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 guess Rush isn’t sufficiently impressed with the Daily Caller’s scoop to stop calling Mr. Carlson, Chatsworth Osbourne, Jr. yet.

Cindy Munford on July 20, 2010 at 12:41 PM

cindy; why does rush call him that?

ted c on July 20, 2010 at 12:42 PM

ted c on July 20, 2010 at 12:42 PM

I am not sure but I think it has more to do with Mr. Carlson’s previous love of bow ties than anything personal.

Cindy Munford on July 20, 2010 at 12:44 PM

The primary difference between prostitutes and “journalists”: Most prostitutes have higher ethical standards.

bw222 on July 20, 2010 at 12:45 PM

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.

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And aren’t they all also either past or present ‘guests’ or ‘regulars’ on msnbc?

mrt721 on July 20, 2010 at 12:47 PM

Listening to Rush now… Ed, I think he gets all or most of his talking points from your posts.

Key West Reader on July 20, 2010 at 12:48 PM

Speaking of buried stories, was that transcript the LA Times was holding prior to the ’08 election of Obama speaking to a Palestinian group ever released? IIRC, they said they had it but weren’t gong to release its content and that was that.

Yakko77 on July 20, 2010 at 12:48 PM

I’d really like to know how the entire MSM has fallen lock-step into this trap. Who’s getting paid and by whom? Is it really true that every single decision maker in the MSM is a hard core socialist? Maybe so, but I always think following the money is the way to go.

Cody1991 on July 20, 2010 at 12:48 PM

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

msm: *crickets chirping*

cmsinaz on July 20, 2010 at 12:48 PM

I am not sure but I think it has more to do with Mr. Carlson’s previous love of bow ties than anything personal.

Cindy Munford on July 20, 2010 at 12:44 PM

Apparently he was a character in a TV show in the early 60′s.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chatsworth_Osborne,_Jr.

FloatingRock on July 20, 2010 at 12:49 PM

Just leave it to the Press Corpse

J_Crater on July 20, 2010 at 12:50 PM

Tucker needs to release all the crxp they said about Hillary supporters and the millions of blue collar Dems who voted HRC in primary after primary. They were pushing the race card so hard in every state she won, it was coordinated and the blue collar DEMS have a right to know how these POS liberal journOlists see us.

ginaswo on July 20, 2010 at 12:50 PM

the comments DC releases are April of 08, in the heart of the Dem primary fight. tell us what they said, this was when D

ginaswo on July 20, 2010 at 12:51 PM

We really need to be digging for Journolist 2.0. Because these people haven’t curled up and died. They’re still out there spreading their vile agenda.

Iblis on July 20, 2010 at 12:52 PM

yakko77

they have VIDEO and AUDIO not just the transcript, that journOlist now works at the WSJ

it would have helped HRC so it got buried like every other thing that would have given voters a CLUE that Obama was not the moderate the MSM told us he was

these frakkers

ginaswo on July 20, 2010 at 12:53 PM

“Part of me doesn’t like this shit either,” agreed Spencer Ackerman, then of the Washington Independent. “But what I like less is being governed by racists and warmongers and criminals.”

So for all Ackerman’s troubles, he’s now ruled by racists, warmongers and criminlas.

darwin on July 20, 2010 at 12:53 PM

Ed, Rush just gave you and HotAir a shout out regarding the “bill of goods” that the country was sold on Mr. Obama.

+4

ted c on July 20, 2010 at 12:55 PM

Re Jeremiah Wright, let’s also note that any in-depth or even superficial analysis of the odious Black Liberation Theology is strictly forbidden. Last election season we were treated to a ridiculous PBS documentary on the Mormon religion; I wonder why? We have also seen documentaries glorifying islam and whitewashing the Dark Ages. Yet nada on BLT. Verboten.

slickwillie2001 on July 20, 2010 at 12:56 PM

We really need to be digging for Journolist 2.0. Because these people haven’t curled up and died. They’re still out there spreading their vile agenda.

Iblis on July 20, 2010 at 12:52 PM

It wouldn’t help, MSM are propaganda arms of the left already. They’ll cover for them then just like they probably will now. The only people who will know about this are those of us already in the quire; the country class.

