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Published on October 13th, 2016 | by I Am Awake

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WikiLeaks reveal Hillary’s alliance with the media

Hillary Clinton’s cozy relationship with the media has long been known, but the recently exposed emails by WikiLeaks confirm just how closely the former Secretary of State and so many outlets have colluded in attempt to smear her opponents and push her ahead in the presidential election campaign.

Nobody can be so naïve to believe that the idea of media outlets having an affiliation to a party or ideology is a new concept, but the extent to which Hillary and the media have partnered up is like nothing ever seen before.

The latest batch of emails from the account of Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta exposed by WikiLeaks lay out in absolute details with which outlets the Democratic Party candidate has spoken with and what has been discussed.

Below, we have gathered the names of journalists and outlets who have exchanged personal emails with Clinton with a view to collaborating in favorable manner, along with the link to the said Wikileaks documents for your own referral.

New York Times – Patrick Healy: https://wikileaks.org/podesta-emails/emailid/4664

In an incredible chain of emails in February between the Clinton campaign and NYT’s Patrick Healy, it is clearly shown how a journalist sought to simply write what he observed as fact, that the Hillary camp saw Donald Trump as a threat, only for significant chunks of it to be asked to be omitted by the Clinton team.

“We’re told that President Clinton [like Mrs. Clinton and some other Dems] thinks that Trump would be a formidable opponent in the general election, and that Dems are in a form of denial if they dismiss Trump as a joke who would be easily defeated in November,” the email reads.

“President Clinton, like others, thinks that Trump has his finger on the pulse of the electorate’s mood and that only a well-financed, concerted campaign portrayed him as dangerous and bigoted will win what both Clintons believe will be a close November election.”

The Clinton campaign was worried about the journalist’s plans to mention that Clinton thought Trump could pose a real threat in battleground states that Barrack Obama carried in 2008 and 2012, like Virginia and Ohio, and that he would  be competitive in Florida, Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Wisconsin.

“I think the first point is ok, but don’t love pointing to states where we think he’ll do well, unless that’s just a total done deal,” Deputy Communications Director Christina Reynolds said.

New York Times were about to right about the Clintons’ fear of Trump, but removed it after being asked by Hillary’s team

 

NBC John Harwood: https://wikileaks.org/podesta-emails/emailid/4303

The latest batch of emails from Podesta’s account show New York Times reporter and CNBC anchor John Harwood giving the Clinton campaign tips about other candidates and bragging about feeling vindicated by provoking Trump as a debate moderator.

In May 2015, Harwood sent Podesta an email telling him to “watch out” for Dr. Ben Carson before sending him three videos from previous debates with him for research purposes.

WikiLeaks documents released earlier in the week showed Harwood lavishing praise on Hillary Clinton in emails to Clinton campaign staffers, the details of which were outlined in this piece by the Daily Caller.

Associated Press: https://www.wikileaks.com/podesta-emails/emailid/5502

In a mail from Neera Tanden from July 2015 “AP” are thanked for their help in diffusing an unmentioned situation. The mail came a day after the New York Times revealed that two mails in a small sample from Clinton’s private server that were being investigated had contained top secret information.

“Tide does seem to be shifting a bit on this, great work by the press shop. Cummings is helpful as is AP,” possibly referring to the Associated Press and Elijah Cummings, a member of the House Oversight Committee who accused the Republican chairman of misusing the power of the committee to adversely influence Clinton’s bid for presidency.

“I do think that if Hillary doesn’t speak to this today, people will assume she’s guilty though,” Tanden said in the mail. “With normal people, if you are accused of being a criminal, they expect you to deny it pronto.”

Correct the Record and American Bridge: https://www.wikileaks.org/podesta-emails/emailid/5636

An email from Mary Pat Bonner in December 2015 contains attachments listing the accomplishments of two organizations, Correct the Record (CTR) and American Bridge – which formally separated in May that year, but obviously continue to work together through Bonner.

The arrangement “allows CTR to retain its independence but coordinate directly and strategically with the Hillary campaign. This work is necessary now more than ever,” according to the attached documents.

CTR has “helped write and place 36 op-eds across the country in a number of publications including Politico, Times Union, Huffington Post, CNN, Washington Blade, and New Jersey’s Bergen Record,” the attachment says.

CTR staff have given more than 900 media interviews in order to counter Republican attacks on Clinton and even “kill negative stories before they are even published.”

Univision – Haim Saban: https://wikileaks.org/podesta-emails/emailid/4580

Univision chairman Haim Saban has long been a Clinton supporter, as his Wikipedia profile shows. He is described as a good friend of Bill Clinton and says that he and his wife were frequent overnight guests at the White House during the Clinton administration.

A number of emails released by WikiLeaks now show that, just days after Trump’s June 2015 announcement of his candidacy Saban urged the Clinton campaign to take a tougher stance on Trump’s anti mass-immigration agenda.

“Haim thinks we are underreacting to Trump/Hispanics. Thinks we can get something by standing up for Latinos or attacking R’s (Republicans) for not condemning,”  Podesta wrote in an email to other Clinton staffers.

Boston Globe:  https://wikileaks.org/podesta-emails/emailid/4180

The latest release shows how the Boston Globe was keen to give Hillary a “big presence” with an op-ed piece. It is worth reminding that the paper endorsed Clinton before the New Hampshire Democratic primary and Massachusetts Democratic primaries, and also employs former Clinton speechwriter Michael Cohen as a columnist.

“Just wondering if we are still on for that piece,” op-ed page editor Marjorie Pritchard enquired. “Brian said last week it was ready and just needed approval. It would be good to get it in on Tuesday, when she is in New Hampshire. That would give her big presence on Tuesday with the piece and on Wednesday with the news story. Please let me know”.

New York Times – Mark Leibovich: https://wikileaks.org/podesta-emails/emailid/4213

In July 2015, New York Times‘ Mark Leibovich emailed Clinton staff asking them to edit and amend any parts of the article that they did not want in, essentially giving Hillary veto power on the interview that they themselves had carried out.

Leibovich messaged Hillary’s communications director Jennifer Palmieri saying that she could “veto what you didn’t want” in the interview.

Palmieri requested him to leave out a joke about Sarah Palin cooking mouse stew and Clinton saying, “gay rights has moved much faster than  women’s rights or civil rights, which is an interesting phenomenon somebody in the future will unpack.”

Both the Sarah Palin joke and the part about gay rights were left out.

Leibovich letter to Hillary

Business Insider – Hunter Walker: https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CuMqHp3WYAEd37H.jpg:large

An email from Clinton press secretary Nick Merrill sent to the rest of the Clinton staff said: “We’re (typo: We) gave a friendly (Hunter Walker at Business Insider) our statement in full so that it’s out there and we’ll see what else he asks for. Some talking points are going out to surrogates now.”

A separate email between Palmieri and Podesta in April 2015 claimed Clinton strategist Phillip Reines, “weirdly has cultivated them,” in reference to Business Insider, providing further evidence the Clinton campaign developed a propaganda media machine to manufacture consent for Clinton as the Democratic presidential nominee.

These leaks have made it crystal clear that the media, rather than publishing the conclusion they reach as a result of hard research, merely serve as public relations companies. And there will certainly be more leaks to follow.

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