Fox's Howard Kurtz Slams CNN For Hiring Trump's Former Campaign Manager
Kurtz: "I Don't See How This Helps CNN Provide Anything Approaching Independent Analysis"
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From the June 23 edition of Fox News' The Kelly File:
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MEGYN KELLY (HOST): Before I let you go, Corey Lewandowski, Trump's former campaign manager who just got fired, got hired as a contributor at CNN. This is the same guy who has threatened more than one journalist in the course of this campaign, has had some very ugly language attributed to him when it comes to women, and now he will be getting paid by Donald Trump one day and by CNN the next. Your thoughts?
HOWARD KURTZ: Well, this is no knock on Corey, who I thought handled his firing with class, but for CNN to hire him 12 minutes after he was fired is to use, one of Trump's famous words, sad. It’s really sad because Lewandowski made clear both in the first interview he did with CNN before he was on the payroll, and in an interview he did just tonight as a CNN contributor, that he doesn't intend to utter a negative syllable about Donald Trump, and even if he wanted to he signed a confidentiality agreement with Trump, so he's limited in what he can say. So I don't see how this helps CNN provide anything approaching independent analysis, and watching Corey tonight, it almost seems like he was still on Trump's payroll because he was defending him at every possible turn.
KELLY: So it's not honest analysis. And you think about the CNN reporter over there feels, the one who he threatened. I hope they don't bump into each other in the green room. That's going to be awkward. It’s really remarkable.