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Thursday, July 22, 2010

Email scandals

Mark Tapscott makes the connection between two e-mail scandals: Climategate and JournoList. Both have pulled back a curtain on how liberals talk amongst themselves as they figure out how to advance their agendas.

The drop from the Daily Caller today
is how the JournoList members responded to McCain's nomination of Sarah Palin and brainstormed the best way to attack her. Joe Klein then took their suggestions and wrote up his column on the subject. Nothing really unethical about a columnist batting around ideas with his ideological soulmates, but it is entertaining to see behind curtain.

Fred Barnes responds to Spencer Ackerman's
idea posted on JournoList that liberals pick out some random conservatives, say Fred Barnes or Karl Rove, and just call them racists. Barnes chalks this up to severe media groupthink coupled with this new effort to mold liberal journalists into a team to win victories for their side and destroy the conservative team. The only problem is that there is no parallel conservative team. James Taranto notes that, at least in the emails released by Daily Caller, none of the participants on JournoList objected in principle to the idea of making false accusations of racism. Another Black Conservative responds to the lack of outrage among the Journolist members to the idea of setting forth false accusations of racism.
This is the exact ploy being used against Tea Party activists. I guess they decided to mothball it for later use. What is astounding is that none on the listsev objects to making up racism, they only object to whether or not the strategy will backfire on Obama. Given the racial tensions that already exist in this nation, I find it a particularly evil to add to that tension by making stuff up for political gain.
William Jacobson calls for Ezra Klein to release the entire archives to prove Klein's claims that most of the discussion was innocuous.

What should be clear to everyone right now is to be extra careful not to put anything in an email that you wouldn't want to see broadcast across the internet. Neither of these scandals would be anything without the ease of digital communication. Just as I warn my students not to put anything up on Facebook that they would mind a college admissions officer or future employer reading, we should all take similar care in our private emails. In the olden days people would be paranoid about being secretly taped. Now they can worry about an email getting forwarded to someone who will post it for everyone to see. Whoever you are, this is a lesson worth mastering.


tfhr said...

That the list is referred to as "Journolist", as opposed to "Editorialist", speaks directly to the problem at the WaPo and NYT, to mention but two examples where editorial content, directed at that, takes its place on the front page or drives the lead. Reporting the Who, What, When, Where, and Why has taken a distant, distant place behind, "How can this story advance our cause". These people are not real journalists, they just play them on TV or write the scripts.

Stan said...


To understand the Journolisters, the climategate scientists such as Michael Mann, and the liberal political modus operandi in general, it always helps to start with what I call Krauthammer's axiom -- the difference b/w Republicans and Democrats is that Republicans think Democrats are wrong and Democrats think Republicans are evil. Indeed, this belief in GOP/conservative evil is the very starting point and the central fact of their ideology. It's also very convenient.

Vote fraud, lies, slander, corrupt bargains, ethical lapses are all permissible when fighting this assumed evil. (e.g. Clinton's defense for lying -- the truth would have helped Republicans).

Bachbone said...

Leftist so-called 'journalists' should remember Churchill's warning about appeasement (paraphrasing - feeding the crocodiles in the hopes they'll eat you last). George Stephanopoulos discovered that his proven liberal bonafides didn't matter one iota when he had the unmitigated gall to pose a non-softball question to The One on national television. Stephie and ABC, who had flacked for Obama without stop since he announced his candidacy, still had to be trashed. A healthy croc CHOMP to those who let a toe slip off the leftist path.