Socialist "JournoListas"

Cross posted from KeyWiki Blog

The now closed down JournoList, has caused considerable controversy in recent weeks. According to its opponents, JournoList, teamed up some 400 prominent “progressive” journalists in an effort to smooth Barack Obama’s path to the White House.

There have been accusations that “Journolitstas”, deliberately sought to downplay Obama’s association with the marxist Rev. Jeremiah Wright and tried to smear conservatives, or opposing journalists as “racists”.

This post looks at 106 reported “Journolistas” to look for connections or common threads.

Of the known “Jounolistas” and organizations listed below, many can be linked back to two interrelated groups , the U.S.’s largest marxist based organization and D.S.A.’s “brain” the Washington DC based, far left “think tank” the Institute for Policy Studies

Between them. D.S.A. and the I.P.S. dominate or influence several organizations affiliated to JournoList, including;

*The American Prospect – Founded in 1990 by D.S.A. affiliate Robert Kuttner. Current editor at large is leading D.S.A. member Harold Meyerson
*Mother Jones – Includes D.S.A. member Adam Hochschild on its Board of Directors, plus some D.S.A. affiliated staff and contributors. Hochschild was a supporter of Progressives for Obama
*Economic Policy Institute – Led by D.S.A. member Larry Mishel and I.P.S. affiliate Jeff Faux and several D.S.A. affiliated board members. This organization has contributed at least three officials to the Obama Administration, including Obama economic adviser and “Journolista’ Jared Bernstein.
*Center for American Progress – Several staff and officials are affiliated with D.S.A. and the I.P.S. Writing of the Center’s relationship to the Obama Administration, former Weather Underground terrorist leader and Progressives for Obama supporter Mark Rudd said “There’s a whole govt. in waiting that Podesta has at the Center for American Progress. They’re mostly progressives, I’m told…”
*The Nation – Edited by I.P.S. trustee Katrina vanden Heuvel, who presides over an editorial board which includes D.S.A. members Norman Birnbaum, Barbara Ehrenreich (also an I.P.S. trustee) and Deborah Meier, plus I.P.S. affiliates Tom Hayden and Roger Wilkins.
*In These Times – Created by I.P.S. and run mainly by D.S.A. members and affiliates. Based in Chicago, I.T.T.’s board of editors includes former Weather Underground terrorists and Obama associates Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn.
*Progressives for Obama – Established by D.S.A. members Barbara Ehrenreich, Tim Carpenter and Bill Fletchers, Jr. Ehrenreich and Fletcher are also I.P.S. affiliates, as were two more of P.F.O.’s six founders Tom Hayden and Danny Glover.
*Campaign for America’s Future – Founded in 1996, by several dozen D.S.A. members and I.P.S. affiliates, C.A.F. is a major coordinator of the U.S. “progressive” movement. In recent years it has organized several major Take Back America and America’s Future Now! conferences in Washington DC -which are attended by the cream of the U.S. progressive movement, including Barack Obama himself.

Apart from the D.S.A./I.P.S. connection, leftist institutions like the The New Republic and the New Century Foundation are well represented. There are two known connections to George SorosOpen Society Institute.

Many major newspapers are also represented, as is national public radio, CNN and a host of leading “progressive” blogs and websites and leftist media “watchdog” Media Matters.

The following 106 names, are reported members of the now-defunct JournoList listserv;

*Spencer Ackerman – Wired, FireDogLake, Washington Independent, Talking Points Memo, The American Prospect
*Ben Adler – Newsweek, POLITICO
* Mike Allen – POLITICO

