January 25, 2022

Symone Sanders, a Strategist for Biden and Harris, Is Joining MSNBC

There is a well-worn path between the White House and television news.

Numerous alumni of the Trump administration went on to jobs at Fox News; a pair of senior Trump officials, Sean Spicer and Larry Kudlow, host weekday programs on Newsmax and Fox Business. Barack Obama’s chief strategist, David Axelrod, is a staple of CNN; Bill Clinton’s communications aide George Stephanopoulos is a lead anchor at ABC.

As a political spokeswoman, Ms. Sanders has not always seen eye to eye with the news media that she is now joining full time.

“Oftentimes, when it came to the vice president over the last year, people were not reporting on the truth, they were reporting on the gossip,” she said when asked about the recent spate of tough press coverage for the vice president.

Speaking last month to The Omaha World-Herald about her departure from Ms. Harris’s staff, Ms. Sanders said she planned “to continue to be a reliable voice for this White House on the outside, regardless of whatever I do next.”

Asked about those comments, Ms. Sanders offered a more nuanced take. “I’m going to tell the truth, and sometimes the truth is critical,” she said of her new role at MSNBC.

She added: “This administration has its critics, just like everyone does — I have my critics — and we’re going to have those conversations.”

MSNBC’s most popular anchors, including Ms. Maddow, Lawrence O’Donnell and Nicolle Wallace, fall into the category of left-leaning opinion. Ms. Sanders’s program is likely to attract a built-in fan base of viewers eager to hear about current affairs with a pro-Biden bent.

Article source: https://www.nytimes.com/2022/01/10/business/media/symone-sanders-msnbc.html

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