CNN's Erroneous 'Rubio's Dropping Out' Inspires Monday Night Twitter Money Bomb
CNN was hoping special correspondent Jamie Gangel had the scoop of the primary season so far: "advisers" were supposedly telling Marco Rubio to get out of the race. This was according to multiple sources within the campaign who quickly morphed into a single anonymous source.
Strange things happen in politics all the time, especially this year, but people in the Rubio camp have been disavowing the story all day:
Rubio camp emails me, calls CNN report "insane" & "100% BS."
— Guy Benson (@guypbenson) March 7, 2016
It would appear that CNN may have stepped in it, for now at least. In the "lemonade out of lemons" department, the campaign used the incident for some fundraising:
Rubio camp fundraising off the CNN report pic.twitter.com/bETdyGTOMy
— Zeke Miller (@ZekeJMiller) March 8, 2016
My friend and veteran of previous campaigns (she is NOT, however, with the Rubio camp, she's merely a supporter) Ellen Carmichael stirred the Twitter troops up by promising to retweet anyone who made a donation and an organic money bomb was born.
The MSM has been worse than usual in this election cycle. They're so bad, in fact, that many Democrats I know are finally becoming aware of how the press can negatively impact a race or a candidate. The nice thing about new media, however, is that the playing field isn't as tilted as it used to be and candidates, campaigns, and supporters can fight back a little now.