An opinion editorial Monday by Evan Gahr of Observer Politics blasted his peers in the media for allowing reporters to get off without consequence for collaborating with the Clinton campaign.
Email correspondence exposed through WikiLeaks points to several members of the media who have given off-the-record advice and allowed the Clinton campaign to have “veto power” over their stories.
Gahr said while anyone else would be punished for such a thing, but instead, they are being protected.
“Your media friends will not censure you or even scold you—in fact, they don’t bother to contact you directly. Instead, you can hide between a crafty spokesman who won’t even answer specific questions but acts like he’s the publicist for some elusive Hollywood star and that a journalist determined to ask standard pointed questions is actually pining to profile him for Vanity Fair,” he wrote.
Politico senior staff writer Glenn Thrush was clearly in the Clinton camp, as revealed in hacked emails from Clinton campaign chair John Podesta’s account.
Thrush wrote Podesta many times requesting to speak to him “OTR” – off the record, and went to great lengths to cast Clinton in a positive light. On March 1, 2016, Thrush wrote an email, stating in the subject line, “I’m writing a POSITIVE tick tock.”
On April 30, 2015, Thrush wrote apologizing to Podesta for writing a non-so-favorable story, and sent him the story in advance.
“No worries Because I have become a hack I will send u the whole section that pertains to u,” he wrote. “Please don’t share or tell anyone I did this Tell me if I fucked up anything.”
Clinton confidante Neera Tanden, president of liberal think-tank Center for American Progress, sent Podesta an email on May 28, 2015, concerned that Clinton needed to “rev up” the excitement level and noted the empty seats at a South Carolina event and a “closed office.” Podesta wrote back, “Closed but for Glenn Thrush.”
Thrush was worried about how the Clinton team would receive another story he wrote in February, 2016, and he sent an email to Podesta saying, “Saw your tweet I think u know I wasn’t fabricating you anything… No need for a response, but I hope u understand that I take this stuff seriously and try to be sensitive to the human impact of these shitty stories I take zero pleasure in them — whether u folks believe me or not.”
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