You may remember earlier this year when both Facebook and Google were accused of manipulating their content to favor liberal websites. Well, a new set of emails from WikiLeaks shows why those digital media giants might have had a conflict of interest. Correspondence from 2014 reveals the fledgling Clinton campaign working hand in hand with Eric Schmidt, the CEO of Google’s parent company Alphabet, to build their own website.
In October 2014, a document titled “Technology and digital priorities” was sent around to the top Clinton aides. In that document, online strategist Teddy Goff discussed prioritizing fundraising, recruiting volunteers to work for the campaign, and “creating a distributing excellent content for both supportive and persuadable audiences.”
Goff mentioned, obliquely, the campaign’s work with Schmidt.
“I have been kept apprised of the work being done by Eric Schmidt’s group and others working directly and indirectly with your team,” he wrote. “On the whole, I am comfortable with where we stand and confident in our roadmap to launch day and beyond.”
For the sake of a laugh, you might recall that in October 2014, Hillary was still publicly torn between running for president and retiring to the relaxing life of a grandmother. Fairly minor in the pantheon of HRC’s deceptions, but it shows you once again how hard it is to glimpse a real person behind the facade. Hell, would anyone be surprised if, among the 33,000 missing emails, were messages from Hillary pressuring Chelsea into getting pregnant? Oh, it’ll do wonders for my image, Chel-Chel!
Anyway, Goff, after describing the work Schmidt’s team was doing on the website, told campaign officials how important it was to forge close relationships with the major digital media sites.
Alluding to Facebook, Google, Apple, and other tech titans, he wrote: “We have begun having discreet conversations with some of these companies to get a sense of their priorities for the coming cycle, but would encourage you, as soon as your technology leadership is in place, to initiate more formal discussions.”
Unfortunately, we don’t know when or if those discussions took place or what might have been discussed. As with all things Clinton, there’s a missing piece of the puzzle. Say what you will about those two, they know how to hide a smoking gun.
But the house of cards they’ve built has never been less stable.