by McIntosh | October 10, 2016 2:25 am
Private documents as well as emails that have circulated among Clinton staffers shed light on chummy and extremely serviceable relations between the campaign and various members of the mainstream media, as well as the campaign’s strategies for controlling those relationships.
The emails were made known and intercepted by the hacker who refers to himself as Guccifer 2.0, who was rumored responsible for the previous hacks that have hit the news cycles, including one that marked the Democratic National Committee as a target, which in turn resulted in four heads of that committee stepping down. This past Friday, Obama administration officials asserted that Russia’s “senior-most officials” were the culprits of those hacks, yet no evidence was brought fourth to back up those claims.
These inside documents exhibit a fundamental tool of the Clinton campaign strategy – that is, ensuring journalists they know who are indulgent to Hillary Clinton are tasked to dish out reports on the stories the campaign wants circulating.
Sometimes, Clinton’s campaign staff not only drew up the stories they wanted pushed, but even went into detail on what should be quoted “on background” and what should be described as “on the record.”
January of 2015 saw that one document — designated to plant stories on Clinton’s decision-making process on whether or not a presidential run was going to happen — pointed out a writer for Politico at the time, Maggie Haberman, now with the New York Times, as a “friendly journalist” who has “teed up” stories for them in the past and “never disappointed” them. Clinton’s campaign press secretary Nick Merrill, was the one who created the document taken from metadata:
There were also other memos that listed those whom the campaign marked as their most dependable “surrogates” — such as CNN’s Hilary Rosen and Donna Brazile, as well as Center for American Progress President Neera Tanden — but they even detailed a list of operatives whom they considered were either decent “progressive helpers” or more possibly amiable media figures who might be worth the effort to turn or flip. The metadata on the surrogate document reveals the file was authored by Jennifer Palmieri, Clinton’s communications director.
As previously reported, pundits featured on a regular basis on cable news were compensated by the Clinton campaign without any disclosure when they appeared; several of them were also identified on the list as “surrogates.”
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