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Donna Brazile’s Deception Is a Symbol For the Big Media Lie

screen-shot-2016-10-22-at-1-13-49-pmIt pains me to say it, but Donald Trump is right—the media is dishonest.

Sure, there are some good journalists left on cable and in print, but, among the many revelations exposed by WikiLeaks, the alliance between supposedly neutral “analysts” and “journalists” with Hillary Clinton is one of the most jarring.

Donna Brazile, a Democratic Party stalwart who became the first African American to run a presidential campaign during Al Gore’s 2000 run, was tapped in July to clean up the cloud of corruption Debbie Wasserman Schultz left at the DNC.

A pleasant and respected figure by politicos on both sides of the aisle, Brazile was inserted as interim DNC chair, vowing to make right what was an obvious stacking of the deck against Bernie Sanders throughout the Democratic Primary.

Top DNC officials were fired and Brazile said all the right things regarding the DNC having to change its ways and make a genuine attempt to reach out to progressives.

The only problem: Brazile herself was part of the primary corruption while playing a neutral character on TV.

As I first reported, a WikiLeaks email showed her tipping off the Clinton campaign to a CNN town hall question she’d be asked the next day. “From time to time I get the questions in advance,” the subject line of the email read, with Brazile feeding her preferred campaign a question on the death penalty that, the next day, was nearly identical to the question moderator Roland Martin asked (CNN denied previewing the question to Brazile).

Of course, there’s no emails from Brazile offering the same dirty tricks to the Sanders campaign.

Instead of owning up to her mistake, Brazile fibbed some more, claiming she was actually showing the Clinton campaign a question she’d be asked on an upcoming panel. CNN’s own Jake Tapper, along with the rest of us with brains, didn’t believe her, saying Brazile’s deception was journalistically “horrifying” and “awful.”

While Brazile was actively working inside CNN for the Clinton campaign, she would refuse to endorse a candidate on-air, claiming that as a CNN analyst and DNC Vice Chair, she must be “neutral.”

Meanwhile, she was sending Happy New Year’s emails to Clinton campaign chair John Podesta, vowing that “as soon as the nomination is wrapped up, I will be your biggest surrogate.”

Yes, this was clearly a figure who would, without bias, analyze the rise of Sanders, the movement spreading like wild fire around him, and how it reflected poorly on the status quo politics Clinton represented.

Brazile was also feeding emails to the Clinton campaign that tipped them off to segments she would be participating in on CNN that were critical of Clinton.

All of this quasi-Clinton mole behavior wasn’t lost on the campaign, who thought of the “neutral” Brazile as one of its “friends,” saying in one email they’d be dispensing her following an October Democratic primary debate to go after Sanders.

When I confronted Brazile on her shady behavior following the third presidential debate, she pivoted to the new Democratic point of deflection—talking like a robot about how unproven Russian hacking is to blame for all of their own corruption.

Brazil refused to admit she passed off the town hall question to Clinton, and even had the audacity to compare yours truly to Donald Trump’s badgering of women for having the audacity to press her on outright lies.

But, it’s all good. I happen to like Brazile as a person and respect some of the work she’s done for low-income and minority Americans.

The problem is that she is just the tip of the iceberg to the wider media lie; that the conversation you’re seeing on air about the candidates’ policies (which is rare), backgrounds, and aptitude for office is being delivered by neutral arbiters and journalists.

That’s as big of a lie as Donald Trump cherishing women.

Brazile is joined by a long list of phony “analysts” and “strategists”—as well as anchors and reporters—who were clearly in-the-tank for Hillary Clinton all along.

And how can they not be? Most of them are significantly disconnected from the problems Sanders supporters—and most Americans—struggle with: the stress of paying hundreds of thousands in student loan debt while simultaneously covering rent and food; the struggle to find a good-paying job with decent health benefits; their jobs being shipped to China or Mexico; and working longer hours for less money.

Yup: the comfy confines of cable news sets and cushy consulting jobs doesn’t really offer the pundit class a real window into the growing ground zero that is the disappearing middle class.

So, Brazile and those like her do what they do best: scheme to help get, and keep, their friends in power, and then go on TV and pretend to be on the level, offering their expert “analysis” on the same people.

Does this make Brazile and other pundits bad people? No. But does it expose the platforms they operate on completely and utterly fraudulent.

As one of the most famous emperors without clothes, Sarah Palin, once said: You Betcha!
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Jordan Chariton is a Politics Reporter for The Young Turks, covering the presidential campaign trail, where he’s interviewing voters on both sides. He’s also a columnist for Mediaite and here’s his latest column. Follow him @JordanChariton and watch videos at YouTube.com/tytpolitics.
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This is an opinion piece. The views expressed in this article are those of just the author.

This is an opinion piece. The views expressed in this article are those of just the author.

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