In the midst of the furor over the Podesta email leaks, Politico finds itself in the middle of the media bias scandal many of the emails have revealed.

In 2015 , Glenn Thrush, Politico’s chief White House correspondent, sent an article he was writing at the time to Podesta so that he could approve it. At least Thrush knew he was acting improperly for a supposed “journalist” and recognized himself as a “hack” while begging Podesta not to “share or tell anyone” he “did this.”

Fox News reports:

A Politico reporter called himself a “hack” when he asked Hillary Clinton’s top campaign aide John Podesta to look over sections of his unpublished report on the Democratic presidential candidate before publication, a recent email revealed by WikiLeaks shows.

The May 2015 story, written by Glenn Thrush, Politico’s chief White House correspondent, was titled, “Hillary’s big-money dilemma.” The article focused on early difficulties Clinton’s campaign would face to raise money during the 2016 White House run.

But the language used in his email raised eyebrows, especially in the conservative blogosphere.

“Because I have become a hack I will send u the whole section that pertains to u [sic],” Thrush wrote to Podesta.  “Please don’t share or tell anyone I did this…tell me if I f—ed up anything.”

Podesta responded and gave the section his blessing.

Politico is defending Thrush . . . while not quite addressing the language of the email he sent to Podesta beyond saying Thrush is “self-deprecating.”

Fox New continues:

Brad Dayspring, Politico’s vice president of communications, defended Thrush as “one of the top political reporters in the country” who makes sure he dots his i’s and reaches out to sources on both sides of the aisle. Dayspring, apparently referring to the “hack” comment, said Thrush is “self-deprecating.”

“Glenn got the chairman of the notoriously secretive Clinton campaign” to “confirm a bunch of inside information that he culled from other sources,” Dayspring said in an email to Fox News.

The published article in question can be read in full here.

Thrush took to Twitter to espouse his innocent intent and to defend his journalistic integrity.

People are having trouble with this “explanation.”

You may recall, that Thrush was also on the list for a glitzy Team Hillary “messaging” party at which the stated goals included, “framing the HRC message and framing the race.”

Watch Thrush discuss Comey’s decision regarding the Hillary email scandal.

Ironically, Politico runs stories about the public distrust of the media with some regularity, bemoaning new polls showing the distrust in media is at an “all-time low” or that the “opinion of media never worse,” noting that Trump takes credit for the public’s distrust of media, observing that conservatives trust media less than Democrats, and on.