WikiLeaks has made public thousands of leaked emails from the Clinton presidential campaign. Much of it confirms what many already suspected: that Clinton's view on banking regulations differs depending on who she's meeting with - bankers or voters - and she has a far too cosy relationship with mainstream media and journalists.

This notion that WikiLeaks is pro-Russia is fascinating because WikiLeaks has criticised Russia ... the notion that it is politically motivated, I think, is misguided.

Ben Norton, politics reporter, Salon

Some say the revelations are valuable information for voters. Others have accused Russia of being behind the hack and argue WikiLeaks is aiding foreign interference in the elections. Julian Assange's haven, Ecuador, has recently pulled the plug on his internet usage, claiming that interference with other countries' electoral processes is against their policies.

Putting aside the agendas of all the players involved, one institution comes out undeniably sullied by the publication of the emails: the US news media. While some of the emails released presented typical behaviours, with the Clinton campaign reaching out to particular publications with stories, others are more problematic.

"There's one [email] where a Politico writer sent an email to Podesta with texts of the article ... basically, asking for approval on that text. That is not OK. That is giving a source control over how you represent them, which you cannot do," says Zack Beauchamp, correspondent for general interest news site Vox.com.

WikiLeaks' previous hack had revealed political corruption deep in the heart of the Democratic National Committee, with clear bias against former Democratic nominee, Senator Bernie Sanders, and forcing then-chairperson Debbie Wasserman Schultz to step down from her position.

The intense scrutiny of the democratic party and Secretary Clinton, in particular, has even evoked some interesting theories about the origins and purposes of the WikiLeaks hacks.

"One of the largest media canards being thrown out there is the notion that WikiLeaks is pro-Trump ... and when I interviewed Assange, he told me that the reason he and WikiLeaks have been so intensely critical of Hillary Clinton is because she is one of the most hawkish presidential candidates in recent US history," says Ben Norton, politics reporter at US politics and current affairs website, Salon.

But setting aside how the emails were made public, the alleged agendas of some of the players involved and possible agendas of others alleged to be involved - such as the claim that Russia was behind the leaks - the American public's distrust of the media is a clear and telling sign of their distrust of the political system as a whole.

Talking us through the story: Zack Beauchamp, world correspondent, Vox.com; Alex Griswold, media correspondent, Mediaite; and Ben Norton, politics reporter, Salon.

Source: Al Jazeera