Chris Stearwalt, a veteran political editor at Fox News until his release after the 2020 election, is joining News Nation, Nexster’s non-partisan news initiative.
Styrewalt will provide “balanced and accurate political analysis throughout the election season,” News Nation said in a rental announcement, adding that it has also established a broadcast partnership with Decision Desk headquarters for election data and voting results.
Styrewalt was dropped from Fox News in January 2021, which the network called a restructuring. But Stearwalt later wrote that Joe Biden was fired from the network after defending a call from Arizona Fox News’ decision desk on election night, the first major signal that then-President Donald Trump would lose his bid for re-election. It provoked a backlash against the network by Trump and his supporters.
Since then, Stirlwall has been outspoken about the nature of the news and the pressure to provoke outrage among viewers, and he has written an upcoming book, Broken News: Why the Media Rage Machine Divides America and How to Fight BackWill be published in August.
“The mid-2022 period is generating widespread interest from voters, so there is an urgent need for analysis and forecasting that is not linked to biased agendas,” Stearwalt said in a statement.
The News Nation chief simply hired a number of veterans from the News Network, including Leland Wittert, a former Fox News correspondent and anchor who is now News Nation’s primetime host. George Will, who was a commentator for MSNBC and NBC News as well as Fox News and ABC News, joined in January. Other hires include Dan Abrams and Ashley Banfield, both hosting primetime shows.
Steerwalt has also served as political editor of The Washington Examiner and political editor of the Charleston Daily Mail and West Virginia Media.
News Nation was launched in the fall of 2020 with a three-hour evening newscast. However, it has expanded to other parts of the day, including the morning block and the late and early evening newscast.