White House communications staffers have a long history of entering television news soon after leaving an administration, reports TVNewser. As examples, TVNewser states that George Stephanopoulos “has become one of the top faces in the news business, and was previously former President Clinton’s communications director. Dana Perino would eventually become an anchor on Fox News after her stint as former President George W. Bush’s press secretary, and Nicolle Wallace is a host on MSNBC who also worked as communications director in the Bush administration. Then, there are Kayleigh McEnany and Sean Spicer, who host (or co-host) shows on Fox and Newsmax, respectively.
“Yet, according to a report from CNN’s Oliver Darcy, a number of NBC News journalists are frustrated about White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki being hired by MSNBC to host a show on the cable network and on Peacock. CNN also pursued Psaki, but she decided to go with MSNBC.
“He reports that those angry journalists approached NBC News president Noah Oppenheim in the form of a phone call … and said they felt MSNBC signing Psaki would hurt the NBC News brand.
“Darcy quoted an anonymous source on the call as saying Oppenheim said that MSNBC and NBC News are separate entities, with the former more focused on left-leaning opinion shows.”