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    Documents show media plotting to kill stories about Rev. Wright

    This is a story that is sure to be ignored by ABC, NBC and CBS.

    The crisis reached a howling pitch in mid-April, 2008, at an ABC News debate moderated by Charlie Gibson and George Stephanopoulos. 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.

    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.”
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    Re: Documents show media plotting to kill stories about Rev. Wright

    *I think the illusion that the media is non-partisan and fearlessly follows stories even into the halls of power is just that...an illusion. Our media has lost its autonomy over the past 40 years, and now serves merely to peddle and recycle corporate press releases. The last real act of journalism I read was the Rolling Stone article about McCrystal.

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    Re: Documents show media plotting to kill stories about Rev. Wright

    Is The Daily Caller considered a main-stream source?
    I'm already gearing up for Finger Vote 2014.

    Just for reference, means my post was a giant steaming pile of sarcasm.

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    Re: Documents show media plotting to kill stories about Rev. Wright

    Didn't we all suspect that at the time? At least all clear-thinking individuals did...


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    Re: Documents show media plotting to kill stories about Rev. Wright

    Quote Originally Posted by TacticalEvilDan View Post
    Is The Daily Caller considered a main-stream source?
    Maybe not. If the guru's in charge deem this not to live up to the standard of "main stream", then my apologies.

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    Re: Documents show media plotting to kill stories about Rev. Wright

    Quote Originally Posted by Mellie View Post
    Didn't we all suspect that at the time? At least all clear-thinking individuals did...
    Those of us that put honesty above politics certainly did.

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    Re: Documents show media plotting to kill stories about Rev. Wright

    This is from your own article.

    Michael Tomasky, a writer for the Guardian, also tried to rally his fellow members of Journolist: “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.”

    “Richard Kim got this right above: ‘a horrible glimpse of general election press strategy.’ He’s dead on,” Tomasky continued. “We need to throw chairs now, try as hard as we can to get the call next time. Otherwise the questions in October will be exactly like this. This is just a disease.”
    Reverend Wright, William Ayers, The New Black Panthers, Bowing to foreign leaders, Obama's actual birth place, Obama's socialst policies. There are all trumped up, deliberate smear campaigns designed to irradicate any notion of civil, logical discourse. They do not want to critically, logically and calmly discuss politics in this country because they will lose. They will lose. You need to wake up and smell the ****. Fox news is not "fair and balance" Fox news is not "the only one reporting the real news". They are a right wing propaganda machine working for, among and by the Republican party.
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    Re: Documents show media plotting to kill stories about Rev. Wright

    Quote Originally Posted by Grim17 View Post
    This is a story that is sure to be ignored by ABC, NBC and CBS.
    Maybe because realizing that outlets like The Nation have a progressive slant isn't actually news?

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    Re: Documents show media plotting to kill stories about Rev. Wright

    If this is a smoking gun, where's Fox News?
    I'm already gearing up for Finger Vote 2014.

    Just for reference, means my post was a giant steaming pile of sarcasm.

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    Re: Documents show media plotting to kill stories about Rev. Wright

    Quote Originally Posted by TacticalEvilDan View Post
    Is The Daily Caller considered a main-stream source?
    It's not exactly mainstream, but it does blast at both sides. They have an excellent article in there about the war between the 4 main Tea Party factions, and it doesn't pull it's punches either. Call it an equal opportunity basher.

    Still, I would put it in the same category as Raw Story.
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