FloatingRock on July 20, 2010 at 12:58 PM

You know who this helps? —>Sarah Palin.

ornery_independent on July 20, 2010 at 12:59 PM

MMMMMM, And PALIN is supposed to be the danger to the Republic?

mmmmmmm, mmmmmmm, mmmmmmm, Destroyer of the United States (DOTUS) is not the one we need to be concerned about?

How…………UPSIDE DOWN.

PappyD61 on July 20, 2010 at 1:02 PM

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

Man! I have thought this ay for years! Ever since the Days Of Ronnie (Reagan). The way the attacked him and other conservatives opened my eyes to the most deadly threat to The Republic, a biased Media.

rotorjoe on July 20, 2010 at 1:03 PM

I am not sure but I think it has more to do with Mr. Carlson’s previous love of bow ties than anything personal.

Cindy Munford on July 20, 2010 at 12:44 PM

Apparently he was a character in a TV show in the early 60’s.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chatsworth_Osborne,_Jr.

FloatingRock on July 20, 2010 at 12:49 PM

Yes, that was a character on “Dobie Gillis”; Chatsworth was the cousin of the effete snob Milton Armitage (played by Warren Beatty). He was played by Steven Franken, who started the role as a 17 year old when he was actually 28!

And yes, Franken is the cousin of the Junior “Senator” from Minnesota.

Del Dolemonte on July 20, 2010 at 1:04 PM

Sorry. supposed to be “way”.

rotorjoe on July 20, 2010 at 1:05 PM

I have seen the enemy, and he is the alphabet soup of the media. The suppliers of these people are the lefty journalism schools of the liberal guilds of higher education. The snake needs to be killed from the head downward. Attack the schools, the supply will dry up.

ted c on July 20, 2010 at 1:05 PM

…It’s not like the ruling class doesn’t already know that the MSM is propaganda. They know exactly what it’s all about, it’s for our own good and it’s their propaganda. That’s the only thing they care about.

FloatingRock on July 20, 2010 at 1:05 PM

First they came for Glenn Beck,
and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t really a fan.

Then they came for Rush and the rest of Conservative talk radio, and I didn’t speak up because I really needed a break from that free speech stuff.

Then they came after the Tea Partiers,
and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t really much of a marcher.

Then they came for ABC / CBS / NBC
but they didn’t notice…..until the boots were at the door.

I remember America………..once as a dream.

PappyD61 on July 20, 2010 at 1:07 PM

ginaswo on July 20, 2010 at 12:53 PM

Thanks. I thought I recalled something else buried during the election and they were so shameless about it. They basically said, “Yeah, we have this video but it wont help Obama so we’re not releasing it.” Just one of many examples of the blatant media bias.

Yakko77 on July 20, 2010 at 1:08 PM

The Public figure doctrine (absence of malice) for a defense in a defamation case is out the window.

Anyone who was defamed by any of these JournoList members can be sued. The JournoList comments can then be supeoned and they can be held liable, because the statements were made knowing they were false and with Malice proved.

barnone on July 20, 2010 at 1:14 PM

The Public figure doctrine (absence of malice) for a defense in a defamation case is out the window.

Anyone who was defamed by any of these JournoList members can be sued. The JournoList comments can then be supeoned and they can be held liable, because the statements were made knowing they were false and with Malice proved.

barnone on July 20, 2010 at 1:14 PM

Are you an attorney? I can think of a few people who would have cause.

Actually, I would like to see a class action suit on the part of the American public against these bastards.

Cody1991 on July 20, 2010 at 1:18 PM

FloatingRock on July 20, 2010 at 12:49 PM

Dobie Gillis, I am just old enough to remember. Bob Denver, of Gilligan fame, played a beatnik named Maynard G. Crebbs.

Cindy Munford on July 20, 2010 at 1:18 PM

Bamboozled by the bamboozler in chief.

Kissmygrits on July 20, 2010 at 1:19 PM

Anyone who was defamed by any of these JournoList members can be sued. The JournoList comments can then be supeoned and they can be held liable, because the statements were made knowing they were false and with Malice proved.

barnone on July 20, 2010 at 1:14 PM

The juicy part is because all of this is in written form. That spells Libel. And Libel is a very nasty charge. Quite hard to beat.

