Daily Caller discovers Journolist plot to spike Wright story, smear conservatives as racists

posted at 8:45 am on July 20, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

After someone torpedoed Dave Weigel’s Washington Post gig by breaking the code of silence on the Journolist listserv, the race has been on to see who would sell the entire contents of the e-mail messages between the liberal members of the group — and who would get to buy them.  We may never know who sold it, but Tucker Carlson and the Daily Caller wound up with the data, and they found a big story to lead off their exposés.  In the first of a series on Journolist, Daily Caller reporter Jonathan Strong lays out a strategy plotted by Journolist members to kill the Jeremiah Wright story during the 2008 primaries — and to smear Barack Obama’s critics as racists:

It was the moment of greatest peril for then-Sen. Barack Obama’s political career. In the heat of the presidential campaign, videos surfaced of Obama’s pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, angrily denouncing whites, the U.S. government and America itself. Obama had once bragged of his closeness to Wright. Now the black nationalist preacher’s rhetoric was threatening to torpedo Obama’s campaign.

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.”

Gee, doesn’t that sound familiar?

One of their efforts was completely public.  Journolist members collaborated on an open letter criticizing ABC’s Charlie Gibson for asking questions about Wright during ABC’s presidential debate between Obama and Hillary Clinton.  The letter eventually appeared in the New York Times, and while it could be argued that a campaign by professional journalists to tell ABC not to ask tough questions about a candidate’s links to radicals is a rather strange idea, it isn’t any different than any other collaboration on an open letter.  The Journolist listserv probably made the process a little more efficient, but the end result was public and obviously the result of a collaboration.

Ackerman’s attempt to rally his colleagues into another strategy entirely — the racist attack — was deliberately political:

And I think this threads the needle. If the right forces us all to either defend Wright or tear him down, no matter what we choose, we lose the game they’ve put upon us. Instead, take one of them — Fred Barnes, Karl Rove, who cares — and call them racists. Ask: why do they have such a deep-seated problem with a black politician who unites the country? What lurks behind those problems? This makes *them* sputter with rage, which in turn leads to overreaction and self-destruction.

Let’s put this in its proper perspective.  Ackerman wasn’t talking about a strategy to expose real racists, in the media or anywhere else.  The Washington Independent reporter wanted to conduct a campaign against any figure on the Right, including journalists like Fred Barnes, to smear him as a racist for the political purposes of electing a Democrat to the White House.  Notice that Ackerman doesn’t even bother to ask people to look for actual evidence of racism, but just suggests to pick a conservative name out of a hat.  Tellingly, the pushback from members of Journolist had less to do with the outrageous idea of smearing an innocent person of racism to frighten people away from the story than with whether it would work.  Mark Schmitt, now at American Prospect, warned that it “wouldn’t further the argument” for Obama, and Kevin Drum objected because playing racial politics would “probably hurt the Obama brand pretty strongly.”

It certainly puts efforts by the Left to paint the Tea Party as racist in an entirely new light.  It also calls into question the ethics and judgment of anyone who participated in that Ackerman thread.  Finally, this first entry in the Journolist exposés — Tucker Carlson promises more to come — shows that far from being a benign place to have chats among colleagues, Journolist also served as a place for journalists to plot against their political opponents and strategize to twist the news and propose smear campaigns.

Update: But was the campaign effective?  Ed Driscoll put together a video showing the correlation of this effort on Journolist and the declaration by CNN that it would be a “Wright-free zone.” Correlation isn’t causation, but this is a pretty interesting juxtaposition.

Update II: There is something to keep in mind in this particular story, which is that the people involved in the specific conversations regarding the smear are all opinion journalists, and not people filling roles in objective reporting.  The Prospect, the (Washington) Independent, and the Nation are all publications with an explicit point of view, although the Independent offers a little more of a pretense of traditional reporting.  That doesn’t relieve them of responsibility for proposing and/or considering an odious smear campaign, but it does make it difficult to tie this to other journalists filling a different role.

Of course, those journalists in different roles who participated in Journolist, assuming any did, didn’t exactly leap to expose this smear attempt, either.  And we haven’t seen the last of the Daily Caller’s Journolist stories, either.


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I don’t think the nature of their work *opinion journalism* matters. They’re using the listserve to colude to deligitimize certain opinions, thus making it easier to control the readership. And it doesn’t just have to be those who participated in a particular thread, big long established names were members and didn’t think to speak out to expose corruption in their own ranks. They LIVED for stuff like this on the Bush admin. Even if the non opinion folks didn’t participate in a thread they didn’t object and they knew what the plan was and thus were complicit.

lizzie beth on July 20, 2010 at 10:02 AM

When BigGovernment exposed ACORN, ACORN fell. I expect the same to happen to these leftist political organizations posing as media institutions.

faraway on July 20, 2010 at 10:04 AM

only a blind man could not see the collusion in the media over this. McCain’s attempts to defelct this story now begin to be understandable. If the entire MSM told him/his campaign he would be labeled a racist if he used Wright. however it also shows what a coward mcCain really is. He allowed the MSM to set his battlefield.

unseen on July 20, 2010 at 10:06 AM

But but but…Faux News! FAUX NEWS!

