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    Obama Journolist Operative Invited Other Journolistas to White House

    Obama Journolist Operative Invited Other Journolistas to White House

    On February 18, 2010, I wrote a post titled Progressive Bloggers In The Wizard of Oz, about a trip by several “progressive” bloggers to meet at The White House with Jared Bernstein, Chief Economist to Vice President Joe Biden.

    The post carried a photo of serious-looking faces reflecting what I believed — tongue in cheek — was “the moment they realized that they were not going to get to meet with the ‘chief economist to President Barack Obama.'”

    Boy, was I wrong. It was more like a reunion. Of Journolistas.

    The “Chief Economist to Vice President Joe Biden” was none other than Journalista Jared Bernstein, who — thanks to a post at Volokh Conspiracy (via Instapundit)– I just learned was an adviser to the Obama campaign in 2008 when he was active on the Journolist:

    One question that has arisen in the last week is how closely JournoList members, not only discussed how to shape the news to advance the fortunes of Barack Obama, but coordinated with the Obama campaign. Jared Bernstein’s position as an unpaid adviser and surrogate shows that there was at least one direct link between JournoList and the Obama campaign.

    In attendance for the meeting at the White House were fellow Journolistas Matthew Yglesias (Think Progress), Tim Fernholz (American Prospect) and Chris Hayes (The Nation). One of the other bloggers in attendance was Oliver Willis, whose name has not surfaced on the Journolist, but who works for Media Matters, so he is practically an Honorary Journolista.

    So… An Obama campaign operative interacted on the Journolist with sympathetic media types in the run-up to the election, and then rewarded favored Journolistas with a visit to the White House.

    Nothing to see here, move along.

    Update: Jennifer Rubin notices the lack of diversity on the Journolist (something I also noted in my February post): “The angry white men and the hate-filled political marionettes aren’t on talk radio. They’re on Journolist.”

    Update 7-24-2010: iOwnTheWorld (via Instapundit) has photographic proof of the lack of Journolistic diversity.

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    Biggest scandal in American history? It seems like somebody is taking specific cuts of personal emails and trying to create a narrative. Easy proof: Tucker Carlson asked Ezra Klein for an invitation to the journolist to hear some progressive ideas, and Ezra Klein said YES. If you are plotting something nefarious, you don't invite the opposing party to come watch.
    Even the most (in my opinion) scandalous charge, closing down Fox News, involved only two members trying to make the case that the government should shut down an organization for misinformation while others told them they were being absurd. Political disagreement in personal emails doesn't equal a conspiracy.

    Also, if you actually read the Volokh article, it shows that Bernstein was not technically part of the journolist once he joined Biden's staff.
    "2D UPDATE: I have an anonymous source who has shown me an email thread that appears to be from JournoList. From his search of the JournoList archives, he believes that Bernstein’s last direct email to the list was on December 5, 2008, a charming farewell sent 3 days before he was introduced as Biden’s chief economist. Indeed, months later there were several emails to the list from members who wondered how to contact Bernstein."

    He was most likely still friends with the journolist once he joined Biden's staff, but no longer technically part of the organization.

    Nothing to see here is right.

    Sorry, I missed the post where you (or your readers) behaved ethically. Pot, meet a whole bunch of kettles. Really angry kettles unfamiliar with history, civics, and any narrative that doesn't involve dangerous black people who are simultaneously all-powerful and stupid.

    ice9


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