Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Journolist Conspiracy Exposed

Proof the media  collaborated and conspired to elect Barack Obama obtained by Tucker Carlson's Daily Caller is at once the most and least stunning news revelation in recent history.  That the media coordinate their narrative to support a liberal Democratic point of view should not be shocking to anyone who follows the news with a modicum of suspicion.   Still, the confirmation  members of Ezra Klein's private listserv of liberal journalists, professors and liberal activists coordinated their efforts to kill the Jeremiah Wright story with deflections that would smear conservative critics as racists is staggering.

In what is likely the first of a series of revelations to be exposed from the entirety of the contents of the listserv e-mail messages, The Daily Caller's Jonathan Strong reveals the lengths the members would go to protect Barack Obama from his relationship with Jeremiah Wright:
The crisis reached a howling pitch in mid-April, 2008, at an ABC News debate moderated by Charlie Gibson and George Stephanopoulos. Gibson asked Obama why it had taken him so long – nearly a year since Wright’s remarks became public – to dissociate himself from them. Stephanopoulos asked, “Do you think Reverend Wright loves America as much as you do?”

Watching this all at home were members of Journolist, a listserv comprised of several hundred liberal journalists, as well as like-minded professors and activists. The tough questioning from the ABC anchors left many of them outraged. “George [Stephanopoulos],” fumed Richard Kim of the Nation, is “being a disgusting little rat snake.”

Others went further. According to records obtained by The Daily Caller, at several points during the 2008 presidential campaign a group of liberal journalists took radical steps to protect their favored candidate. Employees of news organizations including Time, Politico, the Huffington Post, the Baltimore Sun, the Guardian, Salon and the New Republic participated in outpourings of anger over how Obama had been treated in the media, and in some cases plotted to fix the damage.

In one instance, Spencer Ackerman of the Washington Independent urged his colleagues to deflect attention from Obama’s relationship with Wright by changing the subject. Pick one of Obama’s conservative critics, Ackerman wrote, “Fred Barnes, Karl Rove, who cares — and call them racists.”

Michael Tomasky, a writer for the Guardian, also tried to rally his fellow members of Journolist: “Listen folks–in my opinion, we all have to do what we can to kill ABC and this idiocy in whatever venues we have. This isn’t about defending Obama. This is about how the [mainstream media] kills any chance of discourse that actually serves the people.”

“Richard Kim got this right above: ‘a horrible glimpse of general election press strategy.’ He’s dead on,” Tomasky continued. “We need to throw chairs now, try as hard as we can to get the call next time. Otherwise the questions in October will be exactly like this. This is just a disease.”
It was a disease alright surely not the one Richard Kim imagined however.  Who exactly was killing the discourse in the minds of these supposed journalists?  Though many members of the listserv were pundits and activists they appealed to "straight journalists" who had access to their messages to bury the Wright story:
Hayes castigated his fellow liberals for criticizing Wright. “All this hand wringing about just
how awful and odious Rev. Wright remarks are just keeps the hustle going.”

“Our country disappears people. It tortures people. It has the blood of as many as one million Iraqi civilians — men, women, children, the infirmed — on its hands. You’ll forgive me if I just can’t quite dredge up the requisite amount of outrage over Barack Obama’s pastor,” Hayes wrote.

Hayes urged his colleagues – especially the straight news reporters who were charged with covering the campaign in a neutral way – to bury the Wright scandal. “I’m not saying we should all rush en masse to defend Wright. If you don’t think he’s worthy of defense, don’t defend him! What I’m saying is that there is no earthly reason to use our various platforms to discuss what about Wright we find objectionable,” Hayes said.
I suppose the straight news reporters were expected to be brave in the face of threats to kill ABC for having dared to question a candidate for the presidency of the United States about his association with the radical Jeremiah Wright let alone any other known radicals from Obama' past.  If the listserv didn't enlist cooperation to coordinate messaging among all like minded liberals desperate to elect Obama, it could accomplish a bit more through intimidation.

Andrew Breitbart sums this up rather well:

JournoList: …Yes, But the Reporters at Pravda Weren’t Such Insufferable Assholes

American journalism died a long time ago; today Tucker Carlson got around to running the obituary. What The Daily Caller has unearthed proves beyond a shadow of a doubt that most media organizations are either complicit by participation in the treachery that is Journolist, or are guilty of sitting back and watching Alinsky warfare being waged against all that challenged the progressive orthodoxy. The scandal predictably involves journalists posing as professors posing as experts. But dressed down they are nothing but street thugs. They deserve the deepest levels of public consternation. We must demand that they do.

The only way that the media will recover from the horrifying discoveries found in the Journolist is to investigate and investigate until every guilty reporter, professor and institution is laid bare begging America for forgiveness. Will they do it?
Will they do it?  We'll be watching to see

More on this at Memeorandum

1 comment:

  1. Hi Mary Sue, I'm so glad that all this stuff is coming to light officially.
    Of course we all knew it years ago.
    Things are looking up a bit.


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