Thursday, August 05, 2010

JournoList UPDATED & BUMPED x5

Originally posted July 21:

Journolist - where liberal progressive communist media elites plot their stories propaganda for the day. Discovered over a year ago, and recently in the news when one of their own strayed from the Party line.

Imagine a Daily Kos/Democrat Underground chat room, but with MSM decision-makers. (Now go take a shower)

Instapundit Glenn Reynolds sums it up right: "Stalinist by instinct, aren't they?"

Now back in the news with members fantasizing about watching Rush Limbaugh dying of a heart attack and the FCC pulling Fox News' license. From The Daily Caller:

The very existence of Fox News, meanwhile, sends Journolisters into paroxysms of rage. When Howell Raines charged that the network had a conservative bias, the members of Journolist discussed whether the federal government should shut the channel down.

BigFurHat at IOTW: "As I said before, one cannot smell their own bad breath. These leaks are an embarrassment of riches. What you have to constantly keep in mind is that these are not supposed to be ideologues, these are … *snicker*… journalists."

And Fox News - temporarily still on the air - suggests the Journolist leaks suggest the MSM collectively (heh) deflected attention away from Rev. Wright during the 2008 campaign:

Journalists working for Time, Politico, the Huffington Post, the Baltimore Sun, the Guardian, Salon and the New Republic expressed outrage over the tough questioning Obama received from ABC anchors Charlie Gibson and George Stephanopoulos at a debate and some of them plotted to protect Obama from the swirling controversy, according to the Daily Caller.

Spencer Ackerman of the Washington Independent pressed his fellow journalists to deflect attention from Obama's relationship with Wright by shifting topics to one of Obama's conservative critics, the Daily Caller reported.

"Fred Barnes, Karl Rove, who cares – and call them racists," Ackerman wrote. was founded nearly four years ago - the motivation being the fun it could be poking fun at media bias. Could we be more right?


The story that keeps on going. Kinda like an MSM story about one of their own breaking a nail in a combat zone. Correction... 10 miles from a combat zone.

Several sites have posted partial lists of the JournoList losers. John Lott has the most comprehensive we've seen so far with 75 libs and their affiliations.

A video started going viral today. It is in response to NPR's Sarah Spitz's JournoList comments about watching Rush Limbaugh die from a heart attack saying she would "Laugh loudly like a maniac and watch his eyes bug out".

Just sometimes...

Newsbusters posts this clip of Stephanie Miller saying essentially the same thing:

Here are some selected posts and articles we've found useful as this story has unfolded:

July 20
NiceDeb, Documents Prove What We All Suspected: Journalists Colluded To Kill Rev. Wright Story

Rush Limbaugh, Journolist: Evidence of Collusion Between the Media and Democrats

July 21
NiceDeb, Journolisters On 2008 Election: Insufferable D-Bags Even In Victory

NiceDeb, New Daily Caller Journolist Document Drop: This Time Lefty Crapweasels Discuss Ways To Shut Down Fox News

NiceDeb, Liberal Bias? — What Liberal Bias?!

July 22
IOTW posts pictures of some JournoList'ers: A Paler Shade Of White – The Journolist Conspirators

NiceDeb, Another (Non) Shocker: Documents Reveal Journalists Conspiring to Derail Palin, Fall of 2008

July 23
NiceDeb, The One Lefty Too Scummy For Even The Journolisters

IBD, JournoLism's Bias

In essence, all these left-leaning journalists, an estimated 400 in all, used the JournoList site to refine their messages for maximum effect. It was an exercise in mass propaganda, getting everyone to sing from the same ideological hymnal — which explains the tedious sameness of the mainstream media's 2008 election coverage.

In short, they were fraudulently selling you political opinion and propaganda disguised as fair-minded "news."

And today, this video of Anita MonCrief, former ACORN worker-turned activist and founder of the new site:


Updates from Doug Ross and IOTW. The list is now 107, and IOTW has added more pictures of white JournoList'ers.

They look like a bunch of racist teabaggers! But unlike tea-partiers, these liberals progressives communists hide behind the scenes. Welcome to the sweet bright light of truth and liberty!


New Zeal posts a list of JournoList'ers, but this list has their socialist and communist affiliations. More great work by Trevor there, but little surprise to those of us who always saw the communist-inspirations in the MSM.

Big Fur Hat at IOTW responds to the first JournoList'er to attempt a history rewrite. Kevin Carey: "It was basically a place to shoot the breeze about things such people find interesting — politics, policy, sports, music, themselves." And don't forget the Rev. Wright whitewash in 2008. That was interesting too.


We just saw this in our pile of unread articles... James Taranto at the WSJ says of the JournoList in his July 20 Best of the Web post:

Plainly the list was a forum where liberals got together to work out talking points, as evidenced by that "open letter." Worse, it was a forum where people employed as journalists conspired to suppress the news--and, by doing so "off the record," used journalistic ethics as cover.

Jenny Erikson at The Stir, found through InstaPundit, summarizes in her article Media Control Controls the Masses:

You don't have to be a conservative to be shocked by this blatant desire to stomp on the First Amendment; you just have to be an American.

We only need to look at history to learn that whoever controls the information controls the people. Why do you think it was illegal to teach slaves to read? Knowledge is power, baby, and only those that want to control you attempt to keep information and facts from you.

Open your eyes and examine the motives of all reporters on both sides of the aisle. Examine the facts before taking a reporter, any reporter, at their word. You can handle the truth, and it will set you free.

Trevor at New Zeal has a new post on the latest JournoLister outed, author and socialist Robert Kuttner, in his post, Obama File 108 Pro Obama "JournoLista" Outed - New "Can of Worms" Opened. Just more links between JournoListers and anti-American commie organizations. That's all.

Peter Wehner at Commentary Magazine, in a response to the liberals trying to talk the controversy down: Journolisters Risked Their Integrity:

If Journolist turns out to differ substantially from its portrayal, Journolisters should release the full exchanges. Ezra Klein, David Corn, Jonathan Chait, and Joe Klein have all offered defenses, though their efforts range from feeble to pathetic. (It was really and merely “an argument between moderate and left-wing journalists,” Chait assures us.) Assuming that Journolisters cannot provide a stronger defense, other members of the fourth estate should be troubled by what has been uncovered. After all, it is the probity of their profession that is being stripped away.

Those who participated in Journolist undoubtedly hope this story will fade away and be forgotten. I rather doubt it will. It is another episode in the long, downward slide of modern journalism. “We were taking risks,” Joe Klein writes in his own defense. And the Journolist participants surely were — not intellectual risks but risks with their integrity — and several of them have been caught dead-to-rights. “Broken eggs cannot be mended,” Lincoln said. Neither can some broken reputations.

In many respects, the whole thing is dispiriting. On the other hand, it has had a clarifying effect. It turns out that the worst caricatures of liberal journalists were not, at least in the case of some, a caricature at all.

Was that a reference to


Breitbart comments worthy of a bump:

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