Democratic National Committee Chair Donna Brazile in Farmville, Va., in October. (Joe Raedle/Reuters)
Media critic

Donna Brazile was busted twice in October by WikiLeaks for sharing questions with the Clinton campaign back in March, one for a CNN town-hall event in Ohio and one for a CNN debate in Flint, Mich. At the time, Brazile was a CNN contributor as well as a vice chair for the Democratic National Committee (DNC). Over the summer, she was suspended from her CNN gig as she took over as interim chairwoman of the DNC, though it was expected she’d go back on CNN eventually.

The network, however, parted ways with her over the question-sharing scandal.

In an appearance at Hollins University on Monday, Brazile looked back at the controversy. “CNN never gave me a question,” she said. Indeed, it’s apparent that she secured at least one of the questions from the town-hall co-host organization, TVOne. “I wish CNN had given me some other things, like the ability to defend myself rather than ripping me a new one.”

CNN did hammer Brazile, as the boss of the network, Jeff Zucker, called her actions “disgusting” in an internal discussion. Actually, her actions were better described as “logical” or “natural,” given that Brazile is a political advocate first and foremost.

But here’s the thing: No one gives Donna Brazile the ability to defend herself; she has done that admirably on her own power for years. And this being 2016, she has a nice little Twitter account, too — not to mention a little organization known as the DNC and influential friends.