For the second time in two weeks that CNN's Anderson Cooper has called out DNC chair Debbie Wasserman-Shultz on her lies. Previously it was about her misquoting an LA Times article in a campaign email and this time he says her assertion that there was no discord and there was a two-thirds majority, on the chaotic floor vote yesterday to re-add the words God and the Jerusalem references in their party platform is an "alternate universe."
"Debbie Wasserman Schultz said it wasn’t a change of language, that there was no discord that we saw and it was a two-thirds vote. I mean, that is an alternate universe," Cooper said.
Wasserman Schultz had just told CNN's Brianna Keilar that there was no discord and "absolutely a two-thirds [vote]."
"From a reality standpoint... to say flat-out that there was no discord is just not true," Cooper said.
Readers can watch the floor vote, which had to be taken three times and decide if they agree with Cooper or Wasserman Schultz on if there were two-thirds in favor and if that shows no discord.
Politico also reports that Obama supposedly "personally intervened" to get the platform changed but there are conflicting accounts of when he knew about the changes and why he would order the change back to the 2008 language when he did.
While the campaign at first said Obama had seen the language prior to the convention, it later said he did not learn of the issue until Wednesday morning, when he became aware of seeing news coverage of the issue. Once that happened, the president directed his staff to change the language to include a reference to God and Jerusalem as Israel’s capital because, the campaign source said, the amended version is “consistent with the president’s own positions.”
So, Obama knew of the changes, said nothing, approved them and then intervened once the issue became a hot political potato.
The Democratic delegates booing loudly about the putting the word God back into the platform as well as the Jerusalem as Israel's capital language, was incredibly bad optics. For Wasserman-Shultz to claim that it showed no discord among the party faithful, when the evidence is on video for the world to see, shows a level of incompetence and deceit from the DNC chair that should be unacceptable to supporters because she is the face and voice of the party.
Related news shows that DNC leaders, Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Patrick Gaspard, skipped out on a couple interviews, cancelling without explanation and in one instance the interviewer was left sitting in his chair waiting before he was informed.
Democratic National Committee chiefs Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Patrick Gaspard cancelled interviews with local media outlets tonight, amid controversy surrounding the party's decision to reintroduce "God" and "Jerusalem" to the platform.
Jon Ralston, host of the Las Vegas-based "Face To Face" news program, told POLITICO that he was sitting in the chair waiting for a 2:45 p.m. PT (5:45 p.m. ET) interview with Gaspard when he was told that his guest had cancelled, without explanation.
Blair Miller of WSOC TV, ABC's Charlotte, N.C., affiliate, also tweeted that Wasserman Schultz cancelled her interview with him, without explanation. "After my Romney intv today, we were planning to interview @DWSTweets live," he wrote. "However, she did not show up. Her staff not answering calls."
DNC spokesman Brad Woodhouse did not respond to a request for comment regarding the cancellations, which came after reports that the party had put "God" back on the platform and affirmed Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
The timing of the chaotic floor vote couldn't have been worse for Obama and Democrats. The day that one of the most popular figures for the party, Bill Clinton, was due to make his pitch to America on behalf of Barack Obama, which Democrats hoped would dominate headlines and airwaves, ended up having the spotlight split between his speech and the change in platform language.
Amusing for Republicans and Conservatives but for Democrats and Liberals?
Meh, not so much.