A JOURNOLIST REMINDER: There was this email group, called Journolist, where journalists got together and talked about how to bury stories that hurt Democrats and push stories that hurt Republicans. Here’s a list of the members.
No, that was not the purpose of Journolist. It was an ordinary liberal listserv that included pundits and professors. Once in 2008, one of its members, angered by the American media’s harping on the Jeremiah Wright nonsense, suggested an aggressive pushback against conservative pundits. No one took him up on the suggestion. People complained for a while (on list and off, in public even) that Sean Hannity had fed a stupid debate question to George Stephanopoulos, and then they went back to arguing about social policy and the Red Sox. The end.
Reynolds’ second update to his disingenuous/delusional post acknowledges that there might in fact be something to the Herman Cain sexual harassment story after all. Do tell! Now all Professor Reynolds needs to do is to take down and apologize for his little piece of slander about a liberal listserv that (a) did not actually do anything wrong in the first place and (b) clearly had nothing to do with the Cain story, having disbanded in 2010 when the right-wing press proved by geometric logic that it was unseemly for liberals to use the Internet to converse with each other.
Full disclosure: yes, I myself was a member of Journolist for about two years. I was invited to join because I signed the open letter about that ABC News debate of April 2008—indeed, the very letter that is repeatedly cited in the wingnutosphere as proof that Journolist was colluding on an open letter!! How did the writers of the open letter get in touch with me if I was not already a member of Journolist, you ask? The amazing but true answer is below the fold:
They used the new “electronical” mail … and I replied! Indeed, one of the drafters of that unethically-composed and stealthily-published open letter reportedly writes for this very blog.* Wheels within wheels, people.
- That blogger, who shall remain anonymous for obvious reasons (though his initials are similar to those of this guy), adds that as one of the actual drafters of that letter, he was highly annoyed that he was too obscure to be singled out in the Daily Caller, and then denounced in a Sarah Palin tweet as a symbol of the fundamental corruption of America.**
** Private correspondence, searchable through the seekrit Journolist 2.0 archives for November 2011.***
*** In still more private correspondence, yet another CT blogger adds the following.
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