The Hill's Joe Concha makes a good point. It appears the biggest loser in this election cycle will be not Trump or Clinton, but the media.
Concha writes, for a media that will somehow emerge from this election season much worse in the eyes of the American public than before it began, Tuesday was the decided low point.
A WikiLeaks email dump of just one person's account — Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman, John Podesta — shows just how corrupt and compromised our media is today.
Exhibit A is former CNN contributor Donna Brazile, currently on a temporary friendly suspension from the network after taking over as Democratic National Committee interim chairwoman following the humiliating resignation of Debbie Wasserman Schultz during the Democratic National Convention in July. As you recall, Wasserman Schultz was forced to step down after a separate WikiLeaks email dump showed top levels of the DNC were actively attempting to take down the candidacy of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.).
In a March 12 email sent to Clinton communications director Jennifer Palmieri with the subject header: "From time to time I get questions ahead of time," Brazile — then at CNN — shares a question about the death penalty that she described as "worrying her."
The next night, March 13, a question with a similar theme is asked during a CNN/TV One town hall by co-moderator Roland Martin. CNN's Jake Tapper served as the other moderator for the event featuring Clinton and Sanders.
So here's the question about the questions: How exactly did they get into Brazile’s hands? She wasn't involved in the event in any capacity.
Another question: Will CNN conduct an internal investigation into the matter? In Brazile's own words, she gets questions in advance from time to time.
Translation: By her admission, she's been given questions for CNN town halls more than once, or however one cares to define "from time to time."
CNN hasn't responded yet to The Hill about whether an internal investigation will be conducted at the network, only sharing a statement that went out to any media inquiries on the matter that it "never, ever shared a town hall question beforehand."
Martin told CNN media reporter Brian Stelter that his questions "were shared with his executive producer and several members" of his TV One team. He did not respond to a follow-up question asking if he shared the questions with Brazile.
"Like I told all others [news outlets]: I came up with my questions; sent them to my EP; who sent them to CNN; and shared them with my NewsOneNow team," Martin tells The Hill.
For her part, Brazile said in a statement that she "never had access to questions and would never share them with candidates" if she did. Her email with its blaring subject header to the exact contrary appears to contradict that.
It's all just another stain on the once great CNN.