On Friday, Wikileaks published nearly 20,000 e-mails, reportedly via the hacker Guccifer 2.0, showing an apparent attempt to sabotage Bernie Sanders' campaign in favor of Hillary Clinton and other messages that show collusion between Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz, her staff and members of the mainstream media.
In one e-mail exchange posted by The Intercept, DNC CFO Brad Marshall wrote to fellow DNC staffers that emphasizing Sanders' supposed atheism would be more of a deterrent to his Southern Baptist constituents rather than referring to him as Jewish, calling it a "Jesus thing." DNC Chief Executive Officer Amy K. Dacey replied, "AMEN." Its subject line read, "No s***:"
It might may [sic] no difference, but for KY and WVA can we get someone to ask his belief. Does he believe in a God. He had skated on saying he has a Jewish heritage. I think I read he is an atheist. This could make several points difference with my peeps. My Southern Baptist peeps would draw a big difference between a Jew and an atheist.
Other than the fact that Marshall writes like a twelve-year-old girl ("peeps"), he followed up with The Intercept to say he doesn't recall that note but could say with certainty that it would NOT have been about Sanders, but a "surrogate."
As The Intercept noted:
The email was sent to DNC Communications Director Luis Miranda and Deputy Communications Director Mark Paustenbach. It’s unclear who the “someone” in this message could be — though a member of the press seems like a safe bet...
And although Sanders is not mentioned by name, he was the only Jewish candidate from either party — an apparent weakness that Marshall believed the party could exploit in favor of Hillary Clinton.
The Intercept also noted that it seemed strange for the DNC to send such a directive, since they are supposed to stay neutral until a nominee has been chosen. That e-mail exchanged happened in May.
In another e-mail chain, a Politico journalist, Kenneth Vogel, agreed to send an advanced copy of one of his stories on Hillary Clinton so the DNC could review it BEFORE sending it to his editors. Business Insider rightly notes, "The final copy of the story did not appear have any significant edits, and Clinton's campaign seemed unhappy with the final copy of the article. But sending an advanced copy of a story to a subject represents a break from typical journalistic ethics."
Also in May, Wasserman Schultz attempted to set up a phone call with NBC's Chuck Todd before going on Meet the Press because she was upset that MSNBC's Mika Brzezinski had criticized her for ignoring Sanders and was accused by Joe Scarborough for "rigging" the primary in favor of Hillary Clinton. Brzezinski said on her program that Wasserman Schultz should "step down."
"This is the LAST straw," Wasserman Schultz wrote in an e-mail to the DNC communications director Luis Miranda and demanded he call MSNBC president Phil Griffin to get her an apology from Brzezinski. In this "Chuck, this must stop" chain, Chuck Todd doubted whether that call was a "good idea."
This leak is a searchable treasure trove for an inside look into the intersection of politics and media. But here's one of the more curious offerings involving DNC staffers concocting a fake Craigslist ad looking for "hot" women to apply for a job at Trump's corporation. It's truly diabolical:
Multiple Positions (NYC area) Seeking staff members for multiple positions in a large, New York-based corporation known for its real estate investments, fake universities, steaks, and wine. The boss has very strict standards for female employees, ranging from the women who take lunch orders (must be hot) to the women who oversee multi-million dollar construction projects (must maintain hotness demonstrated at time of hiring).
Title: Honey Bunch (that's what the boss will call you)
* No gaining weight on the job (we'll take some "before" pictures when you start to use later as evidence)
* Must be open to public humiliation and open-press workouts if you do gain weight on the job
* A willingness to evaluate other women's hotness for the boss' satisfaction is a plus
* Should be proficient in lying about age if the boss thinks you're too old Working mothers not preferred (the boss finds pumping breast milk disgusting, and worries they're too focused on their children).
About us: We're proud to maintain a "fun" and "friendly work environment, where the boss is always available to meet with his employees. Like it or not, he may greet you with a kiss on the lips or grope you under the meeting table. Interested applicants should send resume, cover letter, and headshot to [email protected]
Miranda approved the ad saying, "As long as all the offensive sh*t is verbatim I'm fine with it."