Wikileaks: Clinton Campaign Saw Vox’s Ezra Klein as Attack Dog to ‘Hold Journalists Accountable’

Journalist, columnist, and blogger Ezra Klein speaks about President Barack Obama's signature health care law at the Families USA’s 19th Annual Health Action Conference in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
AP Photo/Charles Dharapak

Top staffers in Hillary Clinton’s nascent presidential campaign saw Vox founder Ezra Klein as an ally who would help them “hold journalists accountable,” according to Wikileaks’ release of messages from John Podesta’s purported email accounts.

On March 23, 2015, several weeks before the official announcement of her 2016 candidacy, Clinton staffers discussed how they could push back on a New York Times story discussing her emails about the 2012 terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya.

Cheryl Mills, senior adviser to former Secretary Clinton, wrote: “Lloyd Grove used to be the person who would hold journalist [sic] accountable – who is that now and is there an opportunity for that in real time today?”

Jennifer Palmieri, the campaign’s director of communications, replied, “I think that person, the degree to which they exist, is Ezra Klein. And we can do it with him today.”

Klein is the founder of, a notoriously left-wing blog platform that brands itself as a non-partisan “explanatory journalism” publisher.

“We help you understand the news and the world around you,” a Vox Facebook bio promises. “That is to say, our end goal isn’t telling you what just happened, or how we feel about what just happened, it’s making sure you understand what just happened. We deliver a lot of contextual information that traditional news stories aren’t designed to carry.”

No emails have yet surfaced showing direct correspondence between Klein and the Clinton campaign. However, Vox has clearly been compliant if not eager to attack reporters that run afoul of Hillary for America, per a quick search of its headlines over the election cycle:

Confessions of a Clinton reporter: The media’s 5 unspoken rules for covering HillaryJonathan Allen, 7/6/2015

The Clinton rules are at the heart of the New York Times’s botched Hillary storyJonathan Allen, 7/28/2015

Why the media will lift Trump up and tear Clinton downDavid Roberts, 5/5/2015

Anthony Weiner’s sexts are being treated like a campaign story — they shouldn’t be Jeff Stein, 8/30/2016

The New York Times’ latest Clinton Foundation “scandal” may be the dumbest one yetMatt Yglesias, 9/2/2016

There’s a subtle sexism in asking excessive “questions” about Hillary Clinton’s health — Emily Crockett, 9/13/2016

Why Glenn Greenwald relentlessly attacks Hillary Clinton — even if it helps Donald Trump — Jeff Stein, 9/15/2016

Yes, Hillary Clinton is part of a dynasty. That’s usually how glass ceilings get shattered. — Zack Beauchamp, 7/28/2016

Topical! Why WikiLeaks hates Hillary Clinton — Zack Beauchamp, 10/11/2016

And then this beauty from the man himself…




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