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WikiLeaks’ 10 Most Damning Clinton Emails that Prove Mainstream Media is Scripted & Controlled


Washington, D.C. – With information coming out of WikiLeaks at a fast and furious pace, it’s difficult for the average person to keep up with the many bombshell revelations being exposed.  This is happening so much that the most damning evidence is ending up as background noise in the 24-hour election news cycle without ever making it into the mainstream news.

On October 7th, 2016, WikiLeaks publish thousands of emails belonging to John Podesta’s private email archives. More emails have been released in the days that followed. Podesta is Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign Chairman. He previously served as Chief of Staff to President Bill Clinton and Counselor to President Barack Obama.

The Podesta emails give insight into why there has been such little fanfare in the mainstream media regarding many of the most damning allegations against Clinton.

The fact that most of the newsworthy information contained in the emails is not being reported by the corporate media is indicative of the incestuous relationship between the mainstream media and the Clinton campaign – and is on full display in the Podesta emails.

While there are dozens of bombshell revelations contained within the emails –including transcripts of speeches to Wall St. banks that Clinton had refused to release, hidden policy positions, and evidence of collusion with brutal regimes – the most damning is the collusion and control of the U.S. media on display in the emails.

Essentially, the media has been weaponized as a means of controlling public opinion by propagandizing the American people. World renowned academic Noam Chomsky, in his book “Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media,” detailed how U.S. media frequently serve as an errand boy for U.S. corporate, military and imperial interests.

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Chomsky forwarded the idea of what he called a “propaganda model.” Although the book was written in 1988, it speaks precisely to what is currently taking place and clearly revealed  in the Podesta emails.

“The media serve, and propagandize on behalf of, the powerful societal interests that control and finance them. The representatives of these interests have important agendas and principles that they want to advance, and they are well positioned to shape and constrain media policy.” -Chomsky

With knowledge of what is currently transpiring, here are the ten most damning Clinton emails regarding the media’s collusion with her presidential campaign, with hotlinks to the original WikiLeaks release.

1. Clinton Staff hosts private “off-the-record cocktail party” with 38 “influential” reporters, journalists, editors, and anchors (from 16 different mainstream media outlets including CNN, NBC, CBS, NYT, MSNBC, & more) with the stated goal of “framing the race.”

2. Donna Brazile (CNN contributor at the time, and current DNC Chairman now) leaked CNN town hall questions to Hillary Clinton’s staff prior to the debate.

3. Clinton campaign and the New York Times coordinating attack strategy against Trump.

4. Glen Thrush, POLITICO’s chief political correspondent and senior staff writer for POLITICO Magazine, sends John Podesta an article for his approval. Writes: “Please don’t share or tell anyone I did this. Tell me if I fucked up anything.”

5. Huffington Post contributor Frank Islam writes to John Podesta in an email titled “My blogs in the Huffington Post”, says “I am committed to make sure she is elected the next president.” “Please let me know if I can be of any service to you.”

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6. Clinton staffer “Placing a story” with Politico / New York Times: “place a story with a friendly journalist” “we have a very good relationship with Maggie Haberman of Politico” “we should shape likely leaks in the best light for HRC.”

7. John Podesta receiving drafts of New York Times articles before they’re published.

Clinton staff “placing a story with a friendly at the AP (Matt Lee or Bradley Klapper).”

More media collusion: NYT and AP “helpful” to Clinton campaign.

8. Clinton staff colluding with New York Times and Wall Street Journal to paint Hillary’s economic policies in a “progressive” light.

9. CNBC panelist colluding with John Podesta on what to ask Trump when he calls in for an interview.

10. Clinton staff appearing to control the release times of Associated Press articles.

The reality revealed in these emails is one of media collusion with powerful interests, which only serve to keep the American people in the dark about what is actually transpiring. The exact opposite of transparency.

Please share this article to wake people up to the fact that their news is scripted by powerful entities as a means of influencing people’s perceptions!

  • T. Mohr

    Who’s with me for calling for her arrest, and everyone else involved in this collusion to be convicted, disbarred if applicable, and thrown in jail?

