Cutter, talking. (Nikki Kahn / The Washington Post)

CNN today announced the addition of two new political contributors. And lest you worry that the network is skewing ideologically, consider that one of the new contributors, former Obama campaign aide Stephanie Cutter, comes from one side of the aisle, and the other new contributor, former Mitt Romney campaign aide Kevin Madden, comes from the other side of the aisle.

The canned quotes are a bit much, just as they always tend to be. Cutter: “I’ve worked with CNN for many years in the White House, on campaigns and throughout government. They are the best in the business, and I’m thrilled to be joining the CNN team.” Madden: “This is such an exciting time in the national conversation about the direction of our country, with so many Americans looking to CNN for an informed perspective of today’s political debates.”

Cutter and Madden could figure in a relaunch of the iconic CNN program “Crossfire,” as Politico’s Dylan Byers reported. Such a backdrop would require little adjustment for these two, who spent a good portion of 2012 dealing with reporters on hot campaign topics. Cutter was forever cropping up on TV screens in defense of the Obama campaign, rarely if ever losing her footing. For his part, Madden stepped up his public-facing role with Romney in early July of 2012, after the campaign had sustained criticism for inconsistency and confusion.


Erik Wemple writes the Erik Wemple blog, where he reports and opines on media organizations of all sorts.