Fleischer joins CNN as political contributor
September 20th, 2011
08:32 AM ET
3 years ago

Fleischer joins CNN as political contributor

(CNN) - Former White House press secretary Ari Fleischer joins CNN as a political contributor, the network announced today.

Fleischer, who served as President George W. Bush’s chief spokesman for three years, will offer commentary and analysis across the network as the nation enters the 2012 presidential campaign season.

“Ari’s extraordinary experience in the political arena and in the White House make him an invaluable contributor to the network,” said CNN senior vice president and Washington bureau chief Sam Feist. “We’re thrilled to have Ari on board and our viewers will appreciate his keen insight as we head into this election cycle.”

Fleischer runs his own company, Ari Fleischer Sports Communications Inc. and has been a veteran of Washington, D.C. political circles for more than two decades, having supported the Bush-Cheney campaign during their 2000 election and later through the 9/11 crisis. He worked as the national spokesman and communications director for Elizabeth Dole during her presidential bid in 1999 and served as the communications director for the House Committee on Ways and Means from 1994 to 1999.

Fleischer is the author of a New York Times best seller, Taking Heat, which details his years in the White House.

“Having worked on a successful presidential campaign and having spent 21 years in Washington, I’m looking forward to joining CNN as a regular contributor,” said Fleischer. “It’s shaping up as a red hot political year and I’m eager to lend my perspective to it.”


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  1. FM

    Well come Fleischer! You are better than Ed Henry who was hanging on there without knowing where he belonged!

    September 20, 2011 08:45 am at 8:45 am |
  2. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Ari can make the GOP train wreck sound like the second coming.

    September 20, 2011 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  3. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    I always wondered if it was difficult for Ari to lie for Bush daily in front of television cameras. Where were those weapons of mass destruction?

    September 20, 2011 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  4. Sniffit

    Sweet...someone for me to excoriate on a regular basis haha. Please, Ari, write me some Ticker articles!

    Actually, to be honest, he's a partisan hack, but a rather mild one who sometimes says reasonable things, and it's somewhat suprising when he does it...although it's usually followed by a big "BUT" and then some rationalization for still supporting the GOP/Teatroll position. Someone tell him it's ok to be reasonable and admit that the GOP/Teatrolls are a train wreck that went off the rails in early 2009...no caveats or loyalist mental gymnastics necessary.

    September 20, 2011 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  5. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    I wouldn't say he is reality challenged, but he lies like a penny in a parking lot.

    September 20, 2011 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  6. Stop the Charade

    said Fleischer. “It’s shaping up as a red hot political year and I’m eager to lend my perspective to it.”

    Get out the spinerama machine and tie up truth and put in in the closet, cause here comes another GOP profesisonal misinformation machine.

    September 20, 2011 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  7. SaintM

    Ari is just another Bush crony and I always turn him off when I see that he is speaking on CNN. Nothing but a pandering fool–as is anyone who snuggled up to GW Bush. The "I've worked with a succesful presidential campaign" thing just isn't resonating with me–it was Karl Rove who got GW his second, disastrous term. Ari needs to remember that he was working for the most hated president in recent history, so his credentials aren't as golden and shiny to me as they are to him.

    September 20, 2011 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  8. As GM goes, so goes the country...Unions/Democrats killed GM, now they are killing the country

    Someone tell him it's ok to be reasonable and admit that the GOP/Teatrolls are a train wreck that went off the rails in early 2009
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    Keep hallucinating... The Tea Party is right on track and will roll right over the Democrats in 2012. Nov. 2010 and NY 9th was just a warmup to the main event in 2012. The leftist/"progressive"/communist Democrat Party will be dessimated thanks to comrades Obama, Pelosi and Reid. And the country will be in a position to be saved and recover from 4 years of this"progressive" disaster.

    September 20, 2011 10:50 am at 10:50 am |