MSNBC Labels John Podesta ‘Clinton Campaign Manager’

Mistake comes as allies call for campaign to drop campaign manager Robby Mook

John Podesta (left) and Robby Mook (right) / AP


Amid rumors that a shake-up could be coming to give veteran aides more control of Hillary Clinton's campaign, MSNBC labeled longtime Clinton ally John Podesta as the "Clinton Campaign Manager" during its debate coverage Thursday night.

Podesta, who is actually the chairman of the Clinton campaign, was put forward by the campaign to face off against Bernie Sander's senior adviser Tad Devine during a spin room interview with Chris Matthews.

Matthews introduced Podesta as the "granddaddy of the campaign," but the MSNBC chyron wrote that he was the "Clinton campaign manager."

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MSNBC's mistake comes days after the New York Times reported that the Clinton campaign is considering demoting campaign manager Robby Mook, who was the architect of campaign's ground game in Iowa.

"Even before Mrs. Clinton finished her brief remarks to her supporters late Monday night, discussions were underway among her outside advisers and donors about the need to bring in longtime Clinton aides and diminish the role of Robby Mook, her young data-driven campaign manager," wrote the Times' Amy Chozick.

The Associated Press similarly reported that discussions amongst Clinton allies and former staffers about removing Mook as campaign manager have been going on for weeks as Clinton's lead over Sanders has continued to narrow.

The 61-31 percent lead Clinton had nationally over Sanders in December has shrunk to a virtual tie, according to the latest Quinnipiac University poll.

The New York Times further reported that the Clinton campaign was noticeably "irritated" by questions regarding Mook.

"Asked about such discussions, Nick Merrill, a spokesman for the campaign, grew irritated. ‘Are you serious?' he said tersely to a reporter," reported Chozick.

Merrill did not respond to a Washington Free Beacon request for comment on MSNBC's chyron.

Brent Scher   Email Brent | Full Bio | RSS
Brent Scher is a staff writer for the Washington Free Beacon. He graduated from the University of Virginia, where he studied foreign affairs and politics.

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