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We told you in Tuesday's grapevine about allegations that a group of journalists and others conspired to keep stories potentially harmful to Barack Obama.
Out of the media during the 2008 election campaign.
National correspondent Steve Centanni reports tonight on the so called journal list who was on it and what was it all about.
When Barack Obama's presidential campaign was imperiled over the candidate's longtime relationship with the reverend Jeremiah Wright.
A group of liberal journalists emailed each other suggesting ways to divert attention from the scandal.
One message by Spencer Ackerman of the Washington independent says.
It's not necessary to jump to -- defense what is necessary is to raise the cost on the right of going after the left.
Instead take one of them Fred Barnes Karl Rove who cares and call them racists.
Ackerman was one of 400 liberal leaning reporters editors producers bloggers and columnists who exchanged ideas in an online community called the -- -- list.
Tucker Carlson post of the journal list emails on his website the daily caller.
They were not acting as journalists they were acting as political hacks.
As as consultants essentially on behalf of Barack Obama unpaid but working for Barack Obama and that's dishonest by its nature.
-- -- was founded by a Washington Post columnist Ezra Klein and later disbanded when post writer David -- -- lost his job after making disparaging comments on journalist about Matt Drudge Rush Limbaugh and congressman Ron Paul.
One former journalist contributor Rutgers professor David Greenberg defended his fellow liberals saying some of the hullabaloo about all this rests on misconception based on the idea that this was a place where reporters revealed some secret held liberal beliefs.
But I actually goes on to say the fact that their opinion based journalists is sort of self evident.
Even so there's a line that's been crossed according to former ABC correspondent Bob Zelnick.
But when you're talking about.
Public attention from a news story because you feel -- have.
Bad impact on the campaign of the candidate that you as a liberal member of the press.
Want to see elected that if that rages.
And another journalist email by -- UCLA law professor wondered if the FCC could shut down fox news to looking.
-- -- fox you're like fox to recognize that's authoritarian.
That's sick actually it's totally an American and they were espousing it in public on the site.
-- most journalists writers didn't agree with branding select conservatives as racist or stifling Fox News but critics say it still gives journalism a bad name Brett --
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