The latest WikiLeaks dump of John Podesta emails shows the Obama administration kept a list of high-profile Muslims it wanted to appoint to top administration jobs, sub-cabinet jobs and outside boards, agencies and policy committees.
The 2008 emails reveal that it wasn’t enough to be Arab American, you had to be Arab and Muslim to make it onto this list.
“Many Lebanese Americans, for example, are Christian,” notes one email written by Preeta Bansal, who worked on the Obama transition team headed by Podesta, who is now Hillary Clinton’s campaign manager. “In the last list (of outside boards/commissions), most who are listed appear to be Muslim American, except that a handful (where noted) may be Arab American but of uncertain religion (esp. Christian).”
Also notable, there was concern that some of the Muslims suggested would not survive media scrutiny, with one aide writing, “High-profile Muslim Americans tend to be the subject of a fair amount of blogger criticism, and so the individuals on this list would need to be ESPECIALLY carefully vetted.”
She continues, “I suspect some of the people I list would not survive such a vet — but I do personally know, at least in part, virtually all of the candidates in the 1st two categories (but I know very few of those listed for outside boards/commissions).”
Within the lists themselves, candidates were further broken down, with every candidate labeled by their nationality. Some even had their race noted.
This follows a pattern of the Obama Administration using race and religion to determine hiring, with other leaked emails showing potential political appointees being labeled with an F for female, B for black, H for Hispanic, and M for Muslim.
Another Wikileaks release showed the Obama transition team keeping extensive lists of non-white candidates for administration posts, the Daily Caller reported.
In another email hacked email, WikiLeaks revealed that 65 mainstream news “journalists” met with Hillary Clinton campaign staffers, including Podesta, to discuss how to frame the news and “sell” the candidacy of Hillary Rodham Clinton to the American public.
The journalists from NBC, CNN, ABC, CBS, Politico, Bloomberg, New York Times, Daily Beast, Huffington Post and other organizations were treated to lavish dinners and cocktail hours by Clinton’s campaign as they received their instruction on how to present Clinton in a positive light.
“Thanks to Wikileaks we now know that at least 65 mainstream reporters were working closely with the Clinton campaign this election year. They were invited to top elitist dinners with Hillary Campaign Chairman John Podesta or Chief Campaign strategist Joel Benenson,” reported the Gateway Pundit.
No Fox News reporters made the list.
As previously reported— At least 38 top national reporters attended a different dinner at Podesta’s house in April 2015.
The Clinton campaign sent out invites to New York reporters in April 2015 on their off-the-record meeting on how to sell Hillary Clinton to the public.
“The Clinton campaign likes to use glitzy, intimate, completely off-the-record parties between top campaign aides and leading media personalities,” Intercept reported. “One of the most elaborately planned get-togethers was described in an April, 2015, memo — produced, according to the document metadata, by deputy press secretary Jesse Ferguson — to take place shortly before Clinton’s official announcement of her candidacy. The event was an April 10 cocktail party for leading news figures and top-level Clinton staff at the Upper East Side home of Clinton strategist Joel Benenson, a fully off-the-record gathering designed to impart the campaign’s messaging:”
Another 25 reporters met at Podesta’s house for drinks and tutelage on how to cover Hillary.