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June 21, 2013 - 10:03 am

Gawker benefits from hacker Guccifer, and posts what appears to be a partial archive from the JournoList group. JournoList was that group of leftist media operatives who operated in concert in 2009 through about 2010. Gawker, to which I won’t link but the post isn’t difficult to find, describes JournoList as follows:

The existence of Journolist— either a boring listserv among friends and colleagues, or a secret backchannel in which the true feelings of the liberal media elite came to light, depending on who you talked to— was quite a little media sensation, several years ago. Select embarrassing excerpts from Journolist were leaked at the time, forcing public apologies, but never the full list. (The general uproar, however, cost David Weigel a job at the Washington Post.)

Let’s take those descriptions apart.

JournoList was much more than a “secret backchannel in which the true feelings of the liberal media came to light.” JournoList, founded by the Washington Post’s Ezra Klein, was a means by which many ostensibly neutral members of the mainstream media coordinated their stories in order to protect one Barack Obama from the scrutiny that was due him as a candidate for the presidency. More than 150 so-called journalists colluded among themselves to, among other things, kill off the Rev. Jeremiah Wright controversy on behalf of the Obama campaign. Wright was Obama’s pastor in Chicago for 20 years, leading a church founded on racist ideology. Obama claimed in 2008 to have never hard any of Wright’s many racist and anti-American sermons, despite using a line from one of those sermons as the title for one of his autobiographies. Spencer Ackerman, then with the now defunct Soros-funded Washington Independent and now with Wired, suggested JournoListers fabricate a narrative accusing conservatives of being racist to help kill the Wright story. He took glee in posing as a mancho man, threatening real harm to our own Michael Ledeen.

SPENCER ACKERMAN: Let’s just throw Ledeen against a wall. Or, pace Dr. Alterman, throw him through a plate glass window. I’ll bet a little spot of violence would shut him right the fuck up, as with most bullies.

JournoListers also ripped Gov. Sarah Palin after her elevation to the GOP ticket, presaging personal attacks on her that continue to this day.

So-called media critic Howard Kurtz rode in at the height of the JournoList scandal to minimize the group’s collusion and importance.

As for the “general uproar” costing Dave Weigel a job at the Washington Post, well, that’s simply not what happened. Weigel got his job at the Post by posing as an “inside the conservative movement” blogger. But he consistently ripped conservatives and the movement to JournoList. He hoped Rush Limbaugh would die from heart problems in one JournoList posting. He beat up on Matt Drudge. He mocked the Tea Party in disparaging terms. The JournoList leaks made it clear that he had gotten the Post job under false pretenses. The Post had no choice but to let him go (officially, he resigned). Slate hired him up quickly, and readers can make up their own minds as to what that says about Slate, along with Wired’s hiring Ackerman.

The bottom line is that JournoList was and remains proof that many in the mainstream media craft and coordinate their stories to push the Democratic party line. The JournoList problem has not only not gone away since the group supposedly disbanded, its founder, Ezra Klein, retains his position at the Post and in late 2011 became a briefer to the Democratic National Committee. Well, publicly, anyway.

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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Gawker media certainly took the journolist edict to slam Sarah Palin to heart. Their websites are brutal to her. They probably threw a big party when it was announced Palin was returning to FOX.
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"The Post had no choice but to let him go (officially, he resigned). Slate hired him up quickly"

Which was simply a lateral move, as Slate is owned by the Washington Post.

http://pjmedia.com/eddriscoll/2010/07/27/the-telltale-11th-paragraph/
42 weeks ago
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JournoList, led by wee Ezra Klein, consisted (consists?) of a bunch of people who never got to sit at the cool table in high school. They soooo wanted to be cool and popular and dang it, they found a way. All they had to do was set aside their (knee-slapper alert!) journalistic 'integrity' and band together to bury some stories and fabricate others. Twenty years from now when people think of wee Ezra, if they think of him at all, the common refrain will be, "Hey, wasn't he the dweeb who used to make sh!t up?".
42 weeks ago
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I don't get why people think Weird or Stale are anything but left-wing class markers. They're not news outlets -- they're for comforting people already inside the bubble that nothing outside the bubble matters.
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People tend to think that conspiracies involve shadowy people in smoke filled back rooms, muttering dark thoughts. More often, they are simply like-minded people acting according to a common zeitgeist and agreeing on what is right and proper.

As has been pointed out, there is no document that ties Hitler to the Holocaust - no order, no report, no master plant. He simply put people in positions of power that agreed with him and made it clear in speeches and "Mein Kampf" what he thought was the right and proper course of action.
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