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And You Thought Sarah Palin Got Treated Unfairly

July 20, 2010

It’s only weeks ago that David Weigel had to leave his job with the Washington Post, where he was hired to cover the unknown species called conservatives, after comments of his made on ‘Journolist’ had been leaked. The opinions he had voiced in the liberal journalists’ virtual club made it clear that he saw his objects of professional interest — the mysterious creatures known as conservatives — in a purely negative light. Hence, the WaPo felt Weigel had to go.

The Daily Caller is now offering more revelations from the Journolist:

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. […]

Gibson asked Obama why it had taken him so long – nearly a year since Wright’s remarks became public – to dissociate himself from them. Stephanopoulos asked, “Do you think Reverend Wright loves America as much as you do?”

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.

Oh yeah, the French Cowboy remembers. It was simply awful how Obama got treated by the media. The ridiculous conspiracy theories that every mainstream media outlet took up as if they were legit, the constant questioning of his ability to be “one heartbeat away from the presidency”, the relentless digging in his past, the refusal of journalists and columnists to take him seriously! (Or am I confusing things here…?)

And then Gibson! Gibson, with his reading glasses pulled down to the tip of his nose, condescendingly looking down at Obama, asking one gotcha question after the other, repeating already answered questions multiple times as if he had been caught in a time loop while the world around him was moving on, clearly trying to make Obama look like a dunce… oh, wait.

Anyway, a couple of courageous members of the courageous people’s profession journalism decided to do something about this unfair treatment. They wrote and signed a statement condemning the “tabloid journalism” of Gibson, Stephanopoulos and Co. You just can’t ask the candidate who’s supposed to win the election a question that he finds uncomfortable to answer.

Furthermore, then Washington Independent’s Spencer Ackerman writes his co-conspirators:

If the right forces us all to either defend Wright or tear him down, no matter what we choose, we lose the game they’ve put upon us. Instead, take one of them — Fred Barnes, Karl Rove, who cares — and call them racists. Ask: why do they have such a deep-seated problem with a black politician who unites the country? What lurks behind those problems? This makes *them* sputter with rage, which in turn leads to overreaction and self-destruction.

The Nation’s Chris Hayes urges the Journolisters to forget about Wright because:

“Our country disappears people. It tortures people. It has the blood of as many as one million Iraqi civilians — men, women, children, the infirmed — on its hands. You’ll forgive me if I just can’t quite dredge up the requisite amount of outrage over Barack Obama’s pastor[.]”

In other words, Hayes’s quite in agreement with both Obama and Wright.

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