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More on the Journolist scandal

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As an update to Wednesday's post, the Daily Caller is now reporting that the Journolist scumbags conspired to trash Sarah Palin in their respective press outlets.

Thanks Ezra! You've finally put the last nail in the coffin of the media meme about how unbiased of a press we have.

Personally I don't have a problem with the press having a bias. I do have a problem when they pretend that they don't.

It also brings into question the ethics of those people that are now exposed to be unabashedly left-wing when they trash Fox News and the like for being "right-wing" new outlets.

For the journalism and education majors out there, let me put it into small words: If you are biased yourself, bashing others for being biased is hypocritical. Stop it.


How do we know it wasn’t a conspiracy? Because they assure us that it wasn’t. Wait. What?

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The Daily Caller and Andrew Breitbart are running stories on the socialist-journalist-only-no-honest-reporters-need-apply Google Groups site called Journolist, a left-wing discussion forum for left-wing journalists.

Journolist was founded by Ezra Klein in February of 2007 for "discussing politics and the news media" and was "limited to several hundred left-leaning bloggers, political reporters, magazine writers, policy wonks and academics."

Okay, so far it's not a conspiracy. It's stupid, misguided and almost certain to be abused but not yet a conspiracy.

Of course, since it was founded in February of 2007 which is coincidently the very same month Barack Obama announced his candidacy for president it stinks to high heaven of collusion by the media to up-sell their chosen candidate to the American people. Still, not a consipracy.

It appears that changed when the activities of "Reverend' Jeremiah Wright and his association with Obama came to light.

Journalists on the list became concerned that the idea of having such a racist hatemonger as Obama's spiritual advisor would tank the aspirations of their candidate.

Thomas Schaller, a columnist for the Baltimore Sun as well as a political science professor, upped the ante from there. In a post with the subject header, "why don't we use the power of this list to do something about the debate?" Schaller proposed coordinating a smart statement expressing disgust at the questions Gibson and Stephanopoulos had posed to Obama.

In a later post, Chris Hayes of The Nation:

urged his colleagues especially the straight news reporters who were charged with covering the campaign in a neutral way to bury the Wright scandal. "I'm not saying we should all rush en masse to defend Wright. If you don't think he's worthy of defense, don't defend him! What I'm saying is that there is no earthly reason to use our various platforms to discuss what about Wright we find objectionable," Hayes said.

Okay, so some left-wing dolts suggest something unethical on a list server. Still no conspiracy, right?

Except what he suggested is exactly what happened. Shortly after the posts the media seemed to lose interest in Wright. The stories about how much Sarah Palin's clothes cost were much more important.

And there it is. A conspiracy.

But hey, it's a list for journalists right? A place where they can talk about the stories and issues and have a free and open exchange, right?

So when a well-known journalist like Tucker Carlson wanted access there shouldn't have been any problem.

But Klein refused.

Now a member of a group that was just misunderstood would come clean, post the content and let the public (you know, those people that the journalists purport to be helping) decide.

But if it really was a conspiracy you'd try to destroy the evidence and then start telling everyone that it's no big deal. Failing that you start attacking the people that have exposed the conspiracy.

So when word of what was going on at Journolist started leaking out Klein closing down the site was no surprise. And having requests for access to the posts on Journolist refused is no surprise either. And now Klein has stated that he will delete all the posts.

A member of Journolist, Jonathan Chait said:

Let me disabuse everybody by revealing that Journolist was not created for people to work out some party line. The discussion was private not because the conversations were too explosive to be made public, but because they were too mundane. Conversations consisted of requests for references "does anybody know an expert in such and such” instantaneous reactions to events, joshing around, conversations about sports, and the like....

I'm sorry to spoil the excitement. It was a chat group.

Too mundane to make public? HA!

Breitbart has offered $100,000 for a full archive of Journolist posts. Predictably the left-wingers are in full attack mode. Must be something there.