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Thursday, July 29, 2010

Obama Advisors And Appointees Part Of Journolist To Shape News Coverage

The other shoe finally drops and The Daily Caller provides the information that it was not only Liberal media journalists, editors and academics that were part of Journolist, the list-serv created by Erza Klein with approximately 400 members, but political operatives including Obama advisors and appointees that partook in the discussions to try to shape political news.

The collusion to destroy Sarah Palin by Journolist members, the disgusting gossip fest showing obsessive group-think about rumors over Palin's fifth child Trig, the fear and loathing with desire to have Fox News gone, the collaboration on how to distract the public from Jeremiah Wright: all of that while distasteful, doesn't connect the Obama administration officials with partaking in that collusion.

Until now.

Two of the administration’s chief economic advisors, Jared Bernstein, the vice president’s top economist, and Jason Furman, deputy director of the National Economic Council, were members of Journolist until they began working officially for Obama.

Ilan Goldenberg, now an advisor on Middle East policy at the Pentagon, was a member until he joined the administration. Moira Whelan left Journolist to work at the Department of Homeland Security. Anne-Marie Slaughter left to work at the State Department. Former Journolist member Ben Brandzel is now a top staffer at Organizing for America, the political arm of the Obama White House.

Josh Orton, a former spokesman for Sen. Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), became Obama’s deputy director of new media during the 2008 presidential campaign. After the election, he joined Journolist.

Journolist founder Ezra Klein, a staffer at the Washington Post, says he “tried to be very strict” in making sure no active political operatives joined Journolist. “It’s possible I missed someone,” he explained in an email.

Read the entire 2 page piece at The Daily Caller.