Donna Brazile fired

Donna Brazile Out at CNN After Allegedly Slipping Debate Qs to Clinton

CNN has parted ways with contributor Donna Brazile amid allegations that the interim chairperson of the Democratic National Committee leaked debate questions to Hillary Clinton earlier this year.

In a statement, CNN said it was “completely uncomfortable” with Brazile’s ties to the Clinton campaign, although the network went on to note that it was Brazile who resigned from her post back on Oct. 14.

According to emails obtained by WikiLeaks, Brazile shared information with HRC campaign chairman John Podesta about potential questions at a CNN Democratic primary debate last March.

Read CNN’s complete statement below:

“On October 14th, CNN accepted Donna Brazile’s resignation as a CNN contributor. (Her deal had previously been suspended in July when she became the interim head of the DNC.) 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.”

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82 Comments
  1. Johnny Styles says:

    Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha!

    • OhMy says:

      And yet they still employ Trumps advisor who is still working for and getting paid by the Trump campaign. Immoral right wing media.

      • Maggie says:

        Yes, they employ a guy who is a paid shill for Trump, and who uses CNN as a platform to promote Trump. CNN knows that Cory continued to be paid by Trump after he went to work for CNN, and yet that didn’t make CNN “uncomfortable.”

        CNN says that Brazile didn’t have access to the questions, so maybe the potential questions she told the Clinton team where what she assumed were logical questions that should be asked. Is it really that hard to figure out what questions will be asked, especially when they announce the topics of each debate & town hall in advance?

      • Kathleen Donnafield says:

        Oh…that’s a great response to why Brazile gave Clinton’s campaign questions prior to the debate. Blame what Brazile did on the right wing…or divert. Typical!

  2. So let me see if I’ve got this right.
    Brazile correctly predicted the TOPIC of a debate question as being on the death penalty. The actual wording of Brazile’s question and the actual question on the subject were wildly different, with the exception of a reference to a very specific commonly available statistic. And that’s ground for firing???
    That’s ground for promotion! There is no evidence whatsoever that Brazile had access to the specific questions, only at good guessing as to one specific subject.
    On the other hand, Lewandowski is still openly campaigning with Trump and is still paid by CNN, as are other utterly untruthful Trump hacks who defend anything and everything the Dear Leader blathers about.

    Tell me again about the left wing control of the media…

    • Mary says:

      Thank you. I think that is what you might call double standards but oh well it is what it is.
      I think Lewandowski is also getting paid by Trump but I guess that is no conflict.

    • Mike says:

      She didn’t predict the question. She sent them the question word for word in one instance. Then in the other instance, she told them who would ask a question.

      The point being that if this debate is being pitched as “no one knows the questions before hand”, then there should be no one affiliated with the debate sending information to any candidate regardless of party.

      • Mary says:

        So you are saying CNN is lying about giving anyone the questions or list of who was asking them? List of potential questions is not quite the same as the actual ones. I know you read it on wiki leaks so therefore it is absolutely true because they would never change or embellish a thing.

        • Joey says:

          TYT actually laid out the situation quite accurately at least a few weeks ago. Mary, I know you’re a Clinton supporter, as am I, though reluctantly. However, don’t be willfully ignorant of the situation at hand.

          • Mary says:

            Sorry I don’t know what TYT is. I don’t think I am being ignorant of the situation. So you are saying that CNN lied about giving the questions out.

          • Joey says:

            @Mary: I don’t know if CNN officially gave Brazile the information, but she got the information somehow, whether a producer slipped it to her secretly or what have you, she got it. And the shared it. She shared a question that was for a town hall, and another for a debate.

        • Mike says:

          CNN actually commented previously that she could have received questions from other sources. Just because they don’t send questions out, doesn’t mean other don’t.

          In regards to Wikileaks, you can check each email’s authentic ID which shows the server it was sent from. If an email was altered, the code would be altered. However, the codes aren’t altered, verifying its authenticity.

          Honestly, this whole email scandal is akin to Watergate. It wasn’t reported at first, but thanks to the persistence of certain journalists and news sources, more information has broke.

