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CNN Stuns With Its New Hire - Page 2

Sarah Isgur was DOJ rep, accomplished political operative, has no journalism experience
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 20, 2019 8:52 AM CST

  • CNN's Brian Stelter has heard from concerned CNN employees (as well as supportive execs) who are seeking clarity on her role and questioning the speed of the transition. He writes, "While there is a long history of political aides moving into the media and vice versa"—consider George Stephanopolous and Tim Russert—"this is an abnormally fast spin of the so-called 'revolving door.' And it's even more unusual because Isgur is moving directly into a managerial role."
  • Fueling the fire: Politico broke the news Tuesday, and CNN staffers are bugged they didn't hear about it first from their employer. Many are also unsure what exactly Isgur will be doing, though it was made clear that she won't have any role in DOJ coverage. What Stelter knows: She'll be one of a number of political editors who coordinate coverage. "This entails managing teams in the field, making decisions about how to frame the day's biggest campaign stories, etcetera."
  • He quotes one unnamed reporter's concern: "I'm really, really ... concerned about the ethical implications of taking direction on stories from someone I covered when she was an operative in 2016 and who pledged loyalty to one of the candidates in the 2020 race."
  • In breaking the news, Politico notes Isgur's last job had some friction at the start as well: "Isgur joined the administration in 2017 after overcoming resistance from the president, who balked at bringing on a political operative who had trashed him on the campaign trail."

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