Steve Hayes is not what you would call a reliable source of information. His first book, The Connection: How al Qaeda’s Collaboration with Saddam Hussein Has Endangered America was a deliberate attempt to mislead the public about the subject at hand. Based on his willingness to lie on behalf of the conservative movement, he secured the position of court biographer to Dick Cheney, and duly produced the required hagiography. To the best of my knowledge, Hayes has never made a single good analytic point on any subject, or introduced any useful new information into the public debate. Nobody outside the deepest recesses of the conservative cocoon has ever been impressed by a Stephen F. Hayes article.
Naturally enough, CNN, which obviously has contempt for its audience and for the concept of journalism, sent out this press release yesterday: “Stephen F. Hayes Joins CNN’s Best Political Team on Television”:
“Steve is a well-respected and knowledgeable journalist who already has become a natural part of CNN’s political coverage,” said Sam Feist, CNN’s political director. “As part of the ‘Best Political Team on Television,’ Steve will help CNN in its commitment to go beyond political spin and present viewers with the most in-depth and bipartisan insights.”
I would be fascinated to hear Feist explain by what standard Hayes is well-respected. Perhaps he could identify some people who respect Hayes?