Those on the Left and the RINO “right” (Frum, Parker, etc.) are defending JournoList vigorously by saying that there’s nothing wrong with them having opinions and talking amongst friends. That’s absolutely true. But that wasn’t what the JournoList people were doing. IBD sums it up beautifully (emphasis mine):
In essence, all these left-leaning journalists, an estimated 400 in all, used the JournoList site to refine their messages for maximum effect. It was an exercise in mass propaganda, getting everyone to sing from the same ideological hymnal — which explains the tedious sameness of the mainstream media’s 2008 election coverage.
In short, they were fraudulently selling you political opinion and propaganda disguised as fair-minded “news.”