I'm seeing so much biased bullcrap coming out of Politico these days, I thought it might be useful to revisit Journolist -- the listserve of liberal journalists and leftist thinkers who work together to form a narrative and push it into the mainstream media. The ultimate goals: 1) Make conservatives look stupid and 2) help President Obama or the liberal du jour look fabulous. Read background here.
If you think their coordinated efforts are a thing of the past, think again. On Twitter, it's very easy to follow the Genesis of a liberal meme and to see that coordination is necessary to elevate it. For example, when Markos Moulitas and Matthew Yglesias, and then, dull-witted useful idiot David Frum, pushed forth the outrageous and malignant idea that Sarah Palin was responsible for the Arizona shooting of Gabrielle Giffords, it caught like wildfire throughout the same old group of lefties. They were none too subtle.
Other talking points are coordinated. You'll see the same phrases, probably focused grouped by the White House, in every piece about a topic. The current issue the White House is pushing: Green jobs. Expect all sorts of lavish praise for them.
The current negative issue: Get rid of Rick Perry. So, while Obama has made repeated promises about transparency and failed, you'll be reading lots of pieces from different folks on Rick Perry's transparency. The "transparency meme" takes the place of the old leftist meme about how Texas jobs aren't real jobs, etc. And that story took the place of crazy religion wingerdoodles and creationism and, you get the idea.
The leftist press just doesn't stop. You may be left scratching your head wondering why you even like these accomplished conservatives. That would be the point.
Meanwhile, what you won't be hearing about: 9.1% unemployment, Obama's horrible poll numbers, how Social Security is a Ponzi scheme, the double-dip recession, how consumer confidence has bottomed out, how President Obama would rather play golf or fundraise than lead, how manufacturing is leaving America, how the Obama administration is targeting political enemies, how it's helping political friends. You won't hear much of anything about these topics.
The goal is to Protect Obama At All Costs.
Some Republicans know how this mean leftist machine rolls, so they'll feed their opposition research to the hack houses and let the liberals do their gleeful dirty work. And then, the same politicians will be shocked and appalled when those biased beasts turn on them. Exhibit "A": John McCain.
Please know that when you read most of what passes for Journalism these days, it's agenda-driven. These Gatekeepers at the Washington Post, New York Times, Politico, and elsewhere work together with the goal of making conservatives look stupid. They hate conservatives ideologically. They hate liberals only to the extent that liberals are ineffective.
The liberal press is not upset with Obama in substance -- everything from Union malfeasance to project gunrunners serves a Machiavellian purpose -- they're just frustrated at the perception that Obama is weak and ineffectual. They want more liberalness from him. They want more autocracy! Thus, any displeasure at Obama they convey is for those reasons.
Paul Krugman -- Moron Economist for the New York Times
Ezra Klein (Founder and keeper of Journolist) -- Moron Economist blogger for the Washington Post
Mike Allen -- POLITICO
Jonathan Chait -- The New Republic
Eric Boehlert -- Media Matters (SEIU hush money, Soros funded)
David Corn -- Mother Jones
Brad De Long -- Moron Economist at Berkley
Kevin Drum -- Mother Jones, Washington Monthly
Dan Froomkin -- HuffPo, Washington Post
James Fallows -- The Atlantic
Chris Hayes -- The Nation
Joe Klein -- TIME
Robert Mackey -- New York Times
Peter Orzag -- Office of Management and Budget Director for President Obama
Michael Scherer -- TIME
Nate Silver -- 538, now, New York Times
Ben Smith -- POLITICO
Jeffery Toobin -- CNN, The New Yorker
Matthew Yglesias -- Center for American Progress, The Atlantic Monthly
I just pulled some more well known names. There are at least 160 + known Journolisters.
Liberal scholars who get quoted in the aforementioned articles as impartial experts are on the list, too. Learn their names.
Nearly everything read at every one of these publications must be interpretted through the lens of bias and agenda. These folks are not truth-seekers. They are ideology pushers. Some are more subtle than others. Some, like Krugman, get more Out-Of-The-Closet flagrant as they get more comfy/old/senile.
Know that they are working with the White House. Remember, Rahm Emanuel (former White House aid, current Mayor of Chicago), James Carville (political strategist, Bill Clinton assistant, foreign elections consultant, commentator), Paul Begala (Clinton assistant, political strategist, CNN, Law professor) and George Stephanopoulos (former Bill Clinton comms director, ABC News This Week)have their daily phone-call confabs and they then pass orders to the Journolisters.
It's an efficient system that benefits the whole. Like the Borg.
Journolist and the Leftist narrative machine is as strong as ever. As the election year rolls around, they'll be out in force propping up President Obama and denigrating every single Republican hopeful. If they can undermine every Republican by using the opposition research fed to them by all the different campaigns, they'll do it. It ultimately serves their goal, anyway -- weaken all the Republicans so that none of them can beat Obama.
Don't be duped.