It appears that a certain well-respected broadcaster is making a big change in the new year.
The addition of Van Susteren, with 14 years and Fox and 8 years at CNN under her belt, would add a badly-needed shot in the arm for MSNBC. It’s all about the money and the fit.
Leaving Fox in September after contract renewal negotiations collapsed — she was pulling down a reported $12 million per year — Van Susteren faces entering a network where she would be the highest paid broadcaster. MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow, in their current top salary spot, reportedly makes $7 million per year.
Van Susteren brings tremendous weight to the table but would likely take a modest pay hit to get back in the game. It’s unclear that MSNBC would shell out such a huge disparity over their current talent.
Another matter is whether Van Susteren would mesh well with MSNBC’s fairly progressive opinion lineup of Chris Matthews, Chris Hayes, Rachel Maddow and Lawrence O’Donnell. She previously defended President-elect Donald Trump’s comments about Muslims and his appearance on Saturday Night Live.
In other words: the door of journalistic opinion swings only one way, and she may be too Trump-friendly.
Having said on social media that Fox News “didn’t feel like home”, Van Susteren is likely looking for a place where she is not only appreciated but feels part of a cohesive team.
Townhall reported that the former criminal defense and trial lawyer is reportedly in talks to take over the 6:00 p.m. time slot. Not exactly prime time, but very close.
The Daily Caller reported that Van Sustern followers have been begging to see their favorite on national news again. It appears they just may get their New Year’s wish.
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