Politics can be very dirty. Donna Brazile recently severed ties with CNN after the network asked her to do so. It was matter of jumping before being pushed. Brazile was forced into the role of interim chair of the Democratic National Committee after Debbie Wasserman Schultz was pressured to resign. Prior to stepping into the breach Brazile was a regular contributor on CNN representing the Democratic side of issues.
So why the severing of ties? She has not been on CNN as a panelist since taking on her current role as chair. But the problem was before she took over the reins of the DNC when she, on two occasions, passed along questions to the Hillary Clinton team that would be asked during CNN hosted debates during the primaries thereby giving Clinton a bit of a leg up.
The way this has come to light is via a stolen email. Evidently the Wikileaks folks made public emails hacked – stolen – from Clinton in which Brazile informs of the upcoming questions. It seems odd to me that stealing emails is illegal, but using the information garnered from stolen emails is fine.
What surprises me is that Brazile, who has always struck me as being very intelligent, would have committed the inside information to a written missive. Surely she must have known it was wrong to leak the questions, I’m certain she, as a good Catholic, confessed her misdeed, so why put it in writing? Emails to public figures appear to be stolen on a regular basis these days, so why risk it?
I hope she can eventually return as I enjoy her take on things.