Corey Lewandowski, recently fired as campaign manager for GOP presidential hopeful Donald Trump, has a new job title: CNN political commentator.
Politico broke the news that CNN snapped up Lewandowski just three days after he gave an exclusive interview to CNN's Dana Bash about his dismissal from the campaign amid worries he, a first-time campaign manager, could handle a national run against democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.
The move isn't an uncommon one. Most major cable outlets like CNN and Fox News often hire former political insiders as analysts and commentators, but Lewandowski's hiring was not without critics.
Slate's Ben Mathis-Lilley wrote that by giving Lewandowski a job, CNN was justifying bullying of journalists, given allegations against Lewandowski that he's threatened and laid hands on reporters in the past, including CNN's Noah Gray.
There's also the issue that Lewandowski is legally bound to not say anything "disparaging" about Trump or his family.
"This is someone who CNN is paying to comment on the ongoing presidential election, 50 percent of whose major-party candidates are Donald Trump," Mathis-Lilley wrote. "Truly a stellar hire on every level."
Criticisms and limitations aside, with the arrival of Lewandowski, CNN has something few media outlets have in the chaos of covering the unconventional, celebrity candidate: Insight.
While Lewandowski is limited in what he can say about Trump, it may be more than what most outlets are getting now. As previously reported, Trump is famous for favoring phone interviews over in-person interviews and has singular control of media at his events.
"Covering a Trump event is like watching a 1970s Black Flag concert from inside a shark cage," Slate's Seth Stevenson wrote. "Asking policy questions is like throwing a rock down a bottomless well ... Most policy queries simply go unanswered. When a response does come back, it’s rarely sufficient."
Lewandowski, more than anyone else at the moment, may be able to fill in any blanks left with a media presence that's often dictated on Trump's terms, especially moving into one of the most fascinating Republican conventions in July.
"It was surely particularly alluring for CNN that Mr. Lewandowski, while still the campaign manager, also retained his position as the leader of New Hampshire’s delegation to the Republican Convention in Cleveland next month," the UK Independent reported. "He will be able to give the cable channel an unusual from-the-floor glimpse of what promises to be one of the more unusual party conventions in a generation."