Another high profile hack from the individual known only as Guccifer 2.0 has released emails that show just how close the Clinton campaign has become with members of the mainstream media. While the leak shows that US media has been doing their best to present Hillary Clinton in the best possible light, it also suggests that news stories have been planted to further her cause. Guccifer 2.0’s other hacks included a recent incident which resulted in four top officials of the Democratic National Convention resigning their positions, including the chairperson Debbie Wasserman Schultz, when a sizable amount of emails surfaced showing their involvement in trying to sabotage the campaign of then political rival Bernie Sanders.
The most recent release of emails revealed that a former Politico contributor by the name of Maggie Haberman was a “friendly journalist” who had “never disappointed” in the past when it came to stories she had “teed up” for the Clinton campaign. Haberman is also now conveniently covering the current presidential circus for the New York Times. Specifically, this memo was authored by Nick Merrill, the Clinton campaign’s press secretary.
One month after Merrill penned this letter, Haberman published two articles essentially praising Hillary Clinton without sacrificing the sophistication necessary to appear credible. The articles were successful in their endeavor to paint Mrs. Clinton as being highly critical in how she vetted not only herself but those she chose to fill her top campaign roles. Given the opportunity to comment on the validity of the released documents, both Merrill and Haberman chose to remain mum on the issue at hand.
Other information released in the most recent trove of emails reveals a list of “media surrogates”, whose images would at first appear to be politically objective but were in fact paid representatives of the Clinton campaign. These surrogates would often appear on cable news shows, with zero disclosure regarding their compensation, stumping for Clinton.
Further information from the memos reveals that Clinton also frequently hosted off-the-record cocktail parties designed to bring top campaign aides together with leading new media notables. One such event preceded the announcement of her candidacy with one of the outlined goals being to “Give reporters their first thoughts from team HRC in advance of the announcement.”
While it isn’t that surprising that a presidential candidate would go to such lengths to preserve their status in the race to be Commander In Chief, this is not the first time Mrs. Clinton has used her influence to stay afloat. What is more nerve-wracking for some is just how much that influence will increase should Clinton be successful in her quest for the presidency.