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Wednesday, 09 August 2017 14:45

Media Triggered After New York Times Leaker Cultivation Process Exposed

Written by  Matthew Boyle

The opposition party is all lined up. The establishment media, all of whom are opposed to the presidency of Donald J. Trump, are up in arms after a Breitbart News investigation published New York Times emails from environmental correspondent Coral Davenport exposing how she cultivates anti-Trump leakers inside the EPA.

The opposition party is all lined up. The establishment media, all of whom are opposed to the presidency of Donald J. Trump, are up in arms after a Breitbart News investigation published New York Times emails from environmental correspondent Coral Davenport exposing how she cultivates anti-Trump leakers inside the EPA.

The emails Breitbart News obtained and published demonstrate how Davenport—who is colluding with the head of a government union representative for EPA employees—is aiming to cultivate leakers against President Trump and his EPA administrator Scott Pruitt. In other words, Davenport is digging for dirt on Trump and Pruitt and is seeking to activate a legion of leakers to help her get it.

Times spokeswoman Danielle Rhoades-Ha told Breitbart News in response to the Davenport email that it “demonstrates the process of reporting and gathering facts.”

Rhoades-Ha went even further in a statement to the Hollywood Reporter on the whole episode: “Stories like this can have a chilling effect on precisely the type of investigative journalism that holds government power to account.”

Many in media like to claim—falsely—that they are objective and do not take a side in reporting and writing. That is just plain false, and what Davenport’s email more importantly demonstrates—something that is painfully obvious based on the actual content of it—is that she is looking for facts and information that can be weaponized against, with the intent to hurt, President Trump and Administrator Pruitt.

What these Davenport emails clarified—and demonstrated with evidence—is something patently obvious but extremely revealing about the media: They prove the point that she is taking a side in the information war. She’s not asking for information that would help Pruitt or Trump or conservatives or Republicans, nor hurt or expose Democrats or Gore or leftists who believe in climate change. Or, put another way, the New YorkTimes thinks cultivating deep state saboteurs is journalism.

A quick stroll through Davenport’s byline at the Times shows a clear point of view on the issues she covers. Most of the stories she writes for the Times help leftists and progressives, and hurt conservatives and the Trump administration.

For instance, last month she interviewed former Vice President Al Gore about climate matters. “Talking About Climate Change With Al Gore,” was the headline for that piece, which contains no critical lines about anything Gore has done. It includes a video of Davenport’s interview with Gore. It refers to Gore glowingly as a “Nobel Prize-winning climate change activist.”

Compare that to pieces she has written about Republicans, and particularly Trump administration officials. The day before her Gore interview posted, Davenport filed from Morgantown, West Virginia, this headline about Energy Secretary Rick Perry and clean coal: “Perry Praises ‘Clean Coal,’ but Trump Administration Policies Don’t Promote It.”

On that piece, right there in the headline, she rips Perry and criticizes the Trump administration, including Pruitt and the president. Her Times piece, largely citing “some experts” from MIT and the leftist Brookings Institution, argues that there are “contradictions” between what Trump, Perry, and Pruitt say and what they can do.

Or look at her coverage leading up to President Trump’s decision to pull out of the Paris Climate Accords. For months, she hammered Trump with headlines like “Top Trump Advisers Are Split on Paris Agreement on Climate Change,” “What Trump Can and Can’t Do to Dismantle Obama’s Climate Rules,” “Trump Lays Plans to Reverse Obama’s Climate Change Legacy,” “Policy Advisers Urge Trump to Keep U.S. in Paris Accord,” “Trump Administration Delays Decision on Leaving Climate Pact,” “World Leaders Increase Pressure on Trump to Stay in the Paris Accord,” and “World Awaits Trump Decision on U.S. Future in Paris Accord.”

A scroll through her byline on the New York Times website shows no reporting or headline from Davenport on all the people who were urging the president to withdraw from the Paris deal to protect American workers’ jobs throughout the rust belt and in the energy industry. Or what about a piece from Davenport about how the president delivered on his campaign promise to withdraw from the deal?

Places like CNN, the Washington Post, and yes, the New York Times, consistently claim as a defense for what they do: “objectivity.” They claim they do not take a side on the information battlefield, and despite occasionally throwing the other side some crumbs to build their credibility, they clearly do take a side in the fight.

Therein lies the main reason why Breitbart News’s reporting on this matter—and the publication of Davenport’s emails seeking to cultivate leakers—has Davenport’s buddies throughout the leftist media triggered.

New York Times White House correspondent Glenn Thrush fired off a series of nasty tweets about Breitbart News’s piece.

First, Thrush bashes Breitbart News as a “Trump-allied outlet funded by anti-regulatory conservatives” and says that Breitbart News “should be” “very afraid” of Davenport.

