CNN Denies Tucker Carlson Claim About Harsh Donna Brazile Coverage

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Fox News host Carlson said that "CNN directed its employees to undermine Brazile’s credibility."

On Tuesday, CNN said it's not true the network told employees to trash former DNC chair Donna Brazile while covering her new book, as Tucker Carlson reported on his Fox News show on Monday night.

On his show, Carlson said, "According to highly informed sources we spoke to — highly informed — top management at CNN directed its employees to undermine Brazile’s credibility." The claim was then parroted by former Fox News host Bill O'Reilly, who wrote on Twitter that it would amount to a "major media story" if true.

CNN, in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter, said: "Any suggestion that CNN has ordered its employees to undermine Donna Brazile is false."

Brazile had served as a CNN contributor, but formally resigned from her role on Oct. 14, 2016, after it came out, in leaked emails, that she had seemingly shared a debate question with Hillary Clinton's campaign ahead of the March CNN Democratic debate in Michigan.

Brazile's new book, Hacks, came out on Tuesday. Some critics say the book amounts to an effort to re-litigate the 2016 election and heap blame on the Clinton campaign for hijacking the Democratic nomination process.

Carlson's segment on Monday was seemingly an effort to defend Brazile from her critics, including those on CNN. "Anchors and producers there were vocally offended, many of them, by Brazile’s attacks on their friends, the Clintons," he said. "If you’ve been watching that channel, you may have noticed CNN’s anchors suggesting that Donna Brazile cannot be trusted, precisely because she took part in efforts to rig the primaries for Clinton."

CNN's Jake Tapper pushed back on Twitter. "Literally no one at CNN has said anything to me about how to cover Brazile," he wrote on Tuesday morning. "We’ve covered her allegations a bunch & never trashed her once."