Wikileaks: CNN and the DNC colluded on questions to be asked during Donald Trump interview
Just last week CNN fired interim Democratic Committee Chairperson Donna Brazile after it was learned she was sending debate questions CNN intended to ask Hillary Clinton during a town hall style event in advance. As if that were not bad enough we are now learning through Wikileaks that CNN was apparently colluding with the Democratic National Committee on questions the network would ask Donald Trump during a scheduled interview.
Here is more:
Newly released emails from WikiLeaks suggest that the Democratic National Committee colluded with CNN in devising questions in April to be asked of then-Republican primary candidate Donald Trump in an upcoming interview.
In an email to DNC colleagues on April 25 with the headline “Trump Questions for CNN,” a DNC official with the email username DillonL@dnc.org asked for ideas for an interview to be conducted by CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer.
The sender of the email would seem to be DNC Research Director Lauren Dillon, who was identified in previous reports of DNC emails released by WikiLeaks in July.
Several hours after the first email was sent, Dillon said in a follow-up email that the interview had been cancelled, “as of now,” but shared a list of questions thought up by the DNC that she said could be used for the next interview.
Some of the questions included: “Who helped you write the foreign policy speech you’re giving tomorrow? Which advisors specifically did you talk to? What advice did they give you? Did they give you any advice that you chose not to take?” Others explored Saudi Arabia’s alleged involvement in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, a pre-preemptive strike against North Korea and court martials for members of the military who didn’t follow orders.
But that is not all: Lauren Dillon was also in contact with CNN about upcoming interviews with Ted Cruz and Carly Fiorina:
A separate email from Dillon that same day said “CNN is looking for questions” for then-GOP primary candidate Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, and “maybe a couple on” former Hewlett Packard CEO Carly Fiorina.
CNN’s response was move along, nothing to see here because this happens all the time and is “unremarkable.” The network claims it also contacts Republicans before interviewing Democrats but that is as believable as the IRS claiming it was also targeting tax-exempt Democratic groups when there is no evidence to back it up. I am not buying what CNN is selling here…
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