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JournoList was a ListServ (email group) of approximately 400 "progressive" and socialist journalists, academics and "new media" activists. JournoList members reportedly coordinated their messages in favor of Barack Obama and the Democratic Party, and against Sarah Palin and the Republican Party. JournoList was founded in 2007 and was closed down in early 2010.[1]

Obama Administration connections

Pajamas Media commentator Ed Driscoll commented on Journolist's connections to the Obama Administration in a July 25, 2010 column:[2]

Jared Bernstein, chief economist for Vice President Joseph Biden, served in 2008 as an economic adviser to the Obama campaign. At the same time, he was a member of JournoList, the controversial progressive email list.
Bernstein’s bio at Politico, which appears not to have been updated since 2008, states: “He is an economic adviser to the Obama campaign.”
He was known to many for his regular appearances on the financial channel CNBC. His primary employer in 2008 was the Economic Policy Institute, a pro-labor progressive think tank, but according to his bio when appointed to the Obama-Biden Administration, he also was a member of the Panel of Economic Advisers of the Congressional Budget Office.
Reached today at the Office of the Vice President, Bernstein revealed that his position with the Obama campaign was as something called a “surrogate.” “I was not paid by the campaign,” he explained. “They would call me from time to time to represent their positions, that side of the debate.”
Asked when he left JournoList, Bernstein replied, ‘‘I think I left the list around the time I came here.” Bernstein was announced as Chief Economist and Economic Policy Adviser to the Vice President-elect on December 8, 2008.

One question that has arisen is how closely JournoList members, not only discussed how to shape the news to advance the fortunes of Barack Obama, but coordinated with the Obama campaign. Jared Bernstein’s position as an unpaid adviser and surrogate shows that there was at least one direct link between JournoList and the Obama campaign.

Bernstein’s serving on the Economic Advisory Panel of the CBO appears to violate Ezra Klein’s first rule for JournoList:
At the beginning, I set two rules for the membership. The first was the easy one: No one who worked for the government in any capacity could join.
It would appear that Bernstein’s presence on the list violated Klein’s first rule, since he met the test of working “for the government in any capacity.”
Official campaign, non-official campaign — close enough for (literally in this case) government work.

A commenter notes another Obama official who was on the JournoList. Reader “Hydrangea” wonders why “people keep forgetting that Peter Orszag was also a Journolister.” Orszag is President Obama’s Office of Management and Budget Director.

In March of 2009, Ezra Klein wrote:

“Journolist is meant to serve a very specific purpose that’s actually related to my experience building this blog. The work of this site has always been to illuminate standard political reporting with expert policy commentary. In that, I’ve been helped by the many experts who have adopted the medium as their own: Mark Thoma, Brad DeLong, Paul Krugman, Matthew Holt, Peter Orszag, Andrew Gelman, Larry Bartels, Dani Rodrik, John Sides, among others. As a journalist, it’s hard to always know who to call or which questions to ask. The joy of those blogs is that I don’t have to guess what experts think is important: They simply explain what they think is important and I can use, or follow-up on, the information.?”"

Update: Ezra is now denying that Orszag was on the JournoList. So release the full list of members, and let us know who was. Shouldn’t President Obama’s “Non-Official Campaign” staff be even more open and transparent than the administration that it continues to serve?

High powered help

Of those listed by Ezra Klein above;

  • Larry Bartels, Donald E. Stokes Professor of Public and International Affairs, Professor of Politics and Public Affairs, Director, Center for the Study of Democratic Politics, Princeton University.
  • Brad DeLong, Department of Economics, U.C. Berkeley
  • Andrew Gelman, Professor of statistics and political science and director of the Applied Statistics Center at Columbia University
  • Matthew Holt, Health care strategist
  • Paul Krugman, Professor of Economics and International Affairs at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University
  • Peter Orszag, Director of the Office of Management and Budget under President Barack Obama
  • Dani Rodrik, Rafiq Hariri Professor of International Political Economy at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University
  • John Sides, Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at George Washington University
  • Mark Thoma, Professor of Economics Department of Economics · University of Oregon

Reported members

The following names, are reported members of the now-defunct JournoList listserv:[3]

