The seeming collusion between media and the Democratic Party is something frequently talked about on the right.
But on Friday, the internet lit up with a rather blatant example of this from someone not on the right, reporter Yashar Ali, who is a contributor for the Huffington Post and New York Magazine. He also used to be a Democratic operative.
Ali, in an epic Twitter thread, said he thought he had a small scoop about when the dates for the Democratic debates were going to be.
From Free Beacon:
Dismissing it as a scoop of no particular significance, Ali tweeted about learning the first Democratic debates would be held June 26 and 27 and broadcast on NBC, liberal cable arm MSNBC, and Spanish-language station Telemundo. He described calling the DNC to confirm the story and being asked to delay it so the national committee could inform state parties; he said he declined, as he was running out of time before MSNBC would announce the news nugget itself.
But then suddenly, he may have ended up with a bigger story than he knew when he got a call.
The call was from Dafna Linzer, the managing editor overseeing political coverage for NBC News and MSNBC.
“After exchanging pleasantries, Dafna told me that she received a call from the DNC and was told I had a story,” Ali tweeted. “Now it’s not strange that the DNC called her, they were coordinating an announcement. What was strange was that she was calling me and taking a menacing tone. She asked if I could hold the story and I said I couldn’t. She was agitated, ‘why not?’ I said I’m not going to lose a scoop. Then she got angrier and said ‘Why not? It’s not a big deal, let them make a few phone calls.'”
“My jaw dropped,” he went on. “I realized that @DafnaLinzer, the head of all political coverage for NBC News and MSNBC wasn’t calling to advocate for her network, she was calling to advocate the DNC’s position. She wanted me to wait so they could call state party leaders.”
Ali said she persisted in trying to bully and persuade him, saying she delayed stories when they had to with national security. She also said she wanted to speak to his editor, which he took as a threat, and he ended the conversation.
You can check out Ali’s epic thread detailing everything here.
What was NBC’s response to being caught trying to advocate on behalf of the DNC?
It’s pretty crazy that they’re this blatant about doing the dirty work for the DNC.
Talk about collusion.