JournoList! From Hell's Heart, It Stabs At Thee!

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Nov. 2 2011 12:29 PM

JournoList! From Hell's Heart, It Stabs At Thee!

Not sure what point Glenn Reynolds is making here.

A JOURNOLIST REMINDER: There was this email group, called Journolist, where journalists got together and talked about how to bury stories that hurt Democrats and push stories that hurt Republicans. Here’s a list of the members.

Let's see here. The six bylines on Politico's story that broke this thing open were Jonathan Martin, Maggie Haberman, Ken Vogel, Anna Palmer, Emily Schultheis, and Juanna Summers. I don't see any of those names on this list of Journolisters, which matches up mostly with my memory of the people who posted there. Cain has given interviews about the story to Greta Van Susteren, Judy Woodruff, Robin Meade, and a panel consisting of Bret Baier, A.B. Stoddard, Charles Krauthammer, and Stephen Hayes. I don't see them on the list, either. 

Glenn's written another post about this, and he's pretty representative of the emergent defense of Cain: We can't trust the media, because they didn't cover or try to break other stories of sexual harassment when they reflected poorly on Democrats. How about this: The media should be tougher on all of these people? When he was at Slate, Mickey Kaus was one of the very few reporters looking for and taking seriously rumors about John Edwards's affair. Since the Cain story broke I've talked to a number of people on the right who now say they'd heard something about rumors like this, stuff that could come out and hurt Cain. They generally view this story as a minor infraction -- that's the case you can make if, like Kurt Schlichter, you think sexual harassment settlements are largely bogus. Hey, that makes sense. The part of this that's incoherent is that the media, which went too easy on other politicians, should go just as easy on one conservatives like -- or something must be up!

David Weigel, a former Slate politics reporter, is a reporter for Bloomberg Politics


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