    • Len

      T Mohr I am with you all the way “Vote Hilary For Imprinsonment ”
      time to start a petition

      • Blacktothefuture

        looks like its you two alone. have fun you two calling out to no one

        • kate777

          If it seems that way to you, keep fooling yourself. People are well aware of Hillary’s wrong doing as well as her lies and deceits. Also aware the FBI Director Comey should have called for an indictment of Hillary’s lies and deceits as to her e-mail Server scandal but would not, using the little word which is a Big word “intent”. Anyone who uses lies and deceit there is “intent”. Our Federal Government is corrupt.

          • Steve Rusk

            It’s always been corrupt, this country is a republic, not a democracy. A republic is also known as a totalitarian democracy because the choices we get are only enough to maintain the illusion of “Democracy” and that illusion is pretty threadbare these days. We only get to choose which hand holds the whip, the right or the left.

          • Ori

            This country is a CORPORATION.

          • Steve Rusk

            Indeed! And it serves our ruling oligarchy.

          • Deplorable

            actually the US is a democratic republic which is one of the variations of democracy. Be very glad you don’t live in a true democracy.

          • Steve Rusk

            Word games. A republic is a republic, there is only as much democracy as those in charge permit and it isn’t much these days. All you need do is look at all the money, media manipulation and deceit not to mention our vile “choices” in this election cycle to realize there is no Democracy here.

          • Deplorable

            There’s a big difference between criminality and neutrality. If you’re suggesting that 100% of the media and government is corrupt and deceitful, you’re wrong. Anyway, citizens can vote a party out of office forever. That’s one of our rights that most people forget, or fail to achieve because of “cards are stacked against us” mentaility.

          • Steve Rusk

            Perhaps not 100% of the system is corrupt, however there is always just enough. Our 2 party system is easier to manage, allow in more parties and players then they start to lose control. Sure over the last two centuries a few parties have embarrassed themselves to the point that they disappeared, however the system never changed.

        • Tomahawk

          They weren’t talking to you, no one. They were talking to us.

          • lorent22222

            LOL, WTF are you?

          • Tomahawk

            Me!! LOL

          • lorent22222


      • old codger


      • lorent22222

        Indeed send Hilary with one L to prinson.

    • 223

      That would take down the whole system. They would not allow it.

      • Ori

        No it would be in line with the Georgia Guidestones and work towards economic reset and crashing the dollar and more.

    • staff office

      If she wins EXPECT civil war. People are not standing for this elitist horse $hit anymore.

      • Blacktothefuture

        I would pay to see your attempt a civil war. See how fast you get shot. Bring it

        • Jr1776

          Go back to your parents basement

        • Kelly Alexander

          WOW! You must be blind or living in an alternate universe.

          • Ghung

            Gosh… You folks are utterly clueless. Herman and Chomsky wrote “Manufacturing Consent” in 1988 and media has been colluding with all political parties since media was invented. Read some newspapers from the 19th century if you doubt that. The only thing that has changed is that we now have emails and hackers, yet you folks get so incensed and surprised at these wikileaks revelations.
            Like I said, Chomsky has been trying to tell you for almost 30 years, and he was marginalised for it. By whom? The media. What a silly society I belong to.

          • susiejg

            Yellow Journalism in the 1800s was nothing compared to this.

          • Ghung

            How was it different beyond the technological differences? Be specific. Fact is, we don’t know what levels of collusion existed before now. You want it to be different, but I can guarantee it’s not. What if we had all of the Bush era Blackberry transcripts? Think it would be any better/worse? Obama? More of the same, so wake up.
            Funny we haven’t seen Trump’s campaign emails hacked. Why? Some powerful people, mainly not from this country, want Trump to get elected. Who? Why? That’s the real question here.

          • Tomahawk

            Read the 3rd and 4th sentences of your previous post and tell me which is it. We don’t know the level of previous collusion, or you can guarantee it’s not different. You can’t have it both ways gung hoe. And perhaps the better question is which powerful people, some not from this country, do NOT want Trump elected and why. The new or one world order group comes to mind. Ever heard of them?

