Wide use of “Reaganesque” suggests Journolist still operating

For those who are not yet informed on the Journolist scandal, it related to a mailing list that circulated among an unknown number of “journalists” at leading news and opinion outlets in the US mainstream media. The list was used to discuss tactics and how to spin news so as to advantage Obama and discredit his opponents, but it was exposed when a disgruntled member released messages from the list to the wider media. Naturally, not much has been said about these left wing propagandising swine betraying the craft of journalism to partisan political objectives, and unless you use blogs as a news source, you may not have heard of it.

The released messages provided examples of collusion on political issues and how strategies were developed and used to advantage Obama and the Democrats. The list was behind the initial smear campaign against Sarah Palin. The released messages showed Journolisters at first frightened by Palin’s appearance as VP candidate at the Republican convention, and then developing a meme to demean and discredit her.

Members of the list claimed that it had been abandoned after its discovery. I have always doubted the truth of that claim, and I reckon the slavish use of the word “Reaganesque” in the mainstream media after Obama’s State of The Union speech proves it is still operating. Part of Obama’s repackaging for the 2012 election includes the meme that he has “moved to the center”. A lie. Just a typical left wing propaganda lie. But you can bet the left wing mainstream media, Journolisters and those influenced by the Journolisters, will push if for all they are worth.

See here for examples.

I thnk the US list still operates and I think there is a similar list operating in NZ. (I asked Brian Edwards this during an online conversation on his blog and he refused to answer.) Below, for posterity and future reference, is the latest list of known names of the so called “journalists” who participated in the original Journolist. It is believed there were many more participants, and estimates have ranged from 400 upwards.

