Is there a more relevant word for describing the Wikileaks proof of collusion between members of the national media and the Hillary Clinton campaign?
There’s no surprise that the Hillary campaign colluded with the Democratic National Committee (DNC) to demean, disgrace and defeat Bernie Sanders.
What may (or may not) surprise many Americans is that “journalists” in the national media also colluded with the Hillary campaign.
Hillary was given debate questions in advance.
Imagine a reporter investigating Hillary and the DNC’s questionable campaign fundraising tactics and then asking that campaign if they would like to edit the story before the reporter’s editor sees it.
That’s exactly what one email proved Politico, reporter Ken Vogel did.
He emailed his story with the subject line, “per agreement... any thoughts appreciated,” to Mark Paustenbach, Deputy Communications Director for the DNC.
Paustenbach forwarded it to Luis Miranda, Communications Director at the DNC.
“Vogel gave me his story ahead of time/before it goes to his editors as long as I didn’t share it. Let me know if you see anything that’s missing and I’ll push back.”
Another email titled “WaPo Party” exposed the, Washington Post, planning a secret fundraiser with the DNC.
“They aren’t going to give us a price per ticket and do not want their party to be listed in any package we are selling to donors,”, wrote Anu Rangappa, Senior Advisor for General Election Strategies for the DNC.
Jordan Kaplan, National Finance Director for the DNC, replied, “Great ---- we were never going to list since the lawyers told us we cannot do it.”
The lawyers told them they could not do it.
Just because this story isn’t front page news doesn’t mean it isn’t one of the biggest scandals in this election.
Haim Saban is a major Clinton donor.
In 2006, his Saban Capital Group led a group of investors to purchase Univision Communications, the largest Spanish-language, media company in the U.S.
Wikileaks proves that in 2016, he received an email praising the Hillary-friendly moderators in the March Democratic primary co-hosted by Univision.
This email was from Rob Friedman, retired co-chair at the Motion Picture Group.
The email reads, “Haim, I just wanted to tell you that I thought the moderators for last night’s debate were excellent. They were thoughtful, tough and incisive. I thought it made Hillary appear direct and strong in her resolve. I felt it advanced our candidate. Thanks for Univision,” wrote Rob Friedman, co-chair of the Lionsgate Motion Picture Group.
This email reveals moderators Karen Tumulty, Maria Elena Salinas and Jorge Ramos as players in roles written by Friedman and Saban, designed to promote Hillary over Bernie Sanders.
This is the dark hole of soul-sucking depravity that is the root cause of American distrust of the national media.
And rightfully so.
Otherwise, what should we think of the Wikileaks release of the memos from the Clinton Team instructing “DNC with the goal of ‘elevating’ Trump two months before he declared his candidacy.”?
How could they do this? Surely one political party cannot convince members of an opposing party of choosing the candidate they believe they can most readily defeat.
You need a third-party ally, the kind of ally members of the opposing party would listen to, even if that third party is mistrusted.
That third party is the national media.
They called the most conservative potential candidates “Pied Piper” candidates, the sort of candidates that would pull the Republican Party platform to right of center.
The memo naming Trump, Cruz and Huckabee states, “We need to be elevating the Pied Piper candidates so that they are leaders of the pack and tell the press to (take) them seriously,” the memo noted
Trump became their best “Pied Piper” candidate.
Headlines and stories about Hillary versus Trump exploded in the national media before he was being taken seriously.
If the goal of journalism is honest, unbiased reporting of facts, then shouldn’t those reporters revealed to be colluding with the Clinton campaign meet the same employment fate as the disgraced Dan Rather did with CBS?
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