Seriously, What The Hell? CNN Gives ANOTHER Trump Supporter A Full-Time Paid Gig

Scottie Nell Hughes' hiring comes a couple of weeks after Corey Lewandowski's, giving the network four Trump defenders on its payroll.
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One has to wonder why CNN hates us all so much.

In the leadup to November’s general election, the network has apparently seen a need to staff up it on-air commentary team. In doing so, they’ve decided that Donald Trump isn’t getting enough direct representation on its airwaves. Therefore, besides constantly bringing on Trump surrogates and spokespeople for interview segments, they’ve gone out and hired full-time Trump defenders as political commentators.

Last month, CNN already had two contributors on staff — Jeffrey Lord and Kayleigh McEnany —  whose sole job was to defend any and everything Mr. Trump said and did. Towards the end of the month, the network hired former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski to be a commentator. The channel faced a firestorm of criticism for the hire, due in part to Lewandowski’s treatment of the press as Trump’s right-hand man, but also because Corey signed a non-disclosure agreement with the real estate mogul. Therefore, any scoops or inside information CNN was hoping to get went by the wayside, making Lewandowski just another Trump fluffer.

Despite the widespread criticism the network took for bringing on another Trumpkin with the Lewandowski hire, they decided to say ‘Fuck it!’ and do it again on Tuesday. It was announced that right-wing pundit and vocal Trump supporter Scottie Nell Hughes had been brought on as a contributor.



Hughes has been a frequent guest on CNN programming the past few months, so much so that Saturday Night Live devoted a skit mocking her over her consistent and nonsensical defense of the presumptive GOP nominee, regardless of what he says or does. Earlier this week, she had another SNL-worthy appearance where she tried desperately to deflect and distract regarding the Trump team’s Star of David tweet.

The thing is, Hughes is certifiable, a straight-up loon who has peddled crazy long enough for her to cash it in with this latest gig. She rode the Trump Train long enough and can now call herself a CNN Political Commentator. Seriously, what the hell is going on over there?

Look, I’ve already given up on considering cable news ‘journalism,’ but these moves don’t even make for entertaining or compelling television. Tossing Trumpkins into every panel conversation just leads to shouting, sighing, face-palming and chaos. Nothing is ever maturely discussed. Viewers aren’t informed about anything. It’s just a shitshow that leaves us dumber for having witnessed it.

Justin Baragona is the editor and publisher of Contemptor. Prior to starting the site, he worked on the editorial staff of PoliticusUSA. During that time, he had his work quoted by USA Today and BBC News, among others. Justin began his published career as a political writer for 411Mania. He currently resides in St. Louis, MO with his wife and pets.
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  • Nelson Robison
    7 July 2016 at 12:28 am

    An observation that is clean, concise and to the point. It’s spot on and clearly shows that you’ve been watching the CNN channel, which in the best of times is Fox Channel Lite rather than an independent news source that it started out as.

    The American people are tired of the continuous vomitus spewing from CNN and Headline News Network, why don’t the people at Cable News Network and Headline News (HLN) ever go the reservation and report the real news in a substantive and accurate way. It seems that cable news networks have given up the truth and have begun the long decline to propaganda machine for the Republican Party, not unlike Fox which on a continuous basis shoots itself in the foot over coverage of Donald Drumpf’s nomination process.

    The fact that CNN has chosen to hire another Trump(et) mouthpiece is just one more indication of which there are many that they’ve given themselves over to the corruptible and ever expanding influence of dark money. Which Bernie Sanders has continually spoke about during his run for the nomination process.

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