CNN political analyst David Gergen is in something of an awkward situation when it comes to the network’s coverage of Bain Capital, and Mitt Romney‘s role there. As The Huffington Post’s Michael Calderone writes, Gergen was directly involved with Bain in the past, and benefited financially from some of its moves.
CNN is ensuring that Gergen is disclosing his relationship with Bain, though the complicated nature of it makes it tough to distill in a few seconds of airtime.
Gergen made disclosures during recent appearances on “Anderson Cooper 360,” where he described the Obama campaign’s attacks on Bain as “way off-base” and “ill-founded.” Bain, he told Cooper, is “very well regarded in Boston.”
That’s a position Gergen’s taken before, with or without being clear about the extent of his past financial relationships with Bain. In looking at Gergen’s previous, largely praise-worthy analysis of Bain during the 2012 election cycle, the CNN analyst has, at times, noted some relationship to Bain while also neglecting to do so on air when lauding the company.