CNN's Brian Stelter: "It seems the president is using TV appearances as job auditions"

CNN's Brian Stelter: "It seems the president is using TV appearances as job auditions"


From the March 18 edition of CNN's Reliable Sources:

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BRIAN STELTER (HOST): Are the people who talk about policy on TV equipped to actually make policy? You know, with Gary Cohn out and Larry Kudlow in, the TV-to-White House pipeline is getting a lot of attention and scrutiny right now. But Kudlow's not the first. There is Heather Nauert, who was a host at Fox & Friends, who has been promoted to a top job at the State Department. And Mercedes Schlapp who was a Fox News contributor, now she's working in the White House press shop and she could replace Hope Hicks. Kudlow is just the latest. He's going from CNBC, now taking over the National Economic Counsel. So you have these hires coming from TV where it seems the president is using TV appearances as job auditions. But then there is also this, Trump's TV advisers. All of these folks from Rupert Murdoch on down, who are said to give advice to the president either through the TV or, more importantly, in phone calls after the show. Let's talk more about it with Alicia Menendez, she's back with me from Bustle. Also here, political analyst Jeff Greenfield. The latest talk, Alicia, is about Pete Hegseth, a Fox & Friends Weekend host, maybe taking over the VA. Now,he's a veteran who then led a conservative vets group, but doesn't have the kind of traditional experience you would expect. Am I old fashioned to care about old-fashioned credentials? 

ALICIA MENENDEZ: I mean it is a four-hundred thousand person operation, so not having that type of management experience, not having health care experience, you would hope that he would then have the right team around him if this actually comes to fruition. 


MENENDEZ: But it's not really surprising that the president would look to cable news to hire members of his team -- as you said there is already history of him doing it. And in some ways it creates this positive feedback loop. If you love the president, if you love Fox News, then his hiring from Fox News validates Fox News' credibility and it also validates the president's great taste, right? So it works both ways. I think what it might paper over though, is a question about whether people who are undeniably credentialed to take these jobs want these jobs, are willing to put their credibility on the line to join an administration that has seen the level of turnover and chaos that this administration has seen. 


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