Reporter Claims NBC News Tried to Censor Him on Behalf of DNC
Ali writes for the liberal Huffington Post and left-leaning New York Magazine. He was reportedly following a scoop about the schedule for the 2020 Democratic presidential primary debates when he received a threatening phone call from Dafna Linzer, managing political editor for both NBC News and MSNBC.
The Daily Caller reports:
Linzer was apparently “agitated” that Ali was planning on reporting the date of the first 2020 Democratic debate before the DNC had the time to call and inform state leaders. The editor allegedly spent the rest of the call attempting to buy time for the DNC and convince Ali to hold the story for an extra hour before publishing.
“Why not?” Linzer repeatedly asked when Ali said he was going to publish without waiting for the DNC. “It’s not a big deal, let them make a few phone calls.”
“I realized that [Linzer], the head of all political coverage for NBC News and MSNBC, wasn’t calling to advocate for her network, she was calling to advocate the DNC’s position,” Ali said on Twitter. “I was so surprised me that she was talking this way with a total stranger. The head of the political division was trying to bully me at the behest of the DNC over a dumb scoop.”
Ali detailed the alleged exchange with the editor in a tweet thread.