PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Cable news host Jake Tapper talked with Dom Giordano on Talk Radio 1210 WPHT about emails he has sent to or been discussed in by Democratic staffers that were released by Wikileaks, including one congratulating current Chairman of Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign, John Podesta, on a White House appointment in 2013.
Tapper said he was just being polite in the message, which then went on to ask Podesta if he was willing to appear on Tapper’s show.
“I haven’t gone back and looked at my emails. I assume it’s accurate. It sounds like me… If you’re asking somebody to come on your show, you start off with something polite. We’ve also seen in Wikileaks, by the way, John Podesta calling me a name that rhymes with click and starts with the letter D. Which is probably an accurate reflection of how the Clinton campaign thinks about me.”
He insisted he did nothing wrong and feels this issue is being overblown because of the proximity to the presidential election.
“The point I’m trying to make is, if everything is a scandal, then nothing is a scandal. If a reporter being polite to somebody is a scandal, then nothing is a scandal.”
Tapper also expressed his frustration with not being able to question either of the presidential candidates as the end of the campaign nears.
“There needs to be a lot more questions. The last time Trump talked to me was in June. The last time Clinton talked to me was in June. It’s very frustrating that I don’t get to ask questions of them about the Wikileaks, about the Goldman Sachs speeches, about any number of things.”