Wikileaks: Journalists Dined at Top Clinton Staffers’ Homes Days Before Hillary’s Campaign Launch






Wednesday October 18, 2016


Several top journalists and TV news anchors RSVPed “yes” to attend a private, off-the-record gathering at the New York home of Joel Benenson, the chief campaign strategist for Hillary Clinton, two days before she announced her candidacy in 2015, according to emails Wikileaks has published from John Podesta’s purported accounts.

The guest list for an earlier event at the home of John Podesta was limited to reporters who were expected to cover Clinton on the campaign trail.

The email thread starts with Jesse Ferguson, the campaign’s Deputy National Press Secretary and Senior Spokesman, describing the venues and target audience of each gathering:

We wanted to make sure everyone on this email had the latest information on the two upcoming dinners with reporters. Both are off-the-record.

1) Thursday night, April 9th at 7:00p.m. Dinner at the Home of John Podesta… This will be with about 20 reporters who will closely cover the campaign (aka the bus).

2) Friday night, April 10th at 6:30p.m. Cocktails and Hors D’oeuvre at the Home of Joel Benenson… This is with a broader universe of New York reporters.

The “broader universe of New York reporters” includes several top news anchors for network and cable channels, many of whom are listed as a “yes” for the appearance:

From ABC: Cecilia Vega, David Muir, Diane Sawyer (who could only stay for 30 minutes), and George Stephanopoulos.

From CBS News: Norah O’Donnell.

From CNN: Brianna Keilar, Gloria Borger, John Berman, and Kate Bolduan.

From MSNBC: Alex Wagner and Rachel Maddow (“TRYING”).

From NBC: Savannah Guthrie.

“Yes” respondent George Stephanopoulos worked for Bill Clinton’s presidential campaign and was a Senior Adviser to the President during Clinton’s first White House term. Stephanopoulos does not disclose this fact when reporting on the 2016 Clinton campaign for ABC News.

The nascent Clinton campaign invited Jeff Zucker and Phil Griffin, the presidents of CNN and MSNBC, respectively. Zucker declined while Griffin RSVPed “yes.” Wikileaks’ release of emails from the Democratic National Committee showed then-DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz scheduled or attempted to schedule private meetings with both executives.

Other “yes” RSVPs come from journalists who have been sighted in the Wikileaks Podesta emails, outing them as friendly or fawning towards Hillary’s campaign.

CNBC’s John Harwood, who was also a moderator for a 2015 presidential debate, emailed Podesta frequentlypractically begging for approval and access.

Politico’s Glenn Thrush also emailed Podesta periodically. On Monday, a newly-released email revealed a particularly humiliating incident where Thrush sent Podesta a passage from an upcoming article for his personal approval. “Because I have become a hack I will send u the whole section that pertains to u,” Thrush wrote. “Please don’t share or tell anyone I did this… Tell me if I fucked up anything.”

Sandra Sobieraj Westfall, Washington Bureau Chief at PEOPLE magazine, boasted two days after this confab that stories on Clinton’s campaign were generating “absolutely off the charts” traffic and asked for “color you can whisper on background” about what Hillary was up to.

The full RSVP list for Benenson’s gathering is shown in an attachment on a separate email:

This is an off-the-record cocktails with the key national reporters, especially (though not exclusively) those that are based in New York. Much of the group includes influential reporters, anchors and editors.

The goals of the dinner include:
(1) Give reporters their first thoughts from team HRC in advance of the announcement
(2) Setting expectations for the announcement and launch period
(3) Framing the HRC message and framing the race
(4) Enjoy a Frida night drink before working more

TIME/DATE: As a reminder, this is called for 6:30 p.m. on Friday, April 10th .

There are several attendees – including Diane Sawyer – who will be there promptly at 6:30 p.m. but have to leave by 7 p.m.

FOOD: This will include cocktails and passed hours devours.


1. ABC – Cecilia Vega
2. ABC – David Muir
3. ABC – Diane Sawyer
4. ABC – George Stephanoplous [sic]
5. ABC – Jon Karl
6. Bloomberg – John Heillman [sic]
7. Bloomberg – Mark Halperin
8. CBS – Norah O’Donnell
9. CBS – Vicki Gordon
10. CNN – Brianna Keilar
11. CNN – David Chalian
12. CNN – Gloria Borger
13. CNN – Jeff Zeleny
14. CNN – John Berman
15. CNN – Kate Bouldan [sic]
16. CNN – Mark Preston
17. CNN – Sam Feist
18. Daily Beast – Jackie Kucinich
19. GPG – Mike Feldman
20. Huffington Post – Whitney Snyder
21. MORE – Betsy Fisher Martin
22. MSNBC – Alex Wagner
23. MSNBC – Beth Fouhy
24. MSNBC – Phil Griffin
25. MSNBC – Rachel Maddow (TBD)
26. MSNBC – Rachel Racusen
27. NBC – Savannah Gutherie [sic]
28. New Yorker – Ryan Liza [sic]
29. NYT – Amy Chozik [sic]
30. NYT – Gail Collins
31. NYT – Jonathan Martin
32. NYT – Maggie Haberman
33. NYT – Pat Healey [sic]
34. PEOPLE – Sandra Sobieraj Westfall
35. POLITICO – Glenn Thrush
36. POLITICO – Mike Allen
37. VICE – Alyssa Mastramonoco [sic]
38. VOX – Jon Allen

