|Sarah Isgur - One of "Those People"
CNN Staffers 'Demoralized' as Network Hires Conservative
to Head 2020 Campaign Coverage
CNN has confirmed that they have hired former Jeff Sessions spokeswoman and Republican political adviser Sarah Isgur to lead the network's coverage of the 2020 Presidential Campaign. (insert sounds of exploding heads here)
CNN staffers did not take the news well. "Extremely demoralizing," "confused," "very bizarre" were some of the words used by CNN staffers who spoke with The Daily Beast about the hire. Outside of CNN, NYU Professor Jay Rosen asked if, "There weren't any journalists available." CNN defended the move to network anchor Brian Stelter, who reported that executives have defended their decision by pointing to precedents such as George Stephanopoulos (who was coincidentally was reported to have signed a new four year, at $15-17 million per year deal with ABC on the same day the Isgur story broke), Nicolle Wallace, Dana Perino, and Tim Russert.
Left-wing commentators denounced the move. The Daily Beast condemned her Twitter account, which she has only tweeted from once since June 2017, and for including,"fact-free invectives against liberals and repeatedly rails against the 'abortion industry."' The Daily Beast also attacked her for once approving of the Washington Free Beacon referring to her new employer as the "Clinton News Network". Former Obama National Security spokesman and current co-host of Pod Save America Tommy Vietor, who tweeted that the move was "absolutely insane," demanded: "Why on earth would you hire a right-wing hack to oversee political coverage in 2020? You just gave every Democrat in the country a reason to doubt your objectivity."
In addition to working at the Department of Justice during Sessions' tenure, Isgur has also worked for Ted Cruz and Mitt Romney, while also serving as the deputy campaign manager for Carly Fiorina in 2016. - READ MORE
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