Inevitable that this connection would come out – from Legal Insurrection:
…The “Chief Economist to Vice President Joe Biden” was none other than Journalista Jared Bernstein, who — thanks to a post at Volokh Conspiracy (via Instapundit)– I just learned was an adviser to the Obama campaign in 2008 when he was active on the Journolist:
One question that has arisen in the last week is how closely JournoList members, not only discussed how to shape the news to advance the fortunes of Barack Obama, but coordinated with the Obama campaign. Jared Bernstein’s position as an unpaid adviser and surrogate shows that there was at least one direct link between JournoList and the Obama campaign.
In attendance for the meeting at the White House were fellow Journolistas Matthew Yglesias (Think Progress), Tim Fernholz (American Prospect) and Chris Hayes (The Nation). One of the other bloggers in attendance was Oliver Willis, whose name has not surfaced on the Journolist, but who works for Media Matters, so he is practically an Honorary Journolista…
I used to think, “well, we know there was coordination between the Obama people and the MSM, but its not like they’re stupid enough to have anything we can use as proof”. Well, whom the gods would destroy they do, indeed, make mad…and incredibly stupid.
I guess they got sloppy – also, I figure they thought that once they won, they had won forever. No going back from another 60 years of liberal dominance, as it were. The scam only had to last until election day – and then the glories of liberalism would finally convince those idiot, bitter bible- and gun-clingers to give up their allegiance to the GOP. It hasn’t quite worked out like that.
The lesson here is that nothing coming out of the MSM as it relates to anything political (in the remotest sense) can be considered reliable. This is not to say that no truth will come out, but that anything reported or commented in the MSM needs to be taken as provisional until confirmed by at least one non-MSM source. In the MSM, they want liberals to win – all the time and everywhere. They will lie and cheat to achieve liberal victory. Only when liberal victory is not at stake can their reports be taken at face value.