March/April

Hmm. So the June 25 Daily Caller article about me, by Jonathan Strong, included this excerpt of an old JournoList e-mail:

In April, Weigel wrote that the problem with the mainstream media is “this need to give equal/extra time to ‘real American’ views, no matter how fucking moronic, which just so happen to be the views of the conglomerates that run the media and/or buy up ads.”

Today, the Caller and Strong post that e-mail:
I think Scherer is asking a question that Raines didn’t. But it’s a silly question anyway — sure, I think the republic will survive if I become editor of the Larouche World Bodily Fluid News and the WH refuses to grant me access for something. That Lester Kinsolving gets to sit in the WH briefing room demonstrates nothing so much as how useless that briefing room is.

The problem Raines diagnoses is less Fox News and more the biases that have been with the “MSM” for a while now — this need to give equal/extra time to “real American” views, no matter how fucking moronic, which just so happen to be the views of the conglomerates that run the media and/or buy up

So I ate dirt on this back in June and that second bit was a stupid thing to write, an example of me sucking up to the liberals on the list. (The first bit is wrong how, exactly?) But notice something — the first Caller story said I wrote this in “April,” i.e. the first month I worked at the Washington Post. The e-mail reveals I said this on March 12, before I joined the Post.
I actually haven’t read every JList thread — I joined in January 2009 and my gmail tab reveals I have more than 4000 unread JList emails — but I wonder now about the veracity of what the Caller is publishing. As far as I can tell, no one is asking the website to back up its claims.

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