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Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Racism Meme Created And Perpetuated By 'Journolist' Journalists

Disagree with Barack Obama, progressive liberals scream racism. Disagree with Obama's socialist agenda, progressive liberal obamabots screech racism. Report on direct lies publicly spoken by Obama and liberals declare you are a racist. I have often noted, in my own comment section, that the only people actually talking about the color of Barack Obama's skin are those who are trying to avoid any legitimate discussion or topic by screaming racism at the top of their lungs.

The Daily Caller has provided more communications by journalists involved in a list-serv called Journolist, where hundreds of liberal thinking journalists communicated regularly and used the list-serv as a platform to form attacks and memes intended to distract the public from actual issues.

To the members of Journolist that participated in these discussions, it did not matter one iota that Barack Obama himself stated, in reference to Wright, "The fact that he's my former pastor I think makes it a legitimate political issue."

In one specific case, that collaborated distraction was the racism meme.

It was the moment of greatest peril for then-Sen. Barack Obama’s political career. In the heat of the presidential campaign, videos surfaced of Obama’s pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, angrily denouncing whites, the U.S. government and America itself. Obama had once bragged of his closeness to Wright. Now the black nationalist preacher’s rhetoric was threatening to torpedo Obama’s campaign.

The crisis reached a howling pitch in mid-April, 2008, at an ABC News debate moderated by Charlie Gibson and George Stephanopoulos. Gibson asked Obama why it had taken him so long – nearly a year since Wright’s remarks became public – to dissociate himself from them. Stephanopoulos asked, “Do you think Reverend Wright loves America as much as you do?”

Watching this all at home were members of Journolist, a listserv comprised of several hundred liberal journalists, as well as like-minded professors and activists. The tough questioning from the ABC anchors left many of them outraged. “George [Stephanopoulos],” fumed Richard Kim of the Nation, is “being a disgusting little rat snake.”

Others went further. According to records obtained by The Daily Caller, at several points during the 2008 presidential campaign a group of liberal journalists took radical steps to protect their favored candidate. Employees of news organizations including Time, Politico, the Huffington Post, the Baltimore Sun, the Guardian, Salon and the New Republic participated in outpourings of anger over how Obama had been treated in the media, and in some cases plotted to fix the damage.

In one instance, Spencer Ackerman of the Washington Independent urged his colleagues to deflect attention from Obama’s relationship with Wright by changing the subject. Pick one of Obama’s conservative critics, Ackerman wrote, “Fred Barnes, Karl Rove, who cares — and call them racists.”

In other communications, it became clear that to some on the list-serv, the idea could be used to intimidate mainstream media journalists:

Michael Tomasky, a writer for the Guardian, also tried to rally his fellow members of Journolist: “Listen folks–in my opinion, we all have to do what we can to kill ABC and this idiocy in whatever venues we have. This isn’t about defending Obama. This is about how the [mainstream media] kills any chance of discourse that actually serves the people.”

“Richard Kim got this right above: ‘a horrible glimpse of general election press strategy.’ He’s dead on,” Tomasky continued. “We need to throw chairs now, try as hard as we can to get the call next time. Otherwise the questions in October will be exactly like this. This is just a disease.”

(In an interview Monday, Tomasky defended his position, calling the ABC debate an example of shoddy journalism.)

Thomas Schaller, a columnist for the Baltimore Sun as well as a political science professor, upped the ante from there. In a post with the subject header, “why don’t we use the power of this list to do something about the debate?” Schaller proposed coordinating a “smart statement expressing disgust” at the questions Gibson and Stephanopoulos had posed to Obama.

“It would create quite a stir, I bet, and be a warning against future behavior of the sort,” Schaller wrote.

Tomasky approved. “YES. A thousand times yes,” he exclaimed.

Spencer Ackerman:

And I think this threads the needle. If the right forces us all to either defend Wright or tear him down, no matter what we choose, we lose the game they’ve put upon us. Instead, take one of them — Fred Barnes, Karl Rove, who cares — and call them racists. Ask: why do they have such a deep-seated problem with a black politician who unites the country? What lurks behind those problems? This makes *them* sputter with rage, which in turn leads to overreaction and self-destruction.

Created and perpetrated by Leftist so-called journalists, discussed, plotted and put into motion using their individual forums to encourage their readers to start screaming racism whenever they wished to avoid a topic and distract from the issue at hand.

Is it any wonder they are now trying to paint the Tea Party as "racists"? Paint them as racist, scream it out as loudly as you can, get others to start screaming it and perhaps, just perhaps, people will get distracted and not focus on the message or story itself.

It worked before, why not keep doing it.