Journalists often leap to defend CNN as a journalistic institution in the face of accusations by many on the Right that the network exists to benefit Democrats through insidious means.
Now, many of those same journalists are calling foul after CNN announced it would hire Sarah Isgur as Political Editor. The position is a daunting one for someone like Isgur, who—according to her LinkedIn profile—has no journalistic experience, but does have a wealth of experience working for Republicans and the GOP as a whole.
Isgur’s last job was under former Attorney General Jeff Sessions in the Justice Department. She also previously worked for the Republican National Committee and on the 2016 campaign for Republican Carly Fiorina.
As Political Editor, Isgur would be making crucial decisions regarding the network’s election coverage, only four years after Russian operatives used propaganda campaigns to influence American voters.
If her previous political affiliations weren’t enough to give pause, her unearthed tweets are even more unsettling.
There are multiple Tweets decrying CNN itself, with at least one referring to it as the Clinton News Network—a derisive term for the network that gained popularity among Republicans during the 2016 campaign.
Others endorse Trump staffers and Republican causes, while disparaging Democrats.
Journalists are disturbed and skeptical of Isgur’s ability to dictate the network’s election coverage without bias or outside influence.
It’s not just journalists that are disturbed.
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