The Hillary Clinton campaign controls how the press covers her fundraisers and even asked donors to turn in their cell phones so “unapproved” images wouldn’t get leaked to the press, according to Wikileaks emails obtained from Clinton’s campaign manager John Podesta.
Clinton confidant Huma Abedin exchanged these emails with aide Kristina Schake in April 2015. Schake outlines specific conditions that would allow the donors and press at Clinton events to bring cellphones and cameras for the purposes of manipulating public perception of Hillary’s favorability.
“Here is a draft policy for input: less than 100 people – NO cellphones, NO press.
Over 100 people, YES cell phones, and ONE print pooler will be escorted in for her remarks only and then escorted out. NO TV cameras.
Over 500 people in a public space – YES cell phones, OPEN press (all press access including TV cameras).”
So a Clinton event with less than 500 people gets virtually no coverage because it would showcase Democrats’ lack of enthusiasm for their candidate.
The email continues with Schake telling Abedin that Clinton spokesman Jesse Ferguson has suggested the following for fundraiser guests if under 100 people:
“Since the event is not open to cameras from the media b/c of space, we will be asking you to check your cell phone so images aren’t released from the event that were unavailable to the media. We take our relationship with the press seriously and don’t want them to be at a disadvantage.”
In other words, they tell guests not to sneak out photos of the event because it may fall outside of the lockstep positive coverage by the lapdog media and could contradict their spin.
The “no cell phone” rule may also prevent camera flashes from triggering Hillary into having a seizure.
Meanwhile, the only relationship Republican nominee Donald Trump has with the media is a hostile affair, with media titan Bill O’Reilly saying he’s “100% convinced” that at least 3 big media outlets have “ordered their employees to destroy Trump.”
“I’m talking about big conglomerates,” said O’Reilly on America’s Newsroom Monday following the second presidential debate. “News organizations have sent, not officially but through the corporate grapevine, [word] that we don’t want anybody supporting Trump. If you study it, you can see which ones they are.”
But fear not, the media is totally nonbiased and only wants to present balanced information in a fair and open way – as long as that information elevates Hillary or hurts Trump.