Sharke on July 20, 2010 at 10:08 AM

McCain subscribed to JournoList??

paul1149 on July 20, 2010 at 10:09 AM

The race card has died a sudden and painful death today, along with the long ailing MSM.

RIP … You cannot lie your way out of this one.

Ever notice, once the trust is gone, it’s really gone for good?

tarpon on July 20, 2010 at 10:09 AM

What Jammie said.

I have a real problem with this type of behavior not being illegal.

CantCureStupid on July 20, 2010 at 10:10 AM

In a way, this explains a lot of things about the 2008 election. I’d love to see the coordination they had about how to treat Sarah Palin. There certainly did seem to be unanimity of thought there.

bflat879 on July 20, 2010 at 10:11 AM

Rush Limbaugh did one of his ‘leftist mantra’ pieces not long ago, where about a dozen or more newscritters all used the term “BRILLIANT” to descibe an Oilbama political move.

What the move was is not important, the reactionary leftist talking point is.

N. O'Brain on July 20, 2010 at 10:13 AM

Reporters at Pravda weren’t this insufferable
By Andrew Breitbart

American journalism died today. 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. Will they get it?

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?

Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2010/07/20/reporters-at-pravda-werent-this-insufferable/#ixzz0uER4t3aw

TheBigOldDog on July 20, 2010 at 10:14 AM

It seems to me that these people colluded to perpetuate a fraud against the American people… They conspired to get a man elected who would violate the Constitution, get us in so much debt, reduce our military strength, steal elections and completely undermine us as to do grievous harm… that they must have broken some law or committed treason…. something… we need redress and justice… Those involved need to be held accountable… We need a brilliant legal mind(s) to help us with this…

CCRWM on July 20, 2010 at 10:14 AM

Sorry, but I think you miss the point when NB posts about pundits. The point is that they say such stupid things. And that is a reflection of media bias. I can’t believe, sometimes, that I live in a world that allows Joy Behar to make a living doing what she does. But she is very well paid to spew what she spews.

True, but….that is her job.
Michael Savage has the same job, but different views that he spews. Pointing out when someone says something truly stupid (such as Rosie O’Donnell saying fire doesn’t melt steel, so I guess all those I-beams are naturally formed) and saying something that is offensively partisan are two different things. Joy Behar is paid to say mean things about Sarah Palin just as Sean Hannity is paid to say good things about the GOP and portray the DNC in a negative light. As long as they’re declaring that their positions are opinions (unlike MSNBC did with Olbermann for years, btw) it’s fine. We can all play the role of pundit and speak our minds in disagreement; that’s the role of debate.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying they can’t. I just think they have enough material from the so-called straight media, so that when you say “I got this info from newsbusters” the response won’t be “oh, you mean that right-wing site that obsesses over Joy Behar and Rachel Maddow?” instead of “oh, that site that covers Bob Sheiffer, Steffy, Katie Couric and shows their liberalism in context?”

Like I said, pet peeve. Purely personal. With all due respect. :)

rjwest21 on July 20, 2010 at 10:15 AM

MORE MORE MORE!

I want to read the entire list…

xRos on July 20, 2010 at 10:16 AM

discovers Journolist plot to spike Wright story, smear conservatives as racists

Yeah, and the sun rises in the east, sets in the west…next story.
The MSM could care less about this, and will be largely ignored.
The one area they are great at is shunning important stories that paint journalists in a bad light.
Just ignore it, go on a vacation, say it isn’t newsworthy, hold up a shiny object, any thing but acknowledge.

right2bright on July 20, 2010 at 10:16 AM

What the move was is not important, the reactionary leftist talking point is.

Makes me remember the good old days when Dubya lacked “gravitas”.

They’ve been coordinating their narrative forever.

rjwest21 on July 20, 2010 at 10:17 AM

Everyday our own list of Patriots grows longer. Tucker Carlson and his oddly prep school affectations has been added to that list.There will be setbacks, to be sure, but I believe Tucker’s revelations have brought us to the same place in our struggle that the Navy and Marines reached at Guadalcanal. From this point on our side will be the one to advance and theirs to retreat.We will again regain our country. And lest some liberal lurker take my words and frame them to say that “our country” is an expression of racist xenophobia, my meaning is this. Our country means a return to our liberties, our duties and our Constitution. It is a return to an ideal that we are free men and women not subjects.

xkaydet65 on July 20, 2010 at 10:18 AM

this also shows why we need a forceful politican ready to fight the narrative. a person like Palin instead of mitt. Mitt/McCain goes along with the media. Palin pushed back.

