Ex-Obama speechwriter slams CNN for booking 'stupid' Trump surrogates

A former speechwriter for President Obama on Sunday criticized CNN for the repeated appearances of President Trump’s "stupid" surrogates on the network.

In a discussion about the format of cable news on "Reliable Sources," CNN's Brian Stelter asked Jon Lovett: "If you could change one thing about this, this format, what would it be?"

Lovett, co-host of the podcast "Pod Save America," criticized the panels on the network that include staunch advocates of Trump.

“You turn it on and there’s a big giant panel."

"You mean Jeffrey Lord and Kayleigh McEnany?" Stelter asked.


“Absolutely, and you look at that giant panel, and it’s smart person, smart person, smart person, stupid person, smart person, smart person, smart person, bulls--- factory.”

Lovett insisted he was not insulting the president’s supporters.

“I’m calling the people that CNN puts on television terrible representatives of the views of conservatives. They’re terrible representatives of the kind of politics we should have. I mean, these are not intellectually honest people. These are people building a brand, people willing to say anything," he said.

"So often on CNN there are world-class journalists interviewing campaign rejects, ideologues and silly craven people who do not care about informing people, who aren’t there to help people understand what’s going on in the news."