          • Maggie says:

            This not “akin to Watergate.” Watergate is when the President of the United States had a team of burglars who broke into offices to plant listening devices and steal files. They broke into the Democratic Party Headquarters at the Watergate building, and were caught. Having the President run a team of criminals is totally different than someone possibly knowing debate topics in advance.

            Wikileaks is getting their information from the Russian government. There is no way to know if the information has been doctored, or that codes have or have not been altered. You can only trust Wikileaks if you trust that Russia has the best interest of the United States in mind.

          • Kathy says:

            It’s not a ‘code’ — it’s a string in the e-mail header, and multiple headers in multiple messages have been proven to have been altered by Wikileaks.

        • Mike says:

          My bottom line: vote for whomever you feel is better qualified, but be informed. Leaks from both camps have shown behind the scenes problems with each candidate.

          If we don’t hold them accountable before they get into the White House, they certainly won’t be held accountable afterward.

        • Mike says:

          CNN said she could have gotten questions from other sources (moderators, etc.). Leaked emails can be verified by their email id, which changes if emails are altered. The emails regarding the leaked questions are authentic. She sent them questions and is lying about it.

        • Scottie says:

          No , , saying CNN is covering for her reputation …PLAIN and SIMPLE. Wow! people here are bending over backwards to cover for her.

      • Anna says:

        But CNN is claiming that they “never gave Brazile access to any questions, prep material, attendee list, background information or meetings in advance of a town hall or debate.” So how exactly did she send Clinton the question word for word if she didn’t have access to the question?

    • JScout says:

      Double standard indeed. When’s Lewandowski going to get canned? Shame on CNN.

    • corine Harpper says:

      A second debate question was disclosed today. She told Podesta HRC would get a question from a lady about child illnesses from polluted water. HRC was ready with statistics when the question came up. In the email Brazille informed Pedestal and Palmeri she would be sending a few more debate questions! She SHOULD be fired.

    • heather says:

      She then sent another email to the Clinton camp letting them know that a question about lead poising was going to be asked by a women with a rash on her face. At the debate the very next day she was asked that questions by a women with a rash on her face! Yah there is no media bias!

  3. Todd G says:

    Typical media actions to affect the system. Certainly supports Trump’s claims of the rigged system. Disgusting and a poor reflection on all media systems.

    • Mary says:

      Oh you mean the rigged system that Trump is telling his supporters to go vote again because he doesn’t think it was counted? The Women who was arrested for voting twice for him. If anyone is doing the rigging you might want to look at boy wonder over there, but then again it just proves his is totally ignorant on how the system actually works.

      • Elizabeth says:

        Trump did not say vote twice. If you are referring to his words in Greely, Colorado, he said to go to the polls and vote only.

        • Joey says:

          No, he said if people already mailed in their ballots, they should go into the polling locations on election day to “void” their mail-in ballots and vote in-person, which is against Colorado law. All it will do is clog lines at polling locations and cause chaos on election day.

          • Maggie says:

            You are correct. Trump did tell people who had mailed in their vote to also go to the polls to vote. Trump claimed that going to the polls would invalidate their mailed in vote. I hope his supporters don’t listen to him, because doing what he suggested will get them arrested.

  4. Liz says:

    But Corey Lewandowski being PAID BY TRUMP while being paid by CNN is hunky dory? What an amazing, hypocritical double standard.

    • MMD says:

      That’s the one that gets me! Lewandowski, besides being too obnoxious to listen to, is getting paid by both and not being a commentator, but campaigning for Trump on CNN and the TPTB are allowing him to double dip. smdh

  5. Liz says:

    Also, MISLEADING HEADLINE. She resigned. Weeks ago.

  6. Mike says:

    Allegedly? I think its pretty clear.

  7. clara54 says:

    Oh give me a break! This woman has been in the political arena for decades, worked for CNN she’ not allowed to voice her opinion on what questions might be raised in the debates? Isn’t this America?This is just another right wing media ploy to sway voters. I know Putin is loving it.

    • dan says:

      I know I’m loving it. For decades now the Left has whined and cried every time there has been the slightest hint of impropriety out of someone from the Right and wailed for them to step down or to be terminated. Now they are getting a taste of their own medicine as their attack the arguer if you can’t attack the argument strategy is being used against them. Grinning from ear to ear today! Hoping so many more bodies hit the floor from both sides of the aisle. Johnson/Weld 2016!!!!!

