According to reporting by The New York Times, two top Biden campaign advisers sent a letter to top television anchors and networks yesterday to “demand” Giuliani be kept off the air because of his defense of the president’s interactions with Ukranian government officials.
“The New York Times, was sent to executives and top political anchors at ABC, CBS, CNN, Fox News and NBC, including star interviewers like Jake Tapper, Chuck Todd and Chris Wallace,” The times’ Michael M. Grynbaum reported.
“We are writing today with grave concern that you continue to book Rudy Giuliani on your air to spread false, debunked conspiracy theories on behalf of Donald Trump,” senior Biden campaign advisers Anita Dunn and Kate Bedingfield reportedly wrote in the letter. “We write to demand that in service to the facts, you no longer book Rudy Giuliani, a surrogate for Donald Trump … By giving him your air time, you are allowing him to introduce increasingly unhinged, unfounded and desperate lies into the national conversation.”
The Biden campaign felt emboldened enough to lecture the mainstream media figures about the field of journalism.
“Giving Rudy Giuliani valuable time on your air to push these lies in the first place is a disservice to your audience and a disservice to journalism,” Bedingfield and Dunn wrote.
And this isn’t the first time the Biden campaign has tried to bully members of the mainstream media.
“Mr. Biden’s advisers have not been shy about offering advice to journalists,” Grynbaum reported. “Earlier this month, the campaign sent a memo to an elite group of campaign reporters warning that any news story would be ‘misleading’ if the Trump camp’s claims about Mr. Biden were unsubstantiated.”
This isn’t the first time an explicit coordination has happened between a Democratic campaign and the mainstream media. For example, the Hillary Clinton campaign in 2016 reportedly coordinated with a Politico reporter (who is now at The New York Times) prior to publication of an unflattering story. A CNN analyst reportedly shared CNN debate questions with Clinton prior to the event.