CNN’s Jeff Zucker Defends Hire of Ex-DOJ Spox Sarah Isgur in Editorial Call


CNN president Jeff Zucker defended the network’s decision to hire former DOJ spokeswoman Sarah Isgur in an editorial call with staffers on Friday.

After that news broke, CNN’s Brian Stelter reported that many network staffers aren’t happy about the longtime Republican operative being brought on as a political editor heading into the 2020 race.

The Wall Street Journal first reported on details of the Friday call, in which Zucker defended the hiring and addressed some concerns:

On the call, Mr. Zucker said many reporters who covered the Justice Department had endorsed Ms. Isgur, the people familiar with the matter said… Mr. Zucker emphasized on the call that Ms. Isgur wouldn’t be making decisions about political coverage, and that the network’s political director, David Chalian, whom she will report to, will continue to steer 2020 coverage.

Additionally, following the Journal‘s report, CNN’s Oliver Darcy reported on more details from the call in Friday night’s Reliable Sources newsletter:

Zucker said he had been “very reluctant” to address Isgur’s hiring because he is “very uncomfortable discussing individual employment.” But he said, “I do fully understand the confusion and the conversations that have taken place, and I don’t want us to ever shy away from being able to have this conversation”…

Zucker urged staffers, “Let’s not rush to judgement. Let’s give everyone a chance.”

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