It wasn’t lost on those who closely followed the 2008 presidential election that scrutiny on Barack Obama was less than intense. Plenty of material was there. When it surfaced, more often than not, it just faded away.
One reason why, we are finding out, was that instead of watchdogs, the national press corps acted like Obama’s Praetorian Guard.
JournoList was a closed online club of liberal national journalists and activists who exchanged advice on how to kill anti-Obama narratives. Tucker Carlson’s Daily Caller website has found some of the exchanges and has written about them the past week or so. Predictably, the MSM has almost completely ignored this scandal of journalists acting like Obama operatives.
In a key episode, JournoList members openly plotted to bury attention on then-candidate Barack Obama’s controversial pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright. The Washington Independent’s Spencer Ackerman, for instance, suggested an effective tactic to distract from the issue would be to pick one of Obama’s critics, “Fred Barnes, Karl Rove, who cares — and call them racists.”
When Obama bought his house in June 2005 he coordinated with fixer/fundraiser Tony Rezko, who bought the side yard the same day in a deal that smells of a subsidy from Tony to the Obamas. The local press covered the transaction but the national press yawned. For example, nobody has ever talked to the sellers, who could have shed light on the sketchy, inconsistent stories told by Obama and Rezko. An engaged national media could have flushed the media-shy sellers out.
The national press also yawned when Rezko met with a Saddam Hussein-linked developer under circumstances that never have been explained. Obama’s role in this matter has barely been touched.