It’s not unusual for media personnel to drift between networks. However, Fox News White House correspondent Kristin Fisher’s exit to a rival network is noteworthy.
Fisher announced on Fox News’ “Special Report” with Bret Baier Friday that it would be her last day at the network, The Hill reported. Although she did not say where she was going, the publication received confirmation that she is headed to CNN as a space correspondent.
— Bret Baier (@BretBaier) May 7, 2021
“I started out 6 years ago on the early morning weekend shift,” Fisher told the host. “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. But I’ve just realized that there are a few other things on that list that I would like to try to tick off,” she said.
“So before I go I just want to thank Fox for trusting me with this beat and for giving me so many opportunities,” she continued. “And Bret, it has been an absolute pleasure to work with you, the entire White House team, and everybody on the ‘Special Report’ team as well.”
Fisher joined the growing list of Fox defectors who have headed to CNN. Over the years, Dave Briggs, Alisyn Camerota, Rick Flbaum, and Conor Powell have all defected.
Since former President Donald Trump left office, CNN has been struggling to find its footing in its ratings. All news networks are suffering after the election, but CNN has taken the biggest hit, losing almost half of its audience since the new year began.
To compensate, CNN has pivoted to attacking Fox News though it doesn’t seem to hold itself to the same standard. As host Brian Stelter pounces on anything he considers an attack on the press coming from the rival network, his own network ignored an actual mob attack on their journalists last month.
Moving between networks is nothing new, but jumping ship to join an adversary is worth noticing. It’s possible Fisher is hoping for greener pastures, or it’s possible CNN is seeking to poach talent to bolster its dismal ratings.