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A Journo-List Leak
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The Daily Caller has gotten and published some more copies of emails from that e-mail list of left-wing journalists -- Journo-List -- of the sort that got David Weigel ousted from his perch at the Washington Post. This time, they seemed to want to get the press to focus less on Rev. Jeremiah Wright, and suggested trying to smear some right-wingers (anyone but soon-to-be New York Times columnist Ross Douthat) as racist as a diversion. Among the participants was Holly Yeager, who now works at, get this, the Columbia Journalism Review.

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The Cult of Petraeus
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Spencer Ackerman has an article explaining how journalists helped to build up the myth of General David Petraeus: "none of this was the old quid-pro-quo of access for positive coverage. It worked more subtly than that: the more I interacted with his staff, the more persuasive their points seemed. Nor did I write anything I didn't believe or couldn't back up — but in retrospect, I was insufficiently critical....None of this is to say that Petraeus was actually a crappy officer whom the press turned into a genius. ... But it is to say that a lot of the journalism around Petraeus gave him a pass, and I wrote too much of it. Writing critically about a public figure you come to admire is a journalistic challenge."

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The Cult of Petraeus
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Spencer Ackerman has an article explaining how journalists helped to build up the myth of General David Petraeus: "none of this was the old quid-pro-quo of access for positive coverage. It worked more subtly than that: the more I interacted with his staff, the more persuasive their points seemed. Nor did I write anything I didn't believe or couldn't back up — but in retrospect, I was insufficiently critical....None of this is to say that Petraeus was actually a crappy officer whom the press turned into a genius. ... But it is to say that a lot of the journalism around Petraeus gave him a pass, and I wrote too much of it. Writing critically about a public figure you come to admire is a journalistic challenge."

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A Journo-List Leak
futureofcapitalism.com

The Daily Caller has gotten and published some more copies of emails from that e-mail list of left-wing journalists -- Journo-List -- of the sort that got David Weigel ousted from his perch at the Washington Post. This time, they seemed to want to get the press to focus less on Rev. Jeremiah Wright, and suggested trying to smear some right-wingers (anyone but soon-to-be New York Times columnist Ross Douthat) as racist as a diversion. Among the participants was Holly Yeager, who now works at, get this, the Columbia Journalism Review.

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