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Media Bias is Real: Docs Reveal Relationships Between Team Hillary and “Journalists”

Media Bias is Real: Docs Reveal Relationships Between Team Hillary and “Journalists”

“Reliable surrogates” and “friendly journalists” coordinate with Team Hillary to “shape” coverage

In an exclusive report, the Intercept has published a series of documents that show how Hillary and her team worked closely with the media in order to coordinate messaging and showing Hillary in a positive light.

The Intercept reports:

The emails were provided to The Intercept by the source identifying himself as Guccifer 2.0, who was reportedly responsible for prior significant hacks, including one that targeted the Democratic National Committee and resulted in the resignations of its top four officials. On Friday, Obama administration officials claimed that Russia’s “senior-most officials” were responsible for that hack and others, although they provided no evidence for that assertion.

As these internal documents demonstrate, a central component of the Clinton campaign strategy is ensuring that journalists they believe favorable to Clinton are tasked to report the stories which the campaign wants circulated.

At times, Clinton’s campaign staff not only internally drafted the stories they wanted published but even specified what should be quoted “on background” and what should be described as “on the record.”

Planting stories with “friendly journalists”

The Intercept reveals:

One January 2015 strategy document – designed to plant stories on Clinton’s decision-making process about whether to run for president – singled out reporter Maggie Haberman, then of Politico, now covering the election for the New York Times, as a “friendly journalist” who has “teed up” stories for them in the past and “never disappointed” them. Nick Merrill, the campaign press secretary, produced the memo, according to the document metadata:

That strategy document plotted how Clinton aides could induce Haberman to write a story on the thoroughness and profound introspection involved in Clinton’s decision-making process. The following month, when she was then at the Times, Haberman published two stories on Clinton’s vetting process; in this instance, Haberman’s stories were more sophisticated, nuanced and even somewhat more critical than what the Clinton memo envisioned.

But they nonetheless accomplished the goal Clinton campaign aides wanted to fulfill of casting the appearance of transparency on Clinton’s vetting process in a way that made clear she was moving carefully but inexorably toward a presidential run.

Hillary’s “reliable surrogates” in the media and in the Obama administration

The Intercept reveals a list of those in the media and other “good progressive helpers”:

Other documents listed those whom the campaign regarded as their most reliable “surrogates” – such as CNN’s Hilary Rosen and Donna Brazile, as well as Center for American Progress President Neera Tanden – but then also listed operatives whom they believed were either good “progressive helpers” or more potentially friendly media figures who might be worth targeting with messaging.

The metadata of the surrogate document shows that the file was authored by Jennifer Palmieri, the communications director of the campaign.

As The Intercept previously reported, pundits regularly featured on cable news programs were paid by the Clinton campaign without any disclosure when they appeared; several of them are included on this “surrogates” list, including Stephanie Cutter and Maria Cardona:

Glitzy messaging parties for “friendly journalists” and “good progressive helpers”

The Intercept report reveals that Team Hillary frequently hosts parties limited to campaign staff and friendly “journalists.”

The Clinton campaign likes to use glitzy, intimate, completely off-the-record parties between top campaign aides and leading media personalities. One of the most elaborately planned get-togethers was described in an April, 2015, memo — produced, according to the document metadata, by deputy press secretary Jesse Ferguson — to take place shortly before Clinton’s official announcement of her candidacy. The event was an April 10 cocktail party for leading news figures and top-level Clinton staff at the Upper East Side home of Clinton strategist Joel Benenson, a fully-off-the-record gathering designed to impart the campaign’s messaging:

Shaping coverage to exclude “unhelpful stories” about “the Foundation, emails, etc.”

Many of the enduring Clinton tactics for managing the press were created by the campaign before she even announced her candidacy. A March 13, 2015 memo from Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook provides insight into some of the tactics employed by the campaign to shape coverage to their liking. In particular, Mook was concerned that because journalists were assigned to cover Clinton, they needed to be fed a constant stream of stories that the campaign liked. As he put it, a key strategy was “give reporters who must cover daily HRC news something to cover other than the unhelpful stories about the foundation, emails, etc.”

Sure, all presidential—all political—campaigns do what they can to curry favor with the press, to plant stories, to push this angle over that, and etc., but this glimpse into how the sausage is made on the grand scale of a Hillary Clinton and an immense stable of eager-to-please, ideologically-driven pet “journalists” across all major media outlets (except Fox News) is enlightening.  To say the least.

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Media Bias is Real: Docs Reveal Relationships Between Team Hillary and “Journalists”

Media Bias is Real: Docs Reveal The Incestuous Relationships Between Team Hillary and “Journalists” would be a more accurate headline.

These people would have been very much at home working in Josef Goebbels’ ministry.

In fact, they’d be very much at home working for organized Holocaust deniers. Doing their best to inflict a criminal like Hillary Clinton on the presidency is close enough.

Given what we know, and the extent of her corruption, imagine if a psycho like Clinton gains the power of the presidency? She will make Obama look like George Washington, and Stalin look like Winston Churchill.

Then there are the idiots like Cher and Robert De Niro: the blind leading the blind.

And then there are the Crying Boehners, complicit in it all.

No friendlies at FNC?

Wul, yah…

This is kind of “Sun comes up in the East” story.

How old is the term “Clinton News Network”? And how apt?

DINORightMarie | October 9, 2016 at 10:29 pm

Isn’t this illegal – to buy the media, to pay for them, to hand them stories and they print them without disclosure?!

Not that the law matters anymore, or so it seems……..

    Clearly all this media coordination is de facto campaign contributions to Hillary, in amounts far in excess of legal limits, and unreported to boot, both of which are Federal crimes (felonies, if I’m not mistaken).

Bitterlyclinging | October 10, 2016 at 7:41 am

Nice list.
Iran, with a nuclear weapon is like living somewhere near the San Andreas Fault waiting for the big one, its not a question of ‘If’, but simply ‘When’.
After Iran’s Obama blessed, aided, and abetted, or Iran’s North Korean Surrogates nukes are done detonating over American cities there will be a political sea change in this country, most of the American dead will consist of Democrats in the cities, and these Democrat friendly MSM plants will have to explain their assistance enabling Obama to facilitate Iran’s killing spree.

Isn’t this against our election laws? or is this another law we must ignore for our own good?

I’m surprised that in their internal memos about this they didn’t refer to the press hacks as “useful idiots” to save time. Just sayin’……