Monday, August 7, 2017

Ex-CNNer Anchors President's 'Real News'

At CNN, Kayleigh McEnany was an outspoken supporter of President Trump. Now it appears she’s working for him, reports

After the conservative pundit updated her Twitter bio to note that she is a “former CNN commentator” and announced she “will be moving to a new role,” McEnany suddenly reappeared Sunday morning on President Trump’s official Facebook page to anchor a minute and a half of pro-Trump news.

During the segment, which had already garnered more than 100,000 views by 11 a.m., McEnany touted economic numbers favorable to the president, praised the proposed Raise Act and highlighted a Medal of Honor ceremony at the White House earlier in the week.

“Thank you for joining us, everybody. I’m Kayleigh McEnany, and that’s the real news,” McEnany said to end the segment.

Neither McEnany nor the White House immediately responded to a request for comment.

“You get the same vibe from this broadcast as those paid-programming news-style programs that air at 3am,” CNN reporter Andrew Kaczynski wrote on Twitter following the broadcast.

On CNN’s Reliable Sources, host Brian Stelter noted that his former CNN colleague “seems to have joined the Trump re-election campaign.” He asked his guest, former CNN political analyst Jeff Greenfield, what he thought of McEnany’s video.

“Not much,” Greenfield said, noting that “political campaign propaganda” isn’t anything new. “Campaigns have been trying to do news-like videos ever since there was videos. In the scheme of things that doesn’t strike me as a particularly bothersome problem.”

The “real news” program, which had previously been hosted by Trump’s daughter-in-law Lara Trump and is paid for with funds from Trump’s 2020 re-election campaign.

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