Fox News host Megyn Kelly said new CNN correspondent Corey Lewandowski can’t provide “honest analysis,” having recently been dismissed as Donald Trump’s campaign manager.
“This is the same guy who has threatened — more than one — journalists in the course of this campaign, has had some very ugly language attributed to him when it comes to women, and now he will be getting paid by Donald Trump one day and CNN the next,” Kelly said on Thursday’s edition of “The Kelly File.”
Kelly and Lewandowski have a history, one in which the former Trump staffer was once accused of threatening the Fox News host. The network’s media guru, Howard Kurtz, was a guest on Kelly’s show to discuss the situation occurring at their rival network.
“This is no knock on Corey, who I think handled his firing with class, but for CNN to hire him … 12 minutes after he was fired is, to use one of Trump’s favorite words, sad,” the former CNN host said. “Because Lewandowski made clear … that he doesn’t intend to utter a negative syllable about Donald Trump.”
Kurtz went on to explain that even if Lewandowski wanted to bad mouth Trump, a confidentiality agreement that he signed with the Trump campaign limits what he’s allowed to say.
“I don’t see how this helps CNN provide anything approaching independent analysis,” Kurtz said.
Lewandowski was hired by CNN on Thursday, only three days after he was fired by Trump. Almost immediately after his firing, he appeared in a lengthy interview with CNN’s Dana Bash. He told Bash that he didn’t know why he was let go, but Trump’s children are reportedly at least partially responsible for the decision.