CNN Political Analysts Tied to BP Oil

By Andrew Gauthier 

Daily News

Should CNN cede its trademark as the Most Trusted Name in News to the Huffington Post?

Despite poor ratings, the cable news network that Ted Turner founded in 1980 has long prided itself on journalistic integrity. But media insiders say CNN’s continued ties to lobbyists and special-interest consultants–whom it bills as political analysts –now threaten its sterling reputation. And one source says the network’s parent company, Time Warner, is paying close attention to the matter.

Two names that repeatedly come up are Hilary Rosen, a former recording-industry lobbyist who was hired to be a D.C. navigator for public relations consulting firm The Brunswick Group, and Alex Castellanos, a founder of public-affairs PR firm Purple Strategies. More…