In a radio interview Monday with SiriusXM’s Joe Madison, Brazile didn’t sound too ashamed of these embarrassing actions. “My conscience, as an activist, as a strategist — my conscience is very clear. When I said what I said, I said it and I’m not going back on it. But I also understand that throughout the primary season, whether it was 2008 … 2016, I was in touch with everybody — Martin O’Malley, Bernie Sanders, who I’ve known for over 30 years, Hillary Clinton. … You’re doggone right I’m gonna talk to everybody. Joe, I will never go out on TV or come on radio without the facts. I will submit things, I will circulate things and guess what: I also enjoy the exchange that I have with my colleagues — they work for everybody. My friends are deeply embedded in all of the campaigns. And guess what — here comes a real shocker. I also talk to Republicans before I go to their events.”
With such defiance, Brazile is signaling just how much she cared about CNN’s journalistic priorities when she was employed there as a contributor. (Her contract was suspended over the summer when she took over as head of the Democratic National Committee, and she resigned under pressure in October after the first question-sharing story). So she’s adding weight to the argument of this blog — and many others — that political hacks shouldn’t be employed in any way by news networks.