  1. Spencer AckermanWired, FireDogLake, Washington Independent, Talking Points Memo, The American Prospect
  2. Ben AdlerNewsweek, POLITICO
  3. Mike AllenPOLITICO
  4. Eric AltermanThe Nation, Media Matters for America - possibly a former Guardian Associate and possible writer for the Maoist-oriented Guardian, September 1989-1990's[4] ; Also, 2010, writer for The Nation magazine; Professor of Journalism, City University of New York -POLITICO op. cit. An Eric Alterman is listed as the "Circulation Director" for the "Guardian" in the issue of June 17, 1987, p. 19 as well as in the December 9, 1987 issue, p. 19.
  5. Marc AmbinderThe Atlantic
  6. Greg AnrigThe Century Foundation
  7. Ryan AventEconomist[5]
  8. Dean BakerThe American Prospect
  9. Nick BaumannMother Jones
  10. Josh BearmanLA Weekly
  11. Steven BenenThe Carpetbagger Report
  12. Jared BernsteinEconomic Policy Institute
  13. Michael BerubeCrooked Timber (blog), Pennsylvania State University
  14. Lindsay BeyersteinFocal Point (blog) (formerly Majikthise)
  15. Joel BleifussIn These Times
  16. John Blevins – South Texas College of Law
  17. Sam BoydThe American Prospect
  18. Rich Byrne – Playwright and freelancer
  19. Ta-Nehisi CoatesThe Atlantic
  20. Jonathan ChaitThe New Republic
  21. Lakshmi ChaudryIn These Times
  22. Isaac ChotinerThe New Republic
  23. Michael CohenNew America Foundation
  24. Jonathan CohnThe New Republic
  25. Joe ConasonThe New York Observer
  26. David CornMother Jones
  27. Daniel DaviesThe Guardian
  28. David DayenFireDogLake
  29. Brad DeLongThe Economists’ Voice, University of California at Berkley
  30. Ryan DonmoyerBloomberg
  31. Kevin DrumWashington Monthly
  32. Matt DussCenter for American Progress
  33. Eve FairbanksThe New Republic
  34. Henry Farrell – George Washington University
  35. Tim FernholzAmerican Prospect
  36. James Galbraith – University of Texas at Austin
  37. Todd Gitlin – Columbia University, former leader of SDS Students for a Democratic Society, longtime Professor of Journalism, New York University
  38. Ilan GoldenbergNational Security Network
  39. Dana GoldsteinThe Daily Beast
  40. Merrill GooznerChicago Tribune
  41. David GreenbergSlate
  42. Robert GreenwaldBrave New Films
  43. Christopher HayesThe Nation
  44. Don HazenAlternet
  45. Michael HirshNewsweek
  46. John JudisThe New Republic, The American Prospect
  47. Michael Kazin – Georgetown University
  48. Ed Kilgore – Democratic Stategist
  49. Richard KimThe Nation
  50. Mark KleimanThe Reality Based Community
  51. Ezra KleinWashington Post, Newsweek, The American Prospect, 2010 Business Section columnist, Washington Post; American Prospect blogger; formed [[JournoList, February, 2007}[6]
  52. Joe KleinTIME columnist
  53. Paul KrugmanThe New York Times, Princeton University, economics, world affairs, and Pulitzer Prize winner (neo-marxist)
  54. Lisa LererPOLITICO
  55. Daniel LevyCentury Foundation
  56. Alec McGillisWashington Post
  57. Scott McLemeeInside Higher Ed
  58. Ari MelberThe Nation[5]
  59. Seth MichaelsMyDD.com
  60. Luke MitchellHarper’s Magazine[5]
  61. Gautham NageshThe Hill, Daily Caller
  62. Suzanne NosselHuman Rights Watch
  63. Michael O’Hare – University of California, Berkeley
  64. Rick Perlstein – Author, Campaign for America’s Future
  65. Harold Pollack – University of Chicago
  66. Foster KamerThe Village Voice
  67. Katha PollittThe Nation
  68. Ari Rabin-HavtMedia Matters
  69. David RobertsGrist
  70. Alyssa RosenbergWashingtonian, The Atlantic, Government Executive
  71. Alex RossmillerNational Security Network
  72. Laura RozenPolitico, Mother Jones
  73. Greg SargentWashington Post
  74. Noam ScheiberThe New Republic
  75. Michael SchererTIME
  76. Mark SchmittThe American Prospect
  77. Adam SerwerThe American Prospect
