It’s sad to think the best way for a journalist to distinguish himself these days is to actually ask questions that aren’t on the pre-approved topics list, but ABC’s Jake Tapper has been doing that a bit lately. Only yesterday he drew the ire of the president by asking where’s he’s been for the last four years on the issue of guns, and he’s one of the few outside of Fox News who bothered to address Benghazigate (albeit a little late, but better late than never). And today he treated us to a peek inside his “Press Secretary-to-English Dictionary.”
So is it any surprise that Tapper has announced he’s leaving ABC News for the more conservative … CNN?
An anchor position? That would explain the move. CNN says he’ll also serve as CNN’s chief Washington correspondent. We were getting to like Tapper in the White House briefing room, where in August he had the guts to zing the president with the line, “Don’t be a stranger,” after Obama left the podium following a rare appearance before the press.
The news of Tapper’s departure was said to be a sobering development for some at ABC.
Many say the move is good for CNN and whatever viewers the network has left. Tapper will anchor his own show on weekdays, and followers have some suggestions for juggling CNN’s schedule.