A CBS Staffer inadvertently sent an email to Bachmann spokesperson Alice Stewart discussing how Bachmann wouldn't get many debate questions.
SPARTANBURG, SC — Michele Bachmann told reporters in the spin room after Saturday night’s presidential debate here that her campaign has proof that, in the words of a Bachmann spokesperson, debate sponsor CBS News had “a pre-planned attempt to limit” the number of questions Bachmann was asked on stage.
Bachmann has an email from CBS News Political Director John Dickerson she says backs up her claims, but before the controversy could cook off, one debate co-sponsor — the South Carolina GOP — said Bachmann was barking up the wrong tree....
The email in question came from Dickerson at 2:42 Saturday afternoon. Dickerson, a longtime DC political reporter for Time and then Slate who was just announced as political director for CBS News on Saturday, was emailing with some CBS staff, but appeared to inadvertently include Bachmann spokesperson Alice Stewart on the string. The email string is below.
First came a message from CBS staffer Caroline Horn, sent to Dickerson and others that appear to be CBS News staff, with Stewart CC’d:
John, Sarah, and Mike, I was just speaking with Alice Stewart, cc’d here, about the Congresswoman or a senior member if her staff joining you for the webshow. She said she would be happy to arrange. Sarah - you want to touch base with her later tonight?Then comes Dickerson’s reply a few minutes later:
Okay let’s keep it loose though 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 John Dickerson