Key West Reader on July 20, 2010 at 1:23 PM

And the racist meme continues
. Well at least its off the front page now.

Iblis on July 20, 2010 at 1:24 PM

And the racist meme continues
. Well at least its off the front page now.

Iblis on July 20, 2010 at 1:24 PM

The MFM needs to leave that chicken alone!

Someone needs to make a video out of that idea.

Key West Reader on July 20, 2010 at 1:25 PM

Anyone who was defamed by any of these JournoList members can be sued. The JournoList comments can then be supeoned and they can be held liable, because the statements were made knowing they were false and with Malice proved.

barnone on July 20, 2010 at 1:14 PM

Good point. We may not be able to force them to report about this, or to do so accurately, but we can make their propaganda as costly for them as possible, just like they’ve tried to do with tobacco and firearms.

FloatingRock on July 20, 2010 at 1:26 PM

We really need to be digging for Journolist 2.0. Because these people haven’t curled up and died. They’re still out there spreading their vile agenda.

Iblis on July 20, 2010 at 12:52 PM

You’re right. It may not change the class struggle aspect of it but the more we can tie them up in the courts we may be able to slow them down, put them on the defensive and force them to be more objective so as not to add anything more to the already overwhelming body of evidence against them.

FloatingRock on July 20, 2010 at 1:32 PM

The only problem is, guess which class has the most influence in the courts:
a) The ruling class
b) The country class

FloatingRock on July 20, 2010 at 1:33 PM

This scandal needs it’s own name.

I humbly submit….

Race-baitGate

astuddis on July 20, 2010 at 1:35 PM

Propaganda-Gate

FloatingRock on July 20, 2010 at 1:36 PM

Propaganda Scandal

FloatingRock on July 20, 2010 at 1:37 PM

Journo Gate

FloatingRock on July 20, 2010 at 1:38 PM

I’m having a hard time with all this racist bullsh!t. It seems like a thinly veiled attempt to incite social distress and spark, possibly, a race war. This of course would allow the government to seize even more power, they hope, I’m sure, before the mid-terms.

So even though I’ve started to throw out verbal warfare on the subject I’m trying to just stay out of it. Fomenting chaos is what the enemies within want.

But old-school journalism is dead as a door nail. I wonder if the MSM lackeys enjoy being useful idiot lapdogs to the government that laughs at their ineptitude.

NTWR on July 20, 2010 at 1:40 PM

But was the campaign effective?

It worked with “Maverick”.

reaganaut on July 20, 2010 at 1:40 PM

I’m having a hard time with all this racist bullsh!t. It seems like a thinly veiled attempt to incite social distress and spark, possibly, a race war. This of course would allow the government to seize even more power, they hope, I’m sure, before the mid-terms.

So even though I’ve started to throw out verbal warfare on the subject I’m trying to just stay out of it. Fomenting chaos is what the enemies within want.

But old-school journalism is dead as a door nail. I wonder if the MSM lackeys enjoy being useful idiot lapdogs to the government that laughs at their ineptitude.

NTWR on July 20, 2010 at 1:40 PM

RUSH nailed it with that “RULING CLASS” monologue yesterday. It’s us against them, and NOVEMBER is coming soon……expect them to try to piss us off even more.

POWER IS THE RULING CLASSES GOD…..they worship it.

PappyD61 on July 20, 2010 at 1:47 PM

I always wondered why Hillary Clinton did not make an issue of Wright sooner. Once the story broke, Obama began to lose primaries. If the story had come out sooner she might have been able to stop Obama from winning some of those big primaries early on. But she did not, and by the time the general election was under way Obama had been able {with the help of the media} to weasel his way out of it. To this day people do not seem to care about Wright.

Terrye on July 20, 2010 at 1:48 PM

Floatingrock: I like it

cmsinaz on July 20, 2010 at 1:49 PM

I always wondered why Hillary Clinton did not make an issue of Wright sooner. Once the story broke, Obama began to lose primaries. If the story had come out sooner she might have been able to stop Obama from winning some of those big primaries early on. But she did not, and by the time the general election was under way Obama had been able {with the help of the media} to weasel his way out of it. To this day people do not seem to care about Wright.