*Eric Alterman – Professor of Journalism, City University of New York , POLITICO , The Nation, Media Matters for America, Center for American Progress Fellow , Institute for Policy Studies affiliate. In April 2003, Eric Alterman e signed a “Statement on Cuba”, initiated and circulated by prominent Democratic Socialists of America member Leo Casey, calling for the lifting of trade sanctions against Cuba. In the 1980s Alterman was listed as a “Guardian Associate” by the Maoist-oriented journal The Guardian. Alterman is a former protege and defender of the late I.F.Stone, a leftist journalist, secret Communist Party USA member and pre WW2 Soviet intelligence contact.
*Marc Ambinder – The Atlantic
*Greg Anrig – The Century Foundation
*Ryan Avent – Economist
*Dean BakerThe American Prospect. in 2009 Dean Baker was a Contributing Editor In These Times.
*Nick Baumann – Mother Jones
*Josh Bearman – LA Weekly
*Steven Benen – The Carpetbagger Report
*Jared BernsteinEconomic Policy Institute
*Michael Berube – Crooked Timber (blog), Pennsylvania State University. In April 2003, Michael Berube signed a “Statement on Cuba”, initiated and circulated by prominent Democratic Socialists of America member Leo Casey, calling for the lifting of trade sanctions against Cuba.
*Lindsay Beyerstein – Focal Point (blog) (formerly Majikthise). In 2009 Lindsay Beyerstein was listed as a member of the Drum Major Institute Netroots Advisory Council

*Joel BleifussIn These Times editor, long time Democratic Socialists of America affiliate. In October 2008, Joel Bleifuss was one several thousand college professors, students and academic staff to sign a statement “Support Bill Ayers”, in solidarity with former Weather Underground terrorist Bill Ayers.
*John Blevins – South Texas College of Law
*Sam Boyd – The American Prospect
*Rich Byrne – Playwright and freelancer
*Ta-Nehisi Coates – The Atlantic
*Jonathan Chait – The New Republic
*Lakshmi Chaudry – In These Times
*Isaac Chotiner – The New Republic
*Michael Cohen – New America Foundation
*Jonathan CohnThe American Prospect, The New Republic. In 2009 Jonathan Cohn was a Senior Fellow of New York based think tank Demos, which is an Institute for Policy Studies partner organization
*Joe Conason – The New York Observer
*David Corn – Mother Jones
*Daniel Davies – The Guardian
*David Dayen – FireDogLake
*Brad DeLong – The Economists’ Voice, University of California at Berkley
*Ryan Donmoyer – Bloomberg
*Kevin Drum – Washington Monthly
*Matt Duss – Center for American Progress
*Eve Fairbanks – The New Republic
*Henry Farrell – George Washington University
*Tim FernholzThe American Prospect, New America Foundation
*James Galbraith – University of Texas at Austin, Campaign for America’s Future

*Todd Gitlin – Professor of Journalism, Columbia University, former leader of Students for a Democratic Society, Campaign for America’s Future founder, Democratic Socialists of America member, In April 2003, Todd Gitlin signed a “Statement on Cuba”, initiated and circulated by prominent Democratic Socialists of America member Leo Casey, calling for the lifting of trade sanctions against Cuba. Progressives for Obama endorser
*Ilan Goldenberg – National Security Network
*Dana Goldstein – The Daily Beast
*Merrill Goozner – Chicago Tribune, The American Prospect
*David Greenberg – Slate
*Robert Greenwald– Brave New Films, a production company that produced a documentary for Ronnie Earle during the case against Republican party leader, Tom DeLay
*Chris Hayes – The Nation
*Don Hazen – Alternet
*Michael Hirsh – Newsweek, Take Back America conference, 2008
*John Judis The New Republic, The American Prospect. A former leader of Democratic Socialists of America‘s preceding organization, the New American Movement, which was formed form the Students for a Democratic Society and the Communist Party USA. Judis is the former editor of Socialist Revolution magazine and is an Institute for Policy Studies affiliate