We as conservatives can not allow our standared bearer to be afraid of offending the narrative of the day. We must insist on our leaders to fight the good fight. wright should have been used and used in a way that showed people the questions of if Obama was american enough to be president. If he believed in the country and the documents on which it was found. There is enough data out there to suggest that if that point was driven home to the American people BHO would never have been president and this long nightmare would not be occurring.

unseen on July 20, 2010 at 10:20 AM

We need a brilliant legal mind(s) to help us with this…

CCRWM on July 20, 2010 at 10:14 AM

to late for that. We need a brilliant military mind now

unseen on July 20, 2010 at 10:23 AM

Criminal enterprise. I hold the alphabet networks more culpable than the idiots in DC ruining things.

Inanemergencydial on July 20, 2010 at 10:31 AM

volsense on July 20, 2010 at 8:55 AM

That was so good, I stole it and put it on my fb page!

lovingmyUSA on July 20, 2010 at 10:34 AM

I hope Tucker’s got some stuff on Palin. You know there had to be 10 times as much conspiring going on regarding her than there ever was with Rev. Wright.

Doughboy on July 20, 2010 at 8:51 AM

…Some in the press are so arrogant about their bias that they don’t have a problem admitting it:


Reporter: ‘We Took Sides, Straight and Simple’ Against Palin

By Tim Graham
Created 2009-07-10 07:56
http://newsbusters.org/blogs/tim-graham/2009/07/10/reporter-we-took-sides-straight-simple-against-palin

On AOL Politics Daily [1], long-time White House reporter Carl Cannon bluntly declared that the political press gave Sarah Palin a raw deal in the 2008 campaign, and seriously failed to scrutinize Joe Biden, especially his fact-mangling and odd statements in the vice presidential debate. Cannon summed up:

…..This Journolist exposure will allow critics of the media to go from “conspiracy hacks” to “We told you so”….

….the public already knows how corrupt the MSM is….this just helps verify it:

Baier Shares Poll on How 90% Recognize Media Helped Obama Win

By Brent Baker (Bio | Archive)
September 24, 2009 – 21:06 ET
http://newsbusters.org/blogs/brent-baker/2009/09/24/baier-shares-poll-how-90-recognize-media-helped-obama-win

“A new national poll finds most of the people surveyed think the media helped get President Obama elected,”

…..Like previous posts have already stated…..this is why Obama lies shamelessly almost every single day…..he is secure in the fact that he will not be held accountable.
Vacation after vacation….more Golf than Tiger Woods….spins or outright lies about his policies and their results get ignored,defended,or pushed to the back page while the MSM spend all their time blasting Palin about a grammatical error.

The White House stated their desire for control over the media and they have submitted like lapdogs:
White House boasts: We ‘control’ news media
Communications chief offers shocking confession to foreign government

Posted: October 18, 2009
7:11 pm Eastern
By Aaron Klein
© 2009 WorldNetDaily
http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=113347

TEL AVIV – President Obama’s presidential campaign focused on “making” the news media cover certain issues while rarely communicating anything to the press unless it was “controlled,” White House Communications Director Anita Dunn disclosed to the Dominican government at a videotaped conference.

…..the Gulf disaster is a great example of this…..
……..The Obama administration has gone so far as to shut out the press and keep them from accessing vital areas so they can limit the political fallout.

.,…this is serious affront to any News organization and watching them simply go with it shows how corrupt and aligned they are with this White House and their agenda.

Baxter Greene on July 20, 2010 at 10:37 AM

Should be Watergate magnitude.

Will not be because the Media is now in Nixon’s role.

Shame on them. SHAME ON THEM.

jeff_from_mpls on July 20, 2010 at 10:39 AM

Remember how Citizen Kane ran his newspaper?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tzhb3U2cONs

eforhan on July 20, 2010 at 10:40 AM

Right. The media will not run this story because they ARE the story.

PattyJ on July 20, 2010 at 10:41 AM

These people don’t think they did anything wrong. To them they are the “mainstream.” Everyone else is a radical. These “journalists” have never met anyone who thinks differently. This will only make them feel like they’re being attacked by the radical right. To them being pro abortion, for gun control, pro affirmative action, big government, high taxes, anti capitalist, etc…is the mainstream. That is “moderate” to them. They consider anything else “fringe.”

Capitalist Infidel on July 20, 2010 at 10:42 AM

This is Watergate, and these are Obama’s plumbers

faraway on July 20, 2010 at 10:44 AM

faraway on July 20, 2010 at 10:04 AM

Nice thought. Unfortunately, the machines have to be destroyed and replaced. The only force working the job now are the internet, talk radio and cable news. The biggest problem the MSM has is The One and they can’t let go of their dream leader.

IlikedAUH2O on July 20, 2010 at 10:46 AM

Where is the list of Journolist members?

At this point, I think we should assume they are all guilty until proven innocent.

novaculus on July 20, 2010 at 10:46 AM

Most liberals aren’t evil, but the liberalism that infects them, is.

Enlighten the people generally, and tyranny and oppressions of body and mind will vanish like evil spirits at the dawn of day.
Thomas Jefferson

Shine the light!

Speakup on July 20, 2010 at 10:49 AM

The things that these folks say in this column are amazing. They call the Right all manner of horrible names. They accuse them of crimes but so far I see nothing of policy but of “outrages” that I can almost guarantee have gone on forever and certainly haven’t changed under this administration. What has changed since Mr. Obama came to office? Probably the Wagu beef and hobnobbing with the stars.

