NY Times Hires Reporter Who Sent Stories to Hillary Staffers for Approval

“No worries Because I have become a hack I will send u the whole section that pertains to u.”

In a hire that will shock no one who knows anything about the New York Times and the mainstream media generally, a Politico writer whom WikiLeaks exposed as sending stories to Hillary Clinton staffers before publication has been hired by the Times to cover the White House, the Daily Caller reported Monday.

“We’re thrilled that Glenn Thrush is joining The Times,” said Elisabeth Bumiller, The Times’ Washington bureau chief. “He’s a premier political journalist, a master of breaking news and long-form story telling and a stellar addition to our White House team.”

He is also, as he described himself in an email to Hillary’s campaign chairman John Podesta, a “hack.”

“No worries Because I have become a hack I will send u the whole section that pertains to u,” Thrush wrote to Podesta in an April, 2015 email. “Please don’t share or tell anyone I did this Tell me if I fucked up anything.”

As the Daily Caller notes,

Thrush’s email included five paragraphs of a story pertaining to Podesta, and Podesta replied to Thrush telling him there were “no problems” with the writing. Those paragraphs appeared in a May story “Hillary’s big-money dilemma.”

Clinton’s campaign Jennifer Palmieri also got to look over Thrush’s writing. In another April 2015 email, Thrush wrote, “pls read asap — the [Jennifer Palmieri] bits — don’t share.” This email included eight paragraphs of uncritical writing on Palmieri.

Palmieri forwarded Thrush’s email to Podesta and campaign manager Robby Mook among other staffers, and said, “He did me courtesy of sending what he is going to say about me. Seems fine.”

The portions Thrush emailed Palmieri ended up mostly unchanged in the column “Quiet, please. Hillary’s running.” That story includes the line, “Palmieri (who laughed off a request to participate in this story) enjoys a good relationship with reporters.”

WikiLeaks also released emails which revealed Thrush's left-leaning bias:

In an August 2015 email chain, the Politico reporter asked Podesta if he had seen a report that Clinton had secured the support of more than 400 superdelegates and if the report is true. Podesta responded “yes,” and Thrush said, “I’m glad!”

The reporter wasn't especially discreet about his political leanings on Twitter, either, suggesting President-elect Donald Trump is a racist. After retweeting someone who wrote, “so black people are to blame because they oppose a racist? It’s the voters fault and not the candidate’s? Ok,” Thrush wrote “exactly.”

The Daily Caller has even more:

During Trump’s speech accepting the Republican nomination, Thrush wrote, “Your assessment of the quality of Trump’s speech is entirely dependent on how low you set the bar.”

Then in September, he said, “Dems having a hard time accepting: a clear majority of white Americans are aware of Trump’s racist/xenophobic comments and back him anyway.” Outside of disdain for Trump on Twitter, there is plenty of love between Thrush and the Clinton campaign.

Thrush wished a happy birthday Monday to former Clinton deputy press secretary Jesse Ferguson and Clinton’s former spokesman Brian Fallon gave his endorsement after the news of Thrush’s hire. “If journalism is last line of defense in fight to hold Trump accountable, I’ll take my chances [with] combo of [Maggie Haberman] & [Glenn Thrush] at NYT,” Fallon wrote.

Following Trump's election, the Times’ public editor wrote that the paper will be making a conscious effort to not be “an echo chamber of liberal intellectualism.”

So much for that promise.

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