*Michael Kazin – Georgetown University. A founder of Campaign for America’s Future, editor of the Democratic Socialists of America controlled Dissent magazine and co-author of an history of the Communist Party USA with D.S.A. member Maurice Isserman. In April 2003, Michael Kazin signed a “Statement on Cuba”, initiated and circulated by prominent Democratic Socialists of America member Leo Casey, calling for the lifting of trade sanctions against Cuba. A veteran of the 1969 Venceremos Brigade to cuba.
*Ed Kilgore – Democratic party strategist
*Richard Kim – The Nation
*Mark Kleiman – The Reality Based Community. In 2005 Mark Kleiman served as an affiliated scholar of Center for American Progress.
*Ezra Klein – Washington Post, Newsweek, The American Prospect, 2010 Business Section columnist, Washington Post; formed JournoList, February, 2007
*Joe Klein – TIME columnist
*Paul Krugman – The New York Times, Princeton University, economics, world affairs, and Pulitzer Prize winner (neo-marxist)
*Lisa Lerer – POLITICO
*Daniel Levy – Century Foundation
*Alec McGillis – Washington Post
*Scott McLemee – Inside Higher Ed, Democratic Socialists of America affiliate
*Ari Melber – The Nation
*Seth Michaels –
*Luke Mitchell – Harper’s Magazine
*Gautham Nagesh – The Hill, Daily Caller
*Suzanne Nossel – Human Rights Watch. In 2005 Suzanne Nossel served as an affiliated scholar of Center for American Progress.
*Michael O’Hare – University of California, Berkeley
*Rick Perlstein – Author, Campaign for America’s Future. Democratic Socialists of America affiliate
*Harold Pollack – University of Chicago
*Foster Kamer – The Village Voice

*Katha PollittThe Nation, a member of Democratic Socialists of America and a supporter of Feminists for Peace and Barack Obama. In April 2003, Katha Pollitt signed a “Statement on Cuba”, initiated and circulated by prominent Democratic Socialists of America member Leo Casey, calling for the lifting of trade sanctions against Cuba
*Ari Rabin-Havt – Media Matters
*David Roberts – Grist
*Alyssa Rosenberg – Washingtonian, The Atlantic
*Alex Rossmiller – National Security Network
*Laura Rozen – Politico, Mother Jones. In 2009 Laura Rozen was listed as a Senior Correspondent of The American Prospect.
*Greg Sargent – Washington Post
*Thomas Schaller – Baltimore Sun
*Noam Scheiber – The New Republic
*Michael Scherer – TIME
*Mark SchmittThe American Prospect. New America Foundation, former Director of Policy and Research at the Open Society Institute
*Adam SerwerThe American Prospect
*Thomas Schaller – Baltimore Sun (columnist), University of Maryland, Baltimore County (professor), (contributing writer)
*Julie Bergman Sender – Balcony Films
*Walter Shapiro –
*Nate Silver –
*Jesse Singal – The Boston Globe, Washington Monthly
*Ben Smith – chief writer/columnist for the POLITICO
*Sarah Spitz – NPR
*Adele Stan – The Media Consortium
*Kate Steadman – Kaiser Health News
*Jonathan Stein – Mother Jones
*Sam Stein – The Huffington Post
*Jesse Taylor –
*Steven Teles – Yale University, New America Foundation Fellow
*Mark Thoma – The Economist’s View (blog), University of Oregon (professor)
*Michael Tomasky – The Guardian, Contributing Editor of The American Prospect
*Jeffrey Toobin – CNN, The New Yorker, writer for The New Yorker magazine – POLITICO
*Rebecca Traister – Salon (columnist)
* Tracy Van Slyke – The Media Consortium, Take Back America conference, 2008, former publisher In These Times
* Dave Weigel – Washington Post, MSNBC, The Washington Independent
*Moira Whelan – National Security Network
*Scott Winship – Pew Economic Mobility Project
*Kai Wright – The Root, The nation, The American Prospect, ColorLines, a radical pubLication of the Communist Party USA connected Applied Research Center
*Holly Yeager – Columbia Journalism Review
*Rich Yeselson – Change to Win labor federation

*Matthew YglesiasCenter for American Progress, The American Prospect, The Atlantic Monthly, blogger, POLITICO, Open Society Institute affiliation
*Jonathan Zasloff – UCLA
*Julian Zelizer – Princeton professor and CNN contributor
*Avi Zenilman – POLITICO

JournoList, was not just a bunch of “liberal’ journos with too much time on there hands.

It was a network of high level opinion makers, united by a “progressive” vision for America. They believed that their superior judgement and insight, obligated them to present Americans with a view of reality, that they would be too stupid and reactionary to grasp unaided.

At least a few, perhaps many, were committed marxists who saw journalism, not as a profession, but as a revolutionary tool.