          • Steve Rusk

            You’re right we have propaganda now. Let’s take a brief look at propaganda and it’s application: Traditionally propaganda refers to the language used to win religious converts. In the 20th Century it came into use to describe the mass deployment of misinformation and disinformation via psychological means by governments for the manufacture of consent from those they govern. Since then the truth has usually taken a savage mauling from this scientific approach to the control of public opinion. Propaganda is designed to counter damaging facts or otherwise manipulate a target group for clandestine purposes. With few exceptions propaganda wars are one sided affairs, propaganda coupled with the advantage of superior resources usually wins. This new scientific method has also become the tool of choice for multinational corporations and other organizations. (Remember the tobacco companies use of it? No difference here.) Current political slang labels this as “Spin”. Politicians spin the populace to disorient, confuse and generally make them malleable for their purposes. When salespersons and advertisers employ these techniques it’s still known as sales pitch.
            Bear in mind that propaganda is most effective in conjunction with an absence of accurate countering or balancing information. This failure to fully inform is deception by omission. How can you know of critical details which have been selectively distorted or entirely withheld?

          • commandersprocket

            No it wasn’t…if you mean the language was different or it didn’t have video or radio components. Here is a quote from the media of the time:
            “Douglas is going about peddling his opinions as a tin man peddles his wares. The only excuse for him is that since he is a small man, he has a right to be engaged in small business.” Jonesboro (Illinois) Gazette
            That may not read as being hostile, but given the language norms of the times it was very hostile and very one sided…and from the media.

          • Cj Lamb

            Wow – that’s very true. Although my conservative friends call Chomsky a communist (actually, they call most people they don’t agree with communists).

          • billdeserthills

            Just like all of hillary’s supporters

          • Ori

            I guess you didn’t read the emails. Foolish.

      • Charles – The Great and Powerf

        And you will lose.

      • Buttons

        Staff, damn straight.

      • Steve Rusk

        Sorry, history says you can fool most of the people most of the time. This election will only bring a new cycle of lies no matter who wins.

      • Anthony Tanas

        No way I would support a candidate whose supporters would suggest that an insurrection is a viable response to losing. Your post is insane.

      • Ori

        Damn right

      • Cj Lamb

        People are not standing for this elitist horseshit… says the person supporting a billionaire. No irony to be seen here… move along.

      • Gayle Coleman

        Who is going to revolt? Look, I think honestly that a revolution is the only way to change this crap. But I look around and I see low gas prices, people still able to drive new cars and build new houses, people able to buy their kids every damn gadget for Christmas they ever wanted, and less than a 20% voter turnout in every election. Who is going to lead this revolt? And who will stand with them? Look at North Dakota and Iowa right now, with the protests against the DAPL/Bakken pipleine. Attacked by dogs, arrests daily, members of the news media arrested for simply reporting it-and that is INDEPENDENT news, not mainstream. The MSM is staying the hell out of this, as usual, when they should absolutely be there! No, my friend, there will be no revolution yet. When enough people are honestly losing everything, their homes and cars and jobs, THEN there will be a revolt. MAYBE!

        • guest

          and that depends on if our guns have been taken away by then

          • Gayle Coleman

            Well, in a couple months we’ll see. Obama has not taken away guns in 8 years so now we’ll see what the next President does about it. With Trump, you may see more of your rights go away. Nazi Germany was not built in a day.

          • Eric Scott Bloom

            AGAIN with the Nazi references. People Do just spew whatever non-sense comes floating into their minds. The insane freak in SYRIA is a Nazi! You think Trump is going to gas half a million Americans??? There ARE “Nazis” out there, if you want to go down the list of world leaders and governments. Trump isn’t one of them, trust me~E

        • Eric Scott Bloom

          So EVERYBODY has to be in dire straights in order to trigger the revolution???? Are you espousing that of 300 million plus American citizens, that no one and no families have lost their jobs, cars, homes and savings?!??! You need to get out more. If YOU still have a home and car and job and luxuries, I say bless you; but don’t use such a ridiculous sweeping generalization asserting that there are no citizens in this nation who aren’t suffering intensely, with very little hope for a positive change. Not EVERYONE has to live in a box in order that people consider SOME sort of revolution, if that’s what you wish to name it. I call it speaking one’s peace; writing to those who are overseeing this tragedy; using social media to try and persuade the lethargic, who don’t even vote, to do whatEVER they can to try and make things better. There’s damn sure room for BETTER here in the land of the free and the home of the brave!!!! Can we agree I have made a valid point?

    • Buttons

      Count me and everyone I know in, too!

    • Bo Bindi

      I’m with you. Let’s gitter done.