Cindy Munford on July 20, 2010 at 10:52 AM

And dems continue to float the idea of government bailouts for certain elements of the print media.

I wonder which “news organizations” the dems believe would qualify.

booter on July 20, 2010 at 10:56 AM

The race card has died a sudden and painful death today, along with the long ailing MSM.

RIP … You cannot lie your way out of this one.

Ever notice, once the trust is gone, it’s really gone for good?

tarpon on July 20, 2010 at 10:09 AM

Race baiting trolls on HotAir hardest hit.

CurtZHP on July 20, 2010 at 10:56 AM

I really want to see what these people said about Sarah Palin.

VidOmnia on July 20, 2010 at 10:59 AM

Criminal enterprise.

Inanemergencydial on July 20, 2010 at 10:31 AM

I’ll be waiting for the RICO investigation to begin…

(crickets chirping)

Bruno Strozek on July 20, 2010 at 11:00 AM

What I find interesting is how the MSMs would always snarkly respond to allegations that they are biased with the statement similar to “Do you think we all get together in a room and plot how to slant the news each day?”

With JournOlist, the room wasn’t necessary for collusion to occur.

kurtzz3 on July 20, 2010 at 11:04 AM

Sleazebags, all.

College Prof on July 20, 2010 at 11:08 AM

Joseph Goebbels would be proud of these fellow fascists.

rbj on July 20, 2010 at 9:11 AM

Uncle Joe Stalin is also looking up and smiling in approval. The adults are in charge of the corrupt media now.

Del Dolemonte on July 20, 2010 at 11:09 AM

Where is the list of Journolist members?

At this point, I think we should assume they are all guilty until proven innocent.

novaculus on July 20, 2010 at 10:46 AM

Actually, in this case, they ARE ALL GUILTY!

This list was the ‘secret handshake’. EVERYONE on it was HIDING it’s existance.

Freddy on July 20, 2010 at 11:11 AM

Where’s the Race Card to tell us “shut up, the GOP is full of bigots and race-baiters” in response to this?

Monkeytoe on July 20, 2010 at 11:13 AM

So which one do you all think comes out publicly with the entire list and says “not me!” in order to avoid being totally discredited? My guess is Klein.

cpaulus on July 20, 2010 at 11:16 AM

Journolist members motto: We refuse to accept that which is inconvenient reality and shall substitute our own as necessary.

What good little comrades soldiers on the front they have been. Certainly this has got to be just the tip of the iceberg of collusion between Journolist members to not only tip the scales of the American peoples perception of what is/was reality, but to absolutely crush it and manufacture a new one to suit their personal agenda. They whispered in dark corners and went out late at night and conspired and conspired. What busy little bees they have been. I await further reality checks with much anticipation.

Dhurka Dhurka on July 20, 2010 at 11:21 AM

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.”

……But they swear that they have not been pushing an “agenda”…

JournoList: Inside the echo chamber

By: Michael Calderone
March 17, 2009 03:59 AM EST
http://dyn.politico.com/printstory.cfm?uuid=11B8A213-18FE-70B2-A8208267EE03A416

But a handful of JList members agreed to talk for this story — if only to push back against the perception that the group is some sort of secret, left-wing cabal. 


“No one’s pushing an agenda,” said Toobin.

Indeed, the advantage of JList, members say, is that it provides a unique forum for getting in touch with historians and policy people who provide journalists with a knowledge base for articles and blog posts.

…..There is no doubt that this is a clearing house for vetting their agenda,refining their talking points, before going public with them.
No agenda my a$$……when you have this much influence on shaping the public’s views on issues….

…….have this many so called “experts” and “professional journalist” working together to shape public opinion around their ideology…..that’s having an “agenda”.

POLITICO’s Mike Allen, Ben Smith and Lisa Lerer are on the list. “The roster includes some of the savviest authorities on everything from behavioral economics to Ben’s Chili Bowl,” Allen said. “It’s a window into a world of passionate experts — an hourly graduate education.”

One byproduct of that secrecy: For all its high-profile membership — which includes Nobel Prize-winning columnist Paul Krugman; staffers from Newsweek, POLITICO, Huffington Post, The New Republic, The Nation and The New Yorker; policy wonks, academics and bloggers such as Klein and Matthew Yglesias — JList itself has received almost no attention from the media.

….look at these names…..these are the people the White House is constantly quoting and informing everybody that the “experts” agree with us.
….But in reality…they have been working hand in hand to help push the White House’s agenda no matter how corrupt it was.
No outrage from these so called “professionals” regarding how corrupt it was to lie and smear in their attempts to shut down legitimate dissent.

….It is disgusting how far journalism has fallen from being sources that were supposed to objectively present the facts to the public so that they could decide.

…This is 100% activism……not journalism.

Baxter Greene on July 20, 2010 at 11:23 AM

You know, this story makes me admire Sean Hannity. I know he can be over the top, but this is what he was fighting against to cover the Wright story.

