Some of the leaked emails of Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta that are receiving great attention are ones where media warns the campaign of a story that it is about to publish. Trump supporters point to these as evidence of collusion between the media and Clinton.
There is a very important reason for such ‘warnings,’ and it has nothing to do with any collusion.
— Paul Joseph Watson (@PrisonPlanet) October 14, 2016
In fact, just this week, there was an admission by Trump that he gets the very same warnings. When the New York Times published the story about the allegations made by two women that Donald Trump committed inappropriate acts against them, the Times admittedly contacted Trump prior to publishing and was on the receiving end of a very angry Trump tirade — something to which Trump admitted.
Additionally, when the Washington Post was going to publish the leaked ‘Access Hollywood’ recording of Trump making some very lewd comments that has rocked his campaign, they not only contacted the Trump campaign, but provided a transcript of the recording, and upon request, provided Trump with an actual copy of it, giving him a chance to comment prior to publishing the article.
Contacting an individual who is part of the story that is a subject of an article is not at all a sign of collusion, lest Trump wants to claim that the very industry that is united against him is actually colluding with him.
In fact, contacting a subject of a story is standard protocol for responsible journalism. When a journalist is writing a story — good or bad — about an individual, they almost always attempt to contact that person in order to obtain their side of the story. That is why it is commonplace for the story to contain a line that specifically detail the contact attempts and what the results were — whether the person responded or not, and if so, what they said.
This is true whether the individual is private or a public figure, whether it is a person or a corporation. Media inquiries regarding stories that are about to be written are not any evidence of collusion.