Terrye on July 20, 2010 at 1:48 PM

Hillary is a follower NOT a leader. Think back on her career.

Also, I posted on this on a different thread. Everyone knew about BHO, but so much was covered up and glossed over by the media:
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Thanks to Sweetness and Light! They saved a screen shot of the old TUCC.org website with a mission statement:

http://sweetness-light.com/archive/barack-obamas-church-ultra-left-and-afrocentric

Trinity United Church of Christ

About Us

We are a congregation which is Unashamedly Black and Unapologetically Christian… Our roots in the Black religious experience and tradition are deep, lasting and permanent. We are an African people, and remain “true to our native land,” the mother continent, the cradle of civilization. God has superintended our pilgrimage through the days of slavery, the days of segregation, and the long night of racism. It is God who gives us the strength and courage to continuously address injustice as a people, and as a congregation. We constantly affirm our trust in God through cultural expression of a Black worship service and ministries which address the Black Community.

Trinity United Church of Christ adopted the Black Value System written by the Manford Byrd Recognition Committee chaired by Vallmer Jordan in 1981. We believe in the following 12 precepts and covenantal statements. These Black Ethics must be taught and exemplified in homes, churches, nurseries and schools, wherever Blacks are gathered. They must reflect on the following concepts:

1. Commitment to God
2. Commitment to the Black Community
3. Commitment to the Black Family
4. Dedication to the Pursuit of Education
5. Dedication to the Pursuit of Excellence
6. Adherence to the Black Work Ethic
7. Commitment to Self-Discipline and Self-Respect
8. Disavowal of the Pursuit of “Middleclassness”
9. Pledge to make the fruits of all developing and acquired skills available to the Black Community
10. Pledge to Allocate Regularly, a Portion of Personal Resources for Strengthening and Supporting Black Institutions
11. Pledge allegiance to all Black leadership who espouse and embrace the Black Value System
12. Personal commitment to embracement of the Black Value System.

The Pastor as well as the membership of Trinity United Church of Christ is committed to a 10-point Vision:

1. A congregation committed to ADORATION.
2. A congregation preaching SALVATION.
3. A congregation actively seeking RECONCILIATION.
4. A congregation with a non-negotiable COMMITMENT TO AFRICA.
5. A congregation committed to BIBLICAL EDUCATION.
6. A congregation committed to CULTURAL EDUCATION.
7. A congregation committed to the HISTORICAL EDUCATION OF AFRICAN PEOPLE IN DIASPORA.
8. A congregation committed to LIBERATION.
9. A congregation committed to RESTORATION.
10. A congregation working towards ECONOMIC PARITY.
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Some excerpts from the “Black Value System” via the Trinity Church’s website (pdf):

BLACK VALUE SYSTEM

Statement of Purpose

We honor Dr. Manford Byrd, our brother in Christ, because of the exemplary manner in which he has thrice withstood the ravage of being denied his earned ascension to the number one position in the Chicago School System…

The Black Value System

These Black Ethics must be taught and exampled in homes, churches, nurseries and schools, wherever Blacks are gathered. They must reflect the following concepts:

Commitment of God

“The God of our weary years” will give us the strength to give up prayerful passivism and become Black Christian Activist, soldiers for Black freedom and the dignity of all humankind…

Commitment to Self-Discipline and Self-Respect

To accomplish anything worthwhile requires self-discipline. We must be a community of self-disciplined persons, if we are to actualize and utilize our own human resources instead of perpetually submitting to exploitation by others. Self discipline coupled with a respect for self, will enable each of us to be an instrument of Black Progress, and a model for Black Youth.

Disavowal of the Pursuit of “Middleclassness”

Classic methodology on control of captives teaches that captors must keep the captive ignorant educationally, but trained sufficiently well to serve the system. Also, the captors must be able to identify the “talented tenth” of those subjugated, especially those who show promise of providing the kind of leadership that might threaten the captor’s control.

Those so identified as separated from the rest of the people by:

Killing them off directly, and/or fostering a social system that encourages them to kill off one another.

Placing them in concentration camps, and/or structuring an economic environment that induces captive youth to fill the jails and prisons.

