Michele Bachmann’s campaign manager, Keith Nahigian, is still mad about an internal email CBS News staffers accidentally forwarded to the Minnesota Congresswoman’s communications director prior to last night’s debates.
In the message, new CBS News political director John Dickerson told a staffer he didn’t want to make a firm commitment to book Ms. Bachmann on his post-debate webshow.
Today, Mr. Nahigian sent an email to supporters claiming the message proved the existence of liberal bias, not only at CBS News, but throughout the mainstream media.
“Okay let’s keep it loose since she’s not going to get many questions and she’s nearly off the charts in the hopes that we can get someone else,” Mr. Dickerson wrote.
Congresswoman Bachmann’s campaign quickly sent a press release with the “unaltered” version of the email to reporters.
Read the version of the CBS News email the Bachmann campaign sent to the press here.
In his morning after message, Mr. Nahigian described CBS News’ correspondence as “concrete evidence confirming what every conservative already knows – the liberal mainstream media elites are manipulating the Republican debates by purposely suppressing our conservative message.”
“We received an email from CBS News Political Director John Dickerson – who is also a well known liberal reporter for Slate Magazine – exposing CBS News’ plan to reduce Michele’s conservative message by limiting the number of questions she receives during the debate,” Mr. Nahigian wrote.
Mr. Nahigian reportedly charged through the debate spin room berating Mr. Dickerson after seeing CBS News’ email.
“John Dickerson should be fired. He is a piece of shit. He is a fraud and he should be fired,” Mr. Nahigian said.
CBS News released a statement describing the missive as a “candid exchange about the reality of the circumstances.” Ms. Bachmann is currently polling in sixth place behind Herman Cain, Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, Rick Perry and Ron Paul.
Moderators at the debate focused their questions on other Republican candidates with higher poll numbers. Mr. Paul only got 89 seconds to speak during the 90 minute event. His campaign manager, John Tate, also sent an email afterwards alluding to media bias.
“It literally made me sick watching the mainstream media once again silence the one sane voice in this election,” Mr. Tate wrote.