On Friday morning, Stephanie Cutter was announced as the newest political analyst for NBC News and MSNBC. By Friday afternoon, Cutter had been let go from the news organization which cited conflict-of-interest as their reasoning.
Politico’s Playbook first reported the news of Cutter’s hiring and, inadvertently, linked to the story that led to Cutter’s firing.
Cutter was slated to appear on all the major NBC News platforms — Nightly News, Today, and Meet the Press — in addition to MSNBC.
Cutter previously worked in the Obama White House and was the deputy campaign manager for the 2012 Obama campaign. She was hired by CNN for their relaunched Crossfire which was eventually cancelled for low ratings. Cutter appeared on the network sporadically afterwards and quietly left.
The story, reported by the New York Times, notes that Cutter will be in charge of the Constitutional Responsibility Project, an advocacy group dedicated to getting Merrick Garland approved by the Senate. According to the Times, the group will serve as an “umbrella organization” to represent the multitude of progressive advocacy groups involved in the fight.
However, this involvement was too much for NBC News. An NBC spokesperson said, “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.”