1. Spencer Ackerman – Wired, FireDogLake, Washington Independent, Talking Points Memo, The American Prospect
2. Thomas Adcock – New York Law Journal
3. Ben Adler – Newsweek, POLITICO
4. Mike Allen – POLITICO
5. Eric Alterman – The Nation, Media Matters for America
6. Marc Ambinder – The Atlantic
7. Greg Anrig – The Century Foundation
8. Ryan Avent – Economist
9. Dean Baker – The American Prospect
10. Nick Baumann – Mother Jones
11. Josh Bearman – LA Weekly
12. Steven Benen – The Carpetbagger Report
13. Ari Berman – The Nation
14. Jared Bernstein – Economic Policy Institute
15. Michael Berube – Crooked Timer, Pennsylvania State University
16. Brian Beutler – The Media Consortium
17. Lindsay Beyerstein – Freelance journalist
18. Joel Bleifuss – In These Times
19. John Blevins – South Texas College of Law
20. Name removed. Please see later post.
21. Sam Boyd – The American Prospect
22. Ben Brandzel – MoveOn.org, John Edwards Campaign
23. Shannon Brownlee – Author, New America Foundation
24. Rich Byrne – Playwright
25. Kevin Carey – Education Sector
26. Jonathan Chait – The New Republic
27. Lakshmi Chaudry – In These Times
28. Isaac Chotiner – The New Republic
29. Ta-Nehisi Coates – The Atlantic
30. Michael Cohen – New America Foundation
31. Jonathan Cohn – The New Republic
32. Joe Conason – The New York Observer
33. Lark Corbeil – Public News Service
34. David Corn – Mother Jones
35. Daniel Davies – The Guardian
36. David Dayen – FireDogLake
37. Brad DeLong – The Economists’ Voice, University of California at Berkeley
38. Ryan Donmoyer – Bloomberg News
39. Adam Doster – In These Times
40. Kevin Drum – Washington Monthly
41. Matt Duss – Center for American Progress
42. Gerald Dworkin – UC Davis
43. Eve Fairbanks – The New Republic
44. James Fallows – The Atlantic
45. Henry Farrell – George Washington University
46. Tim Fernholz – American Prospect
47. Dan Froomkin – Huffington Post, Washington Post
48. Jason Furman – Brookings Institution
49. James Galbraith – University of Texas at Austin
50. Kathleen Geier – Talking Points Memo
51. Todd Gitlin – Columbia University
52. Ilan Goldenberg – National Security Network
53. Arthur Goldhammer – Harvard University
54. Dana Goldstein – The Daily Beast
55. Andrew Golis – Talking Points Memo
56. Jaana Goodrich – Blogger
57. Merrill Goozner – Chicago Tribune
58. David Greenberg – Slate
59. Robert Greenwald – Brave New Films
60. Chris Hayes – The Nation
61. Don Hazen – Alternet
62. Jeet Heer – Canadian Journolist
63. Jeff Hauser – Political Action Committee, Dennis Shulman Campaign
64. Michael Hirsh – Newsweek
65. James Johnson – University of Rochester
66. John Judis – The New Republic, The American Prospect
67. Michael Kazin – Georgetown University
68. Ed Kilgore – Democratic Strategist
69. Richard Kim – The Nation
70. Charlie Kireker – Air America Media
71. Mark Kleiman – UCLA The Reality Based Community
72. Ezra Klein – Washington Post, Newsweek, The American Prospect
73. Joe Klein – TIME
74. Robert Kuttner – American Prospect, Economic Policy Institute
75. Paul Krugman – The New York Times, Princeton University
76. Lisa Lerer – POLITICO
77. Daniel Levy – Century Foundation
78. Ralph Luker – Cliopatria
79. Annie Lowrey – Washington Independent
80. Robert Mackey – New York Times
81. Mike Madden – Salon
82. Maggie Mahar – The Century Foundation
83. Amanda Marcotte – Pandagon.net
84. Dylan Matthews – Harvard University
85. Alec McGillis – Washington Post
86. Scott McLemee – Inside Higher Ed
87. Sara Mead – New America Foundation
88. Ari Melber – The Nation
89. David Meyer – University of California at Irvine
90. Seth Michaels – MyDD.com
91. Luke Mitchell – Harper’s Magazine
92. Gautham Nagesh – The Hill, Daily Caller
93. Suzanne Nossel – Human Rights Watch
94. Michael O’Hare – University of California at Berkeley
95. Josh Orton – MyDD.com, Air America Media
96. Rodger Payne – University of Louisville
97. Rick Perlstein – Author, Campaign for America’s Future
98. Nico Pitney – Huffington Post
99. Harold Pollack – University of Chicago
100. Katha Pollitt – The Nation
101. Ari Rabin-Havt – Media Matters
102. Joy-Ann Reid – South Florida Times
103. David Roberts – Grist
104. Lamar Robertson – Partnership for Public Service
105. Sara Robinson – Campaign For America’s Future
106. Alyssa Rosenberg – Washingtonian, The Atlantic, Government Executive
107. Alex Rossmiller – National Security Network
108. Michael Roston – Newsbroke
109. Laura Rozen – POLITICO, Mother Jones
110. Felix Salmon – Reuters
111. Greg Sargent – Washington Post
112. Thomas Schaller – Baltimore Sun
113. Noam Scheiber – The New Republic
114. Michael Scherer – TIME
115. Mark Schmitt – American Prospect, The New America Foundation
116. Nancy Scola – Personal Democracy Forum
117. Rinku Sen – ColorLines Magazine
118. Julie Bergman Sender – Balcony Films
119. Adam Serwer – American Prospect
120. Walter Shapiro – PoliticsDaily.com
121. Kate Sheppard – Mother Jones
122. Matthew Shugart – UC San Diego
123. Micah Sifry – Sunlight Foundation, Personal Democracy Forum
124. Nate Silver – FiveThirtyEight.com
125. Jesse Singal – The Boston Globe, Washington Monthly
126. Ann-Marie Slaughter – Princeton University
127. Ben Smith – POLITICO
128. Sarah Spitz – KCRW
129. Adele Stan – The Media Consortium
130. Paul Starr – The Atlantic
131. Kate Steadman – Kaiser Health News
132. Kay Steiger – Center for American Progress
133. Jonathan Stein – Mother Jones
134. Sam Stein – Huffington Post
135. Name removed. Please see later post.
136. James Surowiecki – The New Yorker
137. Jesse Taylor – Pandagon.net
138. Steven Teles – Yale University
139. Mark Thoma – The Economists’ View
140. Michael Tomasky – The Guardian
141. Jeffrey Toobin – CNN, The New Yorker
142. Rebecca Traister – Salon
143. Karen Tumulty – Washington Post, TIME
144. Tracy Van Slyke – The Media Consortium
145. Paul Waldman – Author, American Prospect
146. Dave Weigel – Washington Post, MSNBC, The Washington Independent
147. Moira Whelan – National Security Network
148. Scott Winship – Pew Economic Mobility Project
149. J. Harry Wray – DePaul University
150. D. Brad Wright – University of NC at Chapel Hill
151. Kai Wright – The Root
152. Holly Yeager – Columbia Journalism Review
153. Rich Yeselson – Change to Win
154. Matthew Yglesias – Center for American Progress, The Atlantic Monthly
155. Jonathan Zasloff – UCLA
156. Julian Zelizer – Princeton University
157. Avi Zenilman – POLITICO



Categories: American Politics, Media, NZ Politics

19 replies

  1. It’s funny because several admitted members of Journolist have said time and time again that numerous people pegged to be on the list were never even remotely on the list.