Seducing them into a socioeconomic class system which while training them to earn more dollars, hypnotizes them into believing they are better than others and teaches them to think in terms of “we” and “they” instead of “us”…

A visit to the church’s bookstore shows they have been true to their word. It is full of “Afrocentric” books, many of which make the usual preposterous Afrocentric claims, such as that Cleopatra was black.

The book store also shamelessly hawks Mr. Osama’s books.
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There’s more. My point is that anyone who marinates in this environment cannot represent the broad swathe of Americans. Where anyone chooses to worship is their choice, and their are many, mainstream ethnic churches that do not embrace this sort of ideology.

The MSM knew all of this, and unless you were willing to do the research on your own you would never know anything about BHO.

I guess that’s why the liars in the MSM are trying to cover up now by wondering why BHO doesn’t seem to understand Americans.

Cody1991 on July 20, 2010 at 1:42 PM

Cody1991 on July 20, 2010 at 1:55 PM

It’s probably linked above but for those that missed it, here’s a link to a must read article that Rush’s show was about yesterday. It’s long but worth it. I highly recommend reading the first page, at least.

http://spectator.org/archives/2010/07/16/americas-ruling-class-and-the

Was this ever linked to here at HotAir?

FloatingRock on July 20, 2010 at 1:56 PM

…I mean, officially linked?

FloatingRock on July 20, 2010 at 1:56 PM

FloatingRock on July 20, 2010 at 1:56 PM

Thanks for posting that link. I didn’t see it here, but I’m forwarding it on.

Rush is really on it today. Finally! Someone is telling it.

Cody1991 on July 20, 2010 at 1:59 PM

It’s so weird when I’m listening to Rush and he references a blog post on Hot Air I happen to be reading at that moment. ;o) Way to go, Ed!

Speaking of buried stories, was that transcript the LA Times was holding prior to the ‘08 election of Obama speaking to a Palestinian group ever released? IIRC, they said they had it but weren’t gong to release its content and that was that.

Yakko77 on July 20, 2010 at 12:48 PM

I immediately wondered that as well when this Journolist thing first came up. Surely there’s someone at the LA Times looking to make some coin.

You know who this helps? —>Sarah Palin.

ornery_independent on July 20, 2010 at 12:59 PM

Heh. For someone so stupid, she sure has proved prescient.

NoLeftTurn on July 20, 2010 at 2:00 PM

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.

But, others get splattered by the wielded paintbrush. In this case, it was originally thought that all Republicans and conservatives would be suspected of being “racist”. I find no mercy for other reporters getting “splattered” here in this story if they didn’t speak out.

Amendment X on July 20, 2010 at 2:11 PM

I am not sure but I think it has more to do with Mr. Carlson’s previous love of bow ties than anything personal.

Cindy Munford on July 20, 2010 at 12:44 PM

Apparently he was a character in a TV show in the early 60’s.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chatsworth_Osborne,_Jr.

FloatingRock on July 20, 2010 at 12:49 PM

Radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh often refers to political commentator Tucker Carlson as Chatsworth Osborne, Jr., because of similarity in dress and bearing.

dthorny on July 20, 2010 at 2:12 PM

I want to know the entire list of Journolist, and I want to know if any of them took a dime of money from Soros, the DNC or any of Obama’s big money supporters. I want to know if any of their families or employers received anything of value from Obama campaign, DNC or Democratic machine.

I want to know if anyone from the Obama administration was ON that list or receiving forwards of it. I want to know if they were feeding information or instructions through some of these people into that list.

This stuff isn’t just about hypocrisy, lies, ethics and treachery – it is about felonious activities and nefarious purpose. The fact that there’s no independent counsel looking at this is almost criminal in and of itself.

Watergate is small potatoes comparitively.

Why isn’t anyone in the press reporting on this – oh wait – maybe because it would be revealing their criminal activities and behaviors?

Last I checked smearing someone’s reputation is a crime, and to do it in an organized way – there are a lot of people and organizations that might owe more than just an apology. If I were John McCain I might want some of my money back from some of these outlets that took it for advertising and then smeared him. Hell, never mind John McCain – how many others were affected? What did the Journalist do/say about the Franken fiasco in Minnesota?

This is corruption of such a high order of magnitude I am not sure even a single member of this administration or congress can be trusted with a single penny, never mind dollars. Even if they were only beneficiaries and not perpetrators, their accquisition of office is suspect and their trustworthiness dubious at best.