      • Katherine215 says:

        Hahaha, seriously? Republicans are the “family values” party. And come on, Johnson is a complete moron, I can’t take you seriously when you wave that flag.

        • dan says:

          He actually isn’t, he likely is a lot more intelligent than Trump at least. Nobody has corrupt political savy to match Clinton, it”s how she’s kept her ass out of jail all these years. At any rate I can’t take anybody seriously who doesn’t think Johnson is a better choice than Trump or Clinton. At least the man has basic human empathy and would get us out of our ceaseless cycle of undeclared warfare that has left over 40,000 American troops either killed or wounded, over a quarter of a million muslims dead (but they are brown so..I guess they don’t matter to you guys?) cost us Trillions (with a T) of taxpayer money and allowed ISIS to flourish. Your horse seems to want war with Russia next which shows me a Mentally Retarded level of arrogance on |->|er part. We would not come out of that unscathed.

      • John NYC says:

        Johnson?

        Giggle. We’ll see him in Aleppo then? A presidential candidate that can’t name a single world leader?

        That’s pathetic. Not to mention insulting to the citizens he’s asking to select him for that office.

      • Maggie says:

        Weld had admitted that he and Johnson can’t win, and has asked people to make sure they vote so that Trump will not win.

    • corine Harpper says:

      “Sometimes I get the questions in advance.” Doesn’t sound like her opinion. If it walks like a duck…..

    • Bella says:

      “Voice her opinion what questions might be raised?” Seriously? She leaked to Clinton’s people in advance that a woman with a rash in Flint, Michigan was going to ask a question about how people can be protected from polluted water, and that’s exactly how it went down. This goes way beyond a happenstance thought balloon about a possible topic.

    • Elizabeth says:

      She isn’t allowed to feed Hillary debate questions. Why is that hard to understand?

  8. Anna says:

    Wait, I’m confused here. CNN claims that they “never gave Brazile access to any questions, prep material, attendee list, background information or meetings in advance of a town hall or debate”, yet she is being accused of leaking this information to Clinton? What?

  9. R says:

    She must have been given the information by someone else on the inside or found a way to get it some how..

  10. N!loofar says:

    😈😈😈

  11. K says:

    Not sure why this is a big deal. If you pay even the slightest amount of attention to current events you’d be able to guess what the debate questions will be about.

    • corine Harpper says:

      You don’t know why it’s a big deal? It’s cheating, big league. The candidates are told in advance what the general categories are. NEVER is one candidate slipped the exact questions in advance. Democrats….

  12. K says:

    How many people are employed by CNN that were Trump employees? Paid still by Trump AND CNN? If there is no proof Brazile leaked questions, questions she did nit kniw yo begin with, stop spreading rumors! Whose payroll are u guys on?

    • corine Harpper says:

      NO PROOF? Sure, CNN dumped her for NO reason and the emails from her proving it were faked by russian hackers. Democrats. Come on. To make it worse, Brazille calls herself a “christian woman”. I think not.

  13. TV Gord says:

    I hope she’ll still be on ABC’s This Week when the dust settles after the election. I’ve always liked her, though I am disappointed by these underhanded activities. The sad thing is the Clinton campaign should be able to easily defeat Trump without the dirty dealings, but it just seems to be so firmly entrenched in them. What a sad state of affairs.

    • corine Harpper says:

      Well said. TV Gord.

    • Cat says:

      You do realise that the whole Brazille thing had nothing to do with the general election but rather the Democratic primary and that Sanders only ran in the Democratic primary to be a presidential candidate. If you look at Sanders’ electron history he has always either run as a liberal or an independent. Why would the DNC want someone who has never been a Democrat to get their nomination and not do anything possible to make sure he doesn’t get. And just to be clear, I’m not an American. In my country it is compulsory for everyone of eighteen to vote.

  14. Rick Katze says:

    CNN got caught. Now they are spinning the facts. Too late. The little credibility you had is gone. What Clinton touches is poisoned. The real question is whose next to be exposed and by which news outlet.

