November 2, 2011

A JOURNOLIST REMINDER: There was this email group, called Journolist, where journalists got together and talked about how to bury stories that hurt Democrats and push stories that hurt Republicans. Here’s a list of the members.

UPDATE: Who, exactly, is the Cain story hurting? “Much to my surprise the two most liberal members of my game group expressed support for Herman Cain. One a solid anti Palinite who follows the BBC has decided on him and the other who supports Deval Patrick and is an MSNBC guy is just about there. Both were very aware of the Politico story and their only questions were along the lines of: ‘Will Cain survive it?’”

ANOTHER UPDATE: Well, this might hurt: Consultant Witnessed Cain Harassment – Says If Woman Is Allowed to Talk, Cain Is Finished. Assuming that’s true, then there’s a real story — but note that this is the kind of specific that Politico’s reporting didn’t include. As the Pro Publica critique pointed out, in fact, this is the kind of specific that Politico should have gotten before they published, instead of running a weak and vague report in the hopes, I suppose, of smoking out the kind of actual facts they should have run down first.