5. Matthew Yglesias. As befits his Harvard education, Yglesias is more polished and sophisticated than most JournOlists. Thus, his role in this JournOlistic cabal is less obvious and less transparent and yet, for this same reason, more damning and more dangerous.
Yglesias is good friends, after all, with JournOlist founder and coconspirator Ezra Klein. And from his perch at Think Progress, Yglesias disseminates a powerful set of liberal talking points every day on an almost hourly basis.
For example, one JournOlistic thread initiated by Yglesias began with the subject, “The line on Palin.” Yglesias meant by this the political narrative that he and his fellow Journolists were helping to compose and direct. And, as the Daily Caller reports, “the line” included savagely attacking Sarah Palin:
“Mother Jones’s [reporter Jonathan] Stein loved the idea [to attack Sarah Palin during the 2008 presidential campaign].
‘That’s excellent! If enough people — people on this list? — write that the pick is sexist, you’ll have the networks debating it for days. And that negates the SINGLE thing Palin brings to the ticket,’ he wrote.”
Significantly, Yglesias appears to be following in the footsteps of Klein and Weigel, who write and opine now for “mainstream” (read: legacy) media outlets. On Sunday, Aug. 8, for instance, Yglesias had a piece in the Washington Post in which he charged conservatives with creating a climate of fear and xenophobia. So it is that the JournOlists migrate from the left-wing fringe to the media “mainstream.”