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    Emails: Washington Post WH Bureau Chief Warns Podesta of New Story

    Emails: Washington Post WH Bureau Chief Warns Podesta of New Story

    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:

    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.

    Washington Post Tips Podesta

    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?


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    “Remember when the press didn’t cozy up to government?”

    That only happens when the Republicans are in charge. Then, the press “speaks truth to power,” no matter how badly they have to distort facts and outright lie.

    And the Democrat – Media alliance is nothing new. When Ben Bradlee was running the Washington Post, he was best buds with JFK. No one on the left ever voiced any concern about that, as far as I remember.

    The media is the mouthpiece of the Democrats, and it has been that way as long as I remember. Does anyone recall Edith Efron? She wrote about it in the 1960s. By now, you’d think the conservatives would have found a way to counter this. Unfortunately, they are still largely clueless on getting their message out to the broad public.

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