~Journolist better be glad they became defunct nearly a month ago. Hmmm…weird coinkydink with this story blasting from Daily Caller. NOT!
From the Daily Caller at midnight tonight:
* Sarah Spitz, a producer for National Public Radio, that isn’t what you’d do at all.
In a post to the list-serv Journolist, an online meeting place for liberal journalists, Spitz wrote that she would “Laugh loudly like a maniac and watch his eyes bug out” as Limbaugh writhed in torment.
In boasting that she would gleefully watch a man die in front of her eyes, Spitz seemed to shock even herself. “I never knew I had this much hate in me,” she wrote. “But he deserves it.”
Spitz’s hatred for Limbaugh seems intemperate, even imbalanced. On Journolist, where conservatives are regarded not as opponents but as enemies, it barely raised an eyebrow.
* and this…On Journolist, the question was whether the protestors were garden-variety fascists or actual Nazis.
* and lastly this:
On Journolist, there was rarely such thing as an honorable political disagreement between the left and right, though there were many disagreements on the left. In the view of many who’ve posted to the list-serv, conservatives aren’t simply wrong, they are evil. And while journalists are trained never to presume motive, Journolist members tend to assume that the other side is acting out of the darkest and most dishonorable motives.
~Back to Sarah…
Carl Franzen Contributor–AOL News Surge Desk
(July 20) — Before it was disbanded nearly a month ago, JournoList was a private e-mail group, or listserv, wherein mostly liberal journalists and “policy experts” engaged in ongoing, off-the-record, conversations on a wide array of subjects, including stories and story ideas. Today, it has become Sarah Palin’s latest punching bag.
Check out her most recent Facebook post. As she (or her Facebook ghostwriter) writes:
Remember the infamous “JournoList” — the listserv chat group of hundreds of “prominent” mainstream media personalities? It seems The Daily Caller obtained copies of the JournoList email exchanges from the 2008 campaign having to do with the media’s coverage of Rev. Jeremiah Wright, then candidate Obama’s pastor of 20 years. …more will no doubt be revealed in the future, no doubt covering the lamestream media’s coverage of other issues and people. May the light keep shining!
Sarah Palin: Media Bias? What Media Bias? BOMBSHELL!
* Sarah Palin’s Notes
Media Bias? What Media Bias? BOMBSHELL! Yesterday at 1:26pm
It’s encouraging for commonsense conservatives who are frustrated with media cover-ups and biases to see truth revealed.
Remember the infamous “JournoList” – the listserv chat group of hundreds of “prominent” mainstream media personalities? It seems The Daily Caller obtained copies of the JournoList email exchanges from the 2008 campaign having to do with the media’s coverage of Rev. Jeremiah Wright, then candidate Obama’s pastor of 20 years. It’s everything you may have suspected.
This, in the words of one JournoList member:
“I do not endorse a Popular Front, nor do I think you need to. It’s not necessary to jump to Wright-qua-Wright’s defense. What is necessary is to raise the cost on the right of going after the left. In other words, find a rightwinger’s [sic] and smash it through a plate-glass window. Take a snapshot of the bleeding mess and send it out in a Christmas card to let the right know that it needs to live in a state of constant fear. Obviously I mean this rhetorically.
And I think this threads the needle. If the right forces us all to either defend Wright or tear him down, no matter what we choose, we lose the game they’ve put upon us. Instead, take 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? What lurks behind those problems? This makes *them* sputter with rage, which in turn leads to overreaction and self-destruction.”
That’s just one little excerpt. Read the whole thing here. It’s quite an eye-opener. It really says it all – though more will no doubt be revealed in the future, no doubt covering the lamestream media’s coverage of other issues and people. May the light keep shining!
– Sarah Palin
Palin’s post also links to and excerpts from a new JournoList expose published today by The Daily Caller, a conservative answer to The Huffington Post.
Both that article and Palin’s post contain messages sent by Spencer Ackerman during the 2008 presidential race, in which he suggests that he and other JournoList members brand conservative journalists “racist” to shift focus away from the inflammatory speeches of the Rev. Wright, Barack Obama’s pastor at the time. One of the e-mails excerpted by both reads:
If the right forces us all to either defend Wright or tear him down, no matter what we choose, we lose the game they’ve put upon us. Instead, take 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? What lurks behind those problems? This makes *them* sputter with rage, which in turn leads to overreaction and self-destruction.”
As Politico’s Keach Hagey points out, “this may all have the result of making Spencer Ackerman wildly famous,” even though Palin doesn’t specifically address him by name in her post.
Indeed, like many other admitted JournoList members, Ackerman is openly liberal, and thus is unlikely to suffer much professionally from the expose or Palin’s post (Politico notes that Wired magazine, which recently hired Ackerman as a blogger for Danger Room, is standing by him). But another journalist has been taken down by the JournoList leaks.
David Weigel, a self-described libertarian, was forced to resign from his position covering the conservative movement for The Washington Post last month when his off-the-record e-mails were published by another blog, Fishbowl D.C. The e-mails reveal Weigel bashing a number of prominent conservative media figures.
Following Weigel’s resignation, JournoList folded. It was deleted by its creator, Weigel’s former Washington Post colleague Ezra Klein, who said he started JournoList back in 2007 as an “insulated space where the lure of a smart, ongoing conversation would encourage journalists, policy experts and assorted other observers to share their insights with one another.”
Yet for nearly as long as it existed, JournoList was an enormous target for criticism from some journalists on the outside, namely conservatives, who viewed it as a not-so-thinly veiled expression of bias and coordinated attempt at agenda-setting.
Klein and other JournoListers have defended the listserv as merely one of many such private spaces for discussing and venting online, and not any sort of concerted plotting device. In fact, Klein actively mocks those who would interpret it as such. Check out his tweet from today:
That was a gross wrap from Chop’t. If only I still had Journolist so I could DESTROY THEM. ~ http://twitter.com/ezraklein