  15. leo21 says:

    So she was fired for information hacked by the Russians and released by a group with an agenda for the election that includes doctoring info for their cause? Interesting.

  16. MMD says:

    All I know is the the entire world wants this damn election to be over because it has become a complete farce.

  17. Greg Cantin says:

    Allegedly? The wiki leaks shows her emails saying… Here, have this Q and I’ll send you more.
    TV Line, stop coddling your precious Killary. P,S. Trump is also a dump. But your bias is very off putting.

    • dan says:

      You got that right, Greg. I find it shocking/saddening and disappointing that TVLine is so in the bag for Clinton. For God’s sake the woman has taken tens of millions of dollars from countries that throw homosexuals off roofs because they don’t think they are worth bullets and from countries who think women are so whoreish by nature that they must be covered head to toe and always be accompanied by men in public so as not to bewitch men into raping them and who think women are so inferior intellectually and defective that they can’t even be trusted to ####ing drive. What does she owe these tyrannical Governments for all that money? Probably more war so that pipeline can finally get built across Syria because God knows a country can’t decide it’s own course if it gets in the way of Western profits. I really like this site and wish they would stop endorsing evil and become truly progressive, seek peace and look beyond the fact that evil has a D to the right of her name. Johnson/Weld 2016.

      • Greg Cantin says:

        Again, well said and sad that most of this country is too blind to see thru the BS of both the Pubs and Dems. Corruption is rampant on both sides of the 2 party coin.

  18. parstl says:

    I’m so exhausted with this election season. Please, make it stop.

  19. Deb says:

    What are sham – why then is Cory still contributing on CNN- Have You have lost your minds

  20. peterwdawson says:

    So weird seeing something potentially hypocritical from a news organization be against a Clinton associate for a change.

  21. Paula says:

    I still have the utmost respect for Donna Brazile! Cannot say the same about CNN’s double standard operating policy.

  22. SUZY says:

    your all crooks at that NETWORK!!!!

  23. MaryM says:

    CNN directly influencing the election. Shame on CNN and Brazile. The fix is obviously in,

  24. Collette says:

    All media is biased one way or another. I’m not happy with either candidate. That being said, I am convinced that HRC must not be the one to appoint the next Supreme Court Justices. The runaway gravy train for rotten apples, illegals and baby factories has to be derailed.

  25. Kathy says:

    Wait, what? They use Wikilieaks as a source (GMAFB) after it’s been discredited repeatedly. Then they continue to employ Lewandowski, whose salary is being paid by the Trump campaign.

    Can anyone tell me a) in which alternate universe this is even marginally acceptable, and b) how can anyone at CNN think that normal people aren’t laughing their butts off at them?

  26. PatriciaLee says:

    I don’t see anything wrong with, both, candidates being supplied with the questions before the debate. In fact, that should make a better one, since we would be getting clear, succinct answers with a two minute limit. I don’t want to witness response ability, but to receive knowledge.

  27. Constance mitchell says:

    It APPEARS CNN is lying. They all are in
    destroying Trump. Hillary Clinton has not fired Donna for cheating. Why? John P Odessa not fired. Why? The network is lying. They have been caught. It appears they gave Donna the advance questions to feed to Hillary. Donna is thef fall guy.

    Isn’t it strange on Hillary’s silence on all this corruption around her. People are we deaf. Blind. Dumb to select her as POTUS.
    Donna is the fa guy

  28. So, it is alleged that Brazile leaked information to the Clintons?? So who is leaking to Wiki Leaks, and why is ALL of his leaks only are on Hillary? So how is TRUMP paying him? But make no mistake about it, Donna Brazille is still one of the GREATEST POLITICAL minds in the world! Oh yeah, and she is a WOMAN! Best of luck to you DONNA.

    • corine Harpper says:

      Well, if we are going to hold Brazile in high regard for leaking debate questions to HRC then I guess we should hold Wikileaks in high regard for leaking the info about the cheater. If Brazile has the most “brilliant political mind in the world”(cheating doesn’t really require you to be brilliant) then I guess Julian Assange has the most “brilliant political mind in the world” for leaking it.