WikiLeaks: Harwood Says ‘Burning Time’ to Cover Hillary Email Scandal

CNBC anchor calls race for Clinton, brags about tormenting Republicans in GOP debate

by Jim Stinson | Updated 19 Oct 2016 at 12:47 PM

CNBC’s John Harwood thinks journalists are wasting their time chasing Hillary Clinton with questions about her private email server.

In fact, Harwood is so in the tank for Hillary Clinton, he called the race for her on Sept. 27, 2015, in an email to John Podesta, Clinton’s campaign chairman.

Amazing that some people still think it’s worth burning so much interview time with person most likely to be next president on her emails.

“Amazing,” Harwood wrote in the subject line of an afternoon email to Podesta, continuing in the email text, “that some people still think it’s worth burning so much interview time with person most likely to be next president on her emails.”

Purring to Podesta, Harwood called the election 13.5 months before anyone voted. And before the GOP and the Democrats had even settled on presidential nominees.

Most surprisingly, he dismissed the work of his fellow journalists on Clinton’s email scandal, which exposed classified information to her private server and to people without government security clearance. The story itself was broken by The New York Times in March 2015. Harwood is a New York Times contributor.

Clinton avoided indictment when President Obama's FBI director passed on recommending criminal charges on July 5.

The email was discovered by WikiLeaks, and released to the public on Wednesday. WikiLeaks claims to have obtained about 50,000 emails from Podesta's Gmail account, and has been leaking a few thousand every day since Oct. 7. The leaks are expected to continue until Election Day.

For many on the conservative and Republican side, Harwood's pessimism about the Republicans and his sycophantic emails to Podesta prove what they have been thinking since he moderated the second GOP presidential debate last year.

At the Oct. 28, 2015, debate moderated by CNBC journalists, Harwood kicked off the debate with a question later ridiculed by Republicans and even a host at a sister NBC unit, MSNBC's Joe Scarborough of "Morning Joe." Harwood asked Donald Trump if he was running a "comic book" version of a campaign.

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz finally let the CNBC moderators have it.

"You know, let me say something at the outset. The questions that have been asked so far in this debate illustrate why the American people don't trust the media," Cruz said to applause.

Harwood later boasted he tormented the Republicans at the debate in another email to Podesta. In an earlier email to Podesta unearthed by WikiLeaks, Hardwood said: "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."

Getting close to the Clinton campaign may have been Harwood's objective. In another email released on Wednesday, Harwood got a stern email from Podesta on May 29, 2015 — for writing a Clinton event was short on substance.

"Won't waste your time again," Podesta said.

To which Harwood immediately responded, like a rebuked puppy: "if you are not joking and actually have a problem with that little piece, pls call me."

Tim Graham, director of media analysis for the right-leaning Media Research Center, said Harwood will respond to the latest WikiLeaks emails as proof of closeness to the Clinton campaign that he is buttering up sources.

"But it also matches what journalists say publicly: that the email scandal is a dreadful waste of time," said Graham. "Their disdain for the story comes through. These emails clearly show John Harwood should have never been allowed to moderate a Republican debate. He was already bored more than a year ago."

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