One year afterÂ WikiLeaks began publishingÂ emails from the Democratic National Committee and Clinton campaign chair John Podesta that exposedÂ prominent journalists as partisans, many of those journalists are continuing their careers without, it seems, any serious consequences.
Take Glenn Thrush, for example. Thrush, now with the New York Times, was exposed sending storiesÂ to the Clinton campaign for approval while at Politico.
â€œBecause I have become a hack I will send u the whole section that pertains to [you],â€ he wrote in an April 30, 2015 email to Podesta, including five paragraphs fromÂ a storyÂ later titled â€œHillaryâ€™s big money dilemma.â€
â€œPlease donâ€™t share or tell anyone I did this,â€ ThrushÂ added. â€œTell me if I fucked up anything.â€
â€œNo problems here,â€ Podesta replied.
On April 17, 2015, ThrushÂ sent an emailÂ to Clinton communications director Jennifer Palmieri with the subject line: â€œpls read asap â€” the [Jennifer Palmieri] bits â€” donâ€™t share.â€
Palmieri forwarded Thrushâ€™s email to other Clinton campaign staffers, writing: â€œHe did me courtesy of sending what he is going to say about me. Seems fine.â€
Thrushâ€™s career doesnâ€™t appear to have been harmed by the fact that he sent stories to Clinton staffers for approval. If anything, his career trajectory has continued upward: Thrush joined the New York Times in December as a White House correspondent.
While covering the Trump administrationÂ for the NYT, Thrush has oftenÂ co-authoredÂ stories with fellow White House correspondent Maggie Haberman, whom an internal Clinton campaign memo described as a â€œfriendly journalist.â€ The memo added: â€œWe have had her tee up stories for us before and have never been disappointed.â€
The leaked DNC emails also revealed CNBC editor at large John Harwood as clearly biased against Republicans â€” especially Trump.
Harwood repeatedly displayed clear partisanship while emailing with Podesta. In one May 2015 email, for example, Harwood warned Podesta toÂ â€œwatch outâ€ for Republican presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson.
â€œBen Carson could give you real trouble in a general,â€ Harwood wrote, including relevantÂ video clips of Carson on topics including gay marriage.
In December 2015, Harwood claimed â€œvindicationâ€ at the Republican party â€œveering off the rails.â€ In the same email, Harwood bragged to Podesta about provoking Trump during a Republican primary debate that Harwood moderated as an ostensibly neutral journalist.
Harwood titled the email, â€œI imagineâ€¦â€ before continuing in the body: â€œâ€¦that Obama feels some (sad) vindication at this demonstration of his years-long point about the opposition party veering off the rails.
â€œI certainly am feeling that way with respect to how I questioned Trump at our debate.â€
Harwood wasÂ referring to the October 2015 debate he moderated, where he asked Trump if he was running a â€œcomic book version of a presidential campaign.â€
Harwood has played a central role in his networkâ€™s coverage of the first six months of the Trump White House.
Harwood has â€” like much of the news media â€” covered the Russia probe with bombastic language, comparing it to theÂ Watergate scandalÂ that led to Richard Nixonâ€™s resignation.
In a story last week, Harwood lay the blame forÂ Republicansâ€™ health care struggles at Trumpâ€™s feet.
New York Times Magazineâ€™s chief political correspondent, Mark Leibovich, gave the Clinton campaign veto power over what parts of an interview he could and couldnâ€™t use, WikiLeaks revealed. (Internal campaign communications described him as â€œsympathetic.â€)
Leibovich emailed Jennifer Palmieri, the campaignâ€™s communications director, following a July 7, 2015 interview with Hillary Clinton. Leibovich told Palmieri she couldÂ â€œveto what you didnâ€™t want,â€ includingÂ parts of the interview that he wanted to use.
Palmieri instructed Leibovich to remove a joke Clinton made about Sarah Palin, as well as Clinton saying thatÂ â€œgay rights has moved much faster than womenâ€™s rights or civil rights, which is an interesting phenomenon somebody in the future will unpack.â€
Leibovich complied: neither the Palin joke nor Clintonâ€™s â€œgay rightsâ€ line were included in his July 15 feature titled, â€œRe-Re-Re-Reintroducing Hillary Clinton.â€
Leibovich noted in the piece that Clintonâ€™s campaign â€œat first declined to make her available for an interview.â€ He did not note that he gave the campaign veto power over what parts of the interview he could use.
Leibovich is still writing long-form pieces for NYT Magazine, which are often met with effusive praise fromÂ other journalists on Twitter.
His most recent piece, a July 11 feature titled, â€œThis Town Melts Down,â€ explored what has and hasnâ€™t changed about D.C. politics in the age of Trump. One thing that apparently hasnâ€™t: the prominence of known partisans in the media.