CNN is getting crushed online after Politico reported Tuesday that it has hired longtime Republican operative Sarah Isgur Flores to be a political editor who will “coordinate political coverage for the 2020 campaign.”
Flores had previously served as a spokeswoman at the Department of Justice under former Attorney General Jeff Sessions, and the Washington Post reported last year that she had to pledge her loyalty to the president and his agenda as a precondition for getting the job.
“Trump’s advisers knew there was only one way Sessions would be able to hire her: If she kowtowed to Trump,” the Post reported. “So she paid her respects to the president in the Oval Office — a cordial visit during which she told the president she was on board with his agenda and would be honored to serve him.”
Flores, who in the past has worked for Republicans ranging from Trump to Sessions to Mitt Romney to Ted Cruz, also has no experience working in journalism.
CNN’s decision to hire Flores for such a senior position drew swift condemnation from liberals and Democrats on Twitter — check out some of the top reactions below.
conservatives would rightly complain if "the liberal Sarah Isgur Flores" became CNN's political director
— Atrios (@Atrios) February 19, 2019
1. It’s impossible to argue with a straight face that Flores will approach coverage in an unbiased fashion, with no agenda. It’s just not credible.
2. The very idea that executives at CNN contemplated this, let alone went ahead with it, is profoundly revealing and disturbing. https://t.co/IxbxYcw4so
— Adam Jentleson 🎈 (@AJentleson) February 19, 2019