The Chickens Come Home to Roost for Chris Wallace – Opinion

Back in December when longtime broadcast journalist Chris Wallace announced he was leaving Fox News and the coveted anchor perch he had held there for some 18 years, speculation ran high that the “new adventure” he hinted at heading off to involved a stint at CNN, which is Public Enemy Number One as far as Fox News viewers and a growing number of cable news watchers across the country are concerned.

Soon after Wallace announced his resignation from Fox, a statement came out indicating that Wallace would soon join CNN+, the free streaming paid version of CNN, which was expected to be launched before the end March.

For most conservatives, it was no surprise that Wallace, a registered Democrat whose broadcasts tilted leftward during the Trump years, would jump ship to Fox News’ long-struggling rival network. Still, questions were raised as to the sensibility of such a move considering not just CNN’s plummeting ratings but also the various embarrassing scandals they were dealing with at the time of the announcement, the most notable among them being the firing of “Prime Time” host Chris Cuomo, ostensibly over his level of involvement advising his brother and then-Gov. Andrew Cuomo discusses the scandals of sexual harassment that occurred in early to mid 2021.

Fast forward a couple of months, and not only have CNN president Jeff Zucker and his lover/CNN executive VP Allison Gollust “resigned” over their previously undisclosed affair, but there are fresh accusations swirling that both Zucker and Gollust had far more of a hand than previously known in some of those cutesy segments between the Cuomo brothers at the height of the pandemic. We’ve also recently learned that the real reason Chris Cuomo was ousted from the network likely had to do with a sexual assault allegation made against him the week he was booted out.

All of this is understandable for anyone considering joining CNN+. But Wallace’s anxiety about being part of the network at a very turbulent time seems to have reached fever pitch.

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