Leaked Documents Reveal Which Journalists Are Cozy With The Clinton Campaign

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Internal documents leaked from Hillary Clinton’s campaign reveal which reporters had cocktails with the campaign and a then-Politico (now New York Times) reporter that Clinton’s staff described as a “friendly journalist.”

The documents are a part of a leak that hacker Guccifer 2.0 provided to The Daily Caller. An event memo describes cocktails with Clinton campaign chairman Joel Benenson on April 10, 2015. Clinton announced her candidacy two days later. “This is an off-the-record dinner with the key national reporters, especially (though not exclusively) those that are based in New York. Much of the group includes influential reporters, anchors and editors,” the memo states.

It says the goals of the event were to “give reporters their first thoughts from team HRC in advance of the announcement,” “setting expectations for the announcement and launch period,” “framing the HRC message and framing the race,” and “enjoy a [Friday] night drink before working more.”

The reporters who RSVP’d are as as follows:

ABC – Cecilia Vega

ABC – David Muir

ABC – Diane Sawyer

ABC – George Stephanoplous

ABC – Jon Karl

Bloomberg – John Heillman

Bloomberg – Mark Halperin

CBS – Norah O’Donnell

CBS – Vicki Gordon

CNN – Brianna Keilar

CNN – David Chalian

CNN – Gloria Borger

CNN – Jeff Zeleny

CNN – John Berman

CNN – Kate Bouldan

CNN – Mark Preston

CNN – Sam Feist

Daily Beast – Jackie Kucinich

NBC Anchor Savannah Guthrie’s husband Mike Feldman

Huffington Post – Whitney Snyder

Bloomberg contributer and wife of New York Times political reporter Jonathan Martin – Betsy Fisher Martin

MSNBC – Alex Wagner

MSNBC – Beth Fouhy

MSNBC – Phil Griffin

MSNBC – Rachel Maddow (TBD)

MSNBC – Rachel Racusen

NBC – Savannah Gutherie

New Yorker – Ryan Liza

New York Times – Amy Chozik

New York Times – Gail Collins

New York Times – Jonathan Martin

New York Times – Maggie Haberman

New York Times  – Pat Healey

PEOPLE – Sandra Sobieraj Westfall

POLITICO – Glenn Thrush

POLITICO – Mike Allen

VICE – Alyssa Mastramonoco

VOX – Jon Allen

Another document in the leak, titled “Earned Media/Next Steps,” describes the Clinton campaign’s strategy for placing stories. The January 2015 memo states, “We are all in agreement that the time is right place a story with a friendly journalist in the coming days that positions us a little more transparently while achieving the above goals.” The Intercept reports that according to the document’s metadata it was created by traveling Clinton campaign press secretary Nick Merrill.

The memo continues on to say: “We have has a very good relationship with Maggie Haberman of Politico over the last year. We have had her tee up stories for us before and have never been disappointed. While we should have a larger conversation in the near future about a broader strategy for reengaging the beat press that covers HRC, for this we think we can achieve our objective and do the most shaping by going to Maggie.”

It later describes their strategy for a “sanctioned story.” “First, a list of names that we agree upon beforehand that we will give to a reporter on background, both policy people and campaign people. Second, some information provided on background that explains what is happening and why and third, a quote on-the-record that affirms all of this in an official capacity, making clear that this is a sanctioned story,” the memo states.

(Address and phone numbers redacted by The Daily Caller.)

Leaked by Guccifer 2.0 to TheDC

Leaked by Guccifer 2.0 to TheDC

Leaked by Guccifer 2.0 to TheDC

Leaked by Guccifer 2.0 to TheDC

Leaked by Guccifer 2.0 to TheDC

Leaked by Guccifer 2.0 to TheDC

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