Another Fox “News Side” Reporter Exits The Network, Heads To CBS
Catherine Herridge, Fox News’ chief intelligence correspondent, joined several others from the networks “news side” and made her exit this week, heading to CBS News — where she said “facts” are important.
Herridge’s exit — and not-so-subtle dig at Fox on her way out — is the latest in a string of departures since President Donald Trump’s election in 2016, which led to complaints that the news network has become even more biased toward Republicans.
In CBS News’ announcement that the former Fox anchor had joined its team, Herridge is quoted as saying, “I feel privileged to join a team where facts and storytelling will always matter.”
Media Matters reported that Herridge had “won the respect of journalists outside Fox” over her more than two decades with the network, despite “often aligned with Republican talking points and fed the conspiracy theories of the network’s prime-time stars.”
Herridge was preceded by Fox anchor Shepard Smith, who shocked the nation with his departure earlier this month. Smith had been with the network since its founding in 1996 and became known for “regularly using his program to debunk Trump’s disinformation and rebut right-wing conspiracy theories.”
Several other lesser-known Fox reporters also have left the network, Media Matters noted, including chief political correspondent Carl Cameron, who left in 2017, and Adam Housley and Conor Powell, correspondents who left last year.
Off the record, Fox newsroom employees have voiced dissatisfaction with the network’s Trumpian shift since the president came to power, Media Matters noted: “Fox staffers speaking anonymously to reporters have over the last few years given quotes like Fox 'feels like an extension of the Trump White House,' 'We have a chance to turn the corner at Fox, and perpetuating this conspiracy theory damages our integrity,' 'ARE WE STILL AIRING THAT SHIT?!; and ‘People throughout the company think a new line was crossed.’”