The Baltimore Sun, Tom Schaller and the Journolist

The Daily Caller has an explosive piece this morning about how members of the “Journolist” collaborated in April 2008 to kill stories about then Senator Barack Obama’s relationship with the infamous Rev. Jeremiah Wright.

Questions to Obama, from ABC debate moderators Charlie Gibson and George Stephanopoulos sent the Journolister into spittle flecked rage. Gibson and Stephanopoulos inquired why it took Obama so long to repudiate Wright, and if he thought Wright “loved America as much as you do.” Fair and relevant questions given how Obama’s own statements on his close ties to Wright and his family’s long tenure a members of Wright’s church.

One Journolister argued that they should isolate one of Obama’s conservative critics and “and call them racists.” Sound familiar?

Michael Tomasky, with whom I’ve had personal experience, said:

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Listen folks–in my opinion, we all have to do what we can to kill ABC and this idiocy whatever venues we have. This isn’t about defending Obama. This is about how the [mainstream media] kills any chance of discourse that actually serves the people.” “We need to throw chairs now, try as hard as we can to get the call next time.

The Daily Caller also calls attention to Baltimore Sun columnist/Martin O’Malley shill and Journolist member Tom Schaller.

Thomas Schaller, a columnist for the Baltimore Sun as well as a political science professor, upped the ante from there. In a post with the subject header, “why don’t we use the power of this list to do something about the debate?” Schaller proposed coordinating a “smart statement expressing disgust” at the questions Gibson and Stephanopoulos had posed to Obama.

“It would create quite a stir, I bet, and be a warning against future behavior of the sort,” Schaller wrote.

I’d love to hear what the Baltimore Sun has to say about one of it’s columnists commiserating to intimidate other journalists from asking legitimate questions of a presidential candidate.

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