Jon Klein: ‘I Hope This Can Be the Death’ for Networks Hiring Campaign Surrogates

By Mark Joyella 

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Former CNN president Jon Klein said Tuesday night the end may be near for campaign surrogates serving as paid employees of cable and broadcast networks.

“I hope this can be the death now for the surrogates that all the news networks employ,” Klein told Fox News Channel’s Megyn Kelly, in an interview about former CNN commentator Donna Brazile, and debate questions she reportedly shared with the Clinton campaign.

CNN, which cut ties to Brazile, has been criticized repeatedly for its decision to hire former Donald Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski, who for a time was being paid both by CNN and Trump.

Klein said the leaking of debate questions may trigger a move away from surrogates entirely. “I can tell you that nothing is taken more seriously within the walls of CNN … than issues around the integrity of the place.”