Sometimes you get the feeling CNN isn’t even trying to feign legitimacy anymore.
It’s not like Florida officials didn’t just find probable cause that former Tallahassee mayor Andrew Gillum violated state ethics laws.
Four days removed from the Florida Ethics Commission finding probable cause on five out of six counts, CNN hired Gillum as a political commentator, leaving skeptics to wonder how long the wait will be before the Democrat is lecturing the opposition on ethics.
BREAKING: Florida Commission on Ethics finds probable cause former Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum violated ethics laws when he allegedly accepted gifts from lobbyists and vendors during out-of-town trips. Gillum was 2018 Democratic nominee for Florida governor.
— Jeffrey Burlew (@JeffBurlew) January 25, 2019
CNN’s Brian Stelter took to Twitter to announce that the man who lost to Republican Ron DeSantis in the Florida gubernatorial election in November was coming aboard.
— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) January 29, 2019
Gillum also tweeted the “thrilling” news:
— Andrew Gillum (@AndrewGillum) January 29, 2019
It’s been alleged that as mayor, Gillum accepted gifts from lobbyists, to include a trip to Costa Rica and New York. Gillum was accompanied by longtime friend and former campaign manager, Adam Corey, who has been the focus of an extensive FBI probe.
Gillum, who calls himself an “unapologetic progressive,” met with former President Barack Obama in Washington back in December — Obama endorsed his failed bid for governor. With a number of former Obama officials employed at CNN, perhaps the former president put in a plug for him.
With an astute social media user noting that Gillum is “failing upwards,” the two men share that trait in common.
Failing upwards I see
— Neil (@npmiserablelib) January 29, 2019
But, as freelance journalist Jeryl Bier asked, with the ethics investigation proceeding how can this possibly be a good idea at this time?
How can this possibly be a good idea at this time?https://t.co/4bCOps8At1
— Jeryl Bier (@JerylBier) January 29, 2019
After all, even left-leaning sights like Slate now questions Gillum’s credibility:
The ethics commission’s findings undermine Gillum’s claims and, by extension, his credibility. https://t.co/72KAydZ12c
— Slate (@Slate) January 26, 2019
Here’s a sampling of the reaction to the not-so-surprising news from Twitter:
Hire a cat under investigation for corruption and you still wonder why
1. You have less credibility than speaker Pelosi.
2. We continue to call you #FakeNews
— Silence Bot-good (@ksmith474) January 29, 2019
This makes perfect sense. A great fit. Only the highest in standards of character and integrity at CNN.
— Jonathan Black (@jonathanCblack) January 29, 2019
Hahaha You just keep getting worse. pic.twitter.com/5ZJ8ag5uDW
— KCCO (@dpreston88) January 29, 2019
I’m assuming he’s going to be the expert on ethics violations
— SteakRareCoffeeBlack (@CoffeeRare) January 29, 2019
He’s be better off learning to code.
— BTownBoiler: An Equal Opportunity Offender (@BTownBoiler) January 29, 2019
Bernie Madoff was busy???
— Mike du Jour (@MikeLester) January 29, 2019