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CNN is feeling the heat from the left over the hiring of former Republican operative Sarah Isgur Flores as its Washington bureau political editor.
Apparently, CNN can only showcase Republicans who are rabid Trump-haters — sellouts like Ana Navarro and Rick Wilson.
Flores served as spokeswoman to former Attorney General Jeff Sessions and has also worked for Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, and Carly Fiorina, the former CEO of Hewlett-Packard who ran for president in the 2016 GOP primary.
The Daily Beast reported how the hiring “demoralized” employees at the network.
“It’s extremely demoralizing for everyone here,” an anonymous editorial staffer was quoted.
“People are generally confused,” another editorial employee reportedly said, adding that the decision to hire a partisan operative was “very bizarre.”
CNN staffers are upset and confused about the network’s decision to hire partisan political operative Sarah Isgur to oversee its 2020 campaign reporting: "It's extremely demoralizing for everyone here" https://t.co/KywI6a5uOB
— The Daily Beast (@thedailybeast) February 20, 2019
And that was tame compared to an Esquire headline, which characterized the hiring as “chickensh*t catering to Republicans.”
“They hired a right-wing hack to run their 2020 coverage,” read the caption of a tweet from Esquire’s Twitter account.
They hired a right-wing hack to run their 2020 coverage. https://t.co/F9qeaA6eIR
— Esquire (@esquire) February 20, 2019
Even Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., got in on the act — and people want to dispute that CNN is biased to the left?
“Sorry, didn’t get the latest memo after 1,000 experienced + qualified journalists of all stripes were let go w/o warning a few weeks ago and still looking for work: are we still pretending that hires like these are evidence of a meritocracy?” she tweeted.
That the democratic socialist was responded to an article from the radical left Media Matters only fitting.
Sorry, didn’t get the latest memo after 1,000 experienced + qualified journalists of all stripes were let go w/o warning a few weeks ago and still looking for work: are we still pretending that hires like these are evidence of a meritocracy? https://t.co/Qb9JNgcdT2
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) February 20, 2019
Media Matters’ Parker Malloy chimed in to suggest the people who run the network “are conservatives,” before adding that Flores “pledged loyalty to Trump.”
We can only assume that she’s serious in her assertion that conservatives run CNN, which says all you need to know about Media Matters.
On and on the criticism went.
How many thousands of qualified journalists would have to turn down this job before CNN would make this mistake? https://t.co/8wU4bgkhDG
— Lawrence O'Donnell (@Lawrence) February 20, 2019
OMG @CNN. Really bad call hiring Sarah Isgur Flores, the woman who was Director of Public Affairs under Jeff Sessions, to be political editor in charge of your 2020 coverage. What could you possibly be thinking??? https://t.co/n5HLuSKqxj
— Elizabeth Thorp (@ElizabethEThorp) February 19, 2019
— Katherine Miller (@katherinemiller) February 19, 2019
CNN's new political editor has worked for every Republican but hasn't done any journalism pic.twitter.com/2q1oAgj7dB
— Simon Maloy (@SimonMaloy) February 19, 2019
Not that Flores was hesitant to criticize Trump when she was with Fiorina’s campaign, as seen in a Oct. 2016 tweet referencing threats to lock up Hillary Clinton.
Saying you will criminally prosecute your political opponent when you win is a scary and dangerous threat.
— Sarah Isgur (@whignewtons) October 10, 2016
CNN hired former Ohio Gov. John Kasich last month and there was nowhere near the same blowback. What criticism there was centered around the likelihood that Kasich will challenge Trump in the GOP primary.
Being a fierce critic of President Trump certainly didn’t hurt his cause.
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