Controversy around CNN, former Trump campaign manager isn't over


After months of criticism, CNN has put the issues around former Donald Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski to bed — sort of.

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"Now, in previous appearances, we have told you that Corey was still receiving severance from the Trump campaign, but that is no longer the case, we are told," CNN anchor Alisyn Camerota said Thursday while introducing Lewandowski, who is a political contributor for the network.

The controversy stems from the Trump campaign's firing of Lewandowski in June and CNN's hiring of him days later.

Almost immediately, the network was criticized for employing a man with a, shall we say, "strained" relationship with the media.

But people seemed to forget about that once it surfaced that Lewandowski was still being paid severance by the Trump campaign. He reportedly also signed non-disclosure and non-disparagement agreements with the campaign.

So that "political contributor being on the payroll of a campaign" thing rubbed many in the media — and some viewers — the wrong way. 

Thursday's announcement that Lewandowski was finally off the campaign's payroll seemed to be the campaign's attempt to make the issue go away.

According to Politico, Lewandowski was paid a lump sum, rather than getting paid monthly through the end of the year. Apparently, the reason for the move was so the campaign and Lewandowski could "avoid future distractions."

USA Today reports Lewandowski's final payment was somewhere in the area of $80,000. And his total pay from the campaign was reportedly over $500,000.

But they probably won't be able to avoid distractions completely. Some outlets have reported that Lewandowski is still helping the campaign behind the scenes.


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