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.

“She looked so much more comfortable talking to Andrea today than to Brianna a few weeks ago,” Harwood wrote Podesta in September 2015 in a reference to CNN anchor Brianna Keilar and NBC’s Andrea Mitchell. “I think she’s over the hump. Knows she has to do this ad infinitum,” Podesta replied.
 
In another email exchange with Podesta, on November 24 of last year, entitled, "Don't you think it's time," Harwood asks in the body of the missive: "For HRC to talk economy with me?" In answer, Podesta wrote: "Time to start talking about the economy with somebody. Probably after Thanksgiving."

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Spero News writer Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.

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