Former Obama aide Stephanie Cutter fired as analyst hours after being hired by MSNBC, NBC News

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Former Obama aide Stephanie Cutter was hired, then fired, as a political analyst on the same day by MSNBC due to a glaring conflict of interest, even by MSNBC standards.

“Stephanie Cutter has joined NBC News and MSNBC as a Political Analyst. She will contribute exclusively on a range of topics across all platforms including Meet the Press, TODAY, Nightly and MSNBC,” the network announced in a press release early Friday.

But then it was revealed that Cutter was heading a group of former Obama aides pushing for the president’s Supreme Court nominees, Merrick Garland, to be confirmed by the Senate, per the New York Times.

[Stephanie] Cutter … will oversee the efforts by the new group, to be called the Constitutional Responsibility Project. Anita Dunn, the former White House communications director, is handling the news media, along with Amy Brundage, a veteran Obama aide. Also involved are Julianna Smoot, the chief fund-raiser for Mr. Obama’s campaigns; Paul Tewes, Mr. Obama’s top field operative in 2008; and Katie Beirne Fallon, the president’s last legislative director.”

Before Cutter could even make her first appearance as scheduled on “Andrea Mitchell” reports at noon Friday the network cut ties with her.

“We look forward to Stephanie’s insights on our air during this election year, but she will appear as a guest and not as an analyst due to her leadership role in the battle over the President’s Supreme Court nomination,” the network said in a statement that was released after the Times article was published.

Hired and fired in the same day. That might be a first in the cable news industry.

h/t: The Washington Post.

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