CNN backs off plan to hire GOP operative for political desk

CNN backs off plan to hire GOP operative for political desk

On Friday, Sarah Isgur Flores, the former top spokesperson for the U.S. Department of Justice under Attorney General Jeff Sessions, revealed she will not be a political editor for CNN and will instead be a political analyst.

CNN did that, but apparently that wasn't enough.

It's been a great vacation but I am back on twitter! CNN said Isgur would be one of the various editors under political director David Chalian and would not have a policy-making position. Will start next month on air and on line. "See y'all soon!" Isgur Flores had been meeting with CNN's Washington executives in recent days and expressed a desire to change the duties she would be assigned, according to a person familiar with the matter. Isgur, who is a lawyer, also worked for Carly Fiorina's Republican presidential campaign in 2016.

Critics had raised the point that Isgur Flores had n the past has criticized CNN coverage, even going so far as to refer to the cable-news outlet as the Clinton News Network - a disparaging reference commonly associated with its conservative critics.

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"The Democratic National Committee has sought and received assurances from CNN that the network's new politics editor, Sarah Isgur, will not be involved in the debates that the channel hosts and moderates for the Democratic primary", a DNC statement at the time read.

"Impeccably managed news organizations don't make mistakes whose undoing entails the surrender of journalistic independence".

While her role in CNN's news division may have been rare, there's a long history of political operatives becoming analysts and on-air personalities.

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