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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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    You know, when I've seen (and made) Fourth Estate/ Fifth Column comments in the past, I didn't realize just how much they reflected reality.

    It is no exaggeration to say that this is the biggest scandal in the history of the United States.

    A candidate was surreptitiously, albeit obviously, assisted and advised by the media, which acted as his propagandists in a concerted effort to steal an election.

    This is the biggest scandal in history of the U.S. Think about it.

    Considering Bush himself had met several times with Fox News luminaries, I don't see the outrage here.

    "Who pays the bills at Think Progress, American Prospect, The Nation and Media Matters? It'll be an interlocking group that interlocks with the occupiers of the WH."

    Two words: George Soros

    Time to think about the practical benefits of these revelations…
    Section 73.1212 [47 CFR §73.1212](e) states:
    (e) The announcement required by this section shall, in addition to stating the fact that the broadcast matter was sponsored, paid for or furnished, fully and fairly disclose the true identity of the person or persons, or corporation, committee, association or other unincorporated group, or other entity by whom or on whose behalf such payment is made or promised, or from whom or on whose behalf such services or other valuable consideration is received, or by whom the material or services referred to in paragraph (d) of this section are furnished. Where an agent or other person or entity contracts or otherwise makes arrangements with a station on behalf of another, and such fact is known or by the exercise of reasonable diligence, as specified in paragraph (b) of this section, could be known to the station, the announcement shall disclose the identity of the person or persons or entity on whose behalf such agent is acting instead of the name of such agent. Where the material broadcast is political matter or matter involving the discussion of a controversial issue of public importance and a corporation, committee, association or other unincorporated group, or other entity is paying for or furnishing the broadcast matter, the station shall, in addition to making the announcement required by this section, require that a list of the chief executive officers or members of the executive committee or of the board of directors of the corporation, committee, association or other unincorporated group, or other entity shall be made available for public inspection at the location specified by the licensee under § 73.3526 of this chapter. If the broadcast is originated by a network, the list may, instead, be retained at the headquarters office of the network or at the location where the originating station maintains its public inspection file under § 73.3526 of this chapter. Such lists shall be kept and made available for a period of two years."

    There are similar provisions for print and radio journalism. This means there are criminal liabilities attached to this. These are FCC rules and can be used to obtain the initial round of convictions. These convictions can then be used as the basis for a RICO conspiracy complaint. The RICO complaint will carry huge federal prison time and you know that some of these people will roll over on the Obama Administration and tell the whole story. In one fell swoop we can get the journalists, their employers and the Administration.

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