JournoList 2.0? Watch as Reporters Appear to Coordinate Anti-Trump Messaging in Real Time

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With all the understandable outrage over how it appears that Democrats, the left-wing media, and Big Tech social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter participated in a coordinated effort Wednesday to censor the New York Post’s explosive story on Hunter Biden, I thought it was important to document another story about how MSM reporters appeared to coordinate anti-Trump messaging on another Biden-Harris campaign story in real time.

It started this morning with the news about how two staffers for Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris had tested positive for the coronavirus. Here’s a brief rundown on the story from Fox News:

Democratic vice presidential nominee Sen. Kamala Harris’ communications director and a “non-staff flight crew member” involved in the campaign have tested positive for the coronavirus, Joe Biden’s presidential campaign announced Thursday morning.

Biden campaign manager Jen O’Malley Dillon said that all in-person campaigning by the senator from California — including stops planned for today in the crucial battleground state of North Carolina — have been canceled for the rest of the week and weekend.

Dillon said the campaign learned late Wednesday night that both Liz Allen, Harris’ communications director, and a non-staff flight crew member tested positive for COVID-19.

Pretty straightforward report there, right? No spin. Just alerting readers to what happened, while providing additional details later on in the report on the precautionary measures they were taking and how they pledged to be transparent about any possible outbreak within the campaign going forward.

Compare that with how a number of other news outlets reported on this story in tweets within minutes of the story breaking, and note the common theme in all of them. “Stark/sharp contrasts” and “marked differences” were pointed out between how the Biden campaign handled the announcement of this news versus how the White House allegedly handled alerting the media as to the Rose Garden outbreak.

New York Times White House correspondent Maggie Haberman noted the “marked difference”:

Her tweet was RT’d by CNN White House correspondent Kaitlan Collins

Bloomberg News political reporter Jennifer Epstein tweeted about the “stark contrast”:

Her tweet was RT’d by CNN chief media correspondent Brian Stelter.

Matt Visor, a national political reporter for the Washington Post, talked about the “sharp contrast”:

Newsweek national political reporter Adrian Carrasquillo abandoned all pretense of objectivity, point-blank running with the Biden campaign’s talking points, suggesting there was an “obvious contrast with the White House”:

“Obvious contrast”? What does that even mean? What’s “obvious” about it?

Note how all those tweets were sent within minutes of each other and the eerily similar wording. It’s like they all think with the same brain.

In a report CNN has on their website about the story (last updated at 11:26 ET this morning), reporter Eric Bradner also wrote about how there allegedly was a “stark contrast” in how the Biden-Harris camp handled the news of the two staffers testing positive with how the White House did:

The Biden campaign’s immediate disclosure of the positive results was in stark contrast with how Trump’s campaign and White House have handled positive coronavirus tests from Trump himself as well as top campaign officials and aides.

Amazing, isn’t it? It’s like JournoList 2.O.

For those who don’t know what JournoList is, Wikipedia has a pretty good page on it explaining the particulars, but the gist of it is that it was an Obama-era, private echo-chamber for liberal media figures – from columnists to bloggers to supposedly objective mainstream media reporters – used to make fun of Republicans, as well as to coordinate messaging angles on stories, depending on if they made Republicans look bad and Democrats look good in contrast. An example:

In 2008, participants shared talking points about how to shape coverage to help Obama. They tried to paint any negative coverage of Obama’s racist and hateful pastor, Jeremiah Wright, as out of bounds. Journalists at such “objective” news organizations as Newsweek, Bloomberg, Time, and The Economist joined conversations with open partisans about the best way to criticize Sarah Palin.

Just amazing. It’s like they’re not even trying to hide it anymore.

There’s really no other way to describe what’s happening right now, except to call out the mainstream media for what they are: Water carriers for the Democratic party. Objectivism be damned.

Change my mind.

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