Tuesday's HOT MIC
If you don't think the Compromised Media (™ ) protects its own, you've got another think coming:
One year after WikiLeaks began publishing emails from the Democratic National Committee and Clinton campaign chair John Podesta that exposed prominent journalists as partisans, many of those journalists are continuing their careers without, it seems, any serious consequences.
Take Glenn Thrush, for example. Thrush, now with the New York Times, was exposed sending stories to the Clinton campaign for approval while at Politico. “Because I have become a hack I will send u the whole section that pertains to [you],” he wrote in an April 30, 2015 email to Podesta, including five paragraphs from a story later titled “Hillary’s big money dilemma.”
“Please don’t share or tell anyone I did this,” Thrush added. “Tell me if I fucked up anything.”
“No problems here,” Podesta replied.
Thrush was rewarded for his shameless breach of journalistic "ethics" by getting a promotion from Politico to the Times, and is now one of the paper's White House correspondents. His colleague there, Maggie Haberman, was also tarnished by Wikileaks:
While covering the Trump administration for the NYT, Thrush has often co-authored stories with fellow White House correspondent Maggie Haberman, whom an internal Clinton campaign memo described as a “friendly journalist.” The memo added: “We have had her tee up stories for us before and have never been disappointed.”
When I was a reporter at the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle, the San Francisco Examiner and a writer at Time Magazine, these were firing offenses. Today, they're resume enhancers.
To make things worse, both Thrush and Haberman are inveterate Tweeters (Thrush blocked me long ago, although of course I can still see his tweets), disparaging the president non-stop throughout the day. Why they're allowed in the White House is beyond me, but White House insiders say that, incredibly, Trump thinks he can charm them into liking him. Maybe General Kelly will finally disabuse him of that notion, pull their press credentials, and ask Times editor Dean Baquet to send him some uncompromised reporters, for a change.