Wikileaks reveals Debbie Wasserman Schultz intrigue with MSNBC
It’s not exactly an arm’s length relationship between the Democratic Party and MSNBC. Debbie Wasserman Schultz was furious on May 18 when Mika Brzezinski called for her to step down as head of the DNC because of her obvious bias against Sanders. She tried to pull strings to get an apology, or at least change the narrative, including speaking with Phil Griffin, the president of MSNBC, and plotting with Meet the Press moderator Chuck Todd on how to influence his colleagues
Ben Norton at Salon lays out the key points in the string of emails revealing this cozy relationship:
In a May 18 email, Kate Houghton, the director of the DNC chair’s office, forwarded a report on Brzezinski’s segment to Wasserman Schultz.
“This is the LAST straw,” Wasserman Schultz replied, enraged. “This is outrageous. She needs to apologize.”
Wasserman Schultz asked DNC Communications Director Luis Miranda to call Phil Griffin, the president of MSNBC.
Miranda responded noting that Wasserman Schultz “already went to Chuck,” a reference to MSNBC’s Chuck Todd, moderator of “Meet the Press.”
Wasserman Schultz sent another angry message to Todd titled, “Chuck, this must stop.” She included the link to the report on Brzezinski’s segment and wrote, “I would like to discuss this with you today.”
Todd replied noting he was available to speak with her. She thanked him and said Miranda would schedule a time to talk.
Wasserman Schultz was insistent: “I think we need to speak to both of them,” she wrote, referring to Chuck Todd and Phil Griffin, the MSNBC president.
She added, “I’ve been talking to Phil about this since our breakfast.”
In fairness, it must be noted that this attempt was unsuccessful, and that Miranda emailed Chuck Todd after 11 PM on the 18th:
…If Mika just doesn't like her, I'm not sure it's worth either of their time. I've lowered her expectations, but don't know. If you think Mika is set in stone I'm happy to kill it.
Evidently, Mika was "set in stone" as the matter was dropped fo far as the leaks show. Congratulations, Ms. B, you hvae a phrwase by which you will be known from now on. Coming from a wannabe influencer, it is an honor.