Sirota criticizes secrecy surrounding Biden advisers

Jacobin editor-at-large David Sirota on Friday criticized former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden says he will rejoin WHO on his first day in office Tammy Duckworth is the epitome of the American Dream Mexico's president uses US visit to tout ties with Trump MORE's (D) presidential campaign for disallowing his council of advisers' names to be made public.

Sirota explained that the lack of transparency occurred after media reports surfaced that former National Economic Council Larry Summers and former Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel were part of the team advising Biden on policy proposals.

Both Summers and Emanuel, veteran Democratic operatives, have garnered criticism from the left.

"The idea that Joe Biden is being advised by these Democratic dinosaurs – controversial ones – I think it came out, people didn't like it," Sirota told Hill.TV.

He added that the Biden campaign's response to pushback about his advisers was a new policy that would keep the board members confidential. 

Sirota said that the campaign's stance on disclosing the identity of Biden's advisers is problematic, as it could  mislead the public when they make a TV appearance.

"There's advice being put out into the media that doesn't allow the audience to know what the actual affiliation is," said Sirota, the former speechwriter for Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersTammy Duckworth is the epitome of the American Dream On The Money: Deficit rises to record .7 trillion amid pandemic: CBO | Democrats sidestep budget deal by seeking 0B in emergency spending | House panel advances spending bill with funding boost to IRS Biden-Sanders unity task force calls for Fed, US Postal Service consumer banking MORE' (I-Vt.) presidential campaign.

Sirota acknowledged that there was a "gray area" between the what makes an official and unofficial adviser, but that the situation with the Biden campaign was still "problematic," arguing that if a person has an official advising role to Biden, then the public should be aware of it.