Looking to get more favorable coverage for Hillary Clinton, Neera Tanden, president of the left-wing think tank Center for American Progress, advised John Podesta via email that Clinton should meet with New York Times publisher Arthur Sulzberger Jr., in an effort to get more favorable coverage from the paper.
The email was part of the WikiLeaks release on Wednesday of Clinton campaign manager John Podesta’s emails on July 9, 2015, with the subject line “Howard’s advice.”
Tanden was apparently passing on advice she received from former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who tried to set up a meeting with Sulzberger when he felt he wasn’t being treated fairly:
“When Bloomberg was having problems w the times he called Arthur Schulzburger (sic) and asked for coffee. He made the case that they were treating him like a billionaire dilettante instead of Third term mayor. It changed the coverage moderately but also aired the issues in the newsroom so people were more conscious of it. But Arthur is a pretty big wuss so he’s not going to do a lot more than that.
Hillary would have to be the one to call.
He also thinks the brown and women pundits can shame the times and others on social media. So cultivating Joan Walsh, Yglesias, Allen, Perry Bacon, Greg Sargent, to defend her is helpful. They can be emboldened. Fwiw – I pushed pir to do this a yr ago.”
The “Howard” in the subject line presumably refers to former New York City Deputy Mayor Howard Wolfson, who is now a senior adviser to Bloomberg.
Wolfson told Politico that he didn’t remember speaking with Tanden about this, but didn’t deny that it occurred.
Politico tried to find out from the Times whether or not Sulzberger met or spoke to Bloomberg and Clinton. They were given the following response:
“As publisher, Arthur frequently engages with subjects of Times coverage. In the end, he’s a champion of independent journalism and has full confidence in our executive editor and in our newsroom to make the proper decisions about how they cover the news.”
Plus, from a liberal newspaper, how much more favorable can the coverage get for liberals like Bloomberg and Clinton?