Demo­crat an­a­lyst dumped by CNN over de­bate ques­tion leaks

The Myanmar Times - - World -

AMER­I­CAN cable and satel­lite tele­vi­sion chan­nel CNN has parted ways with Demo­cratic strate­gist Donna Brazile af­ter hacked emails re­leased by Wik­iLeaks showed that she shared ques­tions with Hil­lary Clin­ton’s cam­paign ahead of events spon­sored by the net­work.

Ms Brazile, who has long worked as an an­a­lyst for the news chan­nel, had been on leave since agree­ing in July to serve as act­ing chair of the Demo­cratic Na­tional Com­mit­tee. But the net­work an­nounced she had re­signed.

On Oc­to­ber 31, Wik­iLeaks re­vealed she sent an email to top aides of Ms Clin­ton, on the eve of a pri­mary de­bate with Bernie San­ders, hosted by CNN in the Michi­gan city of Flint, which is fac­ing a cri­sis over el­e­vated lead lev­els in its wa­ter.

“One of the ques­tions di­rected to HRC is from a woman with a rash,” Ms Brazile told Ms Clin­ton cam­paign chair John Podesta and com­mu­ni­ca­tions chief Jen­nifer Palmieri.

Dur­ing the de­bate the next day, Ms Clin­ton was in­deed ad­dressed by a woman who said her fam­ily had skin prob­lems, al­though the woman’s ques­tion was markedly dif­fer­ent.

In a mes­sage dated March 12, one day ahead of a CNN town hall, Ms Brazile told Ms Palmieri that “from time to time I get the ques­tions in ad­vance”, promis­ing to send more in the fu­ture.

CNN said it was “com­pletely un­com­fort­able with what we have learned about her in­ter­ac­tions with the Clin­ton cam­paign while she was a con­trib­u­tor with the satel­lite tele­vi­sion chan­nel”.

It also said that it “never gave Brazile ac­cess to any ques­tions, prep ma­te­rial, at­tendee list, back­ground in­for­ma­tion or meet­ings in ad­vance of a town hall or de­bate”.

For weeks, Repub­li­can pres­i­den­tial can­di­date Donald Trump has ac­cused his ri­val of hav­ing had an un­fair ad­van­tage over Mr San­ders, in­clud­ing ad­vanced knowl­edge of de­bate ques­tions.

Un­til now, those ac­cu­sa­tions had been largely un­sub­stan­ti­ated. –

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