A Trump-allied outlet funded by anti-regulatory conservatives is very afraid of @CoralMDavenport . They should be. https://t.co/dq8OKcrZWk

— Glenn Thrush (@GlennThrush) August 8, 2017

Others, like the Washington Post‘s Erik Wemple, simply bashed Breitbart News as unfamiliar with journalistic process.

EXCLUSIVE: Breitbart completely unfamiliar with journalism: https://t.co/UJWPi3hh4B

— ErikWemple (@ErikWemple) August 8, 2017

Politico’s White House correspondent Josh Dawsey said there was nothing out of the norm about these emails:

This is literally how reporting works. You call and email and text and beg people to tell you things. https://t.co/eRsF7yEqXS

— Josh Dawsey (@jdawsey1) August 8, 2017

Same with USA Today‘s Brad Heath:

It's true. Reporters ask people for information. https://t.co/3tPToA0kYUpic.twitter.com/88oLzBD4ko

— Brad Heath (@bradheath) August 8, 2017

And the Los Angeles Times‘ Matt Pearce:

I am disturbed to learn that the New York Times has been talking to government employees to do journalism. https://t.co/gGnuCtkpHS

— Matt Pearce (@mattdpearce) August 8, 2017

In addition to many others:

What's so funny about this is… This is what reporters do! Regardless of administration! https://t.co/3hwntRl8jH

— Annie Lowrey (@AnnieLowrey) August 8, 2017

Wait so … this email showing normal reporting process … was LEAKED to Breitbart? I thought leaks were bad https://t.co/jMFHNvAj4S

— Farhad Manjoo 🐝 (@fmanjoo) August 8, 2017

This Breitbart reporter must be feigning surprise that @nytimes@CoralMDavenport does actual hard work of reporting. https://t.co/ghIvyA7819

— Michael Noble (@NobleIdeas) August 8, 2017

Breitbart shocked by evidence of actual news reporting taking place by another outlet. https://t.co/GHzGpM0wf9

— Jon Murray (@JonMurray) August 8, 2017

Emails reveal reporter seeking relevant information from sources https://t.co/s1XP0I9sWp

— Ben Pershing (@benpershing) August 8, 2017

Finally read this "Exclusive" by a "reporter" who doesn't know what a reporter actually does… https://t.co/Rf4EcjhW06 via @BreitbartNews

— Valerie Volcovici (@ValerieVolco) August 8, 2017

My conclusion from this piece is that Breitbart writers don't know you're supposed to … you know … talk to sources https://t.co/JpAdkvEWMx

— ☕ (@joemfox) August 8, 2017

breaking news from briefbart: leak catches journalists in the act of doing journalism https://t.co/51m9dMzpMK

— me, an idiot (@dcseifert) August 8, 2017

Without question, the stupidest thing I've read in 2017. BOMBSHELL: NYT follows standard reporting practices. https://t.co/fpEpUZ3NKE

— Kevin Slane (@kslane) August 8, 2017

Wow. This is something else. https://t.co/Tx4Ngs4oPo

— Lauren Horsch (@LaurenHorsch) August 8, 2017

Where Breitbart "reveals" that journalists ask for information. #scoophttps://t.co/e22XG2Cvou

— Margherita Stancati (@margheritamvs) August 8, 2017

Exclusive: Evidence shows Breitbart News has no idea how journalism and reporting works https://t.co/7q3jGq7hQN

— Gabriel Snyder (@gabrielsnyder) August 8, 2017

.@Breitbart exclusive: Reporters are doing some reporting! https://t.co/3eAOLF7mdo

— Kristine Phillips (@kristinegWP) August 8, 2017

There are countless more out there. But if this is such a nothing-burger of a story, why are so many in the media going to such great lengths to fight back against it and the revelations within? The reason is because shining a light on the process of how the media operates–again, there is nothing abnormal about what Davenport is doing–begins to pull the veil back on how what former Breitbart News national security editor and deputy assistant to the president Dr. Sebastian Gorka has correctly called the “Fake News Industrial Complex.”

Others in the White House, including former Breitbart News executive chairman and White House chief strategist Stephen K. Bannon–as well as President Trump himself–have called the majority of these people in the media the “opposition party.” Bannon, at the beginning of the administration in February, just after Trump took office, infamously mocked reporters lined up in the White House:

Steve Bannon walks by a large group of reporters camping out, says to us, "The opposition party, all lined up."

