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July 20, 2010

Did liberal journalists conspire to bury Jeremiah Wright coverage?

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The Wrong Rev. Jeremiah Wright received no preferential treatment here, but records obtained by the Daily Caller show that members of JournoList, a listserv comprised of largely liberal media members, may have felt differently:

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.”

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.”

There are many more unflattering details here. And for a deeper look into JournoList—“Inside the echo chamber”—check out Michael Calderone’s story for Politico last year.

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