And then these people all pile on Fox for being the only ones covering the story, as if that makes it a non-story.

MayBee on July 20, 2010 at 11:26 AM

Let’s hope that this drumbeat of exposure eventually filters beyond conservative political sites to the general public. Maybe then VP Biden’s bravado claim that the Dems will “shock” the nation come election time will be laid to rest. (Were Axelrod/Emmanuel/Gibbs planning a “bombshell” that was coordinated with their media lackeys?)

onlineanalyst on July 20, 2010 at 11:27 AM

Criminal enterprise. I hold the alphabet networks more culpable than the idiots in DC ruining things.

Inanemergencydial on July 20, 2010 at 10:31 AM

As do millions of Americans who have switched the channel. I refuse even to watch my local area news on ABC, CBS, NBC. I quit watching ABC/NBC/CBS morning shows during the 2008 election.

TN Mom on July 20, 2010 at 11:27 AM

…This is 100% activism……not journalism.

Baxter Greene on July 20, 2010 at 11:23 AM

Wow, Baxter! Great post!

Key West Reader on July 20, 2010 at 11:27 AM

so the proof finally, the piece of shxt pseudo intellectual wannabe elitists in the journOlist killed the Rev Wright story and orchestrated Os election, picking him over Hillary despite millions of Dems voting Hillary in our primaries. B/C they ‘know better’ than we the people. FXCK THEM I CANNOT WAIT FOR NOVEMBER!

ginaswo on July 20, 2010 at 11:32 AM

This won’t get much attention. After all, are they going to report about themselves and what they did?
The best story of all would be, How they reacted when Sarah Palin was announced and their conspiracies to destroy her.

lonestar1 on July 20, 2010 at 11:33 AM

and DailyCaller may not have covered it but BETCHA ANYTHING they ‘orchestrated’ the bashing of ALL DEM PRIMARY voters who voted HRC as racist as well. every frakking night very frakking channel (except FOX which was most fair, thus I watch them now) called every HRC voter a frakking racist. they make me ill.

ginaswo on July 20, 2010 at 11:34 AM

“No one’s pushing an agenda,” said Toobin.

Indeed, the advantage of JList, members say, is that it provides a unique forum for getting in touch with historians and policy people who provide journalists with a knowledge base for articles and blog posts.

…..There is no doubt that this is a clearing house for vetting their agenda,refining their talking points, before going public with them.

No agenda my a$$……when you have this much influence on shaping the public’s views on issues

Furthermore, the “knowledge base” that these supposed journalists used were a revisionist, agenda-driven “history” of how events took place. They created a self-perpetuating pack of lies.

onlineanalyst on July 20, 2010 at 11:36 AM

Who will the MSM rally for next? Rev Wright can win in 2012 with the MSM/Journalist supporting him. Robert Gibbs for VP??

((shiver))

TN Mom on July 20, 2010 at 11:37 AM

this is April 08, I want the leaks of what they said about we moderate Dem ‘racists Hillary supporters’. Tucker should release them and let the blue collar Dems see what these POS think of us. Remember Hillary was forced out in June of 08.

ginaswo on July 20, 2010 at 11:37 AM

Key West Reader on July 20, 2010 at 11:27 AM

..Thanks

Doesn’t this just piss you off more than most of us already are…..

I mean look what you and so many others are going through down on the Coast……you need a determined and focused attention from the Government and the Press to help this mess that was caused by so much corruption and incompetence.

….instead you are getting a press he!! bent on covering the butt of a President that has let you down.

There are no “Watchdogs” in the MSM….only “lapdogs”.

…This is so corrupt it just makes you want to go Bastille Day on the whole Cabal.

Baxter Greene on July 20, 2010 at 11:38 AM

They’re not journalists, they’re propagandists. That makes them dangerous.

FloatingRock on July 20, 2010 at 11:39 AM

It also calls into question the ethics and judgment of anyone who participated in that Ackerman thread.

It doesn’t call it into question—it utterly destroys their credibility as journalists. Fact: they are not “journalists” in any sense of the word at all. The correct word is propagandists.

FloatingRock on July 20, 2010 at 11:42 AM

black politician who unites the country

I feel united, don’t you?

Moesart on July 20, 2010 at 11:44 AM

honeslty, any publication that employs anyone from that list should be publicly exposed as a tool of this tyrannical regime.

WashingtonsWake on July 20, 2010 at 11:45 AM

This is a pretty awesome outing of these disgusting mfm shills, but will any of it matter? The libs control the WH, Congress, and the mfm.…will John Q Public be able to hold them accountable?

I sure hope so.

…pass the popcorn!

ornery_independent on July 20, 2010 at 11:46 AM

Thank God we are not a totalitarian state and that alternative media is thriving. The people on the Journolist should all hang their heads in shame for having betrayed their profession and for becoming nothing more than a propaganda outfit. And these guys have the gall to call Fox News biased. What a bunch of hypocrits.

mbabbitt on July 20, 2010 at 11:49 AM

Between this and Breitbart, the left wing web is being left in the dust.

