Donna Brazile and the Height of Cognitive Dissonance

On October 31, 2016 the New York Times reported that democratic strategist Donna Brazile resigned from her role at CNN because WikiLeaks documents showed she gave the Hillary Clinton campaign debate questions before one of her debates with Bernie Sanders. See the article linked below for more on this story.

Here are some of her quotes from the New York Times article linked above:

“ I didn’t want CNN to get involved in this WikiLeaks controversy.”
“I didn’t want to put CNN in the middle of what has been a real invasive cyberintrusion.”
“I’m not going to verify, deny, confirm or even try to make sense out of stolen emails that were hacked.”
“It’s like you get hit three times. You get hit with the hack, with the fact that your information has been stolen, and then you get hit with trying to make sense of the nonsense.”

Her responses are unfortunate, to say the least. Instead of admitting what was at best a mistake, and at worst a complete betrayal of American values regarding free and fair elections, she aimed to divert attention from her own mistakes and failures as a political correspondent / strategist by placing the spotlight on hacking and “cyberintrusions.” Instead of owning her mistakes, she tried to shift the conversation by painting herself as a victim.

Now don’t get me wrong. Her privacy was certainly invaded. I don’t deny that. That sucks. I can only imagine how horrible it must feel to have your personal information published on the Internet for all to see. Nonetheless, her complete lack of recognition of her truly despicable behavior is bizarre.

This is particularly concerning when you notice that her Twitter account boasts the hashtag #ProtectOurDemocracy. I agree we need to protect our democracy. But who do you think that we need to protect it from? From you? From people like you? Are you warning us about your unethical behavior?

Things get crazier when you look at her most recent Tweet:

I’m mostly speechless about this. She might be exactly right and on point with it, I really don’t know. But the lack of humility or acknowledgement of the irony that goes along with this is baffling. I’m embarrassed for you. All I can really say is thanks for the insight, Donna, you are clearly an expert on this topic.