by Claire Bernish
Thanks to Wikileaks and the Intercept, in fact, we now have a list of no less than 65 mainstream "reporters" whose campaign coverage constitutes propaganda for the Clinton campaign - and no wonder, considering the obscenely lopsided drivel presented by their outlets.
As (actual) journalists Glenn Greenwald and Lee Fang reported on October 9, the Intercept exclusively received documents obtained by the source known as Guccifer 2.0 evidencing Clinton campaign tactics to court journalists portraying the former secretary of state in a positive light.
One internal strategy document dated January 2015 - months before Clinton officially kicked off her campaign in April - with the curious heading "Earned Media/Next Steps" exposes how the campaign made an albeit infrequent practice of crafting supposed news pieces from beginning to completion.
Under the - not-at-all oblique insult to the fundamentals of journalism - heading "Placing a Story," the memo's author wrote:
Specifically named as a suggested journalist plant is Maggie Haberman of Politico, whom they note will assist in doing "the most shaping" of the narrative they have in mind.
Haberman, however, is far from the only pro-Clinton media shill.
As the Intercept noted, a review of the metadata for one of the obtained documents found it had been penned by campaign communications director, Jennifer Palmieri - who created a list of ostensible pundits and journalists potentially amenable to targeting with the pro-Clinton message.
The Intercept also revealed an R.S.V.P. list of 38 media friendliest invited to a pre-campaign announcement soiree with 'top campaign aides' at the home of strategist Joel Benenson last year on April 10, which was,
Although the outlets they represented unsurprisingly included left-leaning,
...the list also includes journalists from,
In the Wikileaks document, the true scope of Clinton campaign skulduggery is revealed in another lengthy guest list for a parallel function hosted by Mr. Leaked Emails, himself, John Podesta, on April 9 last year.
Press secretary Jesse Ferguson - who authored both lists - wrote to the top members of Clinton's team:
Although the collusion between the media and both the Clinton campaign and Democratic National Committee has graciously trickled out thanks to leaked documents from Wikileaks and others, these lists of named journalists willing to cross the line between journalism and campaigning are shameful - if not helpful tools to know with certainty whose reporting is garbage.
In fact, besides obliterating any previous claims of unbiased journalism made by the once-prestigious media institutions dotting these lists, the names and practices described prove mainstream media is effectively moot - by its own hand.