Stephanie Cutter, who was the deputy campaign manager for Barack Obama’s 2012 presidential campaign, was hired and quickly fired by NBC News as a political analyst on Friday without ever appearing on the air, after it was reported that she had a massive conflict of interest.
Cutter, whose last regular television gig was the failed Crossfire reboot on CNN, was set to join NBC News and MSNBC as a political analyst and “contribute exclusively on a range of topics across all platforms including Meet the Press, TODAY, Nightly and MSNBC,” according to Politico’s Mike Allen.
That job, which was announced on Friday, was quickly undone when The New York Times reported on the same day that Cutter would be spearheading the efforts of a new group, the Constitutional Responsibility Project, to get Obama’s Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland approved.
That revelation forced NBC to unwind their agreement with Cutter, and they issued the following statement on their new arrangement:
We look forward to Stephanie’s insights on our air during this election year, but she will appear as a guest and not as an analyst due to her leadership role in the battle over the President’s Supreme Court nomination.
NBC News did the right thing by dumping Cutter after the Times report, but she could have saved the network some grief if she had informed them of the conflict and backed out of the deal before going through what may be the quickest hiring and firing in the news history.