Here’s an interesting question to ponder: Why exactly is Hillary Clinton so reclusive with the press?
It’s not as if those in the media – at least, in the mainstream media – were hounding her to provide specifics about her home-based email server system, or the scrubbing of 33,000 emails, or about her actions regarding Benghazi, or her ties to certain Clinton Foundation funds and actions taken while secretary of State.
As Hot Air noted: “Why would she avoid them so much when they seem to be willing to provide favorable coverage?”
Well, that question could be answered in part by Glenn Greenwald, who wrote at the Intercept about some new emails the hacking group Guccifer exposed. In them, are revelations of Team Clinton’s expressed awareness of just who in the press is friendly – and who ought to be avoided.
For instance, the Clinton campaign loved a Politico reporter named Maggie Haberman, who’s now moved on to the New York Times.
“At times, Clinton’s campaign staff not only internally drafted the stories they wanted published but even specified what should be quoted ‘on background’ and what should be described as ‘on the record,'” Hot Air reported. “One January 2015 strategy document … singled out reporter Maggie Haberman, then of Politico … as a ‘friendly journalist’ who has ‘teed up’ stories for them in the past and ‘never disappointed them.'”
And some of the direction Haberman received from the Clinton camp was pretty detailed.
“We have ha[d] a very good relationship with Maggie Haberman of Politico over the last year,” one memo stated, according to Hot Air. “While we should have a larger conversation in the near future about a broader strategy for reengaging the beat press that covers HRC, for this we think we can achieve our objective and do the most shaping by going to Maggie.”
All campaigns try to shape coverage so that it falls on their candidates in favorable ways.
“The real question,” Hot Air reported, “is how effective they are and how accommodating the media is willing to be. In this case it seemed to be a fairly effective relationship.”
The revelations of cozy ties between Clinton and the media aren’t really that shocking to those who follow politics even a little.
“But it’s still fascinating to see it set forth in black and white this way,” Hot Air wrote.