Tucker Carlson's website, the Daily Caller, has unearthed a treasure trove of liberal journalists talking (nastily) to themselves in a private e-mail list about how they should use their media power to remake the world in their image.
The funniest thing about this expose of JournoList was witnessing journalists say it was unfair to leak these e-mails when reporters had an "expectation of privacy." More than 90,000 pages of secret documents on Afghanistan have been leaked and journalists are tripping over one another in a mad stampede to cover the story. Everyone should laugh heartily at leak-devouring journalists getting a fistful of their own bitter pills.
The saddest thing about all this is the confirmation (as if it were necessary) that liberal journalists really aren't journalists first. They're political strategists. They pretend to be the Hollywood version of Woodward and Bernstein, the brave sleuths digging out government malfeasance and corruption. But in reality, they're the Woodward and Bernstein who plotted how to get Richard Nixon impeached and ready the way for pacifist and socialist "Watergate babies" like Chris Dodd and Henry Waxman to take seats of power. Ethics are only relevant if they're a weapon.
Jonathan Strong's first installment for the Daily Caller proved that with a wallop. Take former New York magazine political writer Michael Tomasky's plea to "kill ABC" for talking about the Rev. Jeremiah Wright: "Listen folks -- in my opinion, we all have to do what we can to kill ABC and this idiocy in whatever venues we have. This isn't about defending Obama. This is about how the (mainstream media) kills any chance of discourse that actually serves the people."
Liberal journalists in this crowd favor only discourse that "serves the people" -- meaning, a "debate" that advances the ball for socialism. Any other uncooperative or unhelpful line of journalism, questioning, discussion, balance or objectivity is "idiocy" that should be "killed." At its heart, liberal bias isn't just about slanting the news against conservatives; it's about slanting the news to discredit and then ignore conservatives until they sit grumpily on the ash heap of history. If that includes censorship, like yanking the journalist credentials of Fox News, some on the JournoList eagerly have encouraged it.