Some of the very same journalists who were exposed recently by WikiLeaks as having too-close and too-friendly ties to the Hillary Clinton campaign and to the Democratic Party are now set to cover the Donald Trump White House.
Can you say biased?
For example: John Harwood, the chief political writer for the New York Times and the CNBC chief political correspondent, had a back-and-forth email discussion with long-time Clinton aide John Podesta, who also served as campaign chair. And during discussions, Harwood warned Podesta to “watch out” for Republican contender Ben Carson during the primary season.
His exact words, in fact, as reported by the Daily Caller: “Ben Carson could give you real trouble in a general [election],” Harwood said.
And he included video clips of Carson speaking of various political platforms.
But there’s more, as the Daily Caller notes:
“In a December 2015 email to Podesta, Harwood claimed the Republican Party was ‘veering off the rails’ and bragged about provoking Trump during a Republican presidential debate, where he asked Trump if he was running “a comic book version of a presidential campaign.
“‘I imagine…’ Harwood titled the email, continuing in the body: ‘…that Obama feels some (sad) vindication at this demonstration of his years-long point about the opposition party veering off the rails.’
“‘I certainly am feeling that way with respect to how I questioned Trump at our debate.’
“As CNBC’s chief political correspondent, Harwood will play a central role in the network’s coverage of the Trump administration.”
And here’s another example of what the mainstream media is sending to cover Trump at the White House, again from the Daily Caller:
“Last month, the New York Times announced it would be hiring Politico reporter Glenn Thrush to cover the Trump White House. Emails released by WikiLeaks showed Thrush sending stories to Clinton staffers for approval before publication.
“‘Because I have become a hack I will send u the whole section that pertains to [you],’ he wrote in an April 30, 2015 email to Podesta, including five paragraphs from a piece titled “Hillary’s big money dilemma.”
“‘Please don’t share or tell anyone I did this,’ Thrush added. ‘Tell me if I f—ed up anything.
“‘No problems here,’ Podesta replied.
“On April 17, 2015, Thrush sent an email to Clinton communications director Jennifer Palmieri with the subject line: ‘pls read asap — the [Jennifer Palmieri] bits — don’t share.’
“Palmieri forwarded Thrush’s email to other Clinton campaign staffers, writing: ‘He did me courtesy of sending what he is going to say about me. Seems fine.’
“Other journalists who will cover the Trump White House were named as personal favorites of Clinton campaign staffers.
“A July 2015 media plan described New York Times Magazine chief national correspondent Mark Leibovich as “sympathetic.” WikiLeaks emails revealed Leibovich giving Palmieri “veto” power over which anecdotes he would include in his stories.”
And then there was this shining example of fine journalism, again from the Daily Caller:
“A memo reportedly created by traveling press secretary Nick Merrill stated, ‘We are all in agreement that the time is right place a story with a friendly journalist in the coming days that positions us a little more transparently while achieving the above goals.’
“‘We have has a very good relationship with Maggie Haberman of Politico over the last year. We have had her tee up stories for us before and have never been disappointed,’ the memo continued. ‘While we should have a larger conversation in the near future about a broader strategy for reengaging the beat press that covers HRC, for this we think we can achieve our objective and do the most shaping by going to Maggie.'”