After he was fired by Donald Trump, Corey Lewandowski found gainful employment working for CNN, where he has joined Jeffrey Lord as the network’s second resident Trump apologist. The network reportedly paid Lewandowski a stunning half million dollars for the privilege. It is understandable that CNN would want to have someone around to explain the presumptive GOP nominee’s positions, but why did they need two of them – and for such a high price? They’ve never really said. Now the network that offers itself as the middle ground between Fox and MSNBC may have some explaining to do, as they have revealed their new political observer, Lewandowski, is still on the Trump campaign’s payroll.
This seems like something that should have been disclosed to CNN viewers immediately, and it should be heard every time Lewandowski’s face appears on the air. But the folks at Media Matters say that as far as they can find, the fact that Lewandowski is still receiving severance payments from Trump was never mentioned until a segment on New Day on July 11, where Trump’s former right hand man was introduced by host Chris Cuomo this way:
Joining us right now, vice chair of the New York State Democratic Party, Christine Quinn, who is a Clinton supporter, and former Trump campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, who is still receiving severance from the Trump campaign and will be the chair of the New Hampshire delegation at the Republican Convention, and is also a CNN political commentator.
On July 12, Don Lemon introduced Lewandowski in a similar manner:
And here to discuss is Matt Lewis, senior contributor to The Daily Caller, Hilary Rosen, CNN senior political contributor and a Hillary Clinton supporter, and also with me former Donald Trump campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, who is still receiving severance from the Trump campaign. He will be the chair of the New Hampshire delegation at the Republican Convention and he is a CNN political commentator.
It is true that networks often hire commentators with connections to political candidates. It actually makes sense, as those are the folks who can provide viewers with the most detailed information about what takes place in a political campaign. Some have pushed back against critics of Lewandowski’s hiring by pointing out that CNN already had other contributors with ties to the Hillary Clinton campaign. But as far as anyone can determine, none of those other commentators are still being paid by the campaigns they are connected to.
Media Matters observes that Lewandowski has performed more as a Trump defender than an impartial analyst in most of his on air appearances. Now we may be seeing the reason why. As Upton Sinclair once said, “It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends on his not understanding it.”
Here’s how Don Lemon introduced Lewandowski on July 12, via Media Matters:
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