Somehow…. Tucker Carlson at The Daily Caller got his hands on some more Journolist archives, and these documents are far more consequential and damning than the documents he shared about Dave Weigel’s dopey dissing of conservatives. This time we see what many of us instinctively knew at the time was going on, and what goes on with other stories to this day: MSM journalists conspiring to ignore an important story, and smear critics. What’s their smear of choice? You all know the answer to that question…..
…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.”
Michael Tomasky, a writer for the Guardian, also tried to rally his fellow members of Journolist: “Listen folks–in my opinion, we all have to do what we can to kill ABC and this idiocy in whatever venues we have. This isn’t about defending Obama. This is about how the [mainstream media] kills any chance of discourse that actually serves the people.”
Read the whole damning thing.
I vividly remember writing about the Rev. Wright affair while all this was unfolding thanks to that primary debate in which George Stephanopoulos asked Obama about his affiliation with the Pastor. It was an important story because it revealed a lot about Obama’s radical worldview…
Here’s what I wrote at the time:
You know what? I think it’s over for Obama.
This story is going to mark the turning point of Obama’s fortunes this election year. I’m afraid there is really no escaping the truth. This man is no “uniter”. This man is no “post-racial” “healer”. His campaign is a complete sham.
He may still be able to squeak ahead of Hillary in the primaries, simply because of her low approval ratings, but this is going to be an albatross around his neck for the general.
…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.
Pssst…pass it on:
Ace: (Drew’s idea: Any mention of racism should be answered with “Did Spence Ackerman tell you to make that up?”)
Sarah Palin: Media Bias? What Media Bias? BOMBSHELL!
Linked by Michelle Malkin, thanks!