JUST WHAT CNN NEEDED…. The end of the Bush/Cheney era means the end of listening to loyal Bushies spin the news? No such luck. They’ve moved from the White House to lucrative gigs in the “liberal” media.

Republican strategist Mary Matalin has signed on to serve as a CNN political contributor, the network announced Thursday.

The former Crossfire co-host will appear on programs across the network, including Anderson Cooper 360, State of the Union with John King, and The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer. […]

Matalin, a veteran political commentator, served as a senior White House advisor to both President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney.

Matalin not only joins the growing list of Republican analysts on CNN’s political team (joining Bill Bennett, Alex Castellanos, and Ed Rollins), she’s also the latest former staffer in the Bush White House to make the transition to jobs with major media outlets.

It’s hard to keep up with them all. Michael Gerson (Washington Post), Sara Taylor (MSNBC), Tony Snow (CNN), Frances Fragos Townsend (CNN), Nicole Wallace (CBS News), Dan Bartlett (CBS News), Jeff Ballabon (CBS News), Tony Fratto (CNBC) and, of course, Karl Rove (Fox News, Newsweek, and Wall Street Journal) have all gone from working for Bush/Cheney to working for the mainstream media.

Remember, conservatives are convinced that these major news outlets were not only deliberately unfair to the Bush administration, but also hate conservatives. The media outlets presumably keep hiring former Bush administration officials as part of an elaborate ruse to throw us off their liberal trail.

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Follow Steve on Twitter @stevebenen. Steve Benen is a producer at MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show. He was the principal contributor to the Washington Monthly's Political Animal blog from August 2008 until January 2012.