A reporter for Politico – or, more in truth, a sorry excuse for a reporter for the left-leaning Politico – was busted by WikiLeaks for sending his stories to the Hillary Clinton camp for pre-post, pre-publication approval.
And his excuse?
No excuse – he simply addmited he was “a hack” for the Clinton campaign.
Read this, from the Daily Caller:
“A Politico reporter has been caught sending his journalism to Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman for approval.
“In an April 30, 2015 email, released Monday by WikiLeaks, Politico’s chief political correspondent Glenn Thrush asked John Podesta to approve his writing pre-publication. Thrush begged Podesta not to tell anyone he had shared the copy and referred to himself as “a hack” in the email exchange.
“‘No worries Because I have become a hack I will send u the whole section that pertains to u,’ Thrush wrote to Podesta. ‘Please don’t share or tell anyone I did this Tell me if I f**ked up anything.’”
So what’s going to happen to Thrush?
A news outlet with integrity would fire him. But then again, he probably fits right in with his colleagues at Politico – his colleagues in the mainstream media. His actions probably aren’t seen as anything out of the ordinary.
Outrage aside, here’s why this is dangerous.
From Robert Spencer at Jihad Watch:
“This is not a story about jihad, and yet it is. This story, along with stories about how Leftist Soros-funded groups bought favorable coverage of the Iran deal and the Muslim migrant inundation, and also bought hit pieces on foes of jihad terror, sheds light on what the mainstream media really is: a propaganda organ for the Left and the Democratic Party in particular, not in any sense a genuine source of news.
“This story explains why no mainstream media outlet ever covers foes of jihad terror favorably or give them a fair hearing, or ever notes the Council on American-Islamic Relations’ links to Hamas, or the Southern Poverty Law Center’s vicious bias and hard-Left agenda, but treats both as if they were objective, respected and respectable sources of information. It gives an insight into what might be motivating “journalists” such as Andrew Kaczynski, Christopher Massie, Scott Shane, Christiane Amanpour, Bob Smietana, Niraj Warikoo, Kari Huus, Dave Weigel, Lisa Wangsness, Anne Barnard, Michael Kruse and so very many others. Clearly they aren’t remotely honest reporters; are they bought and paid for shills for the dominant political perspective?”