John Harwood Does Not Believe He Is "Too Close To The Clinton Operation"

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One of the more amusing, if trivial, discoveries to emerge from the leaked Podesta emails is just how close CNBC's chief Washington correspondent John Harwood had been, and remains, with the Clinton campaign. It got to the point where Harwood's constant attempts to curry favor started to bother the campaign itself.

Today, the relationship between Harwood and Clinton was the topic of a Hill op-ed titled "Campaign collusion: Is CNBC’s John Harwood too close to the Clinton operation?" In it Joe Concha notes that "the following question was asked on Sept. 21, 2015, via email, to the chairman of a major presidential campaign, John Podesta: “What should I ask Jeb?” At the time, Jeb Bush was still a leading candidate to challenge Hillary Clinton for the White House — and had more money behind him."

For those who have missed the near daily revelations about Harwood's action as a public relations agent for the Clinton campaign, here is the rest of the Op-Ed:

The question didn’t come from a campaign surrogate or an opinion host — it came from the chief Washington correspondent at CNBC, John Harwood. And just to make sure he hit Bush where the Clinton campaign — which still viewed the former Florida governor as its most likely opponent for 2016 — wanted him to most, Harwood went to Clinton’s campaign chief to do all the thinking for him.


It should be noted that the title “chief Washington correspondent” means Harwood is not an opinion host or a partisan pundit — he’s one who represents the network as objective and nonpartisan. It also means he cannot consult with opposition campaigns for advice — nor can he provide advice back to a campaign, which Harwood has on several occasions via recent WikiLeaks dumps.


The “chief Washington correspondent” also tends to be picked to moderate presidential debates in the primaries, as Harwood was in November of 2015.


On that night, when CNBC registered its highest audience ever, it’s not known if Harwood also got approval from the Clinton campaign to ask Donald Trump: “Is this a comic-book version of a presidential campaign?”


Harwood was criticized harshly after that debate — and rightly so. The Republican National Committee even went so far to punish NBC as a whole, stripping it of what would have been a highly rated primary debate later in the cycle. It was a black eye for CNBC by all accounts.


So did Harwood feel any contrition, any remorse that he represented his network so poorly and with such partisanship?




Instead, he bragged to what is apparently the only entity that really matters to him: the Clinton campaign. 


“I imagine that Obama feels some (sad) vindication at this demonstration of his years-long point about the opposition party veering off the rails,” Harwood wrote to Podesta afterward. “I certainly am feeling that way with respect to how I questioned Trump at our debate.”


Now, if I’m Mark Hoffman, president of CNBC, there’s a 100 percent chance I’m having a serious conversation with Harwood about his future. 


The optics of Harwood advising a presidential campaign while allowing the campaign to write questions for his network are not only horrible, but the hubris he displayed afterward is a huge turnoff to at least half CNBC’s audience, which now views Harwood as a comic-book version of a chief Washington correspondent.


But don’t expect Harwood or Hoffman to ever apologize. And don’t expect Harwood — unless he’s offered a dream job as economic adviser in a Clinton administration — to ever leave the network.


If Harwood does stay, a title change is in order.


Moving forward, Harwood should be referred to as a political analyst and contributor for CNBC, which is the same title Karl Rove holds for Fox News and Steve Schmidt holds for MSNBC. “Senior political commentator” would be fine as well, which is how David Axelrod is referred to on CNN.


In the meantime, John Harwood will be hosting election night coverage for CNBC on Tuesday night. If John Podesta pops up for a friendly interview on the network that night, you’ll know exactly how that came to fruition.

All valid observations, and not just for Harwood but the entire US media universe, which for years has been accused of having a liberal bias - with reason in retrospect - many of whose members have been exposed as being as "chummy" with the Clinton campaign as the CNBC's correspondent, and which has found itself on the defensive, scrambling to defend its objectivity.

However, in the latest amusing twist, none other than John Harwood took the opportunity to respond, as laconically as possible, on Twitter to the Hill's take. In response to the question posed by the article, Harwood had one answer: "no."


Perhaps he meant he could be even closer? To be sure, judging by the tweeting public's reactions to his reaction, the audience remains unconvinced.

