Wikileaks Exposed Journalists In Clinton’s Corner

Daily News Article   —   Posted on October 13, 2016

(by Alex Pfeiffer, The Daily Caller) – The massive trove of emails by Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta released by Wikileaks has exposed journalists from a variety of media organizations who are “with her.” [John Podesta is the Chairman of the 2016 Hillary Clinton presidential campaign. He previously served as Chief of Staff to President Bill Clinton and Counselor to President Barack Obama.]

CNBC chief Washington correspondent and New York Times political writer John Harwood is the most prominent journalist who is [shown to be giving advice to] the Clinton camp. …

Harwood in several emails to Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta [compliments] Hillary. In one email to Podesta, Harwood says:

“[Hillary] was good here” after an event and in another describes her as “pretty strong.”

Worse than just showing his admiration for Hillary, Harwood in the emails helps the campaign. The CNBC anchor describes a story he is writing about Hillary as one “she wants.”

In another email from May 2015, Harwood tells Podesta to “watch out” for Republican presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson. The subject line of that email read, “Watch out.”

“Ben Carson could give you real trouble in a general,” Harwood warned.

Harwood added to the email three news clips on Carson from a recent interview he had conducted with him.

The CNBC anchor was a moderator of a Republican primary debate and bragged to Podesta in an email exchange about asking Donald Trump, “Let’s be honest, is this a comic book version of a presidential campaign?”

John Podesta is the Chairman of the 2016 Hillary Clinton presidential campaign. He previously served as Chief of Staff to President Bill Clinton and Counselor to President Barack Obama.

John Podesta is the Chairman of the 2016 Hillary Clinton presidential campaign. He previously served as Chief of Staff to President Bill Clinton and Counselor to President Barack Obama.

The Daily Caller has reached out to CNBC to see if they will be addressing these emails and whether Harwood will stay on air. They have not responded.

Another email in the Wikileaks release shows that Donna Brazile, the current head of the Democratic National Committee, and who was then a CNN contributor tipped off the Clinton campaign on a question Hillary would receive in a town hall.

“From time to time I get the questions in advance,” Brazile wrote to Clinton’s communications director Jennifer Palmieri on March 12, 2016.

Brazile added, “Here’s one that worries me about [Hillary],” and gave Palmieri a question about the death penalty. The next day Hillary was asked about her stance on the death penalty during a CNN town hall.

CNN has not responded to a Daily Caller inquiry as to whether they ever shared town hall questions with Brazile, if so was it typical practice, and if they had any comment regarding Brazile sharing the questions with a campaign.

Brazile released a statement Tuesday about the emails and said, “As it pertains to the CNN Debates, I never had access to questions and would never have shared them with the candidates if I did.” She claimed Russia is behind Wikileaks and added, “We are in the process of verifying the authenticity of these documents.”

Harwood and Brazile are not alone in coordinating with the Clinton campaign. …The Boston Globe’s op-ed editor Marjorie Pritchard is also shown in the leaks giving advice to the Clinton campaign.

“It would be good to get it in on Tuesday, when she is in New Hampshire,” Pritchard wrote to Podesta about an op-ed the Clinton campaign wanted to place. Pritchard added, “That would give her a big presence on Tuesday with the piece and on Wednesday with the news story. Please let me know.”

The Boston Globe told TheDaily Caller in response to these leaked emails: “It’s certainly no mystery to your readers that our editorial page endorsed Hillary Clinton in the New Hampshire primary, and just endorsed her in the general election. But that’s the role of an editorial page. The newsroom is a completely separate operation and plays no role in our editorial decisions.”

Besides coordination with the Clinton campaign, [admiration for Hillary Clinton is expressed by] journalists [to] the campaign and is exposed in the Wikileaks release.

Sheara Braun, editorial producer for MSNBC’s “All In with Chris Hayes,” described Hillary as “this amazing, intelligent woman,” to a Clinton spokeswoman. Braun added, “She is smarter than most men and more qualified than most men to be president.”

MSNBC told The Daily Caller they had “no comment” regarding these emails from Braun.

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Then in a document with a July 2015 media plan, New York Times Magazine chief national correspondent Mark Leibovich is described as “sympathetic.” After Leibovich’s July 7 interview, the New York Times Magazine writer wrote to Hillary’s communications director Jennifer Palmieri that she “could veto what you didn’t want” in the interview.

Palmieri told him to leave out a joke about Sarah Palin …and Clinton’s [comment on gay rights].  Leibovich shortly thereafter wrote, “Re-Re-Re-Reintroducing Hillary Clinton: ‘The meticulously managed rollout of a candidate whom voters think they know already.’” The Sarah Palin joke and the comment about gay rights were left out of the piece.

The Daily Caller has reached out to Leibovich to see why the Clinton campaign would view him as “sympathetic,” he has yet to respond. Leibovich is known for writing a book titled “This Town” about the chummy relationship between journalists and politicians.

Hunter Walker, now at Yahoo News, was described as a “friendly” when he was at Business Insider by Clinton traveling press secretary Nick Merrill. In response, Walker wrote on Twitter Tuesday, “I think and hope people on all campaigns think of me as friendly and want to build relationships with me.”

Hillary Clinton, accompanied by traveling press secretary Nick Merrill, left, and director of communications Jennifer Palmieri, right, Sept. 6, 2016. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Hillary Clinton, accompanied by traveling press secretary Nick Merrill, left, and director of communications Jennifer Palmieri, right, Sept. 6, 2016. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

The Daily Caller has previously reported on a leak provided by Guccifer 2.0 which contains an invite to an off-the-record cocktail party hosted by the Clinton campaign that 37 journalists from 14 outlets attended. The outlets represented were ABC, Bloomberg, CBS, CNN, Daily Beast, Huffington Post, MSNBC, NBC, New Yorker, New York Times, People, Politico, Vice, and Vox.

In that same leak, the Clinton campaign described New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman as a “friendly journalist” who they have had “tee up stories.” The Clinton campaign said that they have “never been disappointed” with Haberman. …

Reprinted here from The Daily Caller for educational purposes only.  May not be reproduced on other websites without permission from dailycaller.com.


Questions

1. What position does each of the following hold in Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign and/or with the Democratic party?
a) John Podesta
b) Jennifer Palmieri
c) Nick Merrill

2. What position does each of the following people hold in the media?
a) John Harwood
b) Donna Brazile
c) Marjorie Pritchard
d) Sheara Braun
e) Mark Leibovich
f) Hunter Walker

3. What did Wikileaks’ release of John Podesta’s emails reveal about communication between Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s campaign and each of the following members of the media?
a) John Harwood
b) Donna Brazile
c) Marjorie Pritchard
d) Sheara Braun
e) Mark Leibovich
f) Hunter Walker

4. a) What questions did The Daily Caller reporter ask CNBC about the Wikileaks revelation?
b) What questions did The Daily Caller reporter ask CNN about the Wikileaks revelation?

5. How did each of the following respond to requests for comment from The Daily Caller?
a) CNBC
b) CNN
c) Donna Brazile
d) The Boston Globe
e) MSNBC
f) New York Times’ Mark Leibovich
g) YahooNews / Business Insider reporter Hunter Walker

6. a) Have these members of the media crossed the line? Explain your answer.
b) Most of the media has not reported this story. What do you think: is this a non-issue, or does The Daily Caller raise legitimate concerns with some members of the media’s relationship with Hillary Clinton’s campaign? Explain your answer.
c) If this story was about the media communicating information to and their admiration for the Trump campaign, would your answer to b) be the same? Explain your answer.


Background

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