WashingtonsWake on July 20, 2010 at 2:21 PM

Sure, it was only opinion journalists. “Regular” journalists glossing over Wright, Ayers, Obama’s political and academic record – and yet going after Palin like she was Ghengis Khan – was a COINCIDENCE.

It was random chance, I tell you. An alignment of the stars.

Bad bread. Swamp gas. A trick of the light.

Anything but the obvious conclusion. Dear lord, let us not come to the obvious conclusion!

Seriously, folks, not 100% of the MFM are far left, but the newsroom culture is derived from J-school culture, and j-school culture is derived from stultifyingly far-left humanities dept. culture.

Why is Hollywood so far left? Not because there are no conservatives, but because there are enough liberals to make it too hard to be openly conservative, and unlike the left, the right are willing to “let it slide,” to go along to get along.

This is really one of history’s biggest problems; decent people will go along to get along, fanatics never do – so every system gets ratcheted slowly in the direction the people who are unwilling to compromise want to go.

It happened to Hollywood, it happened to academia and journalism. It really did happen, but some people are still going along to get along.

Merovign on July 20, 2010 at 2:26 PM

Basically these exchanges show that those in the liberal media have the exact same toxic mindset as the wingnuts on the blogs. No surprise to me here, nut I look forward to seeing what else is exposed. I doubt any big name journalists would be stupid enough to attach their name to this, but some could be involved indirectly.

Daemonocracy on July 20, 2010 at 2:26 PM

Daemonocracy said:

Basically these exchanges show that those in the liberal media have the exact same toxic mindset as the wingnuts on the blogs.

This is over-kind by at least half. The bloggers and wingnuts are not engaged in private conspiracy, they’re engaged in public organization. These JournoList people are criminals, not activists. I’m sorry, but the purposeful secret manipulation of the public by the controllers and vetters of information and the public record is far beyond a ‘toxic mindset.’

WashingtonsWake on July 20, 2010 at 2:33 PM

WashingtonsWake on July 20, 2010 at 2:33 PM

So far only liberal rags have been mentioned, though Politico’s gig might be up as a semi-neutral site (though it was obvious to the rest of us what they were).

Not much of a conpsiracy just yet, we need to see some bigger names and more reputable media institutions outed as collaborators for this thing to really get legs, but as I said, I look forward to what else can be found.

Daemonocracy on July 20, 2010 at 2:45 PM

Forgive me if this has already been said, but I wonder if John McCain was on that Listserv?

Oink on July 20, 2010 at 2:49 PM

Who was on the list is only half the story, who they had access adn relationships to is at least as important.

If is friendly with and privately sharing with and There’s a big problem. It gets much more complicated very quickly.

What if the list had 100 ‘journolisters’ and they were sharing-coordinating with all their friends via phone and private emails and over dinners/lunches? Those journolisters need only have access and the wits not to publicize that, and the infection is quickly into the thousands of their immediate circle and beyond into the highly regarded/big-named elite.

If these people were tied into the ‘scene’ it is just as bad as if those in the scene were doing it directly. It also adds fuel to the suspicion of the administration when they said that they control the media, it might be absolutely true.

This is quite the pernicious disease.

WashingtonsWake on July 20, 2010 at 3:09 PM

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.”

Dear NAACP,

The Tea Party has never been a member of the Journolist. Please update your Resolution.

TN Mom on July 20, 2010 at 3:10 PM

What strikes me is the level of hate that lives in the hearts of these “journalists.” Quoted from the Daily Caller article:

Part of me doesn’t like this s*** either,” agreed Spencer Ackerman, then of the Washington Independent. “But what I like less is being governed by racists and warmongers and criminals.”

Ackerman went on:

I do not endorse a Popular Front, nor do I think you need to. It’s not necessary to jump to Wright-qua-Wright’s defense. What is necessary is to raise the cost on the right of going after the left. In other words, find a rightwinger’s [sic] and smash it through a plate-glass window. Take a snapshot of the bleeding mess and send it out in a Christmas card to let the right know that it needs to live in a state of constant fear. Obviously I mean this rhetorically.

