The Brazile Email Controversy Explained?

We may have an explanation for what happened with the Donna Brazile debate question email fiasco and it comes from Jake Tapper. NewsBusters’ Matthew Balan spotted it

On WMAL’s Mornings on the Mall on Thursday, CNN’s Jake Tapper revealed his “understanding” about what happened surrounding the leaked town hall question to the Hillary Clinton campaign: “This was a Roland Martin follow-up. So, my understanding is that he, or…somebody on his team got that question to Donna Brazile.” Brazile apparently then sent the question to Hillary Clinton’s campaign, as revealed by Wikileaks’ release of John Podesta’s e-mails on Tuesday.


The journalist repeated his condemnation of the whole Brazile leak near the end of the segment: “People at CNN take it very, very seriously; and to have somebody who does not take it seriously — to have us partner with that person; and then, they do something completely unethical and share it with Donna Brazile, who then shares it with the Clinton campaign, it’s horrifying and very, very upsetting, and….I condemn it in no uncertain terms. It’s awful.”

If Tapper’s version of events is correct this wasn’t CNN’s fault at all. But, if it wasn’t CNN’s fault at all and the question that got leaked to the Clinton campaign wasn’t even one of CNN’s questions, why lack of candor and a proper explanation of what happened? This wasn’t CNN’s doing so it’s most definitely in CNN’s interest to get it out there that it wasn’t their doing. And yet, days after this erupted, CNN, as an organization, wasn’t the one who was forthcoming, it was one of the moderators of the debate.

Why, CNN? Why? You could have nipped this in the bud quickly but your weak opaque public comments on the matter only made it worse. The network just made life more difficult for itself when, apparently, it wasn’t at fault.

2 Responses to “The Brazile Email Controversy Explained?”

  1. […] Jake Tapper blasts leak of town hall question.  ICN: Why, CNN, […]

  2. So Martin’s camp was the source of the leak and Brazile probably passed it on to the Clinton campaign – despite her denial that she didn’t.

    My takeaway from this story is that having known partisans moderate debates is a bad idea. My guess is this is far from the only time questions have been passed on to campaigns; just that in this case a leaked email made the scheme public.

    Why CNN didn’t make the real story public is pretty easy to understand. The story is embarrassing for the network so they hoped it would just go away after a few days if they did and said nothing. And this strategy would have worked too, if the Brazile email hadn’t leaked.

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