    I mean, I see 10-15 names in the first 50 who have continually laughed at even knowing what the list was….and other actual members BACKING it up…yet, GOP blogs keep posting the list and simply adding every known liberals name

    Do an actual fact check for the first time in your life rather than sound like a middle school cry baby

  2. “Do an actual fact check for the first time in your life rather than sound like a middle school cry baby.”

    You’re kidding me right? You guys who went to Alaska by the plane load to sift through Sarah Palin’s rubbish, but can’t spend a minute to check out Obama’s background, are telling others to check their facts? You who lied en masse about Obama’s birth certificate being “on the net”. You who labelled Rush Limbaugh a common drug addict for his reliance on pain killers? You betrayers of the craft of journalism to your despicable Progressive credo who so arrogantly and amorally pitched the fabrication that the Tucson shooter was a right winger driven to murder by ” incendiary right wing rhetoric” and Sarah Palin, are daring to tell others to check their facts?? Take a hike loser. You’re not owed a milligram of justice because you have never ever given it to anyone else who crossed you politically. You’re scum, and your credibility ticket was punched out a decade ago.

  3. It’s funny because several admitted members of Journolist have said time and time again that numerous people pegged to be on the list were never even remotely on the list.

    Actually, whats funnier is watching progressives try to argue about who is on the list, knowing the actual issue is that there was a list in the first place. I’m sure Donald Duck will be added to the list soon, because that would supposedly “prove” the list was bogus.

    The only people stupid enough to fall for that old ploy would be people stupid enough to think that these journos didn’t do anything wrong.

  4. I’m one of the above journalists who, as noted, was never in fact a member of Jourmolist. There was nothing wrong with Journolist. But I didn’t happen to be on it. There is, however, something wrong with reprinting factually inaccurate information and making insulting accusations based on those inaccuracies, so I would recommend you take your list down until you can do some due diligence and figure out who was on Journolist and who wasn’t.

  5. “There was nothing wrong with Journolist.”

    Normally I might be surprised that a so called journalist might make such a statement, for it once would have seemed to me that no true journalist could ever participate in such a manifest corruption of that trade’s purpose.

    To pervert the trade of journalism into a propaganda force for a political party is unforgivable. For example, do you think “journalists”, convinced of their political rightness at the time, who did propaganda for Hitler, are due any credit for their work?

    However I am not surprised you say “nothing is wrong”, for I know well how the trade has been so fouled and what unprincipled people these days posture as the bringers of truth and the shiners of light. I know them as the promoters of the thousands of lies that underpinned the global warming scam. I know them for their treacherously one sided reporting of the Iraq war. I know them for their visceral hatred of George Bush and Sarah Palin, and their infatuation with Al Gore, Bill Clinton and Barak Obama.

    I once mentally pictured journalists as old crusty editors wearing green shade caps and working at their presses deep into the night in order to fight city hall. Now you are sneering allies of the powerful, hand in glove with city hall, and it is bloggers outside the trade who do what journalists once did.

    I read of Obama’s new Press Officer. It amazes me to see how blithely a so called journalist can slide from working for a newspaper or a periodical (such as Newsweek or Time) into a position as spokesman for the Obama government (read propagandist) and be so seemingly unaware of the message such a transition might send to those who observe the trade from the sidelines. (as I do)

    The trade of journalism is dead. Killed off over the last few decades by a collection of political agents who have perverted that trade into a propaganda force for Progressivism/ cultural Marxism. I do not think it can ever be restored to an heroic occupation until universities are free of domination by Progressive political influences, for I believe it is there that the perversion of the trade began.

    (I checked on the web. I see your name on every version of the Journolist that is out there and described as accurate as at August 2010. If Journolist is the good thing you say it is why would you care? Don’t tell me that in spite of the bravado, a Progressive might actually be capable of a smidgen of shame deep down. Surely that’s a breach of the credo.)

