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Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Journolist and the 2008 Campaign

The Daily Caller and its chief, Tucker Carlson, have been going to town on a treasure trove of EMails from the now defunct Journolist, an EMail reflector service or listserv.  In this case, it was a group of journalists and journalism professors.

Law Professor Ann Althouse gets to the crux of the current question (your newspaper or radio station may not be following this), which is "How far were Journolisters willing to go to help Obama win the election?".  It is a long post, and especially long by Ms Althouse's standards.  And at this point has 153 comments.

It wasn't all about Fox News.  Ms Althouse culls this item:
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..."
There is more on that in Ms Althouse's post, which I have linked to, but which I can not in fairness quote in toto.

My wife tells me that more revelations are due at midnight on The Daily Caller, per Tucker Carlson on the Sean Hannity show this evening.

Regards  —  Cliff

  I am on three such services and find them easy, handy and useful.  One includes some MSM journalists, in small numbers, but domestic politics is not only not the focus, but is verboten.


Craig H said...

Party partisans and ideologues seem only to want to oppose the "other" side, and, coincidentally, anyone who supports the other side. It's never about civil discourse anymore.

This is chilling.

Jack Mitchell said...

This is equivelant to pornography.

Sure there must have been lefties bunched in, but what I read sounds like remorse over content, as in "low brow."

Rupert Murdoch, et al has dumbed America down. We no longer value journalism because we can rarely find it.

In the long run, that is very bad for us, US.

C R Krieger said...

I posted an update post just as Jack was posting his comment to the original post.

I am not sure about the pornography, unless it is about viewing other peoples' EMails.

As I noted in my latest post, I think the Republic will survive.

But, then I make it a habit to try and read broadly.  Our house gets both The Boston Globe and The Lowell Sun and I get the NYT on Sundays and try to read The WashPost and check in on the IHT and The Guardian.  So, I think that Drudge and Fox News are also to be sampled.

To me it just makes good sense to sample widely.

Regards  —  Cliff

Jack Mitchell said...

Porno is a thing that stimulates but has no sustenance.

It is tabloid jourolism. Murdoch's bread and butter. Other outlets fall into a mimic pattern, as ratings plunge. The boob tube now does news.

Masses of people watching does not validate a thing's quality. Ask Thomas Tusser.

The "long war" that Murdoch wages, is the degradation of the 4th estate.

So now we have science deniers, cynics and skeptics. That makes way for cults of personalities.

A "free press" is a crucial to our Democracy as any elected body, imho.