Jennifer Palmieri, who worked as former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s communications director during the 2016 campaign, admitted Wednesday that most journalists lean “left” — but added that the bias means they’re actually “harder” on Democrats.
During remarks at the Newseum in Washington, D.C., at an event titled “The President and the Press: The First Amendment in the First 100 Days,” Palmieri said that the media covers infighting in presidential administrations in order to avoid covering issues, which she said leads to reporters revealing their biases.
Palmieri said that she thinks “most journalists are probably leaning more to the left than the right."
"Think about the kind of person that's drawn to do this as a career,” Palmieri said. “They believe in government, they think politics matters, they like it, they find it interesting, they don't make a lot of money. … But what I've found is it means they come after us harder on what I describe as the crap. They come after us harder on the palace intrigue, on the process, on things that really shouldn't matter."
Palmieri, who previously worked in the Barack Obama and Bill Clinton administrations, also argued that reporters are likely to be harder on Democrats in general.
She said that during the 2000 election cycle she was asked by a reporter about rising gas prices under Clinton, to which she replied that, if Bush were in office, “you guys wouldn't be coming after him on gas prices.”
“And they were like, ‘Well, no, because he's a Republican, he doesn't think that he should weigh in and fix gas prices, but you're Democrats, you're supposed to solve problems!'" she said.
Palmieri argued that some reporters believe “you’re Democrats, you’re supposed to be better than this,” thus applying a "different standard" to Republicans and Democrats.
"I think they come after us harder on both being able to solve a problem … and then also on process and intrigue," she said.
(H/T: Washington Free Beacon)