Wednesday, June 30, 2010
When there are 400 people involved in the conversation, it is comical to claim "confidentiality." It is more of a "what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas" mentality.
From Classical Values:
My suspicion was that the Post -- for reasons unknown -- wanted to get rid of him. Yet none of the possible reasons made a whole lot of sense, so I was inclined to think that someone had been jealous of him, and leaked his incriminating remarks in the hope of getting him canned.
But now, via Glenn Reynolds, I see that Dave Wiegel was apparently the only Post reporter to cover the New Black Panther Party voter intimidation scandal:
“This is a scandal that, thanks to Rubin, von Spakovsky, and Adams, is now hiding in plain sight. The basic facts of the case were captured in real time on video (above). Yet other than a few posts by Dave Weigel regarding the Civil Rights Commission's hearings in the case on the Post site, I cannot find a trace of it in either the Washington Post or the New York Times. While justice has been politicized in a most disgusting manner in the Obama administration, the mainstream media have averted their eyes and moved on.”
(Instapundit links to Powerline.)
Two groups of people are having their ethics tested - the 400 members of the Journolist, and the conservatives who decide whether they should try to persuade people to sell out.
Glenn Reynolds failed first, before any of the 400.
At least he's better than Althouse, though, who pretends to be moral as she pushes for sellouts. Glenn's making no such pretense, the mischievous little imp that he is.
Funny that AGW Brian should post on this, as JournoList echoes the Climategate e-mails.
Recall that Breitbart made a $100,000 offer for proof that the Tea Partier's had done any of the racist things they were accused of by members of the Congressional Black Caucus during the passage of Healthcare. The accusations were actually delivered to MSM in advance of caucus members provoking Tea Partiers -- they were flummoxed when the Tea Partiers didn't act as expected -- but they stuck with their made-up story. Breitbart hasn't had to pay out, and we're still waiting on a retraction.
"Congress shall make no law ... abridging ... the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."
You'd think that the Congressional Black Caucus would be called out; you'd think MSM would be embarrassed for being played.
You could actually look at that non-incident incident as proof that Tea Partiers aren't racist. But that would be quasi-scientific -- drawing conclusions from actual observation. Instead, MSM has continued with the meme that Tea Partier's are racist -- why? Because they say so. AGW is truth -- why? Because they say so.
With his $100,000 JournoList offer, Breitbart may have to pay out this time.
If Breitbart gets his big download -- like Climategate -- at a minimum it'll show a relatively small group acting like an echo chamber, coordinating their stories For The Greater Good.
Or we may get some Holy Shit Headlines. Developing ...
Brian tries to frame the issue as a violation of privacy interests. The recent leak of an e-mail from a Harvard Law student which floated the idea that genes may be connected to intelligence clearly violated basic morality, if not law. But when your "club" has several hundred members -- many with no other personal connections to one another -- that becomes a stretch.