After Sunday’s Democratic debate, NBC News reporter Kristen Welker tipped Hillary Clinton’s communications director Jen Palmieri off to questions before conducting an interview in the spin room.
As host Ari Melber finished his interview with Bernie Sanders’ senior adviser Tad Devine, the MSNBC shot cut to Welker, and she is heard telling Palmieri, “And I’m going to ask you about Flint.”
Melber tried to speak over Welker saying, “Kristen, go ahead, you’re live.”
Then the shot went back to Melber, who was in the studio and he reiterated, “Kristen Welker in the spin room, I believe she has Clinton communications director with her, go ahead Kristen.”
Welker is then heard saying, “Thank you, I think this is his last question.”
Melber, trying to make the hand off to Welker said, “You know, we have Kristen Welker, we’re looking at her, she couldn’t quite hear me before. Can you hear me now? If you can, go ahead.”
Welker, who is NBC’s White House Correspondent then says, “Hey Ari, I’m here now with Communications Director Jen Palmieri for the Clinton campaign…”
Finally, Welker begins the interview asking Palmieri about the debate earlier in the evening between Clinton and Sanders, but then pivoted to Flint, the very topic Palmieri had been informed about prior to the interview commencing.