4. Michael Tomasky. The JournOlists often express extreme intolerance for dissenting points of view and a concomitant desire to censor reporting that runs afoul of their political goals and objectives. This distinguishes the JournOlists from journalists. Journalists, unlike JournOlists, actively seek out dissenting points of view in order to produce fair and balanced stories.
One of the biggest advocates for censorship is Michael Tomasky, who edits the Guardian American newspaper. During the 2008 presidential campaign, for instance, Tomasky urged his fellow JournOlists to actively heap professional opprobrium on ABC News so that the network would stop asking questions about Barack Obama’s relationship with the Rev. Jeremiah Wright.
Like his fellow JournOlists, Tomasky also advocated street action to enforce the group’s general will:
Listen folks — in my opinion, we all have to do what we can to kill ABC and this idiocy in whatever venues we have. This isn’t about defending Obama. This is about how the [mainstream media] kills any chance of discourse that actually serves the people…
We need to throw chairs now, try as hard as we can to get the call next time. Otherwise the questions in October will be exactly like this. This is just a disease.
Like most of his fellow JournOlists, Tomasky is unbowed and unrepentant. Indeed, as Paul Cooper reported here at NewsReal Blog,
Tomasky defended his Journolist statements in an interview this past Monday. He sees nothing wrong with what he said and says the real problem was ABC’s shoddy journalism for asking Obama about Wright.
What is more shocking: that the press tried to do a massive cover up to promote Obama or that they don’t actually see anything wrong with it?