Democrat pundit Donna Brazile leaves Fox News for ABC, but insists ‘all is well’ between her and Fox
Former Democratic National Committee Chairman Donna Brazile has left Fox News after claiming she “ achieved what she wanted ” with Joe Biden’s election victory.
Brazile has appeared on ABC News’ news show This Week multiple times and was listed as an employee of the program on ABC last weekend.
“When my contract expired, they offered me an extra 2-4 years,” Brazile said The Daily Beast when asked about her departure from Fox, “But I decided to return to ABC.”
Brazile went on to say that ‘everything is fine’ between her and Fox, suggesting the split was amicable.
Donna Brazile’s time at Fox News is over after she leaves the conservative network
In an email to the New York Times, Brazile shared more about her time at Fox News.
“Fox hasn’t censored my views in any way,” Brazile said. “Everyone treated me courteously like a colleague.”
Brazile also added, “I think it is important that all media expose their audiences to both progressive and conservative views. With the election and President Biden’s first 100 days behind us, I got what I wanted at Fox News. ‘
She joined Fox News in March 2019 as an employee, despite knowing she would be criticized by progressives for joining the outlet.
Brazile stated that the 2016 election “ showed that we need to engage that public and show Americans of every streak what we stand for, rather than retreat to our ‘safe spaces.’
Brazile recently joined ABC News as a contributor and is stepping up her role there
However, her time at Fox News hasn’t always been easy, filled with occasional screaming matches and frequent criticism from Donald Trump.
In August 2019, Trump tweeted, ‘So @donnabrazile is giving Crooked Hillary the questions, and now she’s on @FoxNews’, expressing his displeasure.
Trump tweeted about her again in June 2020: “ She is being fired by @CNN for giving Crooked Hillary the debate questions, and is being hired by @FoxNews. Where are you Roger Ailes? ‘
She also once told Republican National Committee chairman Ronna McDaniel to “ go to hell ” after McDaniel weighed in on the 2020 Democratic primaries.
Before working for Fox News, Brazile worked as an associate for CNN. She resigned from the news company in October 2016 after a WikiLeaks email in 2016 revealed that she leaked questions from the presidential debate into Hillary Clinton’s campaign.
Her time at Fox was filled with occasional screaming matches and criticism from Donald Trump
“We are not at all comfortable with what we have learned about her interactions with the Clinton campaign while contributing to CNN,” CNN said in a statement at the time of their split.
Brazile expressed disappointment with the way things turned out years later when he spoke Variety.
“I don’t like the way we split,” Brazile said. I came out of 2016 bruised and battered and emotionally distraught. I didn’t think I’d ever bring myself to go back. ‘
Brazile also has a long political history in addition to her time as DNC chair, where she has worked with Jesse Jackson, Walter Mondale and Richard Gephardt.
She also led Al Gore’s 2000 presidential campaign.
Donna Brazile is the former Chairman of the Democratic National Committee
Brazile is the third prominent figure to leave Fox News recently, joining Fox & Friends Weekend co-host Jedediah Bila and former White House correspondent Kristin Fisher, who has been hired by CNN.
Fisher faced criticism from viewers for a segment in November in which she debunked the election fraud allegations made by Trump’s lawyers.
Juan Williams also recently left The Five so he could stay in Washington DC with his family, although he will continue on the network.
Williams was the liberal vote on the round table show, a slot Brazile could have been a contender to fill.
She is the second liberal voice to make a big move at Fox News recently after Juan Williams (pictured) left The Five, though he is expected to stay on the network.
The New York Times reports that the various changes at Fox News are driving more pro-Trump figures to make waves with the network.
Greg Gutfeld and Dan Bongino, both Trump supporters, now have prominent eras on the network.
Fox News also shut down political editor Chris Stirewalt – who was instrumental in the network’s callout for Joe Biden in Arizona during the election – and recently brought in a new editor, Kerri Kupec, who was a spokeswoman for William Barr.
In other moves that fueled party politics on cable news networks, MSNBC replaced Chris Matthews with Joy Reid in primetime, and CNN dumped Rick Santorum after making comments about Native Americans.