    • Eric Scott Bloom

      The fact that it’s 1.23.17, and she’s not in a 6×9 cell proves that the shear tonnage of her corruption is literally un-measurable. Those fucking moronic idiot women marching by the millions, demanding EQUAL TREATMENT FOR ALL, and yet hating Trump to the point of labeling him a Hitler (BECAUSE HE DEFEATED THEIR IDOL), shows how incredibly stupid and selfish they are. Human Rights for all, especially America’s women…..unnnnn-less you’re a female un-born baby; then they consider a huge aspect of their equal rights is to be able to kill female fetuses and babies. No human rights for the un-born! How about THAT philosophy???? That’s real fucking brilliant! And not only are they THIS dim-witted, they are afraid President Trump is going to make them pay for their abortions themselves!!!!!!!!!!!!! How about they use some BIRTH CONTROL, instead of taking our money and decimating innocent, female life??!??!?!? IDIOTS.

  • Nathan Dunning

    Yet everyone is asleep thinking oh what difference can I make?Get to the polling booth and Vote for Donald Trump & pray that the election’s not rigged.

    • Dana Wright

      I dunno, where you have been for the last month but the exact opposite is taking place as I write. Everywhere I speak to the voting citizen and the consensus is better the Trump than a known criminal. Some folks are too stupid to get past the woman thing but they will suffer as well unless we stop this train wreck. Don’t believe the polls. People follow, it is natural and the MSM is trying to get us to follow that female Hitler in the most hideous clothes ever seen on TV. The polls lie. Trump is within easy reach of the brass ring if the supporters of an honest, compassionate, well regulated government can keep the heat on Hitlery.. She is burning down as scandal after scandal demonstrates the truth of what a monster she is. You want that running the U.S.? BTW, voter registration is closing in on a historically new high. That doesn’t sound very sleepy to me.

      • Gayle Coleman

        Honest and compassionate are NOT words I’d use to describe Trump. Try egotistical, sexist, and bigot.

        • old codger

          Put new batteries in your vibrator!

          • Gayle Coleman

            Gee, that was intelligent. Did you spend a lot of time coming up with that thoughtful response? Did it cause a pain in your brain?

          • old codger

            No but reading your asinine post sure as hell did!! Again put new batteries in your vibrator and go play with yourself you ScumboRATIC jack@$$ troll!!

      • Anthony Tanas

        I wanted Bernie and even though he was done wrong I’m voting Hillary. No way I’m going to empower the racist, xenophobic, white nationalist monsters at http://dailystormer.com and http://breitbart.com .

    • Marvin H

      Trump has no chance, and no desire to be president. He’s looking to start a Trump media conglomerate, and he’s using his popularity with stupid people to get it.

      You’ve all been played by a two-bit businessman.

      • Sharon Moore

        I’ll take just about anyone over Hillary Clinton! !!!!!!!!!!!

        • old codger

          Ah yep!! Even a pile of fresh horse crap!!

        • Marvin H

          Even someone who wants to grab you by the pussy?

          You’re such a nasty woman.

      • Sharon Moore

        But you know our votes really don’t count, it’s the electoral votes that count. And they’re all for Hillary.

        • Marvin H

          True, but unlike when GWB stole the election in 2000, Trump won’t come anywhere close to winning the popular vote. It’s so obvious he’s not serious about his campaign. He just needs attention and a way to avoid yet another bankruptcy.

          • Buttons

            Marvin, go crawl back under the rock you’re living in under with your liberal agitators and firebombers.

          • Marvin H

            You sound like such a nasty woman.

          • spockers™

            How’s that workin out for ya now, Marvin? xD

          • Marvin H

            Yeah, totally underestimated the stupidity of the american public… which is something I swore I wouldn’t do after 2004, but I did.

            But whatever. America was lost after 9-11 when all the cowards decided to let Cheney take all their rights with the Patriot Act. Voting Trump into office is just the last gasp of a dying empire. What’s sad is that the people who voted for him don’t realize that their lives are going to get a lot worse with him in office… then again, maybe it’s what they deserve for voting in a reality star.

            I’m rich, so it won’t affect me one way or the other, but I feel bad for the people who didn’t think it through.

