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Journolist Included Political Operatives

Filed under: Media Bias — DRJ @ 1:45 pm

[Guest post by DRJ]

Ho, hum. Another day, another Daily Caller story about how Journolist members — including political operatives — worked to shape the news to fit the liberal narrative.

And to think these elite journalists are the future of America.


15 Responses to “Journolist Included Political Operatives”

  1. Do “journalists” belong to a labor union?

    mhr (c83c6a)

  2. Journolist founder Ezra Klein, a staffer at the Washington Post, says he “tried to be very strict” in making sure no active political operatives joined Journolist. “It’s possible I missed someone,” he explained in an email.

    It is hard to read the above juxtaposed with the Daily Caller’s litany of political operatives who regularly posted on Journolist and not conclude that Klein is simply lying. Not being disingenuous or selective in truth-telling, but flat-out lying when he claims that Journolist was not an all-out effort of Democrat operatives and liberal media types to manage the message and spin for liberal Democrats.

    JVW (a52530)

  3. Wasn’t Orszag a JournoLister?

    JD (5ff452)

  4. ““Calling all Journos,” Bernstein wrote in a message relayed by Klein. “I thought we got too little love from progressive types re our tax changes targeted at businesses with overseas operations. We’re maybe going for another bite at the apple this Monday,” he wrote. Bernstein invited members of the list to join him on a conference call on the issue a few days later.””

    Message control … That reminds me of the NEA (national endowment for the arts) conf call to get artists to do their Obama agitprop stuff.

    Travis Monitor (9e3371)

  5. mhr…. most journalists belong to “The Guild”.

    Huey (efe02b)

  6. It is hard to read the above juxtaposed with the Daily Caller’s litany of political operatives who regularly posted on Journolist and not conclude that Klein is simply lying.

    Yeah, especially when he willingly posts missives from political operatives in the administration to the Journolist.

    JD- !!! Also, Ezra says Orzag was never on Journolist. He and Ezra seem to have had some relationship, though

    MayBee (63e366)

  7. For almost 40 years Every scandal, or almost all have been called “Something”-Gate

    That always irritated me because even if the iincident was on the Left the Right took a ding just because of the reference to Watergate

    TODAY thanks to Klein and Journolist we have brand new Theme


    I suggest we start using it

    How does Rangel-List sound 😉

    Dan Kauffman (3c9c17)

  8. juicebox mafia
    description far too kind for
    these leftwing ninnies

    ColonelHaiku (ac3c3c)

  9. One of the firms discovered by Breitbart, were the ones that Axelrod’s partner used to astroturf on Youtube and other locations, the visual version of the Journolist lies

    ian cormac (e46147)

  10. I’m not sure we have seen this level of lying and mendacity since the Third World became a byword for corruption. Louis XVI had a circle of liars and rent seekers around him that might compare.

    George Soro’s ancestors did not leave Europe until it was a life saving emergency. Most Americans trace their roots to people who refused to accept tyranny and left as a matter of conscience. My ancestors were here in the early 19th century. My great grand father has always been an inspiration to me although my aunt, in a fit of anarchy, burnt all his photos. They did not run from Europe seeking help from anyone who would give them succor. They left before the potato famine and before all the calamities that forced the weak to seek a refuge.

    They came with their pride. The Godfather movie has a bit of this in its story. My great grandfather, for whom I am named, went out to Illinois and worked as a constable and in a glass factory until he had enough money to go back to New York and marry my great grandmother. On the day he left his job at the glass factory, he made himself a glass cane. I have that cane.

    I have my great grandmother’s sewing machine, on which she made all of her children’s clothes. All 12 of them. I have a photo of them all on the day of my great grandfather’s funeral. His nine sons and three daughters. He gave each of his sons a farm when he married. He required them to pay him back 1/2 the value of the farm, with which he bought more land.

    These are the people who built this country. My great grandfather never learned to read or write. He could not figure on paper. Still, he had the biggest house in the town and, if you should visit St Paul’s, the Catholic Church in Odell, Illinois; and if you should look at the first two stained glass windows of the church, right and left, you will see that they were donated by Mr and Mrs Michael Kennedy and by Mr and Mrs John Ferguson. Those are my great grandparents.

    There is another family story. My great grandfather hitched a team to a wagon and drove to town to sell some hogs. He had two of his grandsons with him. One was my father. After he sold the hogs and started back to the farm, he began to feel he had been cheated. As they rode back, he spent the time figuring and figuring. It was hard for him as he was illiterate. Finally, he decided he had been cheated. He unhitched one horse, sent the boys on to the farm and rode the one horse back to town.

    He found the hog buyer and horsewhipped him; probably within an inch of his life.

    I wonder if Obama and his entourage has ever heard a story like that.

    Mike K (0ef8c3)

  11. The difference between a journalist and a political operative seems to hang on the paycheck they currently cash.
    It’s not even a revolving door, more like a slalom course; they just slide back and forth.

    AD - RtR/OS! (3c90d0)

  12. Mike, I really enjoyed the story.

    Dustin (b54cdc)

  13. I wish I could be surprised. If the current admin actually had a go at subverting the arts endowments as political propaganda, why should I be surprised they did the same with “neutral” journalists?

    rtrski (c69273)

  14. Mike K, I too enjoyed the story, but I wonder what it sounds like coming from the grandchildren of the guy who got horsewhipped.

    ropelight (7522fe)

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