On NBC’s Today show Tuesday morning, correspondent Cynthia McFadden seemed to mock Democrats for Monday night’s Iowa caucus debacle as she declared: “I think the headline is it wasn’t the Russians in this case”
Reporting on the “caucus chaos” from Des Moines in a previous segment, fellow correspondent Peter Alexander explained: “Overnight, the Iowa Democratic Party saying it found ‘inconsistencies in the reporting of three sets of results” from the caucuses, saying the delay was the result of a ‘reporting issue’ and not due to a ‘hack or intrusion.’”
He summed up: “In other words, the app was not hacked. Caucus officials saying it was confusing and difficult to download.”
In the discussion that followed, after McFadden let viewers know it “wasn’t the Russians,” she pointed out the highly questionable process: “What happened essentially is that caucus chairs were supposed to download this new app to their personal cell phones. I mean, already security – whoo hoo.” Co-host Savannah Guthrie chimed in: “That raises some questions, yes.”
McFadden went on to cite evidence that Democratic Party officials in Iowa knew there were problems with the app well in advance of the caucus: “In fact, NBC News has been able to review a memo between some of the party bigwigs and some of the caucus chairs in which they were saying things like, ‘Nobody having trouble with the app should feel dumb!’”
She concluded: “So they knew yesterday morning, long before voting commenced yesterday evening, that there was a problem.”
When even NBC is talking about how badly the Democrats messed up, you know it’s bad.