Latest Trump Official to Join Fox Deepens Network’s Ties With White House

More than two years into the Trump presidency, the revolving door between the White House and Fox News continues to spin.

The latest member of the Trump administration to join Fox is Raj Shah, former White House deputy press secretary. Shah, who worked under former press secretary Sarah Hucakbee Sanders, resigned from his post in January and took a position with the lobbying firm Ballard Partners.

Now, Shah is taking a top job as a Washington-based senior vice president for Fox Corp. Fox Corp. owns and manages Fox News, among other media assets like Fox Sports and local Fox TV stations.

Shah’s new job was confirmed by Hope Hicks, former White House communications director who now serves as Fox Corps’ chief communications officer.

Along with Hicks, Shah joins former Trump adviser Abigail Slater, former deputy campaign manager David Bossie, and other former Trump staff who hold positions throughout the Fox empire. According to Matthew Gertz, a senior fellow at Media Matters, a total of 22 people have now worked for both Fox and the Trump administration.

In March, The New Yorker’s Jane Meyer reported on the intricate web of ties between the Trump White House and Fox, and how the two entities had begun to fuse into one. “The White House and Fox interact so seamlessly that it can be hard to determine, during a particular news cycle, which one is following the other’s lead,” Meyer wrote.

Previous administrations have also seen key officials depart for media organizations, but Trump’s growing association with executives at Fox remains unprecedented. Bill Shine, a high-level executive at Fox who worked closely with former chairman Roger Ailes and on-air personality Sean Hannity, joined the White House as a top communications official last July. In addition to Hannity and Shine, Trump is also reportedly in frequent contact with Rupert Murdoch, the CEO of News Corp, the parent company of Fox Corp.

Under his new position, Shah will join Hicks in reporting to Viet Dinh, Fox’s chief legal and policy officer, who reports directly to Murdoch’s son and CEO of Fox Corp, Lachlan Murdoch.

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