The Democratic National Committee has proven particularly helpful to the Clinton campaign. Not only did Donna Brazile funnel questions to Clinton for a town hall debate, but WikiLeaks has released some emails showing CNN reaching out to the DNC for suggested questions to ask Donald Trump and Ted Cruz.
In an email to DNC colleagues on April 25 with the headline "Trump Questions for CNN," a DNC official with the email username DillonL@dnc.org asked for ideas for an interview to be conducted by CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer.
"Wolf Blitzer is interviewing Trump on Tues ahead of his foreign policy address on Wed. ... Please send me thoughts by 10:30 AM tomorrow."
The sender of the email would seem to be DNC Research Director Lauren Dillon, who was identified in previous reports of DNC emails released by WikiLeaks in July.
Several hours after the first email was sent, Dillon said in a follow-up email that the interview had been cancelled, "as of now," but shared a list of questions thought up by the DNC that she said could be used for the next interview.
Some of the questions included: "Who helped you write the foreign policy speech you're giving tomorrow? Which advisors specifically did you talk to? What advice did they give you? Did they give you any advice that you chose not to take?" Others explored Saudi Arabia's alleged involvement in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, a pre-preemptive strike against North Korea and court martials for members of the military who didn't follow orders.
A separate email from Dillon that same day said "CNN is looking for questions" for then-GOP primary candidate Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, and "maybe a couple on" former Hewlett Packard CEO Carly Fiorina.
CNN and the DNC did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
CNN is not covering this story – for obvious reasons. But neither is WaPo, N.Y. Times, or any other major news media outlet I can find. It is just another non-story that reflects horribly on the Clinton campaign and their propagandists in the media.
Our politics isn't the only thing that's broken. You can't very well have a functioning democracy if journalists become propagandists and media outlets become state-controlled entities. The so-called "gatekeepers" have abandoned their posts and left the door wide open.
Their defense will be that Donald Trump was so bad, so toxic that he had to be stopped at any cost – even to the point of media-campaign collusion. The problem is that independence once abandoned cannot be retrieved, and the slippery slope the press is now on can only end with complete media subjugation to one party.
"Free press," indeed.