Husband Of CNN Exec Tipped Clinton Campaign Off To Network’s Polls Prior To Release
An email released by WikiLeaks on Sunday shows that the husband of CNN vice president and Washington bureau chief Virginia Moseley tipped the Clinton campaign off to a favorable poll just before its release last September.
“Good CNN poll coming,” Thomas Nides, Moseley’s husband, wrote to Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta in a Sept. 20, 2015 email.
Nides served as deputy secretary of state under Clinton and is currently vice president at Morgan Stanley. His name has been floated for a possible high-level spot in a Clinton White House.
“I’ll look forward to how that is spun,” Podesta responded to Nides, who remains close to Clinton. The email exchange was hacked from Podesta’s Gmail account.
It is not clear if Nides obtained the results of that particular poll from Moseley. But other email exchanges between Nides and Podesta show that he did obtain other poll results from his wife.
On Oct. 27, 2015, Moseley sent Nides the results of a poll conducted in Iowa while the results were still embargoed. Nides forwarded the results to Podesta before the embargo ended, and wrote, “Now we are talking.”
Moseley also sent Nides polling results on Jan. 25. As with the other polls, Nides sent the results to Podesta.
The revelation comes on the heels of several other emails that have threatened to tarnish the network’s image.
Last month, emails released by WikiLeaks showed former CNN contributor and interim DNC chairwoman Donna Brazile providing town hall and debate questions to the Clinton campaign. CNN has denied that a network employee shared a debate question with Brazile, but a Daily Caller investigation raised questions about that denial. (RELATED: Who Leaked CNN Debate Question To Donna Brazile?)
Other emails hacked from the Democratic National Committee show that CNN asked party officials for questions to ask during interviews in April with Republicans Donald Trump and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz.
“CNN is looking for questions,” reads one email sent from DNC research director Lauren Dillon to other DNC officials on April 28.
“Wolf Blitzer is interviewing Trump on Tues ahead of his foreign policy address on Wed,” she wrote in an April 24 email entitled “CNN questions for Trump.” (RELATED: WikiLeaks Emails: CNN Asked DNC For Questions For Interviews With Trump, Cruz)
That interview was eventually canceled, but the network told Dillon it “will keep the questions for the next one.”
A CNN spokeswoman said on Monday that those emails are “completely unremarkable” and that the network regularly uses suggestions sent “solicited and unsolicited” from both parties ahead of major interviews.
Leaking the results of a poll is not as serious an offense as sharing debate questions or seeking questions from an opposing party to ask two presidential candidates. But it reaffirms concerns — mainly from those on the Right — that the mainstream media is in cahoots with Democrats and Clinton.