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Brent Bozell's Open Letter to the Washington Post: 20 Questions About the JournoList

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In an open letter to Washington Post Executive Editor Marcus Brauchli, Media Research Center President Brent Bozell (a conservative) is asking Brauchli and Post blogger Ezra Klein, founder of the JournoList, to answer 20 questions about the paper's involvement with the now defunct JournoList list-serv.

The JournoList was an online forum through which liberal journalists and academics would share information. It was recently shut down after controversial e-mails were leaked to The Daily Caller. One Post reporter -- David Weigel -- resigned amid controversy over e-mails he sent via the list-serv.

"The JournoList scandal is getting worse every day and The Washington Post is at the center of it," Bozell writes to Brauchli. "Blogger Ezra Klein ran the operation and at least three other staffers were members. . . . In addition, at least one member of Slate and two from Newsweek, also owned by Washingtonpost.Newsweek. Interactive, were members."

Among the questions Bozell wants the Post to answer:
How many Washington Post staffers were part of JournoList and, if there are any currently unnamed, who are they?

Did the Post know about JournoList when Klein was hired and that it was a "center
to left" group? If yes, what does that say about the Post's claims of neutrality?

Did actions on JournoList violate the Post's ethical guidelines?

Has the Post revised or added any ethical guidelines as a result of this scandal?

Will the Post permit staffers to belong to or operate such lists in the future?

Did Klein and the other Post members write to the list using company equipment and offices?

When Klein shut down the list, did he delete the list? If not, will the Post order him to release it so that readers may decide for themselves?
In the letter, Bozell tells Brauchli that "full disclosure" and "transparency" is the only "way for the Post to move forward from this fiasco." He also calls on the Post to "give readers enough information so that we know just how serious this really was and what can be done to restore your paper's credibility."

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matt102678

Most intelligent people have long been aware of the Washington Post, NYT, ABC, CBS, NBC, and other main stream media outlets Progessive Left Wing ideology and thinking. The free pass and no vetting of our current president during the last election was proof positive that non-biased reponsible journalism by these people is not part of their mantra or agenda in running a competent paper or TV program. Their goal is to further their leftist ideology by using the resources they have at hand to get their candidate elected and promote the leftist agenda. The Washington Post got caught in this JournoList scheme which only validates the points I have made above. It is my belief that this infection runs through out the entire staff at the Post and cannot be sluffed off as just one or two staffers that knew about and were using the JournoList service. As a result Mr. Bozell should not be expecting an answer to any of his questions anytime soon.

July 30 2010 at 12:44 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
aragorn7725

A partisan like Bozell shouldn't be to high and mighty about progressives on that list, given his right-wing views and he's financed by extreme right organizations. Bozell's group exists to attack Democrats and those in the media who are not in his camp.

July 28 2010 at 10:02 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
clevengerlos

After reading the "Open Letter". I would ask; What does this say about thier "neutrality" on all past reporting? What harm has it caused to all? When a citizen commits a crime there is a penalty, what is the Post's?
Everyone should look at the size of this corporation and consider the influence they have and be very concerned that there is no control over any news agency.
Bad news reporting should be a crime.

July 28 2010 at 11:10 AM Report abuse +8 rate up rate down Reply
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wbg3

well of course you would...thats the entire intent of the "open letter"...much as the edited version of sherrods speech was meant to make you believe she was racist, and therefore the naacp and the obama administration was racist also......this letter is meant to make you think these reporters are to the left politically and couldnt possibly report anything objectively...and therefore all reporters are...well i think you can fill in the blank...atwater and rove would be proud

July 28 2010 at 1:47 PM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply

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