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1980XLS's picture

He is a disgrace to journalism.

onewayticket2's picture

He should have been relieved of his duties many wikileaks ago.   CNBC is a JOKE.  right up there with CNN.

remain calm's picture

He is a lickass, that is why Podesta tolerates him.

abyssinian's picture

He is a liberal asslicking hack! That is why he is working for CNBC.

SomethingSomethingDarkSide's picture

I pray the next recession/depression reduces these HRC Followers to cardboard shanty town villages

CuttingEdge's picture

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Beam Me Up Scotty's picture

"I pray the next recession/depression reduces these HRC Followers to cardboard shanty town villages"

When Hillary kicks off the hot war part of WW3 with Russia, they will be reduced to ASHES!!  The only consolation I will have is that they will more likely die before I do.  I will imagine the absolute FEAR in their bodies as they realize they are going to be dead in minutes.  Don't fucking blame me though, I'm not voting for that CRIMINAL Hillary!!

Holy hand grenade of Antioch's picture
Holy hand grenade of Antioch (not verified) Beam Me Up Scotty Nov 7, 2016 2:07 PM

Harwood = Circumcised cock sucking faggot! The asshole missed his calling, he coulda become a rabbi

fx's picture

Keep Harwood right where he is. That at least shows everybody where cnbc stands. If you replace him by another guy, you create the illusion again of objectivity. Leave this scumbag right there, folks, leave him right there.

InTheLandOfTheBlind's picture

Ron brown died in a plane crash, with a bullet hole in his head.  Heard rumors via sherman skolnick that nurse on the case later had her throat slit too

NoDebt's picture

"Bullshit, John.  Post the email to Jeb asking him "what should I ask you?""

Whoever that is nailed it with that tweet.

Jim Sampson's picture

To be fair... he isn't actually physically inside of her... yet.

PrayingMantis's picture


... john har(d)wood thinks denial is a river in Egypt ...


Ghost of PartysOver's picture

What is most sad is so many people believe journalist are honest.  That they have your best interest at heart.  I don't blame the journalist as much as I blame to stupid people.

cowdiddly's picture

Its worse than that. People think this is Journalism. It's not by any stretch of the imagination.

In other news: Hillaries election party cancels fireworks and will be waving sparklers at the event. yay america, it will really feel like a celebration alright. more like a funeral.

Joe Davola's picture

I have some original Lawn Jarts at home - more than willing to let them play with them.

847328_3527's picture

Many American and even foreign sheeple believe this MSM garbage. That's the sad part. Proves what former totalitarians [ such as Hitler and Mussolini] have stated, that it's crucial to control the media.

centerline's picture

Vote with your refusal to give these sorts of entities one iota of your time.  Ignore them and encourage others to do the same.

NumberNone's picture

This election cycle CNBC lost me forever as a viewer and as a visitor to their website. The Hillary slant and bias has been in full force for over a year with no attempt to even try to disguise it. Fuck you CNBC; your ratings have been plummeting and it will be a good day when you fold and to see all the news babes in their new roles at Fox Business.

RaceToTheBottom's picture

Journalism is a disgrace to us.

LadiesLoveCoolJames's picture

Hate it when a bitch gets clingy!

GUS100CORRINA's picture

Mr. John Harwood ... Let me introduce you to Mr. Baseball Bat!

Wahooo's picture

Mr. John Harwood ... Let me introduce you to Lucille!

AViewFromDublin's picture

Hillary Clinton has cancelled her election night fireworks show in New York, which indicates Donald Trump is starting to win with a tsunami of support the elites can’t stop through vote rigging.

The Clinton campaign had planned a two minute firework display over the Hudson River which would be visible from her election night party in anticipation of her winning the election – but now those plans are over.

The Coast Guard told that the campaign refused to explain why the display was cancelled. TMZ reporters also did not receive a response from the campaign.

“Looks like it’ll be strictly sparklers for Hillary Tuesday night… IF she wins,” TMZ reported.

In related news, the Drudge Report revealed that in Florida, a swing state, Trump is already ahead of Mitt Romney’s 2012 vote count by 130,000 ballots in early voting, and pointed out that Florida Republicans tend to outvote Democrats on Election Day.

Trump is leading in mainstream Florida polls which typically oversample in favor of Democrats.

The populist candidate is likely to pick up traditionally Democratic states on election day, such as New Mexico.

