While many former administration officials join news networks as political pundits, Isgur will reportedly serve as a political editor and curate coverage. Isgur is known as a fiery, bright political operative but her new role has surprised some in the media industry.
“The hire seems to have surprised many in media, in part because she has never worked in a newsroom. Then, there’s the fact that she has criticized the network on multiple occasions in the past,” TVNewser editor A.J. Katz wrote.
CNN did not immediately respond to a request for confirmation.
Politico added that “Isgur will not play a role in covering the Department of Justice” and will occasionally appear on-air. Prior to serving as spokeswoman for Sessions’ Justice Department, Isgur worked for prominent Republicans including Mitt Romney, Carly Fiorina and Ted Cruz.
GQ magazine’s Jay Willis called the move “the equivalent of hiring Tim Cook as a new ‘tech industry editor’ and then assigning him to cover the next iPhone announcement.”
“Desperate stunts like this one are designed to push back against the prevailing right-wing narrative that CNN — or NBC, or CBS, or whichever outlet broke the latest unflattering story about the White House — is hopelessly biased against Trump and/or Republicans and/or conservatism in general,” Willis added. “The error here is believing that any of these counter-arguments are coming from a place of good faith, or that hiring the likes of Isgur will somehow fortify them from attacks against the free press.”
Former Barack Obama staffer Tommy Vietor called the move “absolutely insane” in a tweet. “Why on earth would you hire a right-wing hack to oversee political coverage in 2020? You just gave every Democrat in the country a reason to doubt your objectivity,” Vietor wrote.