"The fact that Obama talks differently than Jeremiah Wright (above) does not mean that his track record is different," wrote Thomas Sowell in March of 2008, sounding a warning that went unheeded by too many of our fellow Americans, in part because of a coordinated legacy media campaign to keep the story off the front pages (see below): "Barack Obama's voting record in the Senate is perfectly consistent with the far left ideology and the grievance culture, just as his wife's statement that she was never proud of her country before is consistent with that ideology."
“I hear you, but I am really tired of defending the indefensible," the Nation's Katha Pollit whined to fellow Journolisters in a rare moment of self-awareness back in April of 2008 as revelations of Rev. Jeremiah "God Damn America" Wright's racist rantings threatened to derail Barack Obama's "historic" presidential campaign, prompting leg-tingling members of the propaganda community to brandish, "the mother of all media-as-political weaponry: the non-vetting of candidate Obama," as Andrew Breitbart crows in triumph this morning. The Daily Caller's Jonathan Strong has the gory details in "Documents show media plotting to kill stories about Rev. Jeremiah Wright," those documents being, of course, leaked emails from Journolist's membership of "several hundred liberal journalists, as well as like-minded professors and activists":
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.
In one instance, Spencer Ackerman of the Washington Independent urged his colleagues to deflect attention from Obama’s relationship with Wright by changing the subject. Pick one of Obama’s conservative critics, Ackerman wrote, "Fred Barnes, Karl Rove, who cares — and call them racists."
"Dressed down, they are nothing but street thugs," Breitbart nailed it. "Voter intimidation by other means,' we twittered. They're cornered now, and they'll put up a fight, but the new media are closing in, disintermediating via the internet. The blogosphere and Twitter are alive with mockery, top tactic in Glenn Reynolds's list of ways to thwart the "good intentions" of "America's Ruling Class." Twitter buddy Pundit Review captures the spirit:
@owiilis is awake! I'm looking forward to the rationalization, dissembling, diversions and excuses for JournoList. Where's the popcorn?
Update: Memeorandum trending.
Update II: Michelle Malkin "Buzzworthy" link!