This disgraceful episode should dispel forever the “progressive” lie, that the American MainStreamMedia and its “liberal” core, can be trusted to uphold the objective standards of their profession.


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17 thoughts on “Socialist "JournoListas"

  1. Trevor,
    Yes, you are right, but the discussion was about our friends-the Jews. And I mean it.
    They are much closer to the western world than others you mentioned, and, I believe, our destiny is common.
    But, while, the western Christian world recognized the past antisemitism, which was real, and repented, the same can NOT be said about our friends.
    Very few recognize their collective role in the world communist movement and the crimes that ensued.

  2. Cobra -you wrote

    My opinion, based upon many years of studies and my life experience, partially under the heavy boot of communists in Easter Europe, is that ONLY by a common front of Christian gentiles (yeah, those goyim…) and Jews, the Western civilization can survive.

    Agreed-add, agnostis to the list, Sikhs, Bhuddists etc too.

  3. Unapologetic,
    One question, if you don't mind.
    Can you let me know what triggered your insinuation that I have "hate "cobwebs"" in my mind?
    My censored postings?
    If you did NOT see them, because they were removed, wouldn't this be exactly like the false accusation of racism, the left throws left and right as a tactic to avoid debating a certain subject?
    If you DID see the original postings, before they were removed, could you please rebut them SPECIFICALLY?
    What was "hateful" about my postings that were taken directly from Jewish Newspapers of the time, about communism, wo. any comment from me?
    I doubt you will get back to me about this matter…

  4. Unapologetic,
    You are right. I have many friends and I admire many Jews, like Mark Levine or David Horowitz.
    But that doesn't mean historical FACTS can be swept aside or not analyzed.
    My opinion, based upon many years of studies and my life experience, partially under the heavy boot of communists in Easter Europe, is that ONLY by a common front of Christian gentiles (yeah, those goyim…) and Jews, the Western civilization can survive.
    Divided we fall, united we stand.
    As for hate "cobwebs" I suggest you look elsewhere.
    Perhaps you should start with the Talmud…

  5. Hey Cobra!! I would like to let you in on a little secret. While a great many Leftists are Jewish, that doesn't mean all Jews are. Saul Alinsky is the Father of Modern Liberalism who is a Jew. Yet, Milton Friedman is the Father of Modern Conservatism, a Jew.
    I am a Jew and an American. I despise Communism and Socialism. Jews are just like any other group which has individuals on both sides.
    Ally yourself with the Conservative Jews like myself and fight the Liberal Jews.
    Keep your mind clear of the hate "cobwebs" and concentrate your efforts squarely where they belong.

  6. Yep.
    When objective facts are in your way, just declare them anti-Jewish and move away.
    What is the difference with false "racism" claims?
    None, because the objective is the same: censure and control the message.
    I am disappointed, but I applaud your work in exposing communists in general.
    But unless the communism is FULLY dissected and understood, the cancer will continue to grow.

  7. Cobra-If you want to make anti-Jewish points do so elsewhere.

    This blog is pro Israeli and pro Jewish and will remain so as long as I am running it.

    No further correspondence will be entered into.

  8. Trevor,
    You are wrong.I take no pleasure in pointing this out, but the two postings above are just a few, that prove my point.

  9. Steve. What I gather from this is that Jews tend to be smart people who culturally place a high value on education and ambition.

    Therefore they tend to feature prominently in the fields they enter.

    Good for them.

    Unfortunately this also means some of them become prominent socialists-bad for them personally, but no reflection on their religious affiliation.

  10. What can one gather from the fact that a huge number of the people listed are Jewish? What do American Jews want America to become?

  11. the real journalists on the internet and american patriots will save our country. god bless the modern day paul revere's such as trevor loudon, glen beck etc. once again the socialists and communists in washington have underestimated the spirit of free people.

  12. This list is of the "Useful Idiots" of the extreme left. Of course these folks should be careful what they wish for, as in a Socialist/Communist America. They will be among the first in eliminated under such a regime.

  13. Thank you again Trevor. Although I'm no longer shocked by the associations of "the movers and shakers" in America, I do appreciate you showing me the links. If we keep shouting, the rest of America will eventually hear us.

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