— Francesca Chambers (@fran_chambers) February 15, 2017

In addition to all of the above, another reason the media is so triggered by Breitbart News’s publication of these Davenport emails is because the Breitbart News piece on them listed the names of government employees at the EPA whom the union organizer Davenport was colluding with encouraged to become anti-Trump leakers. In other words, their sources–or potential sources–were outed, making it more difficult for them to achieve their objective. Interestingly, in later commentary, even people like Thrush and Wemple seem to understand all of that–though they only admit it in the most derogatory of ways.

By publishing recipients of email, Bannon's protege is behaving as a tool of administration–to intimidate whistleblowers. Like State Media. https://t.co/1T7Z1d69VX

— Glenn Thrush (@GlennThrush) August 8, 2017

Breitbart seeks to chill NYT sources, assist EPA in possible leak investigation: https://t.co/kb815YtW6b

— ErikWemple (@ErikWemple) August 8, 2017

In fact, in the full article Wemple felt compelled to write about this Breitbart News story, he spends hundreds of words whining about it before getting to the real point in the final two paragraphs:

Were this tract merely a piece of Breitbartian, conspiracy-driven media criticism, that’d be fine. But it’s more than that. Read Boyle’s entire story; after he hammers Davenport for seeking information on how Pruitt is running the EPA, he notes that O’Grady forwarded Davenport’s email to a number of EPA employees who might be interested in providing information to her. So what, right? Well, Breitbart is here to provide the extraordinary public service of listing names — more than 30 — to which the email was supposedly forwarded.

Nice move, Breitbart. You’ve scolded the New York Times, possibly stifled its sources and assisted the Trump EPA with a potential leak investigation, all in one post.

It’s worth noting, too, that Thrush himself was actually caught last year in the Wikileaks email dumps that proved, when he worked at Politico before joining the Times, he ran his articles by Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman John Podesta before publication. Does he do that for Republicans and for Trump campaign and White House officials? Of course not.
Last modified on Wednesday, 09 August 2017 16:48

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Like cockroaches skittering around to escape the light, the journo-clowns decry, demonize and disrespect any criticism, especially when supported by fact. The true-speak of the left is exposed as propaganda of the deep statists in both government and media. All that is missing condemnation from some Marxist academics to provide a patina of 'reason' or science. The Grey Lady is exposed as the Red Lady: mistress to Big Brother.

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Time for this idiot child girl to cough up the 300 BILLION that the Climate accord wants us to pay!!! If she feels so strong then she needs to pay that!! Just make it out to Sharia Muslims of the world!! THAT is what it is really for!!

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This gal NEEDS to get a life.
Al Gore is a known sensationalist that does NOT know one single thing about golbal warming or the science of it.
He is nothing more than a blowhard trying to finance his life after politics.
As far as her reporting of Trump and the Paris Climate Accord, who cares? It has NO legal authority and means NOTHING to anybody. If you need an accord to do the right thing for the environment then you have a problem in the first place.
A corporation KNOWS whether they are doing the right thing or not and that is why there are LAWS to stop corporations from doing damage. If they were doing the right thing for the environment then they have nothing to worry about. But like most people that worry only about the bottom line they need to be FORCED to do what's right.

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Carol Davenport, just another Liberal (Socialist) piece of shit. Guess it's time to look into her private life! A lot of people like her better look around corners as people in the real world are getting pissed off more every day!

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Robert Webster Written by Robert Webster
August 09, 2017
News Media cultivates sources so they can get what is called scoops on stories, been going on since papers were published,and will continue.
It was fine when the leaks were about Obama and Clinton and the other parties, but now they are a threat to national defense.
News outlets get clearance from the government before publishing sensative information. Any thing trump does is in his tweets so it can not be very important,
and any President who talks to other world leaders like that is not much of a leader, just a bully throwing his weight around.

news outl
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Mac Poe Written by Mac Poe
August 09, 2017
What about Shitbama bowing to the Queen of England and ALL Muslim leaders he met, then using his mouth as a 'cockholster' for Trudeau?

Enticing Govt Employees to leak information is a treacherous trail to contemplate. It IS also illegal.

Go flush yourself, Bob.
Jackson Brannon Written by Jackson Brannon
August 09, 2017
Robert LOVED Odummy's WORLD apology tour!!! Why did Odummy promise to take all of those Muslims from Australia that could NOT be vetted??? Even Australia would not let them in their country!! They kept them in a Prison on an Island!! At least now we know why Odummy promised 300 BILLION dollars a year to the Paris Climate agreement, It was for them to support all of his fellow Muslims!!! How many are you supporting Webby boy???
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Harry Townsend Written by Harry Townsend
August 10, 2017
Examples about leaks from Obama and Clinton? Show us the numbers compared to Trump being undermined by the Old regime.
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Harry Townsend Written by Harry Townsend
August 10, 2017
Also include Obama's slush fund directed to liberal groups! all taxpayer money, many many more things starting to surface.


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