You would think that reporters at The Washington Post would have plenty of their own resources available to help them cover news about a presidential election. But one reporter sought his information from the Democratic National Committee.
Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank published a column in April 2016 entitled, “The Ten Plagues of Trump.” The article highlighted various statements made by Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump that many have deemed offensive. Given the bias inherent in mainstream media, the topic is not exceptional. But Milbank sought information for his article from the DNC.
Just one day before Milbank’s article was published, DNC deputy communications director Eric Walker asked his research team to assist Milbank. The original email and responses are included in a new batch of emails released by WikiLeaks.
“In the email – which was titled ‘research request: top 10 worst Trump quotes?’ – Walker wrote, ‘Milbank doing a Passover-themed 10 plagues of Trump.” He then asked his team to provide a list of quotes that Milbank could use. Walker included a list of his own of potential statements and asked for “bullets for these” to add detail and context. Eight of the items reportedly submitted were included in Milbank’s published article.
Journalistic bias has been on full display this election season thanks to the trove of documents and emails released by WikiLeaks. Evidence clearly points to the direct and close relationship between the media, the DNC, and the campaign of Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and her staff. The Daily Caller attempted to question Milbank about his connection to the DNC but did not receive a reply.
h/t: The Daily Caller