1. Bloomberg/MSNBC – Jonathan Alter
2. Buzzfeed – Ben Smith
3. CBS – Gayle King
4. CBS – John Dickerson
5. MSNBC – Ed Schultz
6. MSNBC – Joe Scarborough
7. New Yorker – David Remnick
8. Tina Brown
9. UNIVISION – Maria-Elena Salinas
10. YAHOO – Matt Bai

1. CNN – Jake Taper [sic]
2. CNN – Jeff Zucker
3. Huffington Post – Arianna Huffington
4. Huffington Post – Sam Stein
5. NBC – Chuck Todd
6. NYT – Carolyn Ryan
7. CNN – Erin Burnett
8. NPR – Mike Oreskes
9. MSNBC – Mika Brzezinski
10. MSNBC – Thomas Roberts
11. MSNBC – Andrea Mitchell
12. NY Post – Geofe Earl [sic]

1. John Podesta
2. Robby Mook
3. Huma Abedin
4. Marlon Marshall
5. Amanda Renteria
6. Jennifer Palmieri
7. Kristina Schake
8. Jesse Ferguson
9. Nick Merrill
10. Karen Finney
11. Jim Margolis
12. Joel Benenson
13. John Anzalone
14. Mandy Grunwald

The RSVP list for the event at Podesta’s home reads:


ABC – Liz Kreutz


AP – Julie Pace


AP – Ken Thomas


AP – Lisa Lerer

AURN – April Ryan


Bloomberg – Jennifer Epstein


Buzzfeed – Ruby Cramer


CBS – Steve Chagaris [sic]


CNBC – John Harwood


CNN – Dan Merica


Huffington Post – Amanda Terkel

NO (Panama)

LAT – Mike Memoli


LAT – Evan Handler


McClatchy – Anita Kumar


MSNBC – Alex Seitz-Wald


National Journal – Emily Schultheis


NBC – Mark Murray


NPR – Tamara Keith

NYT – Amy Chozik [sic]


NYT – Maggie Haberman


Politico – Annie Karni

Politico – Gabe Debenedetti


Reuters – Amanda Becker

The Hill – Amie Parnes


Washington Post – Anne Gearan


WSJ – Laura Meckler


WSJ – Peter Nicholas


WSJ – Colleen McCain Nelson




  1. Are we to be surprised???

    Remember folks 94% of American surveyed have no trust For Mainstream Media today.

    The MSM have likely unknowingly killed themselves by collective suicide to get H.R.C. into the W.H. They will likely never recover for first the status that many have given them and the secondly money revenues that will surely continue to see fall as more and more consumers bail from watching their smut ‘n lies.

  2. What really disturbs me is CKNW, is part of this Cabal. That being the case, Corus/Shaw are no doubt, one of the six global corporations who now own over 96% of the media, including radio and television stations, newspapers, magazines….

    Such as shame one can’t even turn on any radio station which is obviously owned, bought and paid for. Its people like McComb who should be hanging his head in shame for pumping out all this Bovine excrement!

  3. I’m no fan of CKNW, however, the last time I checked CKNW was located in Canada. They have no input or effect on the US elections.

  4. Back to Hilary and Parkinsons. I can’t stand her politically and as a person, as I think she is poison and anti-American. BUT! dammit I have more compassion for her than Bill her family, Her special friend “Huma” nudge, nudge, wink, wink, her staff, The DNC and The W.H. as THEY ALL KNOW she has Parkinson’s as it’s symptom in her have been clear in all too many photo ops and videos. They just don’t give a damn about her, the important position of POTUS, America or the world. They just want a pawn who is all on board with the elitist, globalists, cronies. She doesn’t care either as she knows she will likely soon be incapable to run a W.H. if she wins, but she and they keep denying this.

    The MSM is guilty as charged for not making light of this.

    Hillary has no need for more money and IMO she should just rest and relax to enjoy her life on the farm or at a country cottage.

  5. Canadian media do have a role in the Big Show down south. Aren’t there more than a million transplanted Americans up here who are eligible to vote? Given the “hanging chad” mess of the 2000 Bush-Gore campaign, it’s not crazy to think even a few hundred votes in one or two key states could determine the outcome of this election.

  6. Too many liberals, Democrats, special interests operatives and mostly main stream media talking heads DON’T LISTEN TOO WELL!

    Trump did not say that he would not accept the results on election night. GO BACK AND LISE TO HIM IF YOU DO NOT AGREE!

    He said that he will not give an answer one way or another today or prior to the election night. He said all will have to wait and see on Nov.8. HONESTY IS A WONDERFUL THING! Something Hillary and the Democrats do not seem to very often have.

    To those Democrats and Hillbots if she is going to spank him on Nov. 8 he will have NO REASON TO NOT ACCEPT THE RESULTS! You have nothing to worry about, so rest you little heads.

    But, if it’s like 2000 where Al Gore took over a month to accept the results or like 2004 where Kerry did not accept the results until after 3:00am and against many in the DNC telling him not to accept the results,or Hillary vs Obama in the early 2008 Democratic primaries where she said it was fixed, well folks if a state or two are too close to call or shenanigans are maybe afoot, Trump says he will be honest and reserve the right to contest the results.

    But Hillbots and Democrats, say on Nov. 8 we see Trump just edging out a win and say Ohio or Florida are a little close to call or maybe some funny stuff was/is going on. Will Hillary come out and accept the results on election night? I doubt it, she will go back on her word and contest the election night results.

    If you were her political aid would you tell her to concede or will you tell her to contest. BE HONEST IN YOUR REPLY!


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