In a development that brings to mind the short-lived “JournoList” controversy, several liberal reporters are said to have been quietly summoned to the White House on Tuesday.
NPR reporter Ari Shapiro “tweeted” that Washington Post columnists Jonathan Capehart and Ezra Klein, and Talking Point Memo’s Josh Marshall were spotted entering the West Wing.
Klein is credited with creating the private journalistic list-serv JournoList, which gave members of the media a platform to communicate, resulting in charges of collusion by many who claimed the group was trying to corral press coverage and skew it to a particular outcome.
The Daily Caller reported in 2010 that members of JournoList plotted to protect then-Sen. Barack Obama from the swirling Rev. Jeremiah Wright controversy in 2008 that threatened to derail his presidential campaign.
Considering the track record of this administration and the growing number of scandals it’s now associated with, the idea of open collusion between the White House and the media is a scary concept.
On the other hand, as President Obama claims he gets most of his information from news reports, maybe this is his new daily briefing team.
Or, after a rough week or so where White House press secretary Jay Carney seems to struggle to keep up with his own spin, perhaps these three were on hand Tuesday auditioning to replace him.
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