The now infamous JournoList provides us an absolutely priceless look into the sausage factory that is the Liberal media. This is how the talking points are gathered and the memos written to create what I’ve always thought was a suspiciously consistent media narrative. And consistent (with but a few exceptions) in a highly convenient way for Libs. Recall the montages that Rush Limbaugh likes to play to make this very point. Example:
HARRIS: It seems so long ago that the economy was literally on the brink.
CLIFT: (crosstalk) He brought the economy back from the brink.
KEILAR: Two years ago the U.S. economy being on the brink of collapse.
HARWOOD: helped pull the economy back from the brink.
MENENDEZ: He has managed to get a lot done, saving the economy from the brink.
LOTHIAN: As the President has pointed out it’s been brought back from the brink.
CARLSON: Obama having to regulate the banks, after the banks put all of us on the brink of a economic collapse.
When McCain picked Palin as his VP, members of this online forum began to formulate the most effective way to attack her and defeat the McCain campaign. Much of what you see in the JournoList emails will sound familiar to you because this is the narrative the media promoted. The following exchanges are just from the day of the announcement.
The conversation began with a debate over how best to attack Sarah Palin. “Honestly, this pick reeks of desperation,” wrote Michael Cohen of the New America Foundation in the minutes after the news became public. “How can anyone logically argue that Sarah Pallin [sic], a one-term governor of Alaska, is qualified to be President of the United States? Train wreck, thy name is Sarah Pallin.”
Not a wise argument, responded Jonathan Stein, a reporter for Mother Jones. If McCain he were asked about Palin’s inexperience, he could simply point to then candidate Barack Obama’s similarly thin resume. “Q: Sen. McCain, given Gov. Palin’s paltry experience, how is she qualified to be commander in chief?,” Stein asked hypothetically. “A: Well, she has much experience as the Democratic nominee.”
Politico reporter Ben Adler, now an editor at Newsweek, replied, “but doesn’t leaving sad baby without its mother while she campaigns weaken that family values argument? Or will everyone be too afraid to make that point?”
Suzanne Nossel, chief of operations for Human Rights Watch, added a novel take: “I think it is and can be spun as a profoundly sexist pick. Women should feel umbrage at the idea that their votes can be attracted just by putting a woman, any woman, on the ticket no matter her qualifications or views.”
Mother Jones’s Stein loved the idea. “That’s excellent! If enough people – people on this list? – write that the pick is sexist, you’ll have the networks debating it for days. And that negates the SINGLE thing Palin brings to the ticket,” he wrote.
A lot more here
This is “the news”, folks. And now the media is on the defensive, saying that it’s mostly Leftwing opinion writers who we see here involved in coordinating a message, not real mainstream journalists. I don’t know. Joe Klein from Time magazine is in there. Ezra Klein from the Washington Post founded the damn thing. Mother Jones and The Economist are in there. Newsweek is in there. The New Yorker is in there. Those are just the ones I know about. They weren’t offended by all this, though. In fact, they ran with this ball. It’s pretty clear from the actual reporting that the MSM was following the narrative and tactics as brainstormed on JournoList. I wonder if Peter Wallsten is part of Journolist. He is the reporter at the LA Times that refused to release the video of the Obama/Khalidi/Ayers/Dohrn lovefest. No, it was more important to bash Palin for her clothing budget.