It’s a real beatdown.

Moesart on July 20, 2010 at 11:50 AM

What is funny is that the trolls during the campaign were saying that commenters on the right were getting their ‘talking points’ from Fox, Bush, Rove, you name it… while on the left there was a talking points generation system in Journolist to get uniformity of message across in multiple venues.

The next time I hear a troll talking about FNC ‘talking points’ I’ll ask which member of Journolist they are, because they are obviously trying to hide a talking points generation system on the left…. if it isn’t Journolist anymore, then it is probably some other ‘meeting of the minds in private’ organization. Or Media Matters. Probably the latter…

ajacksonian on July 20, 2010 at 11:50 AM

Should be Watergate magnitude.

Will not be because the Media is now in Nixon’s role.

Shame on them. SHAME ON THEM.

jeff_from_mpls on July 20, 2010 at 10:39 AM

+100000000000

ProfessorMiao on July 20, 2010 at 11:51 AM

Don’t lose your password at Daily Caller because you won’t get another one unless you have more then one email address.

Cindy Munford on July 20, 2010 at 11:53 AM

Tucker should release them and let the blue collar Dems see what these POS think of us. Remember Hillary was forced out in June of 08.
ginaswo on July 20, 2010 at 11:37 AM

Gina – Tucker’s hatred of Clinton will stop him from releasing the info we all know is out there.
His disdain for Palin will most likely stop him from reporting what they conspired to do (successfully) against her.

lonestar1 on July 20, 2010 at 11:53 AM

Taking a page from Stephen Colbert…..”I CALLED IT”!

As soon as the Rev Wright story emerged, first the “mainstream media” wouldn’t cover the story, then when they finally did cover the story, it was more to exhonerate Obama and Rev Wright and then to bury the story. This pattern of refusing to cover a story, then attempting to diffuse the story and kill it to protect Obama has been repeated numerous times since.

Anyway, while this was going on, I figured out what was happening and I’ve made numerous posts about it far and wide. I also long ago figured out what the far-leftists at JournoList were doing with their pathetic media messaging enterprise and have also posted that far and wide.

Not one person on Ezra Klein’s yellow journoLism list should have one shred of integrity left, especially Ezra Klein!

And as far as getting smeared as a racist, I’m an original member of the club. As a recovering Liberal, I supported Hillary in the Democrat primary because I wanted to bring back some of that 1990s prosperity. Well almost immediately after I publicly chose Hillary, I started getting flamed on far-left blogs. Then when I heard about Rev Wright and posted about how that was a an unacceptable deal breaker for me, I was immidiately smeared as a racist. (gee I wonder where Ackerman got his “smear them as racists” idea from?).

Tucker Carlson is now one of my heroes. These far-left punks deserve the catagory 5 sh*tstorm thats heading their way.

OxyCon on July 20, 2010 at 11:54 AM

Fellow blacks needs to step up and recognize this nonsense. Squelch the career whiners.

johnnyU on July 20, 2010 at 11:55 AM

…This is so corrupt it just makes you want to go Bastille Day on the whole Cabal.

Baxter Greene on July 20, 2010 at 11:38 AM

If somehow that could be arranged, make sure to post the time and location since participation would be both enormous and enthusiastic.

ontherocks on July 20, 2010 at 11:55 AM

Must split the Hillary vs. Obama journolists in order to get any traction in the MSM. Find some Hillary hate in those lists. PUMAs unite.

faraway on July 20, 2010 at 11:56 AM

Baxter Greene on July 20, 2010 at 11:23 AM

It’s more then a little insulting that the think the public is so stupid. But then that is the goal isn’t it.

Cindy Munford on July 20, 2010 at 11:56 AM

There is something to keep in mind in this particular story, which is that the people involved in the specific conversations regarding the smear are all opinion journalists, and not people filling roles in objective reporting.

Where does such a thing exist anywhere in the MSM?

Yakko77 on July 20, 2010 at 11:57 AM

Furthermore, the “knowledge base” that these supposed journalists used were a revisionist, agenda-driven “history” of how events took place. They created a self-perpetuating pack of lies.

onlineanalyst on July 20, 2010 at 11:36 AM

Exactly…..

…and they had the ear of the person who is responsible for crafting policy that directly effects each and everyone of us:

Paul Krugman and members of the Washington post were a part of this list:

In Obama’s decision-making, a wide range of influences

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/01/24/AR2010012403014_pf.html
Washington Post

Whereas most journalists are brought in to see the president in order to try to shape a news story, the private meeting between Krugman and Obama was something of a policy debate on the economy and health care, although aides would not disclose details. Obama, said one aide, was grateful to have the “intellectual challenge” of an adversary who would help refine his own thinking.

……So their collusion goes all the way to the White House and the Administration admits that these same journalist activists influence his way of thinking.

As for what Obama reads online, his advisers said he looks for offbeat blogs and news stories, tracking down firsthand reporting and seeking out writers with opinions about his policies. Obama was particularly interested in Atlantic Online’s Andrew Sullivan’s tweeting of the Iranian elections last year, said an aide, who requested anonymity to discuss what influences the president.

