Jonah Goldberg, a conservative pundit who recently quit Fox News over its pro-Trump coverage, has joined CNN after denying any plans to do so.
Are anti-Trump conservatives really as “principled” as they claim?
Goldberg, a former National Review editor and founder of The Dispatch, will begin appearing on CNN programs in the lead-up to the 2022 midterm elections, the network confirmed Monday.
A great hire by CNN. Their viewers will be the better for it. https://t.co/Wdd45sRjUd
— Jay Nordlinger (@jaynordlinger) February 8, 2022
In November, Goldberg and his Dispatch co-founder, Stephen Hayes, announced they were resigning as longtime Fox News contributors because the network had become too beholden to former President Donald Trump.
- Golderg and Hayes cited Fox News host Tucker Carlson’s Jan. 6 documentary, “Patriot Purge,” as a catalyst for their departures.
- Last month, NBC News announced Hayes would be joining the network as a contributor.
After questioning Goldberg and Hayes’ high-minded rationales for quitting Fox News at the time, many of their fellow conservatives commentators claimed vindication Monday on Twitter.
Some resurfaced a November email in which the two men assured assured readers of The Dispatch they were “not looking to occupy the permanent anti-Fox seats at CNN or MSNBC,”saying “cable news in general is a big part of the problem.”
Just so we are clear, Jonah Goldberg and Stephen Hayes both left Fox, citing “principles” over Tucker Carlson downplaying Jan 6, to instead move to CNN and NBC, who instead claimed Jan 6 was 9/11+pearl harbour. Makes sense. https://t.co/Ps2wTHRqLJ
— Harry Khachatrian (@Harry1T6) February 7, 2022
Others pointed to Goldberg’s 2017 tweet illustrating his horror at CNN’s coverage.
— Will Chamberlain (@willchamberlain) February 8, 2022
While Goldberg has long rejected comparisons to anti-Trump conservatives who have gone full Democrat, that distinction just became harder to defend.
Jonah Goldberg to CNN. Stephen Hayes to NBC News. Bill Kristol raising money for Democrats. John McCain's entire campaign staff started the Lincoln Project. Liz Cheney working with Adam Schiff to target innocent Republicans.
Neocons have always been working against you. https://t.co/OFnPuAdknT
— Greg Price (@greg_price11) February 7, 2022