The Bipolar World of the JournoList

“[T]ake 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?”


— Spencer Ackerman, then with the Washington Independent, now with Conde Nast’s Wired magazine , corresponding with his fellow JournoLista in April of 2008.

“Many expected racial tension during the 2008 presidential campaign, but it barely materialized.”

— Former JournoList member Matthew Yglesias in the Washington Post, ground zero for the leftwing listsev , on Sunday, August 8, 2010.

As Mark Hemingway writes in the Washington Examiner, Dave Weigel’s favorite newspaper:

Hmmm. I take it this means Yglesias has revised his opinion that the “Crucial Racist Vote” was responsible for Hillary Clinton’s primary victories? If the idea that racism “barely materialized” in the 2008 is now accepted wisdom, Yglesias and many of his fellow liberal pundits must have engaged in a great deal of intellectual dishonesty during the last presidential election.

Hey, what’s one more pivot amongst a decade’s worth? Though as the Professor wrote in June, when the Ministry of Truth was caught deleting their infamous 2007 “General Betray-Us” ad (which the New York Times gave them a sweetheart rate to run) from their site, “Have you noticed how these people are always airbrushing? It’s kind of an admission that their stuff won’t sell if they tell the truth…”


Related: “Black tea partiers to NAACP: Believe it or not, we don’t hate minorities,” Allahpundit quips; Lloyd Marcus adds, “First Black Conservative Press Conference Sent a Powerful Message.”

Related: Speaking of pivots, “Keith Olbermann Revises History to Praise Clinton and Bash Gingrich.”


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