Accuracy in Media

Even as CNN came under fire in 2016 when it reportedly allowed the Hillary Clinton campaign early access to town hall questions, another network is under fire for allegations of preferential treatment for Democrats more broadly.

A media reporter has accused a lead NBC political editor of trying to “intimidate” him in the 2020 campaign cycle on behalf of the Democratic National Committee.

“Managing editor of politics for NBC News and MSNBC Dafna Linzer and media reporter Yashar Ali apparently engaged in a bizarre back and forth phone conversation regarding Ali’s scoop from yesterday that NBC News, MSNBC and Telemundo would co-host the first Democratic Party debate on two specific nights in June: the 26th and the 27th,” reports A.J. Katz at TV Newser.

Back in February, the three NBCU networks had announced that they’d co-host the debates, yet they had yet to announce the location and specific dates. Ali got the dates and the location (Miami) before the network was ready to announce, and Linzer apparently wanted Ali to delay publishing his scoop. It comes across as odd that she was asking this of him, not at the behest of her employer, but instead on behalf of the Democratic National Committee wanted time to notify their state leaders. ‘Why not?’ Linzer continued to ask Ali when he said he was going to publish his scoop without being forced to wait for the DNC. ‘It’s not a big deal, let them make a few phone calls,’ she apparently stated.”

“I realized that [Linzer], the head of all political coverage for NBC News and MSNBC, wasn’t calling to advocate for her network, she was calling to advocate the DNC’s position,” Ali wrote in an extended Twitter thread. “I was so surprised me that she was talking this way with a total stranger. The head of the political division was trying to bully me at the behest of the DNC over a dumb scoop.”

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