Conservative Political Commentator Jonah Goldberg Joins CNN as Contributor

By A.J. Katz 

CNN announced Monday that conservative political commentator Jonah Goldberg is joining the network as a contributor, effective March 1.

Goldberg, an editor at the conservative political magazine National Review and a founder of The Dispatch, will appear across CNN programming as the news networks increase their on-air contributor hires in the lead up to the 2022 midterms.

Goldberg was a Fox News contributor from 2009-2021, joining the network’s coverage of Supreme Court nominations, major presidential speeches, primary and general election nights—and serving a consistent presence on Fox’s flagship political news hour Special Report with Bret BaierHe left Fox News last fall, citing Tucker Carlson‘s special for Fox Nation called Patriot Purge, about the Jan. 6 mob attacking the Capitol, as his primary reason for exiting the network. Goldberg (and fellow Fox News-turned NBC News commentator Stephen Hayes) called the streaming program “dangerous” and “revisionist history,” and criticized Fox News primetime programming more generally. Goldberg and Hayes wrote about their decision to leave Fox in an in-depth piece for The Dispatch.

A Fox News executive remarked at the time of Hayes and Goldberg’s exits that the network had no intention of renewing their contracts anyway.

In addition to Goldberg, CNN has signed former Atlanta mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms as a political commentator based in Atlanta. Republican strategist and pollster Kristen Soltis Anderson becomes a CNN political commentator based in Washington. Loni Coombs is joining CNN as a legal analyst based in Los Angeles. She is a former prosecutor for the Los Angeles District Attorney’s office. Beth Sanner is joining as a CNN national security analyst based in Washington. She joins the network after retiring from her 35-year career in government. David Zurawik is joining CNN as a media analyst based in Baltimore.  Zurawik was the TV and media critic at The Baltimore Sun for 32 years.

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