Earlier today, Politico’s Glenn Thrush dismissed a series of emails between then-Hillary Clinton aide Philippe Reines and Politico White House correspondent Mike Allen as “tradecraft” and nothing more. For those who missed the story, Gawker had uncovered emails between Reines and Allen negotiating an interview with Chelsea Clinton, with Allen appearing to guarantee Reines that he would produce “totally positive coverage” of his subject in exchange for her availability.
— Chris Cillizza (@TheFix) November 25, 2015
The Washington Post’s Chris Cillizza then appeared to back up Thrush, citing a piece by Callum Borchers in the Post today dismissing Gawker’s interpretation of the emails:
One interpretation of Allen’s e-mail to Philippe Reines, the Clinton aide, goes something like this: Hey, I’m looking for just a few minutes with Chelsea during an important time for her mom. This isn’t a probing, “60 Minutes”-style sit-down, so don’t worry about fielding anything out of left field.
Not so bad, right?
But the Republican translation will likely go more like this: What can I do to make Chelsea look good because, as we all know, I and my Web site (and most of the media) live to serve the royal family of the Democratic Party.
That indeed is an alternative interpretation; however, it completely ignores the very cozy relationship between Reines and CNN’s Elisa Labott, documented in detail last night by American Commitment president Phil Kerpen. Emails show Reines “suggesting” pro-Hillary tweets which then appeared nearly verbatim on Labott’s Twitter feed as news items. This coordination happened more than a few times. Just a conspiracy theory?
— patrick (@cyberpunk2049) November 25, 2015
@TheFix Theory as in theory of gravity? If media worked properly maybe I'd agree. You are simply in the tank for Dems.
— Rich Lezcano (@RichLezcano) November 25, 2015
@TheFix Seriously, how is this a conspiracy theory? We have the email and Allen's only response is "I don't recall."
— John Sexton (@verumserum) November 25, 2015
Facts are not theories, you drooling mumbletard @TheFix Politico just handed Republicans a ‘liberal media’ conspiracy theory
— The 57th State ℅EF™ (@EF517_V2) November 25, 2015
I don't see the "theory" homie. It's a smoking gun email. Just like I exposed the Ahmed clock hoax, others are exposing media fraud.@TheFix
— Mike Cernovich (@Cernovich) November 25, 2015
@TheFix I think you mean "confirming evidence" rather than "conspiracy theory."
— Jay W. Richards (@FreemarketJay) November 25, 2015
@TheFix politico is The Fix for hilLIARy
— roy fletcher (@indiegop) November 25, 2015
@TheFix – politico is your competition. They just screwed the pooch. Go after them, do your owner a favor.
— Mark Simon (@HKMarkSimon) November 25, 2015
“Republican White House hopefuls sometimes go looking for bias where it’s not obvious, or nonexistent,” Borchers concludes.”But, in this case, they won’t have to look very hard. This time, Politico made their job easy.”
.@TheFix Why is the story about what Republicans will do? Shouldn't the focus be on crappy journalism?
— Jay Caruso (@JayCaruso) November 25, 2015
— Jason Epstein (@Southfive) November 25, 2015
This is the way it works. It's why your profession is hopelessly corrupt. @TheFix
— WMBC (@MoonbatCatnip) November 25, 2015
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