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The Daily Caller is out today with another big story, highlighting the Journolist -- a now defunct listserv where hundreds of liberal journalists and academics would collaborate and share information.

Today's column reveals that in 2008, several liberal journalists on the list were overtly discouraging others from covering the Rev. Jeremiah Wright story -- his incendiary remarks were an embarrassment for the Obama presidential campaign -- and, in at least one case, plotting to undermine the reputation of conservative journalists.

Arguably, this is the most disturbing section from the story:
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."
Later, the Daily Caller quotes Ackerman as writing:
I do not endorse a Popular Front, nor do I think you need to. It's not necessary to jump to Wright-qua-Wright's defense. What is necessary is to raise the cost on the right of going after the left. In other words, find a rightwinger's [sic] and smash it through a plate-glass window. Take a snapshot of the bleeding mess and send it out in a Christmas card to let the right know that it needs to live in a state of constant fear. Obviously I mean this rhetorically.
This is the second time The Daily Caller has made news by revealing e-mails posted on the Journolist. The first time, Washington Post blogger Dave Weigel was exposed for mocking conservatives. Interestingly, prior to moving to the Post, Weigel worked with Ackerman at the Independent. (Weigel resigned from the Post after the Journolist story surfaced.)

After the Weigel affair, popular conservative blogger Andrew Breitbart offered to pay a $100,000 reward to anyone who would turn over transcripts from the Journolist. Interestingly, just before the Daily Caller broke this second story, Breitbart rescinded the offer.

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snrar

This is news ? We the people knew this from the get go , All you had to do is watch ABC , NBC , CBS , MSNBC ( The worst of the bunch ) and of course CNN . I will never forget Chris Matthews stating on the air " I will do all I can do for this president " , Along with his off the wall statement about getting a thrill up his leg just by hearing OBAMA give a speech . The media hated Bush with so much passion that it has destroyed itself into becoming a mouth peace for the Obama admin. They have lost the American peoples trust . There failure to print many stories about Obama has hurt them . A once proud media has been clouded by the leftist agenda period .

July 25 2010 at 9:45 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Michael D'Amore

Ackerman should turn in his press pass immediately! He's suppose to report all the news and not just the way he sees it or agrees with! He's done in my book! Period!

July 20 2010 at 5:13 PM Report abuse +8 rate up rate down Reply
REM1875

Why wont the liberals here discus what is actually in this story and if it OK for liberal (MSM) journalist to use these tactics and to comment on Journolist? How did we go from what is in the story to an all out attack on FOX (and conservatives) which is apparently what Journolist was used for. Does this mean you agree with Journolist and their tactics?

July 20 2010 at 3:44 PM Report abuse +9 rate up rate down Reply
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ccrowleyjr

Actually, I don't mind it at all. After years of vicious lies, distortions and half-truths perpetrated by the likes of Limbaugh, Beck and Hannity, it's good to see a liberal roll up the sleeves and get down and dirty with those from the right -- who have been doing this for years without opposition or shame.

July 20 2010 at 3:53 PM Report abuse -10 rate up rate down Reply
andrc657

FOX NEWS needs to explain why they covered Jeremiah Wright, Bill Ayers and any negative story they could find on Obama and played it over and over. They need to explain why they currently portray the Obama administration in a negative way every chance they can.

July 20 2010 at 3:54 PM Report abuse -11 rate up rate down Reply
vinnygasoline

All the guy has to do is, resign and walk away? He interfered with our political process! He's not a journalist! He's a saboteur! Charges should be made! I don't care if you're left or right. This is wrong and it angers me! REPTILIOUS!

July 20 2010 at 3:42 PM Report abuse +10 rate up rate down Reply
ccrowleyjr

The difference between FOX "NEWS" and the other major news entities is that FOX pulls no punches, hides nothing. It is the semiofficial mouthpiece of the right and proud of it. Please be honest FOX hounds.

July 20 2010 at 3:22 PM Report abuse +20 rate up rate down Reply
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ccrowleyjr

13 thumbs up as I write this, and judging from other votes, right-wingers have wildly approved of this comment. Of course, they got it wrong. My point was that FOX "NEWS" isn't news at all. They speak for the right wing and do so proudly. FOX hounds who love this network simply need to be honest about it. There is absolutely no validity to its claim of "fair and balanced" reporting. FOX knows it and is proud to further the right-wing agenda.

July 20 2010 at 3:40 PM Report abuse -10 rate up rate down Reply
Sally

I never watch Fox. Nothing valid to listen to there.

July 20 2010 at 3:16 PM Report abuse -21 rate up rate down Reply
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vinnygasoline

I listen to both sides of the coin. How else can you make a an educated decision. Listening to only the things that give you a warm, cozy feeling inside is foolish. Being closed minded is part of the problem. Keep your friends close and your enemies closer.

July 20 2010 at 3:50 PM Report abuse +10 rate up rate down Reply
Sally

The news certainly has to dig deep for dirt here, all they have to do is turn on the radio...its nothing but dirty tactics, lies, flat out slander.

July 20 2010 at 3:15 PM Report abuse -19 rate up rate down Reply
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ccrowleyjr

Stick to your guns, Sally. FOX "NEWS" is very clever in that it rarely mixes its propaganda with flat-out slander. They produce only golden lies.

July 20 2010 at 3:36 PM Report abuse -12 rate up rate down Reply
sor0903

I think you hit the nail on the head. Both sides farbricate totally false stories about the other and that needs to stop. The personal bias of all the commentators are so powerful they distort things that have been recorded or videoed even when everyone will know they are lying or misrepresenting.

July 20 2010 at 3:38 PM Report abuse -8 rate up rate down Reply
ccrowleyjr

FOX "NEWS" is non biased? That's among the funnier postings here. Next you'll be saying that Sarah Palin is an intellectual powerhouse or that GWB was a good president.

July 20 2010 at 3:01 PM Report abuse -26 rate up rate down Reply
rsticks18

if you insist on saying fox news did not cover the no wmd in iraq story--or the valerie plame story---or any of the other stories listed in the post below--you either did not watch them being covered or resent the fact they might not cover them from your perspective but rather from a NON BIASED one

July 20 2010 at 2:55 PM Report abuse +26 rate up rate down Reply
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tool3line2

Yes Fox reported in June 2006 "We have found weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, chemical weapons," Sen. Rick Santorum, R-Pa., said in a quickly called press conference late Wednesday afternoon.

Reading from a declassified portion of a report by the National Ground Intelligence Center, a Defense Department intelligence unit, Santorum said: "Since 2003, coalition forces have recovered approximately 500 weapons munitions which contain degraded mustard or sarin nerve agent.."

Also included in that report is "in the official administration response to FOX News, a senior Defense Department official pointed out that the chemical weapons were not in useable conditions".

"This does not reflect a capacity that was built up after 1991," the official said, adding the munitions "are not the WMDs this country and the rest of the world believed Iraq had, and not the WMDs for which this country went to war."

As reported by politicsdaily in March of this year, Karl Rove in his recently published memoir, "Courage and Consequence", admits that the failure to find weapons of mass destruction in Iraq severely damaged the Bush presidency — and he suggests the war might not have occurred had Bush actually known the truth.

So what are your points about WMD?

July 20 2010 at 3:28 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
egoet209

i think that we should look with some degree of skeptcism at a journolist writting a story. Would it be appropriate to expect a journalist to know how to spell the word

July 20 2010 at 2:52 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply

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