NYT's Maggie Haberman Uses Biden Campaign Talking Point to Ding Trump Over Kamala Pick, It Doesn't Go Well

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Once upon a time, the mainstream media used to at least pretend to hide their liberal biases and not openly admit to pushing the talking points of Democratic politicians or campaigns. That time has long passed us, though, as exemplified by New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman in a series of tweets she posted Tuesday in the aftermath of Joe Biden announcing he’d picked Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) as his VP running mate.

Not long after the news broke about Harris, Democrats and the mainstream media were, among other things, rushing to declare any and all criticisms of Harris to be racist and sexist. In addition to that, Haberman took to the Twitter machine to relay her thoughts on how Biden had allegedly made a deliberate calculation in picking Harris because it showed his selfless willingness to be conciliatory to a former campaign rival or something:

After Newsday columnist Dan Janison pointed out that Republican campaigns have done this, too, Haberman clarified that she was just passing along Biden campaign talking points:

Oh.

Haberman’s father also responded by pointing out prior Democratic campaigns that have done this, but Ms. Haberman continued to press the Biden campaign’s talking points:

Haberman was corrected on a number of fronts. Firstly, the fact that Biden chose Harris was because Democrats gave him no choice but to pick a WOC running mate, which narrowed the field quite a bit:

There was also the more immediate issue of why Haberman thought passing off talking points from a Democratic presidential campaign without quotes or attribution qualified as objective journalism:

She didn’t answer. Probably because the answer was pretty obvious. In fact, it’s been obvious for quite some time which political team she roots for. Flashback from October 2016:

Internal strategy documents and emails among Clinton staffers shed light on friendly and highly useful relationships between the campaign and various members of the U.S. media, as well as the campaign’s strategies for manipulating those relationships.

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One January 2015 strategy document — designed to plant stories on Clinton’s decision-making process about whether to run for president — singled out reporter Maggie Haberman, then of Politico, now covering the election for the New York Times, as a “friendly journalist” who has “teed up” stories for them in the past and “never disappointed” them. Nick Merrill, the campaign press secretary, produced the memo, according to the document metadata:

Any questions?

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