As the reach of the Wikileaks release of the #DNCLeak emails continues to widen, the casualties are starting to mount. Most publicly, on Sunday, the Democratic National Committee Chair, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, announced that she will be resigning and will not preside over the Democratice National Convention.
Donna Brazile, the Vice Chair of the DNC, was installed as the Interim Chair of the DNC. As the change was being announced, reports emerged that Ms. Brazile was also implicated in the leaked emails, with excerpts of an email from Ms. Brazile where she threatened to “cuss out” the Sanders people began circulating social media like a wildfire.
— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) July 24, 2016
Shortly thereafter, CNN made the decision to announce that it was parting ways with Donna Brazile who is a frequent political commentator on the network, appearing on various shows, including Anderson Cooper’s 360 virtually on a daily basis.
“With news of Donna Brazile stepping in as interim chair for the Democratic National Committee, CNN and Brazile have mutually agreed to temporarily suspend her contract as a contributor for the network effective immediately. As a valued voice and commentator, CNN will revisit the contract once Brazile concludes her role.”
The timing could easily be interpreted as CNN reacting to the Wikileaks email leak or Ms. Brazile’s new position. However, it does raise the question that if CNN believes that it would not be appropriate for Ms. Brazile to be a paid commentator while she is serving as Interim Chair of the DNC, then why did CNN not have the same reservations when Ms. Brazile was the Vice Chair of the DNC?
Some point to Fox News action similarly cutting ties with Newt Gingrich when it was released that Gingrich was on Donald Trump’s shortlist of VP picks. However, unlike Ms. Brazile who was previously the Vice Chair of the DNC, Mr. Gingrich held no official position In the Republican Party prior to him being under serious consideration for the VP nod.
A confidential source at CNN later stated that Ms. Brazile would continue to appear on the network as it covers the Democratic Convention, and that CNN plans to continue to have Brazile on frequently as one of its contributors. However, she would no longer be paid for her appearances.
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