WASHINGTON – The latest shocking revelations from hacked Democrat emails have a common thread: the establishment media apparently colluding with Democrats to help Hillary Clinton be elected as president.
WikiLeaks released 8,263 emails Sunday, including thousands from the Democratic National Committee, or DNC, with some that indicate:
- CNN asked the DNC for interview questions on Trump and Cruz
- A Washington Post columnist asked the DNC for material on Trump
- Democrats pressured an MSNBC anchor to stifle criticism of Clinton
- The Huffington Post colluded to support Democrats
An email chain begun by DNC research director Lauren Dillon on April 24 and sent to a group of staffers was titled, “Trump Questions for CNN.”
It read: “Wolf Blitzer is interviewing Trump on Tues ahead of his foreign policy address on Wed. Please send me thoughts by 10:30 AM tomorrow.”
A group of DNC staffers then submitted numerous questions for Blitzer to ask Trump.
An email in response from Kelly Roberts and circulated to the rest of the group listed 17 questions CNN should pose to Trump.
They included such questions as:
- Who helped you write the foreign policy speech you’re giving tomorrow?
- What would you do if the military refused to listen to you?
- How many military bases do you think the U.S. should have in Southeast Asia?
- Do you support a pre-emptive strike on North Korea?
Dillon wrote a follow-up email to the group informing them, “CNN said the interview was cancelled as of now but will keep the questions for the next one Good to have for others as well.”
DNC deputy communications director Christina Freundlich responded to that email with the single word, “Boo.”
Blitzer did interview Trump on May 4.
That pattern of apparent collusion repeated in another email from Dillon sent to DNC staffers, dated April 28, titled, “Cruz on CNN.”
It said, “CNN is looking for questions. Please send some topical/interesting ones.”
On April 28, a writer for CNN’s Jake Tapper, Jason Seher, emailed former DNC media booker Pablo Manriquez, asking him, “Any particular points he’ll want to make? We’re gonna stay Dem focused …”
Manriquez responded that he would contact Dillon and Christina Freundlich to see “if there’s any newsworthy [opposition] Luis can drop.”
Manriquez followed up by emailing several staffers, “Window closing on this. Need to know asap if we want to offer Jake Tapper questions to ask us.”
The email involving Tapper had been previously published by WikiLeaks.
At the time Tapper denied it showed a bias, arguing, “I disagree – we work very hard to make The Lead and State of the Union fair and I think we have developed a reputation for good nonpartisan journalism; I think the staffer was just being collegial.”
CNN has already suffered fallout for its close relationship with Democrats. The network dropped political analyst Donna Brazile on Oct. 30 after a WikiLeaks email showed she had leaked questions to the Clinton campaign before a debate and town-hall event.
Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank wrote an article savaging Trump that was apparently based almost entirely on material provided by the DNC.
The Daily Caller discovered internal DNC emails in the latest WikiLeaks release that trace the connection.
Deputy communications director Eric Walker sent an email to the DNC’s research team that said, “Milbank doing a Passover-themed 10 plagues of Trump.” The email was titled “research request: top 10 worst Trump quotes?”
That indicated Walker was asking the team to do research for Milbank and that the columnist may have solicited the DNC’s help in coming up with material.
His article appeared in the Washington Post the next day.
Eight of the 10 “plagues” itemized by Milbank matched the suggestions offered by the DNC.
Another email shows an apparent attempt by Democrats to silence MSNBC anchor Joe Scarborough for criticizing their system as “rigged.”
An email titled “Morning Joe” sent from DNC Communications Director Luis Miranda to DNC National Press Secretary Mark Paustenbach on May 18, said, “F—–g Joe claiming the system is rigged, party against him, we need to complain to their producer.”
That may have been a reference to claims by former candidate Bernie Sanders that the system was rigged, rather than similar claims by Donald Trump, because it was sent around the end of the Democratic Party primary, when many of the Vermont senator’s supporters were making that same claim.
Another just-released email indicates Huffington Post founder Ariana Huffington was willing to throw the support of her publication wholeheartedly behind Democrats well before the 2016 campaign.
It discusses using Huffington’s website “to echo our message without any perceived conflicts,” indicating Democrats were aware there would be a problem if it became public knowledge that a mainstream media outlet was biased in their favor, and the founder was using her publication to actively promote their cause.
The email is from the address firstname.lastname@example.org. While it is not immediately clear who that person is, she appears to be clearly allied with the Democrat cause based on another email addressed to her, Clinton campaign chair John Podesta and Democratic operative and CNN political analyst Paul Begala.
That email was sent on Feb. 12, 2008, and discussed the proposed founding of Progressive Media, which “will serve as a communications and messaging nerve center for the progressive movement.”
According to the website Source Watch, Progressive Media USA became a “pro-Obama PR war room” coordinated by Podesta’s Center for American Progress and the leftist group Media Matters. According to the Washington Post, PMUSA was formed by “Tom Matzzie, a leader of the liberal group MoveOn.org” and “David Brock, the conservative journalist who became a liberal media critic.”
The email concerning Huffington using her publication to support Democrats was sent on April 28, 2008, from email@example.com.
It was sent to firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com.
It reads: “I spoke w Arianna abt PMUSA Board and will send her more info. She is enthusiastic abt the project but asks if she’s more useful to us not being on the Board and, instead, using Huffpo to echo our message without any perceived conflicts. She has a point. We’ll keep talking. She liked the Geffen idea. He’s on his boat and returns May 9. She’ll make the ask. Steve – I had good talk w Jeff A abt logo.”