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The Pleasures of Racism, Selfishness, and Fear
By Jed Gladstein


For those who don't pay attention to how America's mainstream media actually functions nowadays, the recent JournoList scandal may prove a bit shocking. JournoList was a listserv[1] created by Ezra Klein, a sanctimonious young man who regularly appears on MSNBC. Mr. Klein writes for the Washington Post, which owns the JournoList email archive.

According to Mr. Klein, the JournoList forum was created for members of the mainstream media as a "wonkish, [2] fun, political yelling match." During its existence, it accumulated tens of thousands of emails from its roughly 400 participants. Recently, it was discontinued when its contents were leaked to the public.[3]

Some of the JournoList emails reveal that the mainstream media has been deeply complicit in deceiving the American people about Mr. Obama.[4] Other emails reveal that some of the luminaries in the mainstream media are both cruel and churlish. But what is perhaps most significant is that some of the emails show that the mainstream media is afflicted with a disability that might best be described as a form of social psychosis.[5]

For example, one of the JournoList participants is a woman by the name of Katha Pollitt. Ms. Pollitt is a writer for The Nation magazine, and is also published by The New Yorker, Harper's, Ms., and The New York Times. In commenting on the Tea Party movement, Ms. Pollitt had this to say:

"... today's US rightwingers have nothing concrete to offer people. Just the pleasures of racism and selfishness and fear."

At the level of political theory, Ms. Pollitt's comment seems woefully devoid of verisimilitude. She makes an implicit assertion that the proper role of our national government is "to offer" something to the American people. This kind of thinking is what leads to a totalitarian nanny state. In our country, the proper domestic function of the federal government is to maintain a minimum structure of national rules that ensures the maximum amount of personal freedom consistent with lawful behavior. Beyond that, the Founders intended that the federal government should stay out of the way of the states and the American people, leaving them free to determine how best to secure their own happiness.[6]

Ms. Pollitt's comment also reveals that she, like so many of her JournoList colleagues, is trapped in a state of pathological projection[7] about "racism and selfishness and fear." Despite many weeks of claiming that the Tea Party movement is racist, nobody in the mainstream media has been able to produce one iota of evidence to substantiate the charge. As for selfishness, surely there is nothing more selfish than expecting millions of hard working Americans to shoulder the burden of ever-expanding government programs for a permanent welfare class and tens of millions of illegal aliens in order to empower the left -- yet, that is precisely what the mainstream media wants Americans to do. And, as to fear, it takes only a cursory glance at the JournoList emails to see how central that emotion is to the gestalt of Ms. Pollitt and her JournoList colleagues.

Considering the evidence, an objective observer must conclude that when it comes to "the pleasures of racism and selfishness and fear," the mainstream media and their cultural Marxist heroes beat the Tea Party hands down!
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Spencer Ackerman - Wired, FireDogLake, Washington Independent, Talking Points Memo, The American Prospect

