JournoList has been much in the news lately, as story after story appears about the postings to the private message board for left-wing journalists and academics. A few members of JournoList were not left-wing, but without the release of the full membership, the evidence points to a very heavy weighting towards the left with a few centrists thrown in. JournoList's founder, the Washington Post's Ezra Klein, freely admits it was intended to be a gathering place for lefty journalists and their like-minded allies in universities and think tanks.
The trickle of JournoList stories may become a flood if the Daily Caller ups its publication pace of bits and pieces from the archives of the site. Some lefties are attempting "preemptive dismissal" of the significance of the "story management" threads from the site wherein the lefties try to scheme on how to manipulate the news. This action-reaction cycle to the publication of new emails reminds me of the early days of the MPs' expenses stories in Great Britain last year, when the public was exposed to ever more detail about a long running practice that at first couldn't be believed but which came to be understood as a damning indictment of the institution of Parliament and especially the ruling Labor Party. As story after story emerges from the JournoList archives of the deep, deep bias of allegedly "neutral" reporters and producers and their active attempts to twist the news, the public already profound distrust of the MSM will move through contempt to outright laughter. Really, who can take a JournoList participant's protestation of neutrality seriously? A handful of reporters may have joined and never participated, but to have hung around after the email traffic turned to Obama boosterism is at best an indictment of judgment.
Less interesting are most of the JournoList's membership's attacks on various center-right commentators: Opinion journalists are supposed to have opinions, so as I have said in a variety of places since the story stream began to flow, the embrace of sharp opinions about ideological opponents is not very surprising.
What is surprising is the attempt by at least one high profile lefty to smear the Weekly Standard's Fred Barnes and former Bush aide Karl Rove as "racist"
Former New Republic scribbler Spencer Ackerman, who is now with Wired, proposed the manufacture of just to such an attack on Barnes and Bush to the JournoList's annointed when the Jeremiah Wright story exploded in 2008. Ackerman admitted on JournoList that he wasn't interested in whether Barnes or Rove were in fact rascist, just that the charge was useful at that moment in time.