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    Ezra Klein aims to fix the news

    Ezra Klein aims to fix the news

    Just like the JournoList.

    I realize most of you will not care about this, but the next big thing is Ezra Klein joining Vox Media (home of some high traffic sites) to start a new website somehow related to what we think of as news.

    You can read the announcement.  It’s very, what’s the word, oh yeah, hubris-ee.

    Ezra, and sidekick Matthew Yglesias (of Sarah Palin target map fame), will create a website to explain what the news means, not just what the news is. In other words, more of the same, but on a higher tech platform.

    But there was one sentence in the announcement that jumped out at me (emphasis added):

    But we’re also hiring. If you share our passion for fixing the news, you should send us your resume here, and tell us how you want to help us do a better job informing our readers.

    I think that’s a pretty revealing description, more revealing than Klein probably intended.

    Fixing the news is what happened at the Journolist, run by Klein, when the mostly young and upcoming D.C. brat pack-ers strategized how they collectively should play events (such as attacks on Sarah Palin and Trig Palin) so as not to damage the Obama campaign:

    The emerging picture of the Journolist is that it served as a place where like-minded people who had great influence on how the media portrayed events were able to coordinate their story lines for the benefit of the Obama campaign.

    We saw the media bias on the surface; the Journolistas helped frame that bias below the surface.

    Nothing has changed. Now it’s called fixing the news.

    (Featured Image via NewsBusters)


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    Trooper York | January 27, 2014 at 1:50 am

    At least with the New York Times you can still wrap fish with it.

    rantbot | January 27, 2014 at 2:08 am

    JournOlist wasn’t about spin. It was about lies.

    Recall the advice to brand opponents of The Collective and its enablers “racists”? Actual evidence of racism was purely optional – this was rote lying for purposes of deception. Straight from JournOlist.

    Lady Penguin | January 27, 2014 at 3:44 am

    I guess the irony is lost on Klein, et al – confirming for the rest of us that the “fix” is in.

    myiq2xu | January 27, 2014 at 4:11 am

    Here is one of Ezra’s contextual explanations from 2008:

    Obama’s finest speeches do not excite. They do not inform. They don’t even really inspire. They elevate. They enmesh you in a grander moment, as if history has stopped flowing passively by, and, just for an instant, contracted around you, made you aware of its presence, and your role in it. He is not the Word made flesh, but the triumph of word over flesh, over color, over despair. The other great leaders I’ve heard guide us towards a better politics, but Obama is, at his best, able to call us back to our highest selves, to the place where America exists as a glittering ideal, and where we, its honored inhabitants, seem capable of achieving it, and thus of sharing in its meaning and transcendence.

    Rosalie | January 27, 2014 at 8:12 am

    One thing’s for sure, they have Obama’s blessing in this new venture.

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