CNBC has been criticized in the past as favoring Democrats and for its allegedly favorable reporting on the Democrat Party's current presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton. Some inkling of the relationship between the Clinton political machine and the media is found in an email CNBC's chief political correspondent John Harwood sent to John Podesta, who currently heads Clinton's presidential campaign.
The email in question was transmitted by Harwood to Podesta on December 8, 2015. In it, Harwood appears to brag to Podesta about how he questioned Trump at a televised debate that he moderated. "I imagine...that Obama feels some (sad) vindication at this demonstration of his years-long point about the opposition party veering off the rails. I certainly am feeling that way with respect to how I questioned Trump at our debate."
Harwood has regularly offered praise and help to the Clinton campaign, even during the weeks before and after the debate he moderated. The emails, which were illegally obtained by WikiLeaks, show that Harwood contacted Clinton's campaign director and others, including communications director Jennifer Palmieri and adviser Jake Sullivan, offering praise and an offer to an interview to Clinton herself that she would “want” to have.