    • Anthony Tanas

      I was brought to this site reading articles on police corruption and now there is a pro Trump contingent? WTF? Mr. Law & Order who wants to “bring back our police” because they are too soft? A flaming racist who wants to unleash a bigger badder police force on our “inner cities” (code for black people)? I’m in the Twilight Zone.

    • Eric Scott Bloom

      Did, and it wasn’t. It just so happened that enough citizens got nauseous enough from the Liberal Progressives’ constant use of total, hypocritical CRAPOLA and sick racist pandering. They got hipped via many different ways. I thank them all for overlooking Trump’s lack of sinless perfection, and knew a no non-sense LEADER when they saw one!!!!!!!!!!

  • mandocan

    You folks have no one to vote for. Both candidates are disgusting. Can you write in Bernie?

    • Dana Wright

      Go chew on your eczema…

      • mandocan

        You’re disgusting too. I guess that is to be expected from a trump supporter. You americans are aboutas fucked up as anyone can get.

        • Gayle Coleman

          I apologize for the rude and grotesque remark from Dana. I have no idea what that was supposed to mean. Our political discourse here is quite sick. The people are fed lies from all sides and not even the media can help us sort it out anymore. As a kid, I was told how the Soviet Union liied to the people there and controlled the media. The U. S. is no better now.

          • old codger

            AH yep we, the U.S., have Pravda II the lies continue.

      • Gayle Coleman

        WTF?? Did remarks like that help you out in a middle school debate class once? Or why did you say that,? It doesn’t even make sense!

    • Gayle Coleman

      In some states you can do a write in vote. Other states do not allow that.

      • Sharon Moore

        If you do that you are not helping the people keep Clinton from winning.

        • Gayle Coleman

          Huh? I guess I’m confused. To me, this election is not about keeping one side from winning in a two way race. It is about voting my conscience. The Democrats and Republicans have both been proven corrupt. I’m sick of them. When enough people DEMAND change, it will happen. Not until then. And voting for either of these parties is NOT a demand for change.

  • Tonya Parnell

    Alex Jones Breaks Hillary Child Rape of Cathy Obrien We did it BIN

    LESBIAN Hillary Groped Me Video Instantly Goes Viral for BRILLIANT Reason


    SHE SAYS (from online articles)———-

    Blacks are losers & super predators

    Campaign calls blacks “never do wells”

    Muslims are sandniggers

    Democrats are stupid

    PA & OH-white trash & stupid morons

    Hispanics-bunch of tacos & “needy”

    Bernie supporters-sleep in basements, her campin compares them

    to Soviet Union Communists and no hope for the $15

    Trump supporters-deplorable, irredeemable & un American Bill Clinton says Trump’s supporters are rednecks.

    Cannot stand handicapped

    Millenials are losers

    Democrats are plain stupid & easy to manipulate

    She hates everyday Americans

    She and her campaign hates Catholics & Evangelicals

    Catholics are backward thinking yahoos

    • Anthony Tanas

      Alex Jones? Seriously?


  • Rixar13

    News Organizations are owned by Multi-National Corporations and Multi-National Corporations are not people. ← 😉

    • old codger

      Yes, They’re freaking F@(ked up DemonRATZ!

  • Dana Wright

    It would not take someone with prodigious persuasive powers about 2 seconds to convince me to help burn those bastards to the ground and start over beginning with honesty. Someone less talented might need 4 seconds.

  • Dan Rivera

    Jill Stein. I cant vote for either Trump or Hillary.

    • Buttons

      Actually, she said she will vote Trump over that crooked bitch anyday. Look it up.

  • Marvin H

    Is this it? Her campaign uses connections in the media to sway interviews and public opinion and THIS is what trump supporters are upset about? I was really expecting more, and not typical, shady political tactics that have been used by countless politicians going back generations.

    If anyone thinks this isn’t how things are done in all levels of politics, then you’re a precious little flower living in a fantasy world.

    • 223

      Veritas project action exposes voter fraud and bird dogging. Paying mentally ill to incite violence from the oposition. Its sick

      • Anthony Tanas

        It was made by that tool, okeef, who destroyed acorn and attempted to destroy planned parenthood…all based on lies and manipulated video tape. That source has been discredited and while even a stopped clock gives the right time twice a day, the benefit of the doubt goes to his target until overwhelming independent evidence proves otherwise.

