Political analyst Joan Walsh says she'll join CNN after being dropped by MSNBC

An uproar on social media helped political analyst Joan Walsh land at CNN just a day after she was dropped as a contributor by MSNBC.

Walsh, national affairs correspondent for the Nation and a former editor in chief of Salon, had been a regular on MSNBC for 12 years, six of them under contract as a contributor. Walsh confirmed early Saturday via Twitter that she'd been informed the day before by MSNBC that the cabler would not renew her contract.

The news prompted an outcry from many boldface names, including MSNBC's Joy Reid and Chris Hayes. Walsh supporters rallied in her defense using the hashtag #KeepJoanWalsh. By day's end, Walsh broke the news, also via Twitter, that she would be joining CNN in the new year.

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One thing I keep seeing over & over in the #KeepJoanWalsh hashtag: Her early championing of emergent women in media… https://t.co/EhrzThOOUW
you just have to wonder WTF anyone is thinking these days. at the holidays no less. #KeepJoanWalsh https://t.co/jCqCscYVLF
Hey @MSNBC stop trying to reinvent yourself. We are your viewers.... Yea #TheResistance keeping pulling stunts like… https://t.co/zrFbP3H6OV
Just read about Joan Walsh and MSNBC. When I broke the Anthony Weiner story while working for AB, she accused me of… https://t.co/E7bsDBnI87
I don’t understand the existence of a universe in which Glenn Thrush gets to keep his job but Joan Walsh doesn’t. #KeepJoanWalsh @MSNBC
I guess NBC wanted to continue the 2016 tradition of ending the year by depriving a qualified woman of a job she earned. #KeepJoanWalsh
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A CNN rep could not immediately be reached for comment. MSNBC told CNN's Brian Stelter earlier Saturday: "Every year we review our paid contributors list across the ideological spectrum. Unfortunately we couldn't renew Joan, but she and her distinct perspective will still be invited on our shows."

Walsh is known for her progressive views and for her analysis of race and gender issues in politics and culture. She is the author of the 2012 book "What's the Matter With White People? Finding Our Way in the Next America."

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NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 24: Salon Editor-at-large Joan Walsh visits SiriusXM Studio on August 24, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 30: Joan Walsh and John Fugelsang attend SiriusXM's Karen Hunter hosts 'White in America' special at SiriusXM Studios on June 30, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Ilya S. Savenok/Getty Images for SiriusXM)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 30: (L-R) Andrew Wilcow, Joan Walsh, John Fugelsang attends SiriusXM's Karen Hunter hosts 'White in America' special at SiriusXM Studios on June 30, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Ilya S. Savenok/Getty Images for SiriusXM)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 30: (L-R) Tim Wise, Andrew Wilcow, Joan Walsh and John Fugelsang attend SiriusXM's Karen Hunter hosts 'White in America' special at SiriusXM Studios on June 30, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Ilya S. Savenok/Getty Images for SiriusXM)
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