It’s a dilemma that many alumni of the Trump administration must face.
What do you do for a second act after a job where your major responsibilities included promulgating one lie after another to the American public day after day?
Some, like former Press Secretary Sean Spicer, decide to show off their athletic prowess (or lack thereof) on reality TV competition shows like Dancing With the Stars.
Others, like former Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, choose to follow in their daddy’s footsteps and run for the governor of Arkansas.
The one job that makes the most sense for a former Trump administration official, however, particularly one whose job was to affirm Donald Trump’s prevarications on a daily basis, is to join the cast of the Rupert Murdoch-owned lie factory, otherwise known as Fox News.
Thus the announcement today that Kayleigh McEnany, the final press secretary in a string of people holding that tenuous position in the Trump White House, would be joining Fox News as an on-air “commentator” — a fancy name for those on a news channel absolved of any responsibility for reporting actual facts — was less than surprising.
It would be difficult to argue that McEnany lacked the qualifications for the position at Fox News.
Her golden blond tresses, all-American pulchritude, and pale complexion fit the mold of the generic female Fox News host as perfected by the aesthetic tastes of the late sexual predator and former head of the news network, Roger Ailes.
It is McEnany’s ability to say things with a straight face that would cause any sentient human being with a conscience to either erupt in disbelief or in fits of outraged laughter that truly makes this job the perfect fit for the unemployed right-wing press flack.
In reality, the only difference between McEnany’s old job as White House Press Secretary and her new role as a Fox News commentator is the source of her paychecks.
McEnany will still be able to push false narratives about the COVID pandemic, the results of the 2020 presidential election, and any other distorted conservative talking point as blithely as ever.
Social media responded to the announcement today with the expected snark.
To be fair, when Kayleigh McEnany was the Press Secretary she was basically already a Fox News personality who just happened to be paid by the tax payers
She made at least 94 appearances on the network as press sec
— Lis Power (@LisPower1) March 2, 2021
Of course Kayleigh McEnany starts her Fox stint whining reporters were aggressive with her because she was Republican, not because she was lying to them every day in defense of an insanely dangerous administration.
— Schooley (@Rschooley) March 2, 2021
Fox News appears to have hired Kayleigh McEnany as a commentator. It was a straight line from Trump's Minister of Propaganda to being a smear merchant on America's electronic cesspool of rightwing lies, disinformation, baseless conspiracy theories & malicious slander.
— Charles Campisi (@1813Doncarlo) March 2, 2021
Extremely shocked that this professional liar got a job (finally) on a lie-filled network. #losing
— (((Jen))) (@JenDurant3) March 2, 2021
Poor liddle Kayleigh making her bed and having to lie in it. pic.twitter.com/CoX1N3F3IF
— lellie (@auntlellie) March 2, 2021
Would have helped if she didn't echo what the former guy wanted her to say.
And basically gaslighting the entire time to do everything in her power to make the former guy look good.
She bought this on herself. Playing victim now is just pathetic.
— Phillip Davis (@Phil_Davis_) March 2, 2021
A few weeks ago we exposed Kayleigh McEnany’s agreement to work with Fox News. Fox put out a statement saying that “Kayleigh McEnany is not currently an employee or contributor at FOX News.” Now she is. https://t.co/0D4o2n64nP
— Citizens for Ethics (@CREWcrew) March 2, 2021
One way to think about Fox News in 2021 is as the Trump White House in exile. Today Kayleigh McEnany joined as a contributor to the network pic.twitter.com/ngrbbhgS1m
— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) March 2, 2021
While McEnany retreats to the right-wing bubble of Fox News, the MAGA mob will welcome her like a comfortable old slipper, fully broken in and redolent of the stench of a well-trodden path of pathetic falsehoods that they so dearly believe despite all rational evidence.
At least they won’t have to absorb any new faces or points of view with this familiar harpy sharing her hot takes on the political issues of the day.
Whatsmore, the unemployment rate among white, blond alumni of the Trump administration will go plummeting as the Biden economic recovery from the devastation of Trump’s COVID failures continues to dig our nation out of the hole the prior administration ineptly fell into.
Fox News and Kayleigh McEnany: a match made in heaven or a demonic marriage of convenience? Your answer probably depends on your political persuasion.
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Vinnie Longobardo is a 35-year veteran of the TV, mobile & internet industries, specializing in start-ups and the international media business. His passions are politics, music and art.