The Wikileaks release of hacked Democratic National Committee emails threatens to set the Democratic National Convention on fire this week.

Whether the leaks prove the election was fixed is one thing; that it is perceived that way is beyond doubt. Already Debbie Wasserman Schultz has resigned as DNC Chair.

Not enough.

Bernie supporters are furious, and are demanding he withdraw his endorsement of Hillary. That’s highly unlikely to happen, which will shut close a possible relief valve.

The left wing of the left wing of the Democratic Party is ready to bust a gasket, and go full #NeverHillary and mean it. It will only take a few percent of Democrats to stay home or run to Green Party candidate Jill Stein for Hillary to be damaged in the general election.

The media cannot let that happen. So expect several narratives to permeate the convention coverage.

The first and easiest narrative of the DNC leak will be that Hillary had nothing to do with the anti-Bernie shenanigans, she didn’t know about it, and she can’t be blamed. But that will not be enough.

So the media will have to portray Hillary as the real victim of the DNC leak, just like she’s the victim of her home server scandal and every other scandal that has tainted her career.  “Hillary as victim” is a time tested remedy which has worked so many times in the past.

Script: Wouldn’t it be so unfair for the first WOMAN PRESIDENTIAL NOMINEE from a major party to be denied the opportunity to break the GLASS CEILING and thereby see the hopes and dreams of tens of millions of little girls destroyed, just because of the actions of a few misguided DNC staffers? That’s SEXIST and MISOGYNISTIC!!!

Oh, and LOOK, SQUIRREL. The RUSSIANS did it. PUTIN. Repeat at least five times in each newscast: PUTIN-RUSSIA, PUTIN-RUSSIA, PUTIN-RUSSIA, PUTIN-RUSSIA, PUTIN-RUSSIA.

Funny isn’t it, how just at the DNC leak broke conspiracy theories surfaced that because Russia allegedly did the hack, that somehow Russia wants to help Trump because of some supposed connection:

Hillary Clinton’s campaign manager Robby Mook said Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump was pushing for a “pro-Russian” platform and cited experts who say that Russian state actors were behind the recent leak of Democratic National Committee emails in an attempt to help Trump win.

“Experts are telling us that Russian state actors broke into the DNC, took all these emails, and now are leaking them out through these websites,” Mook told ABC’s “This Week” on Sunday. “It’s troubling that some experts are now telling us that this was done by the Russians for the purpose of helping Donald Trump.”

The conspiracy theory doesn’t have to be proven, just talked about. If everyone is talking about PUTIN-RUSSIA, Hillary is protected.

The media has one job, and one job only this week: Protect Hillary from the DNC Leak fall out. So expect “Hillary had nothing to do with it,” “Hillary as victim,” Sisterhood!, “That’s sexist,” and LOOK RUSSIANS! to be all over the airwaves and websites.

UPDATE: Like I predicted, less than 90 minutes after my post The NY Times set the PUTIN-RUSSIA narrative for convention coverage:

And CBS News left out a key part of the Hillary-Kaine 60 Minutes interview: