Fred Barnes writes in the Wall Street Journal about the vast left-wing media which we always knew acted in concert, but we thought it was only by tacit agreement. In other words, it wasn’t a conspiracy but rather an unstated agreement among people who simply think and act pretty much the same. But thanks to the Journolist listerv emails exposed by Tucker Carlson on his Daily Caller website, we now know that by shucks it really is a old fashioned conspiracy where the participants actively conspire on tactics to shut down free speech by those who disagree with them and to prevent any news stories that are unfavorable or embarrassing to their favorite politicians, first and foremost Barack Obama. They actively planned that they would not report anything about the America-Hating Reverend Jeremiah Wright whose church Obama attended for 20 years, in order not to jeopardize Obama’s election to the Presidency. They also expressly agreed on the strategy of making false allegations of racism against conservatives who criticized Obama because that accusation drives conservatives off their game and neutralizes them.
This week, Mr. Carlson produced a series of JournoList emails from April 2008, when Barack Obama’s presidential bid was in serious jeopardy. Videos of the antiwhite, anti-American sermons of his Chicago pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, had surfaced, first on ABC and then other networks.
JournoList contributors discussed strategies to aid Mr. Obama by deflecting the controversy. They went public with a letter criticizing an ABC interview of Mr. Obama that dwelled on his association with Mr. Wright. Then, Spencer Ackerman of The Washington Independent proposed attacking Mr. Obama’s critics as racists. He wrote:
“If the right forces us all to either defend Wright or tear him down, no matter what we choose, we lose the game they’ve put upon us. Instead, take one of them—Fred Barnes, Karl Rove, who cares—and call them racists. . . . This makes them ‘sputter’ with rage, which in turn leads to overreaction and self-destruction.”