Politico chief asked top Clinton aides to review campaign stories

Internal Clinton campaign emails released Thursday by WikiLeaks shows that on two separate occasions Politico‘s chief correspondent, Glenn Thrush, forwarded drafts of campaign-related stories to top aides Jennifer Palmieri and John Podesta in April 2015 for review.

In an email dated April 17, 2015, Thrush wrote to Palmieri, Hillary Clinton’s communication’s director, “please read asap — the (Jennifer Palmieri) bits — don’t share”, along with eight paragraphs from a story that published two days later entitled: “Quiet, please. Hillary’s running.”

Ms. Palmieri then forwarded Thrush’s message to Clinton campaign staff members. “He did me courtesy of sending what he is going to say about me,” she wrote. “Seems fine.”

WikiLeaks Oct. 17 release of campaign chairman John Podesta’s emails reveal that Thrush then communicated with the long-time Clinton associate on April 29, 2015, asking him to approve five paragraphs of a story on the campaign’s dilemma of balancing the preferred optics of small and medium size donors with the reality of also needing mega contributors.

“Because I have become a hack I will send u the whole section that pertains to u,” Thrush wrote. “Please don’t share or tell anyone I did this. Tell me if I f—– up anything.”

The Daily Caller printed a Politico spokesman’s response to the leaked emails in October:

“The bottom line is that Glenn [Thrush] got the chairman of the notoriously secretive Clinton campaign — who is not typically a font of detail — to confirm a bunch of inside information that he culled from other sources,” it read, in part. “I can speak with firsthand knowledge and experience that Glenn does this with everybody, on both sides of the aisle.”

While Thrush’s actions are not unprecedented in journalism, the revelation feeds into the narrative that the Clinton campaign is allied in large-part with the mainstream Washington media, to the exclusion of other political parties and candidates.

With Donald Trump regaining momentum in the polls with less than a week until Election Day, the exposition of more embarrassing communications on the part of Hillary Clinton and her cohorts may carry Republicans to a electoral sweep on Tuesday.

 

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