  • Media, polls, voting machines, police, military, etc, etc….

    You know what it all has in common? The Plutocracy control it all. Control the information and you control the way people think. If necessary, they own the voting equipment and can make “adjustments” to any election. If you, the 99%, get out of hand, they sick the police on you. If too many get out of hand, the military is sent in.

    If voting really mattered, they simply would not let you do it.

    Hillary will be your next president, it was decided upon years ago.

    government by the wealthy.
    a country or society governed by the wealthy.

    Culture in Decline | Episode #1 “What Democracy?”

  • jeffrey

    How and why is this garbage not in jail. From everything I have read about her, this is surely a travisty of “justice”, Everyone will say, grant my words, [ I didn’t vote for her]. Well boys and girls, it’s time for the @#$ to hit the fan!!!!!

  • Charles F.

    #7 has me laughing so hard there are tears rolling down my cheeks. The New York Times has a section called “First Draft.” This isn’t a pre-publication article, it’s a PUBLISHED article with “First Draft” in the title. Holy crap, this is in the TOP 10?!!


  • Rayasappan

    No balanced view comes out of any media. They are in a kind of inertia.

  • Jr1776

    Citizens arrest !

    • T. Mohr

      Good point. What if, millions of us showed up at State Houses all over the country, the White House, and Congress, and demanded Clinton was arrested and prosecuted? Would they shoot us down like dogs, for one woman politician? Would the Mainstream Media cover it nationally? What would happen?

  • Ghung

    You folks are utterly clueless. Herman and Chomsky wrote “Manufacturing Consent” in 1988 and media has been colluding with all political parties since media was invented. Read some newspapers from the 19th century if you doubt that.
    The only thing that has changed is that we now have emails and hackers, yet you folks get so incensed and surprised at these wikileaks revelations.
    Like I said, Chomsky has been trying to tell you for almost 30 years, and he was marginalised for it. By whom? The media. What a silly society I belong to.

  • susiejg

    Like the Romans before us, they attempt to control the world and cause the collapse of civilization. Morons.

  • Charles – The Great and Powerf

    If you believe this bull$h!t, you’re an idiot and need the education that Clinton will give you when she becomes president. Really this is idiotic and you are all morons.

    • Anthony Tanas

      Wait! Don’t go! Take me with you! Don’t leave me here! :-p

  • Liberals who ignore, support, or refuse to believe the documented collusion between the White House, Hillary Clinton, and the mainstream media are participating in the destruction of American democracy driven by globalists ultimately seeking one-world government. I often wonder if the left-wing liberal lemmings understand that they are the useful idiots participating in their own destruction. They should take a moment and read 1984.

    • Partial Coronary Occlusion

      The same racist who bought a whites only golf club and allowed blacks and jews in….

  • Barbara W Sox

    Of course, Hillary and Obama are corrupt through and through. We need change. Someone (Donald Trump) to take over the running of America and getting rid of the corruption and the people who have made it corrupt.

  • Steve Rusk

    Media manipulation? Nothing new there, over a decade after the founding this country Thomas Jefferson who championed “freedom of the press” observed that those who didn’t read the newspapers knew more about what was going on in this country than those who did.

  • Dennis B Farrell

    Sorry but I don’t want Hillary thrown in jail. I want her and Obama found guilty of both treason and espionage. I want to be put on the short list for the firing squad for the both of them. I can’t wait to put a bullet through each of their skulls.

  • LeMonocledemonOncle
  • challengeauthority

    This whole election is one giant reality tv joke. Tweedle-dum vs. Tweedle-Dee. It’s exhausting trying to ignore these ego maniacs. Just put one of these baffoons into office already so the rest of us can move on with our lives. As if it matters which Overlord the sheeple choose.

    • Steve Rusk

      Which hand will hold the whip? Right or left? That’s our choice.

      • Anthony Tanas

        I normally agree with this. The right/left dichotomy is bullshit to distract us from the real dichotomy: the 1% vs the 99%. But in 2016 it’s a different story. I’m not going to empower the unrepentant bigotry that is Trump and his deplorables.

        • Steve Rusk

          Just how much he could get away with depends on congressional and senate support, not to mention the judiciary. It will be bad either way, both appear eager to light the fuse of war without even an inkling of just how big an explosion will result. The Republicans want to make the sands glow in the Middle East and Hillary gets the giggles when she talks about killing and death.