I don’t think Ackerman really means this rhetorically. How can you hold yourself out as someone who is enlightening the masses when you harbor so much hate for half the population?

lonesomecharlie on July 20, 2010 at 3:17 PM

About a month after Politico’s launch, their claim to neutrality was seen to be ridiculous. Until then they were given the benefit of the doubt, even though those that ran the site were old media liberals.

slickwillie2001 on July 20, 2010 at 3:19 PM

The question remains for all the lawyer types out there: Can the RICO act be used to prosecute for criminal conspiracy OR can a class action suit be brought for fraud and defamation?

locomotivebreath1901 on July 20, 2010 at 3:22 PM

If Banks are such a problem and need to be regulated, then maybe Journalists do as well. Unconstitutional? Sure, let’s debate that then and we can start with the proper function of what the press ought to do and the threats to liberty when they fail to do that.

ted c on July 20, 2010 at 3:28 PM

Even if these so-called ‘opinion-journalists’ are the only ones who said anything on the list, the information and conversation was disseminated to a list – not just those that are in the conversation actively. How did other members of the list act in public, what stories did they publish and where? What about professors on the list that went out and gave more cover and credence to their liberal bretheren?

WashingtonsWake on July 20, 2010 at 4:26 PM

So, Ed — would it be fair to say that this expose (in fact, it will probably be a series) is the media’s version of ClimateGate?

Paul_in_NJ on July 20, 2010 at 4:48 PM

So, Ed — would it be fair to say that this expose (in fact, it will probably be a series) is the media’s version of ClimateGate?

Paul_in_NJ on July 20, 2010 at 4:48 PM

It should IMO at least and even then it’s not like the MSM went out of its way to expose the fraud that was Climategate no mater how obvious it was. As Lenin said, “A lie told often enough becomes truth”

Yakko77 on July 20, 2010 at 5:06 PM

Hopefully there’s enough material in the archives for a new expose every day.

The MFM needs a serious purge of lying, plotting, ideologues.

I don’t think there needs to be (more) government regulation of the press, they just need that spotlight they love so much shined on THEM for a while, clean out the cobwebs and spiders.

Merovign on July 20, 2010 at 5:46 PM

I do believe the race card is being laid to rest.. FINALLY!!

reshas1 on July 20, 2010 at 6:50 PM

I do believe the race card is being laid to rest.. FINALLY!!

reshas1 on July 20, 2010 at 6:50 PM

Ah, but The Race Card (in both his incarnations) will still be hanging around Hot Air, never fear. :-)

Mary in LA on July 20, 2010 at 7:27 PM

Instead of “Plug the damn hole”, just make it “Publish the damn list”.

volsense on July 20, 2010 at 7:38 PM

This mess reminds me of “”V” For Vendetta”, her job at a MSM (looked like a CNN-type TV channel). Whenever she asked why this or that was not covered, the responses were always the same.

Go rent the movie.

ProudPalinFan on July 20, 2010 at 8:35 PM

And I was mocked because I wanted to know who was behind Levi Johnston’s smears. I consider myself vindicated. Thankyouverymuch, LameStreamMedia. I got the last laugh.

ProudPalinFan on July 20, 2010 at 8:39 PM

Somewhere Alinsky is smiling.

RobCon on July 20, 2010 at 8:52 PM

This should be the story of the year, but it won’t be.

Hell, won’t even get mentioned in the MSM, I’m certain.

I cry for my country.

:_(

RedNewEnglander on July 20, 2010 at 9:13 PM

Gee, doesn’t that sound familiar?

One of their efforts was completely public. Journolist members collaborated

Never overlook or suppress the significance of Politico in that mess.

Lourdes on July 21, 2010 at 12:27 AM

“Fred Barnes, Karl Rove, who cares — and call them racists.”

InstaPundit & PajamasMedia asks …

Is this quote from Spencer Ackerman evidence of actual malice? Could it be invoked in a future libel case against Ackerman or his employer to show a habit of recklessness?

Ooooow ! Legal action .. what a bummer. Bet Ackerman didn’t talk to his lawyer before sending that e-mail.
These Journolist clowns may think that they are just performing some sort of sophomoric prank, but there may be legal (civil not criminal) implications that could affect them and their employers that are yet to unfold.

