Remember when the press didn’t cozy up to government?
In the latest Wikileaks dump, Washington Post White House bureau chief Juliet Eilperin tipped off Hillary Clinton campaign chair John Podesta that she wrote an article about new ethics rules that President Barack Obama adopted in 2009. Here’s the email:
— Legal Insurrection (@LegInsurrection) October 14, 2016
Apparently, it seems Eilperin didn’t want to burn any bridges because when Eryn Sepp didn’t answer her email, she sent another one to Frank Benenati, a White House spokesperson and assistant press secretary at the time.
She then sent Benenati the portion of her story that mentioned Podesta, asking him if she needed to make any changes:
Let me know if there are any issues with it, but the donations from Steyer and Wyss are a matter of public record. I’m not mentioning the contract Podesta had with Wyss because you never got back to me on that, and I didn’t want to mention it without getting some sort of response in advance.
And the story will run tomorrow if it makes A1; otherwise it will hold.
Thing is, when Podesta asked for clarification, Eilperin assured him she was not accusing him of anything:
It’s not an accusation, it is just saying that even with the ethics order, people who have performed advocacy have served in the administration.
Um, okay. As Professor Jacobson said in his tweet, it’s no wonder people do not trust the mainstream media. Eilperin even sounds apologetic for having to mention this inconvenient fact in her story.
Anyone else notice the irony that her article was about ethics? When did it become okay to get all buddy buddy with the government, especially when you put in material that is public record? Why go through all the trouble to reach Podesta?DONATE
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