CNN's decision to hire a former Trump administration official as a political editor to help guide the network's coverage is raising eyebrows inside and outside the network.
According to The New York Times, Sarah Isgur Flores — who previously worked as the deputy campaign manager for 2016 presidential candidate Carly Fiorina and then as a spokesperson for the Department of Justice — was hired by CNN not as a political commentator with an opinion, but as a political editor who it said will help shape its political coverage.
The Times cited two people who work on CNN's political team as expressing frustration with Flores' hiring because of her ties to — and potential bias toward — the Republican Party.
Former CNN White House correspondent Frank Sesno said his former employee should spell out what exactly Flores will be doing.
"It's one thing if you have somebody on staff whom you can consult, and it's another thing if they are editing your copy – pretty big difference," Sesno told the Times.
CNN's own Brian Stelter even wrote a piece about Flores' hiring, saying his sources inside the network are also concerned with her jump from the Trump administration — she left the DOJ last week — to a news organization as an editor.
"Flores is a longtime Republican political operative who previously worked for Carly Fiorina, Ted Cruz, and Mitt Romney," Stelter wrote. "The reaction has been strong. CNN employees are concerned, according to numerous people who reached out to me on Tuesday. They are asking what Isgur's role will be and questioning whether her sudden leap from the Trump administration to the CNN newsroom is an ethical breach."
CNN is a frequent target of President Donald Trump and members of his administration for its perceived bias.
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