J_Crater on July 21, 2010 at 12:30 AM


Liberal journalists suggest government shut down Fox News

http://dailycaller.com/2010/07/21/liberal-journalists-suggest-government-shut-down-fox-news/2/

LurkerDood on July 21, 2010 at 12:33 AM

Funny, I went to politico and nary a peep about this….

cmsinaz on July 20, 2010 at 9:00 AM

Hahahaha, gee, “I wonder why,” I wrote rhetorically.

Lourdes on July 21, 2010 at 12:33 AM

If it was one or two journalists, they could be forced to resign.

With 400-some journalists on the list, what can you do to get them to resign? They control the coverage of themselves.

Daggett on July 20, 2010 at 9:20 AM

Agreed.

If all of them were fired (ha ha) they would simply be replaced with more of the same ideologues.

How many of their readers/viewers/watchers would care?

What’s next?

VibrioCocci on July 20, 2010 at 9:25 AM

Approaching this from a purely practical context, since all these Leftwing Propaganda sites/sources are suffering as they are said to be in loss of readers/viewers and therefore, advertising revenue, JUST WHO is paying these agitators’ salaries?

Who is paying the bills? Time, politico, etc. (sources named in this post), who is meeting their payroll and keeping the resources flowing?

I bet there is more behind this gameplan by the Left than mere names calling names. The Democrats don’t send other Democrats to camp out with careers at Fannie/Freddie and Goldman Sachs for nothing.

Lourdes on July 21, 2010 at 12:44 AM

About a month after Politico’s launch, their claim to neutrality was seen to be ridiculous. Until then they were given the benefit of the doubt, even though those that ran the site were old media liberals.

slickwillie2001 on July 20, 2010 at 3:19 PM

You will find far more reasonable information stated on the likes of the insufferable HuffPo than ever can be found on Politico.

The place is a Leftwing festering pot. So is HuffPo for that matter but I’m trying to make a point by comparison: Politico is very, very rank compared to HuffPo that is very, very rankish. Like that.

Lourdes on July 21, 2010 at 12:46 AM

I want to know the entire list of Journolist, and I want to know if any of them took a dime of money from Soros, the DNC or any of Obama’s big money supporters. I want to know if any of their families or employers received anything of value from Obama campaign, DNC or Democratic machine.

I want to know if anyone from the Obama administration was ON that list or receiving forwards of it. I want to know if they were feeding information or instructions through some of these people into that list.

This stuff isn’t just about hypocrisy, lies, ethics and treachery – it is about felonious activities and nefarious purpose. The fact that there’s no independent counsel looking at this is almost criminal in and of itself.

Watergate is small potatoes comparitively.

Why isn’t anyone in the press reporting on this – oh wait – maybe because it would be revealing their criminal activities and behaviors?

Last I checked smearing someone’s reputation is a crime, and to do it in an organized way – there are a lot of people and organizations that might owe more than just an apology. If I were John McCain I might want some of my money back from some of these outlets that took it for advertising and then smeared him. Hell, never mind John McCain – how many others were affected? What did the Journalist do/say about the Franken fiasco in Minnesota?

This is corruption of such a high order of magnitude I am not sure even a single member of this administration or congress can be trusted with a single penny, never mind dollars. Even if they were only beneficiaries and not perpetrators, their accquisition of office is suspect and their trustworthiness dubious at best.

WashingtonsWake on July 20, 2010 at 2:21 PM

My questions, also.

You can bet that Anita Lizard Tongue Dunn and husband, Bob Bauer along with Astroturfing Expert, David Axelrod, are NOT so far out of touch from this that their fingers and tongues aren’t inky.

Lourdes on July 21, 2010 at 12:58 AM

I thought I recalled something else buried during the election and they were so shameless about it. They basically said, “Yeah, we have this video but it wont help Obama so we’re not releasing it.” Just one of many examples of the blatant media bias.

Yakko77 on July 20, 2010 at 1:08 PM

…is this why Obama, on his first day in the Presidency, ordered all his personal documentation declared “sealed” or otherwise unavailable for any/all public access?

Not to throw out a tangent here (or IS this a tangent), but a house of cards isn’t built with just one prop.

Lourdes on July 21, 2010 at 1:07 AM

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