CNN staff members are unhappy and confused about the network's decision to hire a partisan politician to oversee the reporting of its 2020 campaign.
On Tuesday, a CNN spokesman confirmed to the Daily Beast that the network had hired Republican political advisor Sarah Isgur as editor-in-chief of the channel's political coverage for 2020. The move was reported for the first time by Politico.
During her decade of career in Republican politics, Isgur was a consultant to Ted Cruz and Mitt Romney. She was also Carly Fiorina's assistant campaign manager for the 2016 Republican primary. Until last year, Isgur was one of the main spokespersons of the Justice Department of the United States. former Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
A CNN spokesman said that Isgur would not participate in the network coverage by the GM, but would guide the television and digital coverage of the 2020 election, offering occasional analyzes at the same time. screen.
The hiring sparked a negative internal reaction, not least because many CNN staff members were largely left unaware of the controversial decision. While other high-profile hires are often advertised internally, the company has not provided staff with feedback regarding Isgur's new role.
"It's extremely disheartening for everyone here," said a newspaper editor at the Daily Beast.
"People are generally confused," said another editorial employee, adding that the decision to hire a partisan agent to fill a post of editor was "very bizarre".
CNN Reliable sources Keynote presenter Brian Stelter presented the network's point of view, tweeting"Whether you like it or hate it, political insiders have been joining the newsrooms for decades. The more points of view represented in newsrooms, the better. Regarding the critics, @CNNPR declined to comment. "
Indeed, it is not uncommon for cable news networks such as CNN to engage political agents as commentators or opinion writers. However, it is almost unheard of for a high-level operator without journalistic experience to land a leading editorial role in a major news agency. (Although Cany News' political director, Caitlin Conant, is a former Republican figure, she held the position of senior executive in the network's communications studio for several years before moving on to an editorial role.)
As such, the hiring of Isgur has also been criticized by journalists and experts in media ethics. "There were no journalists available?" Said Jay Rosen, professor of journalism at the NYU, at the Daily Beast. "This person is not a journalist" wrote Parker Molloy, reporter for Media Matters, a left-wing media watchdog.
While CNN discourages its journalists from publicly taking sides for partisan issues, Isgur's political views are public. His Twitter includes without fact invective against the liberals and against the abortion industry several times.
More interestingly, his feed has often targeted mainstream media, including the huge cable news network that is now using it.
"Seriously" CNN's more balanced report today: chiron reads: "The Voters' Summit, an anti-gay and anti-abortion group, welcomes valuable voters" tweeted in 2013, challenging CNN's clear assessment of the Family Research Council, the anti-gay organization that organizes a conservative conference every year.
While managing the Fiorina campaign, Isgur often complained about CNN's coverage of the election.
CNN President Jeff Zucker said at a post-election panel at Harvard University that the network had not given Trump preferential treatment and that the other campaigns offered the same. same interview opportunities as the candidate in the Republican presidential election. "I do not remember being invited to call, though!", Cingla, referring to Trump's telephone conversations with cable networks.
And at the time Trump, she hinted that the media coverage of the most controversial decisions of the president amounted to a "contempt".
"Once again, Dems and the media are whistling at everything the president does to try to repair the damage done by the last eight years," she said. tweeted in January 2017, defend The travel ban of eight Muslim-majority countries imposed by Trump.