Media Conspired to Protect Obama

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This post is dedicated to all those who still think the MSM are objective and unbiased. But I don’t harbor any hope they’ll be dissuaded from their stubborn delusion. To quote my socialist friend, Stephanie: “I’ve made up my mind. Don’t confuse me with facts!”
The left like to make fun of conspiracy theories. But this is a real conspiracy — a vast left-wing media conspiracy. The name and news publication of each offending journalist left-wing ideologue are in bold sick green, all the better to identify and remember who they are.
JournoList, the listserv referred to in the article below, was founded by prominent Washington Post writer Ezra Klein. Klein shut down JournoList last month.
~Eowyn

Documents show media plotting to kill stories about Rev. Jeremiah Wright

By Jonathan Strong – The Daily Caller – July 20, 2010

It was the moment of greatest peril for then-Sen. Barack Obama’s political career. In the heat of the presidential campaign, videos surfaced of Obama’s pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, angrily denouncing whites, the U.S. government and America itself. Obama had once bragged of his closeness to Wright. Now the black nationalist preacher’s rhetoric was threatening to torpedo Obama’s campaign.
The crisis reached a howling pitch in mid-April, 2008, at an ABC News debate moderated by Charlie Gibson and George Stephanopoulos. Gibson asked Obama why it had taken him so long – nearly a year since Wright’s remarks became public – to dissociate himself from them. Stephanopoulos asked, “Do you think Reverend Wright loves America as much as you do?”
Watching this all at home were members of Journolist, a listserv comprised of several hundred liberal journalists, as well as like-minded professors and activists. The tough questioning from the ABC anchors left many of them outraged. “George [Stephanopoulos],” fumed Richard Kim of the Nation, is “being a disgusting little rat snake.”
Others went further. According to records obtained by The Daily Caller, at several points during the 2008 presidential campaign a group of liberal journalists took radical steps to protect their favored candidate. Employees of news organizations including Time, Politico, the Huffington Post, the Baltimore Sun, the Guardian, Salon and the New Republic participated in outpourings of anger over how Obama had been treated in the media, and in some cases plotted to fix the damage.
In one instance, Spencer Ackerman of the Washington Independent urged his colleagues to deflect attention from Obama’s relationship with Wright by changing the subject. Pick one of Obama’s conservative critics, Ackerman wrote, “Fred Barnes, Karl Rove, who cares — and call them racists.”
Michael Tomasky, a writer for the Guardian, also tried to rally his fellow members of Journolist: “Listen folks–in my opinion, we all have to do what we can to kill ABC and this idiocy in whatever venues we have. This isn’t about defending Obama. This is about how the [mainstream media] kills any chance of discourse that actually serves the people…. We need to throw chairs now, try as hard as we can to get the call next time. Otherwise the questions in October will be exactly like this. This is just a disease.” (In an interview Monday, Tomasky defended his position, calling the ABC debate an example of shoddy journalism.)
Thomas Schaller, a columnist for the Baltimore Sun as well as a political science professor [at the University of Maryland], upped the ante from there. In a post with the subject header, “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.
Tomasky approved. “YES. A thousand times yes,” he exclaimed.
The members began collaborating on their open letter. Jonathan Stein of Mother Jones rejected an early draft, saying, “I’d say too short. In my opinion, it doesn’t go far enough in highlighting the inanity of some of [Gibson’s] and [Stephanopoulos’s] questions. And it doesn’t point out their factual inaccuracies …Our friends at Media Matters probably have tons of experience with this sort of thing, if we want their input.”

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0 responses to “Media Conspired to Protect Obama

  1. Dave from Atlanta

    Had the Wright association come out in its entirety in a timely manner during the 2008 campaign America might have determined that candidate Obama was too radical and too racist to be an effective president. Because of this conspiracy to deflect attention from the truth, we ended up with a leader that much fewer voters would have otherwise chosen. I don’t even feel anger over this – just sadness.

     
  2. It isn’t going to be just former politicians people will someday be out hunting with dogs and guns.
    I think the Media Research Center (MRC) needs to come up with a new dubious media award:
    The Joseph Goebbels Left-Wing Bullshit Propaganda Conspiracy Award.
    We have now ventured well beyond a merely biased media.
    -Dave

     
  3. This is a big fat duh! Not surprised whatsoever….
    Cowards and commies all of them. Can’t even present the facts. No morals and no ethics…just despicable. May all these commie “journalists” eat crow this November!

     
  4. Too bad we can’t vote the New York Times outta office in November.

     

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