration founded on misleading statements and outright lies spread from the president down, they proved to be famous first words.
McEnany spent her last days in the White House role repeating Trump’s baseless claims that the election was stolen.
My colleague Daniel Strauss got his hands on an invitation for a conference call between the National Governors Association and Biden administration officials to discuss the distribution of COVID-19 vaccines.
The call, scheduled for 3.00 pm EST on Tuesday, will include White House COVID-19 coordinator Jeff Zients, CDC Director Dr Rochelle Walensky, remarks by General Gustave Perna, the chief operating officer of the Department of Defense, White House COVID-19 Response Team vaccination coordinator Bechara Choucair, and fellow team member and supply coordinator Tim Manning, according to an invitation for the call obtained by the Guardian.
A question and answer portion will be facilitated for the governors participating on the call by NGA executive director Bill McBride.
This is the first meeting of its kind the Biden has had with governors since taking office last week. The Biden team had previously held calls during the transition period. The Trump administration held similar calls with top officials, sometimes including then-vice president Mike Pence.
The call with governors comes as Democrats and the Biden administration prioritizes COVID relief through the levers of government at their disposal.
On Monday Biden said he could see reaching 1.5 million vaccine shots per day, an increase from a previously low goal the Biden team had set and the Trump administration was on course to meet.
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