You already know the whole sordid story of the progressive journalist listserve — Journoloist — that actively strategized about ways to suppress the story of Obama’s sordid affiliation with black racist Jeremiah Wright. For those of us who pay attention to the one party MSM, there is nothing knew about cover-ups and hysterical animosity towards any but their current annointed.
There were two entirely new points, however, that that leaped out at me. First was the fact that these people are functionally illiterate, which tells you good things about the editorial departments at most papers. That’s just an occasion for snark, especially since these same people have been contemptuous of the whole Pajamas Media, which is more ethical, more informed, and more literate than all of these guys put together.
The real shocker, though, was this bit, in which Katha Pollitt complains about the incredible strain that comes with trying to assure American’s that Leftist politicians haven’t committed heinous, immoral, unethical or unsavory acts:
Katha Pollitt – Hayes’s colleague at the Nation – didn’t disagree on principle, though she did sound weary of the propaganda. “I hear you. but I am really tired of defending the indefensible. The people who attacked Clinton on Monica were prissy and ridiculous, but let me tell you it was no fun, as a feminist and a woman, waving aside as politically irrelevant and part of the vast rightwing conspiracy Paula, Monica, Kathleen, Juanita,” Pollitt said.
Back in the Clinton days, I was an unthinking Democrat who absolutely believed all those journalists who assured me that Clinton hadn’t done anything wrong with Lewinsky and was simply part of a vast Right Wing conspiracy. Then, when it was clear that he had done something dreadfully wrong, I joined the mental contortionists in saying that, as to Monica, it was just a private matter.
It took me years to understand that there was a much bigger cover-up here, that had nothing to do with a decadent president and a star-struck intern, and everything to do with a man who was given a free pass for criminal and immoral acts, simply because he towed the right party line. I was so invested in my ideology that, sad to say, “I couldn’t handle the truth.” But at least I wasn’t deliberately lying — which these “journolists” have now admitted they did.
Katha’s words should be read to every single liberal in the country, just so those liberals understand precisely what they’re getting when they open their morning Progressive rag, whether it’s the NYT, the WaPo, the LA Times, the SF Chron, or when they tune their TV or radio to anything but FOX or conservative talk radio.