The discreet charm of the JournoList
Ah, the Journolisters, such charming people…
Smearing as a racist anyone who dare question Wright and his church during the Obama campaign,
Noting that she’d “Laugh loudly like a maniac and watch his [Rush Limbaugh] eyes bug out” while dying of a heart attack,
Comparing Tea Partiers to brownshirts, even when not bothering to attend any Tea Parties,
And – from a professor at UCLA Law, who doesn’t realize that cable networks are not FCC-regulated broadcasting – speculating as to whether the FCC can pull Fox’s broadcast license. Freedom of the press be damned, of course.
But that’s not the extent of the charm offensive; there’s this from Spencer Ackerman,
“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.”
Obviously? About the only obvious thing is that Spence has anger issues.
Charm aside, the real issue is that the JournoList aimed for this:
“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.
“It would create quite a stir, I bet, and be a warning against future behavior of the sort,” Schaller wrote.
Winning through intimidation, the Alinksi way.
As John Fund points out,
Apparently, many on JournoList had an agenda that had little to do with covering legitimate news stories, but instead were concerned with protecting their friends and trying to ensure they had “control of the country.”
Don’t worry your little head about it, they’ll continue to do so through other means.
The Manchurian Listserv, from Ed Driscoll,
“Rev. Wright is the kindest, bravest, warmest, most wonderful human being I’ve ever known in my life.”