….Obama loves Sullivan so much he quoted him in a major speech to the Nation regarding Churchill and Torture.
As usual…Sullivan was wrong and the President looked like a fool.
But we have a President that takes advice and forms his opinions from an opinion writer that still thinks Gov. Palin lied about the birth of her child.

……I am sure Dan Rather was gritting his teeth in frustration when he was being exposed as a fraud….wanting to yell from the rooftops…..

“Why are you picking on me….we all do it!!!”

This liberal virus of corruption and activism seeps into almost every aspect of our lives….political decisions from the Federal level all the way down to local government.

…how many times have we seen policy or decisions made due to stories breaking on the front pages or television.

Stories molded and pushed through the liberal machine of lies,spin,and demonization.

This journalistic Katrina should at the very least see Congressional hearings and then a court of law.

This breech of the publics trust is un-forgivable.

Baxter Greene on July 20, 2010 at 11:59 AM

lonestar1 on July 20, 2010 at 11:53 AM

I think this story is bigger than Mr. Carlson’s personal opinions. If he doesn’t report the entire story he would be no different than those he is exposing.

Cindy Munford on July 20, 2010 at 12:01 PM

As has been said. None of it will matter. The media is too invested in this and ergo will not cover it. Hey look over there!

WitchDoctor on July 20, 2010 at 12:01 PM

And after all of LSM’s most strident efforts ObaMao got less than 53% of the vote.

Too bad we did not have a conservative candidate.

Slowburn on July 20, 2010 at 12:03 PM

It’s more then a little insulting that the think the public is so stupid. But then that is the goal isn’t it.

Cindy Munford on July 20, 2010 at 11:56 AM

….As usual Mrs. Munford…you are 100% dead on.

Baxter Greene on July 20, 2010 at 12:05 PM

The conspiracy here is real. It is actual. The orchestrated attacks on the Right are absolute. Will the news media agencies do the right thing and terminate staffers who are Journolist participants? Heck no.

jediwebdude on July 20, 2010 at 12:05 PM

Cindy Munford said:

It’s more then a little insulting that the think the public is so stupid. But then that is the goal isn’t it

.

The problem is, the public has, thus far, proven to be exactly that stupid. And perhaps it’s not our fault. Perhaps it was done so slowly it was imperceptible. But now that our freedoms have been whittled down, our education watered down, our will whisked away into this labyrinth of fact and fiction, we are the frogs in the boiling water. We are here now cooking, and all that is left is this vague feeling that nothing is right. Teachers can not teach, because they do not know, journalists can’t report because their views are obscured by the fog of righteous ignorance, and even the clergy is lost in a secular cloud of pseudo-morality.

I hope it is not too late, but I have no idea how to correct the school problem, the inability of the masses to recognize things for what they are and discriminate properly. It is nearly impossible to be discerning without being crushed by the tyranny of progressive liberalism.

WashingtonsWake on July 20, 2010 at 12:06 PM

Rush is leading with this story and says it is HUGE!

ted c on July 20, 2010 at 12:07 PM

If somehow that could be arranged, make sure to post the time and location since participation would be both enormous and enthusiastic.

ontherocks on July 20, 2010 at 11:55 AM

Nov.2, 2010

Capitol Hill.

Baxter Greene on July 20, 2010 at 12:07 PM

As has been said. None of it will matter. The media is too invested in this and ergo will not cover it. Hey look over there!

WitchDoctor on July 20, 2010 at 12:01 PM

I disagree. With Breithbart and Carlson, there are now two very agressive new media outlets going after liberal hypocrisy. Fox News is still the only network offering honest news reporting. I realize the “fair and balanced” slogan seems hokey, but Fox News essentially confirms that liberal positions are in the end too stupid to support. And in print, the WSJ does a decent job hammering liberals too.

Meanwhile, liberals get spoonfed their news by five networks and most large newspapers. Fine, all those outlets are bleeding money.

And, in the end, the only important group consists of independents. More and more, they realized that liberals are misleading them.

BuckeyeSam on July 20, 2010 at 12:13 PM

I think I’m beginning to sense a pattern…

The Capitalists will sell us the rope with which we will hang them. -Vladimir Ilyich Lenin

The best way to destroy the capitalist system is to debauch the currency. -Vladimir Ilyich Lenin

The way to crush the bourgeoisie is to grind them between the millstones of taxation and inflation. -Vladimir Ilyich Lenin

Fascism is capitalism in decay. -Vladimir Ilyich Lenin

Democracy is indispensable to socialism. -Vladimir Ilyich Lenin

The aim of socialism is not only to abolish the present division of mankind into small states and all-national isolation, not only to bring the nations closer to each other, but also to merge them. -Vladimir Ilyich Lenin

It is true that liberty is precious; so precious that it must be carefully rationed. -Vladimir Ilyich Lenin

When one makes a Revolution, one cannot mark time; one must always go forward – or go back. He who now talks about the “freedom of the press” goes backward, and halts our headlong course towards Socialism. -Vladimir Ilyich Lenin

The press should be not only a collective propagandist and a collective agitator, but also a collective organizer of the masses. -Vladimir Ilyich Lenin

A lie told often enough becomes the truth. -Vladimir Ilyich Lenin

Who new Vladimir Lenin was actually a prophet? A man born before his time.

