Minnesota Congresswoman’s Michele Bachmann’s campaign staff went ballistic after one of her communications director, Alice Stewart, was mistakenly CC’d on an internal CBS News email. In the message, newly minted political director John Dickerson said he’d rather interview someone else on his post-debate webshow. Congresswoman Bachmann’s staffers responded by accusing CBS of bias and calling for Mr. Dickerson’s head.
In the email, which was sent hours prior to the debate, CBS News senior politics producer Caroline Horn told Mr. Dickerson she could arrange to have Ms. Bachmann on his show.
“I was just speaking with Alice Stewart, cc’d here, about the Congresswoman or a senior member of her staff joining you for the webshow,” Ms. Horn wrote.
“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 responded.
Ms. Stewart forward the “unaltered email” to her press list with along with a statement saying it describing it as “indicating bias” that showed a “planned effort to limit questions to Michele Bachmann at tonight’s CBS / National Journal Debate.”
According to CNN, Congresswoman Bachmann’s campaign manager Keith Nahigian “stormed through the spin room” saying, ”John Dickerson should be fired. He is a piece of shit. He is a fraud and he should be fired.”
A CBS spokesperson sent a statement to CNN saying the email was ”a candid exchange about the reality of the circumstances–Bachmann remains at 4% in the polls,”
Ms. Bachmann is currently polling in sixth place behind Herman Cain, Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, Rick Perry and Ron Paul.
Read the version of the CBS News email Ms. Stewart sent to reporters below.