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Former Obama, Clinton Speech Writer: CNN Puts on ‘Stupid’ Trump Surrogates

Former President Obama and Hillary Clinton speechwriter Jon Lovett criticized CNN on Sunday for not critiquing the "stupid" political analysts on the network's panels who support President Donald Trump.

Brian Stelter was interviewing Jon Lovett about his new podcast, "Lovett or Leave It."

"On your news show, some of the cable news critiques was in that episode," Stelter said. "If you could change one thing about this, about this format what would it be?"

Lovett told Stelter that CNN makes a point to go after Fox News Host Sean Hannity for being "dishonest," but does not call out CNN panelists who support Trump.

"Smart person, smart person, smart person, stupid person, smart person, smart person, smart person, bullshit factory," Lovett said of CNN panels, referencing Jeffrey Lord and Kayleigh McEnany.

Stelter asked Lovett if it was helpful to call Trump supporters stupid.

"I'm not calling the Trump supporters stupid people," Lovett said. "I'm calling the people that CNN puts on television are terrible representatives of the views of conservatives."

"So often on CNN there's a world class journalist interviewing campaign rejects and ideologues and silly, craven people who do not care about informing people," he continued.