  6. I read of Obama’s new Press Officer. It amazes me to see how blithely a so called journalist can slide from working for a newspaper or a periodical (such as Newsweek or Time) into a position as spokesman for the Obama government (read propagandist) and be so seemingly unaware of the message such a transition might send to those who observe the trade from the sidelines. (as I do)

    Were you observing the trade when George Bush appointed Fox reporter Tony Snow as his spokesperson?

  7. “Described as accurate as at August 2010″ by whom? “I checked the web” is, fortunately, not the standard of fact-checking to which actual journalists are held by our editors.

    I never received an email from the Journolist listserv. I never posted on Journolist. I was never a member of Journolist. I don’t know how my name got on the list you reprint here. I have found, in my work, that when I reprint something based on hearsay and someone with first-hand knowledge tells me it is factually wrong, it is best not to insist that I am right or to run around slinging insults until I have some first-hand confirmation. I think in this case the logical response would have been “If in fact you were inaccurately included on this list, I’m sorry to have inadvertently reprinted this mistake,” or something along those lines. I think this would also be the logical response if you were praising Journolist to the skies and had mistakenly put my name on the list, but it’s particularly apt given that you are impugning the professional ethics of those who were on Journolist.

  8. “Were you observing the trade when George Bush appointed Fox reporter Tony Snow as his spokesperson?”

    I said I disagree with journalists working as propagandists. Did you get that point?

  9. ““I checked the web” is, fortunately, not the standard of fact-checking to which actual journalists are held by our editors.”

    Funny that it was a good enough method to enable a judge to refuse a law suite aimed at discovering if Obama was constitutionally eligible.

    I’m actually prepared to accept that you were not part of journolist, and perhaps you have not noticed but I put a notation next to your name to that effect after your first comment. I think this is better than taking it off, because if others see the list their attention will be drawn to this exchange.

    But please don’t dare talk to me though of “journalistic ethics”. Its an oxymoron if ever there was one. The left have made journalism an utterly contemptible profession. I despise you all as I despise those who propagandised for Nazism in Hitler’s Germany.

    Just as back then when you were the reverse of what you should have been, endorsing evil rather than resisting it, so you are today with your support for the totalitarianism of cultural Marxism. I say again, what you (collectively) do is a stain upon the profession, and nobody with ethics would be part of it.

    Whether you were part of Journolist or not is not really material in terms of my personal opinions on yourself or the ethics of today’s journalists, as you have already stated you see nothing wrong with Journolist.

  10. So to follow up, pointing out that the list is grossly wrong has not actually gotten any sort of answer back

    Just a bunch of the usual crying from the McDonalds working GOP members who are too stupid to ever read or research before screaming?

    Got it

    Hilarious that I got 2 direct replies and not one was even within the ballpark of responding to anything said

    Then again, there is a reason the entire country looks upon GOPers as the morons of the country

    Also, cool flag. Hardcore man. No really, that confederate flag is hardcore, especially online. You really show the toughness flying it in you avatar. LOL

  11. “So to follow up, pointing out that the list is grossly wrong has not actually gotten any sort of answer back”

    Why should it? Who the hell are you? I’ve no reason to accept anything you say as gospel. Especially as you come across as a hate driven sneering smearing Progressive loon anyway.

    Some obviously low IQ incoherent moron calling himself Smith turns up here and makes some unsubstantiated claim. So what? Get real loser. Don’t like it, exercise some choice and don’t come back.

  12. The press has had quite a long time to ‘debunk’ JournoList and has failed at every opportunity. The most common rebuttal to any evidence of the breach of confidence by the liberal/Democrat press is easily summed up as ‘you do it too’, or ‘so what’.

    It is quite obvious why more and more people are reaching for alternative news sources because of the virtual multitude of men and women who have given up the search for truth for the false god of ‘progressive’ politics.

  13. I’ll put up an update post once Buckeye Texan has reviewed and updated the list.

  14. In a post on FreeRepublic, BuckeyeTexan explains that my name ended up on the list because I signed a letter to ABC that originated on Journolist.

    http://209.157.64.201/focus/bloggers/2666400/posts?page=25

    That’s a logical explanation. I did sign the letter to ABC, after seeing it on a website. I was not a member of Journolist. Please take my name off of this list so the inaccurate information doesn’t keep getting distributed around the internet.

  15. I will do an update post later. Your name will be taken off the list.

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