One of the repeated revelations from the WikiLeaks emails has been the close ties between the mainstream media and members of the campaign of Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton. Perhaps no example is as strong as that of Donna Brazile.
Donna Brazile is currently the interim chair of the Democratic National Committee. She took on that role over the summer after embattled former chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz stepped down following the WikiLeaks emails from the DNC showing a clear and unwavering bias against Sen. Bernie Sanders, D-Vt., and in favor of Clinton. Prior to her role at the DNC, Brazile worked as a commentator at CNN.
Among the recent rounds of emails released by WikiLeaks are some that paint a less than flattering image of Brazile. The Daily Caller reported that “emails released earlier this month showed that Brazile provided the Clinton campaign with a question that was asked during a March 13 Democratic party town hall hosted by CNN and TV One. TV One host Roland Martin provided Brazile with the question, which concerned the death penalty.”
On another occasion, Brazile wrote to Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta, not only informing him of a specific question from the audience, but even providing information about the member of the audience who would be asking the question.
One of the questions directed to HRC tomorrow is from a woman with a rash…Her family has lead poison and she will ask what, if anything, will Hillary do as president to help the [people] of Flint.
Current CNN chief Jeff Zucker has not responded favorably to this revelation of obvious media bias, calling Brazile’s behavior “unethical” and “disgusting.” Despite the obvious connection between Brazile and CNN, Zucker still maintains that Brazile was not provided with the questions by CNN. Rather, he claims that she learned them at a public event in Flint, Mich., held the day before. CNN has suspended Brazile’s contract.
The Huffington Post quotes a CNN spokeswoman:
CNN never gave Brazile access to any questions, prep material, attendee list, background information or meetings in advance of a town hall or debate. We are completely uncomfortable with what we have learned about her interactions with the Clinton campaign while she was a CNN contributor.
For her part, Brazile has consistently attempted to deflect questions about this issue and focusing instead on the fact that the emails were hacked to begin with, purportedly by the Russians.