Catherine Herridge is literally one of the last good, honest, factual journalists out there.

She’s so good that you don’t even know who she voted for.

She’s just about the facts.

As Fox News circles the liberal drain, Herridge was one of the reasons to keep watching, because she embodied the “fair and balanced” mantra that Fox abandoned years ago.

And now, I am sad to say…That’s all ending because the well-respected Herridge is leaving Fox News.

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The long-time chief intelligence correspondent is leaving Fox News to join CBS News as a senior investigative reporter.

“Veteran journalist Catherine Herridge is joining CBS News as a Senior Investigative Correspondent based in Washington D.C.,” her new employer confirmed in a press release shared early Thursday morning.

This is very bad news for faltering Fox News. Now, we’re stuck with Judge Nap as our “expert.” Some loser New Jersy circuit court judge masquerading as an expert on federal and constitutional law.

“CBS News has always placed a premium on enterprise journalism and powerful investigations,” she herself said in a statement to CBS. “I feel privileged to join a team where facts and storytelling will always matter.”

It’s not clear whether the statement was meant as a jab at Fox. It almost seemed as if she was suggesting that FNC doesn’t place “a premium on enterprise journalism and powerful investigations” and doesn’t think “facts and storytelling … always matter.”

While this may seem conspiratorial, keep in mind that her departure comes only three weeks after her former Fox colleague, known liberal folk hero Shepard Smith, announced his abrupt resignation from the network. Note also that just like Smith, Herridge had been with Fox since its launch in 1996.

However, the two didn’t always get along. There were several instances where they butted heads over Herridge’s willingness to cover news stories that he as a liberal believed were irrelevant. One instance happened just last December.

Her announcement likewise comes only days after Herridge won a Tex McCrary Award for excellence in journalism from the Congressional Medal of Honor Society.

In another statement — this one issued to Mediaite — the former Fox correspondent expressed gratitude to Fox Corporation chairman Rupert Murdoch for the opportunity to work at  FNC.

“I am grateful to Mr. Murdoch for the opportunity to cover the most impactful stories of the last 23 years, most recently the Special Counsel report and impeachment inquiry,” she said.

“I have received great personal satisfaction from mentoring the next generation of reporters and producers and sharing my journalistic values — that facts matter and enterprise reporting will always win the day.” [Bizpacreview]

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