Days after CNN hired Donald Trump’s fired campaign manager Corey Lewandowski, the staff is said to be so unhappy they are ready to walk. According to Page Six, CNN is “facing a near internal revolt” after Corey Lewandowski was hired by Jeff Zucker as an exclusive political commentator. Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly, who Lewandowski is said to have threatened at one point, let her feelings fly.
“This is the same guy who has threatened — more than one — journalists 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 CNN the next.”
Megyn Kelly cheerleader Howard Kurtz echoed her sentiments, as he often does.
“For CNN to hire him 12 minutes after he was fired was, to use one of Trump’s favorite words, is sad, it’s really sad.”
Both Megyn Kelly and Howard Kurtz wondered how Corey Lewandowski could provide “honest analysis” seeing as he has said he has no intention of uttering “a negative syllable” against Donald Trump, and even if he wanted to, he couldn’t because of a pretty extensive confidentiality clause.
— POLITICO (@politico) June 25, 2016
CNN contributors S.E. Cuppor and Mary Katherine Hamm — who were among the 15 female journalists and TV commentators that signed a petition in March demanding Trump fire Lewandowski after he grabbed reporter Michelle Fields — are amongst the female, Latino, and otherwise offended CNN employees that are livid that a person who has shown total disregard towards the media, in addition to encouraging and partaking in Trumps’s incendiary comments and behavior, is suddenly in their presence.
“CNN is facing a near internal revolt over the Corey hiring. Female reporters and producers especially are organizing and considering publicly demanding that Lewandowski be let go.”
The former lobbyist seems to be an acquired taste, as even Donald Trump’s children, primarily Ivanka Trump, were said to be instrumental in getting Lewandowski off the campaign.
— Roger Stone (@RogerJStoneJr) June 25, 2016
CNN employees didn’t see it coming. The network had a few issues with Lewandowski when he worked for Trump and seemed to be gleeful about his escorted exit from campaign headquarters the day he was sacked. CNN even reminisced about his most bizarre moments in a rundown that included his unrepentant support of the crude and outspoken Republican candidate.
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Even ex-Trump advisor Michael Caputo — who effectively fired himself when he mocked Lewandowski’s exit on Twitter — wasn’t a fan, and told Fox News Radio’s Kilmeade and Friends, said that the negative outcry over Trump’s comments about U.S. District Judge Gonzalo Curiel provoked the campaign to soften their rhetoric, which included letting Lewandowski go.
“I think that we saw it just in the drop in the polls. We saw it in the lack of traction he was getting on his message.”
Why Jeff Zucker hired Lewandowski in the first place is anybody’s guess and no one is talking. Trump reportedly got him the CNN gig as a consolation prize for taking one for the team, according to Deadline. His compensation is said to be in the $500,000 range, but CNN denies that. Few are seeing the value in Corey Lewandowski’s paid position as he will have nothing new to add to the narrative.
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