I've got a new piece at BNR about CNN's reportedly having hired fired Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski:
CNN's decision is particularly objectionable given that Corey Lewandowski was charged with assaulting a female reporter (the charges were later dropped) and has a reputation for harassing female reporters and staffers. If I were a woman working at CNN right now, I'd be very angry about CNN's apparent indifference to his treatment of women.Click on through to read the rest!
But, beyond that, Lewandowski's hiring is indicative of broader problems in cable news.
First: The drivers of political news are already overwhelmingly white, conservative, and male. Hiring Lewandowski – who is himself white, conservative, and male – more deeply entrenches that existing problem.
Secondly: Cable news is absurdly welcoming to rightwing extremists like Lewandowski.