Dhurka Dhurka on July 20, 2010 at 12:16 PM

B/C they ‘know better’ than we the people. FXCK THEM I CANNOT WAIT FOR NOVEMBER!

ginaswo on July 20, 2010 at 11:32 AM

Well, now you know what it feels like and how it plays out in the real world. Welcome to my world.

This is why I react to the constant smears against Southerners. Simply because we live in a particular demographic area we’re all racist homophobes. It’s been this way for years. We have no voice and no rights apparently as far as the MSM is concerned.

You probably went along with that as many Dems did. We had 8 years of the most disgusting bashing of Bush. Not a day went by without the constant hammering of a decent man.

Learn, finally, who your enemies are. The one thing I can’t understand about Democrats is the way the idolize their party leaders. It’s like a fricking cult.

Anyway, now you know.

And no thanks to Hillary in 2012. No more of the same old crap.

Cody1991 on July 20, 2010 at 12:19 PM

I wish I could say I was surprised by this but…..

Yakko77 on July 20, 2010 at 12:19 PM

It’s impossible to be both a journalist and a propagandist. Once a propagandist, forever a propagandist. Just like if you go to a Doctor for back pain and he proscribes leaches. Once caught, he can’t simply agree to stop using leaches and continue his practice.

FloatingRock on July 20, 2010 at 12:21 PM

Rush is leading with this story

Thanos on July 20, 2010 at 12:24 PM

I guess Politico is going to double down. Their “experts” encourage the continued smearing of the Tea Party as racist One said if you keep calling them racist they’ll have to spend all their time disputing the smears and that will be good for the Dem’s.

Stupid.

Key West Reader on July 20, 2010 at 12:25 PM

Ted c: rush is on a roll…..
Heh

cmsinaz on July 20, 2010 at 12:26 PM

You all love me, you all voted for me….

/PBHO at WH correspondents dinner

ted c on July 20, 2010 at 12:27 PM

WashingtonsWake on July 20, 2010 at 12:06 PM

While I won’t go so far as to allege conspiracy, it was a sad day for the children of the U.S. when knowledge and academic skills were relegated behind self esteem as requirements for a successful and productive life. Why they are label mutually exclusive is a mystery to me.

Cindy Munford on July 20, 2010 at 12:28 PM

Should be Watergate magnitude.

Will not be because the Media is now in Nixon’s role.

Shame on them. SHAME ON THEM.

jeff_from_mpls on July 20, 2010 at 10:39 AM

+100000000000

ProfessorMiao on July 20, 2010 at 11:51 AM

I agree. This is a huge story that, just like the rest, will be covered up by all of their cohorts in propaganda at the state run media.

FloatingRock on July 20, 2010 at 12:28 PM

Rush is tearing into this with both barrels. Awesome.

ted c on July 20, 2010 at 12:29 PM

Ted c: rush is on a roll…..
Heh

cmsinaz on July 20, 2010 at 12:26 PM

Did you hear yesterday’s show? It was superb. All about the “Ruling Class.” The idea of a “Ruling Class” makes me sick, but that is what we have.

The sleaze bucket, John Edwards, was right. There are ‘two Americas’. Us and them. As long as the Dem socialists are in control we are nothing but tax slaves. And the majority of Republicans are no better.

Cody1991 on July 20, 2010 at 12:29 PM

Key West Reader on July 20, 2010 at 12:25 PM

Someone (I wish I could remember who) said yesterday that the two things people don’t like to be called are racists and liars. If someone calls someone a racist, then the retort should be that the other is a liar. I can’t wait to see that put into action.

Cindy Munford on July 20, 2010 at 12:34 PM

Cody1991 on July 20, 2010 at 12:29 PM

I did hear that, that show was golden and Rush is juxtaposing the “ruling class” with the collusion that is mainstream journalism working for the Democrat party.

Broadcast excellence.

ted c on July 20, 2010 at 12:37 PM

Cody1991: heard bits and pieces of it

cmsinaz on July 20, 2010 at 12:38 PM

Rush is now turning the knife after it has been sunk deep. REV WRight clips, George S question—-all the stuff that the media didn’t want to follow. It is so on…it is soooo on!

ted c on July 20, 2010 at 12:39 PM

Rush is having a ‘Red Meat Tuesday’ with this story right now.
Having lots of fun listening to it, though I doubt this will go far beyond the Blogosphere, Talk Radio and Fox News.

Jack.

Jack Deth on July 20, 2010 at 12:40 PM

Did you hear yesterday’s show? It was superb.

Cody1991 on July 20, 2010 at 12:29 PM

It was. I wish I could have paid closer attention, but I read the original piece online and it was worth every page.

FloatingRock on July 20, 2010 at 12:40 PM

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