What Media Bias? Part 177; the Journolist Edition

Ed Driscoll notes how the media attempted to control the Jeremiah Wright story during the 2008 campaign:

At the Daily Caller, Jonathan Strong rummages through the JournoList and describes how documents from mid-2008 “show media plotting to kill stories about Rev. Jeremiah Wright:”

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…

…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...

The Jeremiah Wright story should have finished Obama’s campaign. There was no way around the fact that Wright is a racist and an anti-American and that Obama was exceptionally close to him for 20 years. To turn it about, had a Republican been discovered in as close accord with a white, racist pastor, that would be all she wrote…the MSM would have been all over it, and Republicans would have turned in fury on the miscreant. But that is not what happens when a liberal Democrat is involved.

As soon as Obama emerged out of the morass of the early primaries and caucuses, it became a firm desire on the part of the MSM that Obama be elected President. Who he was or what he was actually about was irrelevant – he’s black and has impeccable liberal credentials. That is all that mattered – and, indeed, all that still matters in the MSM. In their view, it was a requirement that America elect Obama, and nothing was going to be allowed to stand in the way of this consummation. Certainly not something as minor as the truth.

When the Wright story could no longer be entirely suppressed, it became necessary to control the damage, and that is just what the MSM did. Obama’s speech on race – was used a pivot; once that was done, the MSM just relentlessly hit upon the theme that the story was over; Wright was done and was no longer relevant.

And this is what the MSM will always do with a threatened liberal. They don’t care about truth; they don’t care about America; they don’t care about the people…all they care about is that their world view be validated by liberal politicians running the show. Keep that in mind as you watch their coverage of any story – at the back of it will always be the coordinated message to protect the left.

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