As discussed frequently in this space, Kayleigh McEnany spent months of her professional life dragging down the editorial standards of CNN by serving as a paid pro-Trump contributor, fashioning only the most absurd defenses of the latest outrage from the candidate/president. “It was just a joke,” McEnany said of the time that Trump tweeted a video of himself pounding a CNN logo. For example, that is.
Now McEnany is joining the Republican National Committee as a national spokeswoman, according to Politico.
Meaning: She’s moving from paid propagandist at CNN to paid propagandist at the RNC.
In a tweet last week, McEnany announced her change of venue. And then she popped up in a video posted to Facebook and paid for by Donald J. Trump for President Inc.
“Hey everybody, I’m Kayleigh McEnany, thank you for joining us as we provide you the news of the week from Trump Tower here in New York,” says McEnany as she speaks from a set. “More great economic news on Friday. The July jobs report added a better-than-expected 209,000 jobs. Overall, since the president took office, President Trump has created more than 1 million jobs. The unemployment rate is at a 16-year low, and consumer confidence is at a 16-year high, all while the Dow Jones continues to break records. President Trump has clearly steered the economy back in the right direction.” The presentation ends with McEnany saying, “And that is the real news.”
So that’s the sort of stuff that McEnany says in her role as paid RNC Trump propagandist.
Now have a look at the sort of stuff McEnany said in her role as paid CNN Trump propagandist: “Buried beneath the salacious headlines is the portrait of a president who has defied his party, not only in word but in action. Tax credits for health care, preservation of preexisting conditions provisions and withdrawing from free trade deals combine to tell the story of a president who puts people before party,” argued McEnany for an opinion piece on Trump’s first 100 days. “Despite initial blips with the temporary travel halt and health care, President Trump is well on his way to changing his party and country. Trump is truly a post-partisan president.”
Need more? Back in March, McEnany was busy gushing about the president’s approach to congressional work on a replacement for Obamacare: “What does ‘The Art of the Deal’ tell us? It tells us you put forth the strictest, most hard line position and you negotiate and give a little. Don’t put out like for instance, crossing state lines, allowing insurance companies to cross state lines,” she said. “Don’t put that in now even though the president is behind it. Allow that to be something that you give to conservatives. There’s a lot of conservative proposals that were not put in this because those will be the carrots given to the conservative wing of the party to ultimately get the votes needed.”
In her new job, perhaps McEnany will refrain from such political prognostication.
CNN itself hasn’t been silent about McEnany’s career move. On Monday’s noontime show, chief political correspondent Dana Bash noted that McEnany was “our friend and former contributor here at CNN” and led a discussion critiquing the propaganda platform. Everyone agreed that McEnany’s “real news” was not, in fact, news at all.