Among the other sordid revelations of the JournoList scandal is a in depth view of the way its members collaborated with the Obama Campaign's concerted effort to destroy Sarah Palin personally and to bankrupt the Palin family.
As Jonathan Strong in the Daily Caller reveals, the members of Journolist were involved in figuring out how to discredit her and formulate talking points against her within hours after her nomination as Vice President was announced:
The conversation began with a debate over how best to attack Sarah Palin. “Honestly, this pick reeks of desperation,” wrote Michael Cohen of the New America Foundation in the minutes after the news became public. “How can anyone logically argue that Sarah Pallin [sic], a one-term governor of Alaska, is qualified to be President of the United States? Train wreck, thy name is Sarah Pallin.”
Not a wise argument, responded Jonathan Stein, a reporter for Mother Jones. If McCain were asked about Palin’s inexperience, he could simply point to then candidate Barack Obama’s similarly thin resume. “Q: Sen. McCain, given Gov. Palin’s paltry experience, how is she qualified to be commander in chief?,” Stein asked hypothetically. “A: Well, she has much experience as the Democratic nominee.”(...}
Daniel Levy of the Century Foundation noted that Obama’s “non-official campaign” would need to work hard to discredit Palin. “This seems to me like an occasion when the non-official campaign has a big role to play in defining Palin, shaping the terms of the conversation and saying things that the official [Obama] campaign shouldn’t say – very hard-hitting stuff, including some of the things that people have been noting here – scare people about having this woefully inexperienced, no foreign policy/national security/right-wing christian wing-nut a heartbeat away …… bang away at McCain’s age making this unusually significant ….
Ryan Donmoyer, a reporter for Bloomberg News who was covering the campaign, sent a quick thought that Palin’s choice not to have an abortion when she unexpectedly became pregnant at age 44 would likely boost her image because it was a heartwarming story.
“Her decision to keep the Down’s baby is going to be a hugely emotional story that appeals to a vast swath of America, I think,” Donmoyer wrote.
Politico reporter Ben Adler, now an editor at Newsweek, replied, “but doesn’t leaving sad baby without its mother while she campaigns weaken that family values argument? Or will everyone be too afraid to make that point?”
What we had here was a group of reputed journalists colluding with openly leftist opinionators to distort and shape the news by burying things like the Jeremiah Wright story while coordinating talking points to destroy Sarah Palin.
Actually, the non-official campaign wasn't so non-official. Among the many members who had connections with the Obama campaign, one of them was Jared Bernstein, who was an official adviser to the Obama Campaign.
What the official Obama campaign did to Sarah Palin was bad enough. They weren't particularly worried about John McCain, but Sarah Palin represented a real challenge, and enough of one to conceivably even pull McCain along with her into the White House.
That's why they went to any lengths to destroy her.
Huge platoons of reporters for the dinosaur media as well as squads of Democrat operatives made the trek up to Alaska looking to find something, anything that would stick. They found virtually nothing, so they simply Made Stuff Up, lying about how Mayor Palin banned books in the Wasilla Library and how Governor Palin supposdly charged victims of sexual assault for their rape kits.
Obama sent his then Senate Chief of Staff, Pete Rouse, to Alaska to set up a whole network of hate bloggers, and other malcontents, the sort of people you can find even in a state where a governor has an 80% approval rating. Rouse is now a White House adviser, and one of the people he brought on board was Democrat Alaskan State Senator Kim Elton who led the bogus Troopergate nonsense, the first in a series of phony ethics complaints (all of which were thrown out of court) organized by the campaign and designed not only to hurt Palin's candidacy but to bankrupt the Palin family.
After Obama won the election, one of his first acts was to reward Elton Chicago-style with a cushy job in the US Dept of the Interior.
It even extended to having Sam Nunn, who was on Obama’s short list for Vice Presiden and part of his transition team after the election spend days briefing Katie Couric on how to coordinate her upcoming interview with Palin to make sure just the right questions were asked to coordinate with the Obama campaign's talking points...and based on what John Zeigler has uncovered, it's not much of a stretch to intuit that there was input from the Obama campaign on the way the Palin interview was edited.
Nor did this end with the campaign.
As I pointed out some time ago even before the Journolist scandal became public, its members are part of the Vast Left Wing Conspiracy that gets daily talking points directly from the Obama Administration and is still used to drive the dinosaur media to push its agenda under the guise of 'journalism.'
These people, of course, aren't 'journalists' They're simply flacks with expensive J-school degrees who shill for the Ruling Class.