A number of reporters exposed by Wikileaks to have colluded with the Hillary Clinton campaign will go on to cover the Trump White House.
CNBC chief political correspondent John Harwood regularly emailed Hillary Clinton campaign chair John Podesta, congratulating him on Hillary’s successes and boasting about how he provoked Donald Trump at a Republican primary debate which he moderated.
He also gave Podesta advice on his perceived threat of Dr. Ben Carson, and asked the Clinton campaign for advice on how he should interview Jeb Bush.
As CNBC chief political correspondent, Harwood can shape the coverage of one of America’s key television networks as the Trump administration prepares to take power.
Another prominent reporter on the Trump White House will be the recently hired New York Times chief political reporter Glenn Thrush, who sent copies of his stories to John Podesta for review.
In an email exchange, Thrush asked Podesta “not to tell anyone I did this” as he sent a copy of his story. Podesta replied, “no problems here.”
Other journalists with leading roles reporting on the Trump administration include New York Times chief national correspondent Mark Leibovich, who was described in a Clinton media strategy plan as “sympathetic” to the campaign.
Leibovich also took orders from the Clinton campaign on which parts of an interview with Hillary Clinton could be used for publication.
Although Clinton’s candidacy received support from practically the entire mainstream media, not all were found to have actively colluded with her campaign.
However, Clinton strategist Joel Benenson did invite a range of top journalists to a private cocktail party, in a list that included ABC anchor George Stephanopoulos, CNN’s Gloria Borger and NBC’s Savannah Guthrie.