After its favored candidate lost the presidential election in shocking fashion, the New York Times is suddenly wide awake to the threat posed by Russia. It devoted 8,000 words and Wednesday’s front page to “Hacking The Democrats – How Russia Honed its Cyberpower and Trained It on an American Election.” The accompanying photo of the filing cabinet broken into during Watergate made it clear the Times considered this a national (and Democratic) tragedy. But the paper has not always been so concerned about the Russia threat, especially when it’s a Republican presidential candidate sounding the alarm. It's tone toward WikiLeaks has also changed since it was gleefully puttting hacked foreign policy memos in print.
They never learn. The grand journalism pooh-bahs at CNN were humiliated this election cycle when WikiLeaks revealed that former CNN contributor and interim DNC chair Donna Brazile had shared a question with the Hillary Clinton campaign in advance of a March Democratic primary town hall debate. According to CNN, "activist anchor" Roland Martin and his production team at CNN's debate partner and identity politics network TV One were responsible for the leak. CNN host Jake Tapper called the episode "very, very troubling" and condemned the breach: "Journalistically, it's horrifying," he told WMAL radio.
Donna Brazile -- interim chair of the Democratic National Committee – gave a lecture on Monday at Hollins University in Roanoke, Virginia, where she sharply criticized the Cable News Network for not letting her defend herself against incriminating emails released online and instead firing her after 14 years as a political commentator.
In addition, she told the audience at the small women's school that she never got on Hillary Clinton's campaign airplane or prepped the candidate for any of the debates. She also derided WikiLeaks, which leaked the “damning emails,” by repeatedly calling the organization “WikiLies.”
Former CNN president Jon Klein ran to his network's defense on Tuesday's Kelly File on Fox News Channel over their response to acting Democratic National Committee chairwoman Donna Brazile's leak of a town hall question to Hillary Clinton's campaign. Klein reacted to Joe Concha of The Hill's call for an internal investigation of what happened by asserting that the people at CNN are "more worked up about the issue than Joe Concha is. I mean, they have much more at stake than anybody in making sure that their reputation is pristine."
Rush Limbaugh found just the right analogy for the CNN cheating scandal where (now) former CNN analyst Donna Brazile fed “town hall” questions to Hillary Clinton. It’s the quiz-show scandal of the 1950s, where Charles Van Doren was given the questions on the NBC game show Twenty One in advance and looked like a genius on national television. Van Doren later apologized to America: “I have deceived my friends, and I had millions of them.”
That’s not the way CNN and Brazile reacted when exposed by the Wikileaks e-mails.
News organizations can show bias by either exaggerating details of a story, or by minimizing them. Minimization suppresses the scandalous nature of certain stories as we see, for example, through this report from last night's edition of Noticiero Univision.
With CNN personalities continuing to ignore the big media story surrounding the axing of political commentator and interim DNC chair Donna Brazile, two on-air guests took matters into their own hands on Tuesday by mentioning it to the chagrin of the hosts with one resulting in verbal fireworks.
In light of CNN’s near-blackout of on-air coverage regarding its removal of now-interim DNC chair Donna Brazile, the MRC’s Director of Media Analysis Tim Graham took to the airwaves of the Fox Business Network (FBN) to blast this move as “not exactly transparency in action” and particularly their own media reporters for not doing so aside from social media and their website.
ABC’s George Stephanopoulos apparently finds Trump’s tax returns more scandalous than the Secretary of State’s compromised private e-mail server. On Good Morning America Tuesday, Stephanopoulos neglected to ask Clinton’s campaign manager Robby Mook any direct questions about the renewed FBI investigation into her e-mails, and completely neglected to ask any questions about Donna Brazile. Brazile is the interim DNC Chair who was fired from CNN this weekend after more Wikileaks e-mails showed Brazile trying to leak interview questions to Hillary Clinton. While the Democratic candidate is under the spotlight, Stephanopoulos had plenty of opportunity to ask her campaign manager actual substantive questions, but instead he saved the grilling for Trump’s deputy campaign manager in a subsequent interview.
CNN parted ways with commentator and Interim Democratic National Committee Chair Donna Brazile Monday, as yet another batch of damaging e-mails was released by WikiLeaks. According to the e-mails Brazile told Hillary Clinton’s Campaign Chair, John Podesta, that she sometimes acquired access to debate questions and that she’ll “send a few more.” Both CBS and NBC covered to the developing controversy, while ABC kept it off the air. It’s not surprising since she is also one of their commentators and they still have her on leave.
According to Brent Bozell, the latest WikiLeaks e-mails show the “incestuous” relationship between journalists and the Clinton campaign. The Media Research Center President appeared on Fox Business’s After the Bell to talk about the firing of “cheater” Donna Brazile as an analyst for CNN. He marveled, “Sleazy. The whole story is sleazy.” Highlighting the fact that Brazile shared debate questions in advance with the campaign, Bozell condemned, “She cheated with the Clinton campaign. She gave the Clinton campaign not just the one answer that she denied giving.”
On Monday, WikiLeaks released its latest batch of hacked e-mails from Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta and provided another case of collusion between the campaign and the news media as now-interim DNC chair and recently-axed CNN political commentator Donna Brazile shared additional town hall questions in advance with the Clinton campaign while Clinton was running against socialist Bernie Sanders.