Before she appeared on the Steve Harvey Show last February, Hillary Clinton’s campaign received a memo from the show’s producers that allowed the Democratic presidential candidate’s staff to brief her on nearly every aspect of the interview.
“Steve is known to be a host who goes out of his way to make his guests feel comfortable,” wrote Clinton campaign spokeswoman Karen Finney and communications aide Betsaida Alcantara in a memo to Clinton sent a week ahead of her interview. “We coordinated closely with the show’s producers on the script and format of the show.”
The memo — obtained by the Washington Free Beacon and which was part of an email first given to the website DCLeaks.com — was sent to the Clinton campaign on February 17, a week before Clinton sat down with Harvey.
The document reveals how Clinton’s staff helped Harvey’s producers design the structure of the interview and select specific topics that the Democratic candidate would discuss. Issues including gun control policy, race relations, and Clinton’s preference of pizza crust were handpicked by the campaign.