A Trump insider whose relationship with CNN stirred controversy during the election campaign has exited the cable network. Variety cites a spokeswoman for CNN confirming that commentator Corey Lewandowski is out.
“Lewandowski served as a campaign manager for Trump before parting ways, then joined CNN in June,” Variety notes. “The move raised eyebrows, and had CNN Worldwide President [Jeff Zucker] answering questions about whether a partisan commentator — who, as it turned out, continued to collect severance from the Trump campaign — should be allowed on CNN.”
Due to a non-disclosure agreement, Lewandowski sat out discussions on certain subjects.
“To some viewers and critics, his hire represented a violation of traditional standards of journalism,” Variety adds. “Fox News Channel primetime anchor Sean Hannity was reprimanded in September, for example, for appearing in a promotional video for the Trump campaign.”