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The Top 5 JournOlists and Their 3 ‘Big Media’ Conservative Apologists

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Posted on August 10 2010 8:00 am

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The Top Five JournOlists

1. David Weigel. Weigel is probably the most infamous member of JournOlist, thanks to his widely publicized resignation from the Washington Post and his appearances on MSNBC. (Weigel is a favorite of Keith Olbermann and Rachael Maddow.)

But like many of the JournOlists, Weigel seems to be an angry and vindictive man filled with contempt and spite for political conservatives. When, for instance, last winter, Rush Limbaugh was rushed to the hospital after suffering severe chest pain, Weigel wrote:

I hope he fails.

Weigel also has little patience for Sarah Palin. He was especially angry about her opposition to “comprehensive national healthcare reform” — i.e., Obamacare.

A poll… suggests that 45% of Americans believe her death panel lie. But as long as the top liberal-leaning news site [the Huffington Post] talks about it every single hour of every day, I’m sure that number will go down.

Let’s move the fuck on already.

About James O’Keefe, the conservative filmmaker who was arrested during a failed undercover expose at Sen. Mary Landrieu’s (D-LA) office, Weigel wrote:

He’s either going to get a radio talk show host or start a prison ministry. That’s what successful conservative ratfuckers do for their second acts.

Weigel’s animus against conservatives seems to stem from the fact that he views them as small-minded bigots prone to “crazy outbursts of racism” — as people who “violently [and] angrily divide America” and protect “white privilege.” Thus, he has little use for the Team Party activists whom he was supposed to be dispassionately covering for the Washington Post.

Honestly, it’s been tough to find fresh angles sometimes –how many times can I report that these [Tea Party] activists are joyfully signing up with the agenda of discredited right-winger X and discredited right-wing group Y?

Because of his antipathy for conservatives and Republicans, Weigel strategized with his fellow JournOlists. Among other things, they strategized about how to explain, in their reporting, Democrat Martha Coakley’s defeat in Massachusetts’ January 2010 special Senate election.

I think pointing out Coakley’s awfulness is vital, because it’s 1) true and 2) unreasonable panic about it is doing more damage to the Democrats.

Of course: Good JournOlists don’t want to do anything that might “damage” the Democrats! We can’t have that! So the news must be slanted accordingly.

As previously noted, Weigel was forced to resign from the Washington Post, but has since been hired by Slate magazine, which is owned by the Post. Weigel also is a regular contributor to MSNBC.

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