  • cellofello

    There are two that I would agree are strong evidence of media misbehavior. But some are indeterminate or need additional evidence to sustain the charge, and some are clearly not evidence of what was claimed for them (especially number seven).

    The first item: the Clinton campaign invited reporters, not the other way round. There is no question they wanted to get a message out, but where is the evidence that the invited reporters were engaged in any kind of active conspiracy to report the way the Clinton campaign wanted? The Wikileaks email is not sufficient.

    The second item: getting questions in advance. Yes, this one smells.

    I find the third item indeterminate. While it could be unethical handing of editorial input to a story subject, it could simply be a request for confirmation or response.

    Four I also agree with – it definitely does smell like an under-the-table deal.

    Five: Frank Islam is a blogger, not a journalist. He is as entitled to a position or candidate as Mr. Syrmopoulos.

    Six: This is from January 2015 and relates to Clinton just starting to put together a bid to run. Yes, there are journalists who are sympathetic to Democrats, and ones who are sympathetic to Republicans, and each side gives exclusives to reporters they feel will write a favorable story. This is not specific to Clinton.

    Seven: Gasp! John Podesta received a first draft story! Um … and so can you, if you go to http://www.nytimes.com/newsletters/politics and give them your email address. If you scroll to the bottom of the Wikileaks email, you’ll see: “You received this message because you signed up for NYTimes.com’s First Draft newsletter”.

    Eight: Sure, a Clinton person is trying to steer journalists – just as every other politician does. But once again, where is the evidence that the journalists are actually colluding rather than simply interviewing one source among many?

    Nine: Hutchins was a CNBC panelist, not a CNBC journalist. I do not believe that he is bound by any canon of objectivity as a regular journalist would be.

    Ten: News embargoes are common. See: http://hosbeg.com/what-is-a-news-embargo-in-journalism/ for an explanation of what they are.

  • Charlie Sargent

    They are going to look bad when she goes down in flames.

  • Charlie Sargent

    Hillary Clinton stole furniture from the White House and today they have three hundred and fifty million dollars. They have sold the United States out and they are dirty. They set up the server in the basement to hide their illegal activities and Loretta Lynch is blocking the investigation.

  • Peter Delevett, SJMN

    Sorry, but this post reflects a great deal of (perhaps understandable) ignorance of how the news business works. To take them in order:

    1. I was a journalist for nearly 20 years and routinely met with sources for off-the-record coffees, lunches and, yes, cocktails. Now that I’m in PR, I and my colleagues continue to meet with press in this way; and of course, the stated goal is to “frame the conversation,” meaning to emphasize the things you think are newsworthy and hope the press will write about. But there’s absolutely no obligation for them to do so, and everyone goes into these meetings with the clear understanding the press will write the story as they see it.

    2. Not gonna defend Brazile. Just keep in mind, she was and is not a journalist; she was a “contributor,” meaning a person with an outside job who the network paid to come on air and offer opinions/expertise. As sleazy as it is that she’d abuse her position there to get and share this information, it would be far more disturbing (and “damning”) if an anchor or other high-ranking person on the full-time payroll did this.

    3. Um, no. The Times reporter is not “coordinating attack strategy.” His email says, “My reporting indicates this is the attack strategy you plan to use; care to comment or confirm?” And, interestingly, the HRC people are disagreeing with the reporter’s portrayal and hoping to get him to change the story. This kind of fact-checking happens *all the time* in journalism, whether you’re covering government, business or any other beat. It would have been eminently irresponsible to publish that story WITHOUT checking in with the campaign for comment.

    4. I have, on many occasions, sent sources brief excerpts from stories to make sure I’m getting the facts right. This was especially true when I was writing about technical subjects about which I wasn’t an expert; nobody wants to run something factually incorrect. That said, Thrush probably went too far by sending Podesta five full paragraphs, and he himself acknowledged that in his note. A bad call by a reporter looking to avoid an error; not a “bombshell revelation” about the media being “controlled.”

    5. Frank Islam is a “contributor” to HuffPo, which bases its business model on unpaid contributors. (Forbes and the Examiner uses a similar model.) He is not a professional journalist.

