By Nicholas Fondacaro
In an essay for Politico on Thursday, former interim Democratic National Committee Chair Donna Brazile dropped a bombshell on the DNC and the Hillary Clinton campaign. In the piece, which was an excerpt from her upcoming book, Brazile exposed how “the DNC was rigging the system to throw the primary to Hillary” through a shady and ethically questionable financial arrangement. Even though it seemed like a plot in House of Cards, the Big Three Networks (ABC, CBS, and NBC) had a complete blackout of any mention of the news during their evening broadcasts.
The reason the networks wanted to keep Brazile’s findings secret was simple: They didn’t want to ruin their narrative that Clinton was a pure angel who was a victim of Donald Trump and Russian collusion. But in recent weeks, it had come out that Clinton had the DNC in her pocket and they both were funneling money to Fusion GPS and Christopher Steele so they could work with Russian agents to get dirt on Donald Trump.
For the Spanish-language networks, NBC-owned Telemundo followed the example and omitted Brazile from their broadcast. In stark contrast, Fox News was the only one to mention the Brazile revelation and dedicated two minutes and 30 seconds to it.
“The former head of the Democratic National Committee skewers Hillary Clinton in a new book about the 2016 election,” announced Fox News Anchor Bret Baier during Special Report. “As Chief Washington Correspondent reports James Rosen reports, Donna Brazile now charges the system was rigged against insurgent candidate Bernie Sanders.”
Reading from Brazile’s account of her internal investigation, Rosen quoted the section on “the Joint Fund-Raising Agreement between the DNC, the Hillary Victory Fund, and Hillary for America”:
“The agreement,” Brazile writes, “signed by Amy Dacey, the former CEO of the DNC, and Robby Mook of the Clinton campaign with a copy to the general counsel Marc Elias specified that in exchange for raising money and investing in the DNC, Hillary would control the party’s finances, strategy, and all the money raised. Her campaign had the right of refusal of who would be the Party communications director and it would make final decisions on all the other staff. The DNC also was required to consult with the campaign about all other staffing, budgeting, data, analytics, and mailings.
The agreement was essentially for Clinton to buy out the DNC and take it over as an arm of her campaign. The ink was dry a mere four months after she announced her presidency and not even a year before she finally put Sanders away. It’s worth noting that even with the DNC rigged in her favor, Clinton had an extraordinarily hard time locking up the nomination for herself.
Rosen reached out to the Clinton campaign for comment, but as would be expected they declined to say anything. But when they reached out to the DNC chair at the time, Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz told them she was proud of her work there.
And while Brazile claimed to have found no other instance of the Party being tilted in Clinton’s favor, she did omit how she pasted Hillary Clinton questions for the CNN debate. “But in an essay for Time magazine last May, Brazile belatedly acknowledged having done so and called it a mistake she will regret forever,” Rosen recalled.
What we’ve learned over the last couple weeks was that Clinton was doing everything to ensure her entitled victory, even the unethical and dirty. And the networks showed the lengths they would go through to keep her as clean as possible.
Editor’s note. This appeared at Newsbusters and is reposted with permission.