See the full exchange between Stelter and Nunberg below. Please note the shift in subject from one email to the other.
Subject: CNN inquiry
My name is Brian Stelter. I’m a media reporter and anchor for CNN. I’m working on a followup to the BuzzFeed piece about Donald Trump, and I’m told by an associate of yours — on condition of anonymity — that you are no longer working with Mr. Trump in the wake of the piece. Can you confirm this and describe the circumstances? Furthermore, is it correct to describe you as a political strategist who worked for Trump on a part-time basis for years? I’ve pieced together some details via past coverage, but want to make sure I’ve got it all right.
Thank you, –Brian
Subject: Reply to the CNN media inquiry re: McKay Coppins’ hatchet job
Dear Mr. Stelter:
Thank you for the inquiry.
I have the highest personal regard for Mr. Trump and the Trump Organization. All my former colleagues were of the utmost professionalism. I tendered my resignation directly to Mr. Trump on Friday morning after the publication of what I considered to be an incredible pejorative hit piece by McKay Coppins in BuzzFeed. While I did not expect a love letter, I expect an unbiased, professional and balanced article. Sadly, the number of rife inaccuracies, mean spirited tone and complete failure of Mr. McKay to properly reflect when Mr. Trump was speaking to him in a sarcastic manner, in a blatant effort to depict in the worst possible light.
For example, Mr. Coppins reports that he was “the only national reporter” for Mr. Trump’s speech before the NH Institute of Politics (NHIOP), when in fact Fox, CNN, Boston Globe, the Associated Press, Reuters and the all important WMUR, Manchester Union Leader and Concord Monitor gave the event balanced coverage. Mr. McKay lie about such a trivial matter?
Just last week on February 7th, the well-respected, established and professional Brad Cook of New Hampshire Business Review wrote the following: ”On Jan. 21, Donald Trump, entrepreneur, developer, television star and interesting personality, appeared at “Politics & Eggs” at Saint Anselm College, sponsored by the New Hampshire College and University Council and the New England Council.
Trump, appearing on a frigid morning before a record crowd, addressed current affairs, party politics and, by his very presence, started a buzz about whether he plans to be a presidential candidate in 2016. The crowd noted several things from Trump’s performance. In no particular order, he certainly is self-confident, focused on Donald Trump, and well-connected. Everyone he mentioned, from politicians of both parties, to sports figures, to individuals, either were his “friends” or people he had seen recently. Personally, I expected Trump to be plastic, overbearing and superficial. To the contrary, he appeared intelligent, relatively insightful and analytical.”
You can confirm with Neil Levesque, Excecutive Director of the NHIOP who is cc’ed, as the best attended event they ever had, in an off year election. Further, NHIOP has extended an open invite for Mr. Trump to return which one would not know by reading Mr. Coppin’s prose. Also, immediately after Mr. Trump’s New Hampshire visit, his first in over three years, he polled higher than Sen. Cruz, Gov. Walker and Gov. Jeb Bush.
Because I coordinated the logistics of Mr. Coppin’s access to Mr. Trump and vouched for his professionalism and underestimated the venom of his editor Ben Smith, who took over four weeks to ‘edit’ the piece and the result hatchet job, I tendered my resignation immediately and without hesitation Friday morning. Mr. Trump graciously accepted and we exchanged no harsh words.
As proof of Mr. Coppin’s malice, I cite the fact that he refers to me, his legal counsel and his personal security guard as “yes men”because we render services to Mr. Trump. Further, Mr. Trump is not interested in employing “yes men” as he demands sincere and candid advice. Also, does Mr. Coppins depict those who serve Pres. Obama or Gov. Cuomo as “yes men”?