    6. “Placing a story” with a “friendly journalist” does not mean calling that journalist and saying, “Here, we wrote this, put it in your paper.” It means, “We have a story we want to tell, and this is a reporter we know is familiar with our business and who we trust to be thoughtful and accurate.” What the reporter hopes to get out of it is a) an exclusive story his/her competition doesn’t have, and b) access he/she can leverage when it’s time to report on another story and needs someone to give him/her information. One would never expect that reporter not to call other sources, get different perspectives, fact-check any assumptions and generally put his/her own take on the story. And keep in mind, this reporter has an editor who will also challenge those assumptions, and a copy desk that will back-read the story after it’s filed.

    7. It would indeed be shocking — and a serious breach of professional journalistic ethics — if Podesta had received an unpublished draft of a story from a reporter. But that’s not what happened here; just look at the footer of the email. “You received this message because you signed up for NYTimes.com’s First Draft newsletter.” Film at 11, people. You and all your friends could sign up for it too.

    8. The Clinton campaign did not “collude” with the Journal (which is a conservative newspaper, remember) or the Times. Nick Merrill, whose *job* is press secretary, spoke to each reporter and gave them names of other sources he hoped they’d call. The reporter was under no obligation to call those sources, much less to use anything they said. This kind of information gathering is at the very heart of how reporters do their jobs. If my surgeon and my anesthesiologist are sharing information about my condition while I’m on the table, are they “colluding?”

    9. Glenn Hutchins does not work for CNBC. He’s an investor and a FORMER MEMBER OF BILL CLINTON’S PRESIDENTIAL TRANSITION TEAM. CNBC invited him on-air to talk about the election; why is it surprising he’d call his friends on the Clinton team and say, “Hey, anything you’d like me to say, or not say?”

    10. And finally: embargo times are to a reporter what a saw and plane are to a carpenter. Here’s an example: Last month, my company held an embargoed press conference; that means we told reporters the news in advance of when we wanted them to publish it. We did that because we didn’t want them to publish it before a speech our president was giving in the early afternoon; and since reporters usually need to report, write and file their stories beginning in the morning, we knew we likely wouldn’t get much coverage if we didn’t brief them in advance. The embargo is an agreement between the source and the journalist: “Give me the information now, and I won’t file it until the embargo lifts.” It looks here that they may have given the AP an exclusive under embargo (see my notes on #6 above), and the campaign was trying to decide the best strategy for additional communications (ie “put out a press statement after the AP story runs,” which you would do because after the story runs, you’re going to get lots of calls from other reporters; and instead of talking to them all, which would take a lot of time, you say, “Here’s our statement.”)

    Re: “pre-negotiating” how much of the interview could focus on the emails vs. other stuff the campaign wanted to talk about, that again is not at all unusual when it comes to landing an interview. I might tell a reporter, “I’ll give you an interview with our president, but you can’t ask him about our corporate earnings because he’s not authorized to speak about that.” The reporter’s under no obligation to honor that agreement, but if he/she doesn’t, it might make us less likely to want to work him him/her in the future.

    To sum up: Reporters and editors are fallible human beings; they get things wrong from time to time, but in my experience they care very much about getting them right. Likewise, as human beings they naturally have opinions and preferences; but in two decades in newsrooms, I almost never (note the “almost”) saw a reporter’s personal biases cause him or her to write skewed, untrue or unfair stories. No self-respecting journalist wants to be seen as a shill for his/her sources.

    Journalism is, by its very nature, symbiotic: You have information I want to write about, I negotiate with you about how I can get it, or who else can give it to me. I have information I want you to write about; I try to offer you something (eg access, exclusivity) in exchange for sharing with your audience the facts or opinions I’m hoping to disseminate. There are certainly journalists who take a more confrontational approach, but I found those people over time tended not to get their calls returned — which meant that by definition, they were writing incomplete or unbalanced stories.

    I used to tell my sources, “I can almost guarantee that at some point, I’ll write something you disagree with or don’t like. But my goal is for you never to be surprised.” Because once you develop a reputation for not being trustworthy, you might as well find a new career.

    Hope this has been helpful.

  • Josh

    You guys are just as bad as mainstream media interpreting things to fit your narrative and telling people what to think. Why don’t you just show the damn emails and let people interpret it for themselves. I can’t stand Hillary but this is just as bad as she is.