Fox Hires CNN's Ed Henry

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Ed HenryEd Henry is reportedly moving from CNN to Fox News to become the network's Chief White House correspondent. When asked by Media Matters, Henry declined to comment on Bill Sammon, Fox News' Washington managing editor.

Last year, CNN came under criticism for hiring conservative blogger Erick Erickson, who described Michelle Obama as a "Marxist harpy wife" and Supreme Court justice David Souter a "goat fucking child molester." Henry defended the hiring, writing on his Twitter account:

For those Tweeting CNN shouldn't have hired @ewerickson as a contributor, seriously do you think a network should NOT have diverse voices?

When the front-row seat in the White House briefing room became available, Henry argued in favor of Fox News getting the seat, despite Fox's history of political activism and shoddy journalism:

CNN reporter Ed Henry, a board member of the correspondents group, said he backs Fox. "When CNN bid for the front row in 2007, Fox could have challenged it and had a knock-down, drag-out fight like the one we might have this time. But they did the gentlemanly thing and said CNN had more seniority. I've got to honor that commitment."

In 2005, Henry described a Democratic proposal for withdrawal from Iraq as what "some have referred to" as "the cut-and-run provision," a phrase that echoed a Republican talking point about the conflict.

Henry falsely claimed in 2006 that Sen. Byron Dorgan (D-ND) had received campaign contributions from convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff and his wife.

Henry was one of the attendees at a much-criticized beach party held by the White House for members of the press. He defended himself against criticisms of a conflict of interest, saying his critics didn't have a sense of humor.

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