Tuesday by a conservative online news site suggest that a group
of journalists from the mainstream media discussed ways to shield
Barack Obama from criticism during the 2008 presidential election.
Among the strategies
put forward: call conservative critics racists.
published by the Daily Caller, come at a sensitive
time, with both he political left and right accusing each other
recently accused the “tea party” of sheltering racists
in its midst. Shortly after, the National Tea Party Federation expelled
Mark Williams, leader of the Tea Party Express, for writing a satirical
letter about how “colored people” preferred slavery.
commentators are pointing to the JournoList excerpts as proof that
the mainstream media collude to promote a liberal agenda, play the
race card, and discredit conservative movements like the tea party.
is troubling," says Jim Campbell, a political science professor
at the State University of New York (SUNY) in Buffalo. "At
one level it could be thought of as just colleagues throwing ideas
out to one another, but from another standpoint it almost looks
like collusion … where virtual talking points are shared and
solidified in a group.”
can’t be healthy for the country – or for the media, for that
matter," he says.
What is it?
The list was
created by the Washington Post’s Ezra Klein and, and several
hundred self-described liberals joined before it was shut down recently.