As The Laurel predicted when the news first broke, the tentative announcement that White House press secretary Jen Psaki is leaving her job for MSNBC, and might be hosting a show, has some journalists at NBC News concerned, according to CNN.
Previous reports say, Psaki, a Connecticut native, could be joining the network as early as June. She certainly would not be the first government official to land a job in journalism, but the speed with which she would end up as a host – or in the language of a previous era “an anchor” – creates an optics problem for her and the network.
We have long believed Psaki is highly competent and well-suited to follow the path of MSNBC’s Nicolle Wallace, but Wallace followed a much slower route to the role of host. It was less of a revolving door and more of a long walk.
Speaking of Wallace, she got married over the weekend to New York Times reporter and MSBNC contributor Michael Schmidt.