The hacktivist group WikiLeaks stood by its promise of releasing more controversial information on Hillary Clinton camp. Earlier this week, it unveiled a new batch of leaked e-mails, this time from the Democratic candidate’s campaign chairman John Podesta.
It is striking how easy some members of the press agreed to tailor news stories that would favor the nominee. The leaked data also includes instances when Clinton knew in advance debate questions, promises of positive coverage, and improperly close ties with journalists and other members of the press.
For instance, in a leaked memo from January, 2015, Podesta praised New York Times journalist Maggie Haberman for her services. At the time, Haberman worked for Politico.
“We have had her tee up stories for us before and have never been disappointed,”
the memo reads.
Nevertheless, Clinton camp never said the e-mails were fake, but criticized both Clinton’s Republican rival Donald Trump and WikiLeaks for getting this kind of information from Russia. Clinton staffers also warned about a similar batch of data that it might be fake.
Questions in Advance
Additionally, an e-mail coming from Donna Brazile, who at the moment worked for CNN, showed a question Clinton would be asked during a face-off with her Democratic rival for nomination, Bernie Sanders.
Brazile explained in the e-mail that she sometimes has access to the questions in advance. The said question was about death penalty. On Tuesday, the former journalist, who’s now acting head of the DNC, denied allegations.
She said she “never” got access to debate questions beforehand. She added that even if she did, she would have never briefed any candidate on them. When asked about her e-mail, she said she often “shares [her] thoughts” with both campaigns.
Chief Washington Correspondent for CNBC John Harwood e-mailed Podesta several times to either request interviews or offer tips. Harwood, who is now also a NY Times contributor, was moderator in one of the primary debates.
At the time, he commented in one e-mail about the odds to defeat Ben Carson. In his opinion, the Detroit-born retired neurosurgeon could have given Clinton “real trouble” in the general election.
Harwood inserted in the e-mail links to footage of an interview he did with the former presidential hopeful.
Another string of e-mails shows another disturbing fact. Journalists sometimes agreed to omit from their reporting chunks that would show Clinton in a bad light. For example, when NY Times contributor Mark Leibovich asked permission from the candidate’s communications director Jennifer Palmieri to use some portions of an interview in an article, Palmieri agreed, but under certain conditions.
She requested from Leibovich to remove a reference Clinton made about Sarah Palin during the interview. In addition, she also asked that one Clinton quote gets censored.
“And gay rights has moved much faster than women’s rights or civil rights, which is an interesting phenomenon,”
Clinton said in the chunk that never made the cut.
Former Boston Globe editor Marjorie Pritchard advised Clinton staffers on how to boost the candidate’s “presence” in the primaries. At the time, she was racing against Sanders.
Pritchard advised Podesta to submit an op-ed when the candidate was in New Hampshire. The editor explained the move would instantly boost her “presence” that day with the op-ed piece, and the next day with a news story.
Trump’s campaign manager Kellyanne Conway commented Wednesday on the revelations. She said the situation could not lead to a fair election result. She added Trump camp felt “disappointed” after reading the e-mails.
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