Thomas Adcock - New York Law Journal

Ben Adler - Newsweek, POLITICO

Mike Allen - POLITICO

Eric Alterman - The Nation, Media Matters for America

Marc Ambinder - The Atlantic

Greg Anrig - The Century Foundation

Ryan Avent - Economist

Dean Baker - The American Prospect

Nick Baumann - Mother Jones

Josh Bearman - LA Weekly

Steven Benen - The Carpetbagger Report

Ari Berman - The Nation

Jared Bernstein - Economic Policy Institute

Michael Berube - Crooked Timer, Pennsylvania State University

Brian Beutler - The Media Consortium

Lindsay Beyerstein - Freelance journalist

Joel Bleifuss - In These Times

John Blevins - South Texas College of Law

Eric Boehlert - Media Matters

Sam Boyd - The American Prospect

Ben Brandzel - MoveOn.org, John Edwards Campaign

Shannon Brownlee - Author, New America Foundation

Rich Byrne - Playwright

Kevin Carey - Education Sector

Jonathan Chait - The New Republic

Lakshmi Chaudry - In These Times

Isaac Chotiner - The New Republic

Ta-Nehisi Coates - The Atlantic

Michael Cohen - New America Foundation

Jonathan Cohn - The New Republic

Joe Conason - The New York Observer

Lark Corbeil - Public News Service

David Corn - Mother Jones

Daniel Davies - The Guardian

David Dayen - FireDogLake

Brad DeLong - The Economists’ Voice, University of California at Berkeley

Ryan Donmoyer - Bloomberg News

Adam Doster - In These Times

Kevin Drum - Washington Monthly

Matt Duss - Center for American Progress

Gerald Dworkin - UC Davis

Eve Fairbanks - The New Republic

James Fallows - The Atlantic

Henry Farrell - George Washington University

Tim Fernholz - American Prospect

Dan Froomkin - Huffington Post, Washington Post

Jason Furman - Brookings Institution

James Galbraith - University of Texas at Austin

Kathleen Geier - Talking Points Memo

Todd Gitlin - Columbia University

Ilan Goldenberg - National Security Network

Arthur Goldhammer - Harvard University

Dana Goldstein - The Daily Beast

Andrew Golis - Talking Points Memo

Jaana Goodrich - Blogger

Merrill Goozner - Chicago Tribune

David Greenberg - Slate

Robert Greenwald - Brave New Films

Chris Hayes - The Nation

Don Hazen - Alternet

Jeet Heer - Canadian Journolist

Jeff Hauser - Political Action Committee, Dennis Shulman Campaign

Michael Hirsh - Newsweek

James Johnson - University of Rochester

John Judis - The New Republic, The American Prospect

Foster Kamer - The Village Voice

Michael Kazin - Georgetown University

Ed Kilgore - Democratic Strategist

Richard Kim - The Nation

Charlie Kireker - Air America Media

Mark Kleiman - UCLA The Reality Based Community

Ezra Klein - Washington Post, Newsweek, The American Prospect

Joe Klein - TIME

Robert Kuttner - American Prospect, Economic Policy Institute

Paul Krugman - The New York Times, Princeton University

Lisa Lerer - POLITICO

Daniel Levy - Century Foundation

Ralph Luker - Cliopatria

Annie Lowrey - Washington Independent

Robert Mackey - New York Times

Mike Madden - Salon

Maggie Mahar - The Century Foundation

Amanda Marcotte - Pandagon.net

Dylan Matthews - Harvard University

Alec McGillis - Washington Post

Scott McLemee - Inside Higher Ed

Sara Mead - New America Foundation

Ari Melber - The Nation

David Meyer - University of California at Irvine

Seth Michaels - MyDD.com

Luke Mitchell - Harper’s Magazine

Gautham Nagesh - The Hill, Daily Caller

Suzanne Nossel - Human Rights Watch

Michael O’Hare - University of California at Berkeley

Josh Orton - MyDD.com, Air America Media

Rodger Payne - University of Louisville

Rick Perlstein - Author, Campaign for America’s Future

Nico Pitney - Huffington Post

Harold Pollack - University of Chicago

Katha Pollitt - The Nation

Ari Rabin-Havt - Media Matters

Joy-Ann Reid - South Florida Times

David Roberts - Grist

Lamar Robertson - Partnership for Public Service

Sara Robinson - Campaign For America's Future

Alyssa Rosenberg - Washingtonian, The Atlantic, Government Executive

Alex Rossmiller - National Security Network

Michael Roston - Newsbroke

Laura Rozen - POLITICO, Mother Jones

Felix Salmon - Reuters

Greg Sargent - Washington Post

Thomas Schaller - Baltimore Sun

Noam Scheiber - The New Republic

Michael Scherer - TIME

Mark Schmitt - American Prospect, The New America Foundation

Rinku Sen - ColorLines Magazine

Julie Bergman Sender - Balcony Films

Adam Serwer - American Prospect

Walter Shapiro - PoliticsDaily.com

Kate Sheppard - Mother Jones

Matthew Shugart - UC San Diego

Nate Silver - FiveThirtyEight.com

Jesse Singal - The Boston Globe, Washington Monthly

Ann-Marie Slaughter - Princeton University

Ben Smith - POLITICO

Sarah Spitz - KCRW

Adele Stan - The Media Consortium

Paul Starr - The Atlantic

Kate Steadman - Kaiser Health News

Jonathan Stein - Mother Jones

Sam Stein - Huffington Post

Matt Steinglass - Deutsche Presse-Agentur

James Surowiecki - The New Yorker

Jesse Taylor - Pandagon.net

Steven Teles - Yale University

Mark Thoma - The Economists' View

Michael Tomasky - The Guardian

Jeffrey Toobin - CNN, The New Yorker

Rebecca Traister - Salon

Karen Tumulty - Washington Post, TIME

Tracy Van Slyke - The Media Consortium

Paul Waldman - Author, American Prospect

Dave Weigel - Washington Post, MSNBC, The Washington Independent

Moira Whelan - National Security Network

Scott Winship - Pew Economic Mobility Project

J. Harry Wray - DePaul University

D. Brad Wright - University of NC at Chapel Hill

Kai Wright - The Root

Holly Yeager - Columbia Journalism Review

Rich Yeselson - Change to Win

Matthew Yglesias - Center for American Progress, The Atlantic Monthly

Jonathan Zasloff - UCLA

Julian Zelizer - Princeton University

Avi Zenilman - POLITICO

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