“Trump is now leading Clinton by 5 points in the crossover vote, more Democrats are voting for Trump than Republicans are voting for Clinton,” the Zia poll indicated.

whatamaroon's picture

I beena thinnin that all along, they say the # of democRat votersd vs. Publican voters doesn't acount for the Berned who vote Trump and the other dems who hate hitlery are voting Trump.

Offthebeach's picture

Like crying in baseball, there is no disgrace in journalism.

War Machine's picture

So is this guy:

Dunno why I still read RS, hangover from my youth when it was sorta cool.

For some reason though this article with its lazy, hackey, 'evil white male supremacism is the only reason to vote Trump,' by this Dem always showing no sign of grasping how criminal and dangerous their team's absurd candidate is...

Pissed me off. I'm still pissed.

So I'm not staying home after all.

I will be voting trump.

I may even try to get and wear a Trump shirt.

And please, sweet baby Jesus... Please let one of these ignorant cunt faggots put a hand on me.

Please let one of these SJW white male hating cucks get in my face.

I will change their fucking life in 6 seconds.

Mango327's picture

If Hillary Voters Were Honest...

Bay Area Guy's picture

So John Harwood has verified he's a fucking liar.

Ignatius's picture

He said, "No," so I guess that settles it.


bidaskspread's picture

He is on CNBC right, the same station that puts a guy on that underperforms the market consistently that plays bull screams endlessly. What did you expect from a circus, integrity? Stop watching the station and don't buy advertiser products if you don't like him.

johnf322's picture

He is not a journalist

Jason T's picture

This nation of ours needs a good cleansing!  

Trump 2016!

boattrash's picture

It's called an enema, and DC is where to stick the tube...

Yancey Ward's picture

In Harwood's defense, I must point out that his answer to the question, "Is Harwood too close to the Clinton Campaign?" was mouthed by Hillary Clinton's hand up his ass.

spastic_colon's picture

what the fuck did you think he was gonna say..............NOT NEWS!.........quit giving him press time.

clade7's picture

I think this bug eyed fucker has a thyroid problem...I'm not a doctor though...just sayin'

mkhs's picture

But did you ever shlep in a Holiday Inn?  Oy vay!

centerline's picture

These folks are going all in. The nation is tearing itself apart and fools like this make massive public mistakes. This is the sort of stuff that comes back to haunt people later. Depending on how the decade plays out, mistakes like this could be more serious than some might want to consider.

NoWayJose's picture

You and yours are now exposed - John. You have sent millions to 'other media' instead of TV. Regardless of the election outcome, liberal media is dying and will become irrelevant.

johnf322's picture

He is CNBC's sole source for "news" during the day...what an effin' joke. Every time Joe hears him on the pre-market show, he looks like he wants to stab him in his Hillary heart

Nobodys Home's picture

What? I never grabbed her pussy or anything.

SharkBit's picture

If one thing positive about social media it is public feedback of your peers.  Truth hurts Johnny Boy.  Hope you move along in your career.  Hopefully, some place over than journalism.  Dick.

diamond dog's picture

CNBC is not going to fire him.  

Have you seen the headlines on their home page and segments on TV?  They are WITH HER, always have been. Harwood may get fired but it would be for not sticking his head up Podesta's ass far enough to promote HRC across the finish line.  

With the exception of Michelle Caruso-Cabrera, the rest are all flaming delusional leftists.  Especially, Faber, Quintanilla, and sweet Becky Quick (her of Buffett ass-licking fame).  All of them wear pained expressions of raging constipation once Trump's name is mentioned anytime on their network.  What a joke they all are.  

Berspankme's picture

Funny thing is, none of them has accomplished anything in their lives. The despise Trump because he is a builder, a do'er not a smooth talking bootlicking stooge like 99% of CNBC. 

johnf322's picture

You have hit the tequila jug one too many times today NoWAY

Al Huxley's picture

How would it be possible to be 'to close' to the presumed next president?  What could be better from a personal career path perspective?  It would be like Hilsenrath thinking he was 'too close' to Bernanke back in the day.  Taking all your ques direct from the boss really reduces the risk that you'll report something wrong.

lasvegaspersona's picture

Rationalization is the bestest can make the most evil feel OK about themselves.

I suggest it for everyone.