Outraged with Donna Brazile over revelations the former CNN contributor handed over potential debate questions to the Hillary Clinton campaign during the former Secretary’s fight with primary foe Bernie Sanders, CNN Worldwide president, Jeff Zucker, labeled Brazile “unethical” and “disgusting.”
In addition to her former responsibilities as a CNN contributor, Ms. Brazile also serves as the current chairperson of the DNC and is a long-time Democratic strategist and political operative.
Speaking by phone to the editorial board of the Huffington Post on Tuesday, Zucker spared Brazile no word of condemnation: “It hurts all of us,” Zucker is reported to have said, referring to Brazile’s deception.
Unearthed in early October, a Wikileaks’ release of hacked emails disclosed Brazile’s communications with Hillary Clinton aides, John Podesta and Jennifer Palmieri, in which Brazile gleefully revealed access to debate questions.
CNN denied providing questions to Brazile in a statement Monday.
“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,” it read.
Despite CNN’s denials in the wake of the Wikileak’s revelations it provided questions to Brazile — questions Ms. Brazile had indicated in emails to Clinton aides were directed to the candidate during the primary debates — it has been hinted TV One host, Roland Martin, could have been the source of the questions Brazile was accused of forwarding to the Clinton camp.
Although Zucker and CNN have heatedly denied a pro-Clinton bias, and it is unlikely the mole inside CNN will never be exposed, this gives the cable giant a black eye as one of CNN’s employees clearly shared the same partiality to Clinton as Brazile does.
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