  78. Thomas SchallerBaltimore Sun(columnist), University of Maryland, Baltimore County (professor), FiveThirtyEight.com (contributing writer)
  79. Julie Bergman SenderBalcony Films
  80. Walter ShapiroPoliticsDaily.com
  81. Nate Silver – FiveThirtyEight.com
  82. Jesse SingalThe Boston Globe, Washington Monthly
  83. Ben Smith – chief writer/columnist for the POLITICO
  84. Sarah Spitz – NPR
  85. Adele StanThe Media Consortium[5]
  86. Kate SteadmanKaiser Health News
  87. Jonathan SteinMother Jones
  88. Sam SteinThe Huffington Post
  89. Jesse TaylorPandagon.net
  90. Steven Teles – Yale University
  91. Mark ThomaThe Economist’s View (blog), University of Oregon (professor)
  92. Michael TomaskyThe Guardian[5]
  93. Jeffrey Toobin – CNN, The New Yorker, writer for The New Yorker magazine - POLITICO
  94. Rebecca TraisterSalon (columnist)[5]
  95. Tracy Van SlykeThe Media Consortium
  96. Dave WeigelWashington Post, MSNBC, The Washington Independent
  97. Moira WhelanNational Security Network
  98. Scott WinshipPew Economic Mobility Project
  99. Kai WrightThe Root
  100. Holly YeagerColumbia Journalism Review
  101. Rich YeselsonChange to Win
  102. Matthew YglesiasCenter for American Progress, The Atlantic Monthly, blogger, POLITICO
  103. Jonathan Zasloff – UCLA
  104. Julian Zelizer – Princeton professor and CNN contributor
  105. Avi ZenilmanPOLITICO
  106. David Brock - Founder of Media Matters
  107. Megan Carpentier - Associate Editor at TPM Media
  108. Andrew Gelman - Professor of statistics and political science and director of the Applied Statistics Center at Columbia University
  109. Peter Orszag - White House Budget Director
  110. Dani Rodrik - Rafiq Hariri Professor of International Political Economy at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University
  111. John Sides - Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at George Washington University.
  112. Thomas Adcock - New York Law Journal
  113. Brian Beutler - The Media Consortium
  114. Shannon Brownlee - Author, New America Foundation
  115. Lark Corbeil - Public News Service
  116. Adam Doster - In These Times
  117. Gerald Dworkin - UC Davis
  118. Kathleen Geier - Talking Points Memo, wife of Rick Perlstein
  119. Arthur Goldhammer - Harvard University
  120. Jaana Goodrich - Blogger
  121. James Johnson - University of Rochester
  122. Foster Kamer - The Village Voice
  123. Charlie Kireker - Air America Media
  124. Robert Kuttner - American Prospect, Economic Policy Institute
  125. Ralph Luker - Cliopatria
  126. Robert Mackey - New York Times
  127. Maggie Mahar - The Century Foundation
  128. Dylan Matthews - Harvard University
  129. Sara Mead - New America Foundation
  130. Rodger Payne - University of Louisville
  131. Nico Pitney - Huffington Post
  132. Joy-Ann Reid - South Florida Times
  133. Lamar Robertson - Partnership for Public Service
  134. Rinku Sen - ColorLines Magazine
  135. Matthew Shugart - UC San Diego
  136. Paul Starr - The Atlantic
  137. Matt Steinglass - Deutsche Presse-Agentur
  138. Paul Waldman - Author, The American Prospect
  139. J. Harry Wray - DePaul University
  140. D. Brad Wright - University of NC at Chapel Hill
  141. Ari Berman - The Nation
  142. Dan Froomkin - Huffington Post, Washington Post
  143. Andrew Golis - Talking Points Memo
  144. Annie Lowrey - Washington Independent
  145. Mike Madden - Salon
  146. Michael Roston - Newsbroke
  147. Felix Salmon - Reuters
  148. Kate Sheppard - Mother Jones
  149. James Surowiecki - The New Yorker
  150. Ben BrandzelMoveOn.org, John Edwards Campaign
  151. Josh OrtonMyDD.com, Air America Media
  152. Sara RobinsonCampaign For America’s Future
  153. Ann-Marie Slaughter – Princeton University
  154. Amanda Marcotte - Pandagon.net
  155. Karen Tumulty - Washington Post, TIME
  156. Kevin Carey - Education Sector
  157. James Fallows - The Atlantic

Named in 2013

Alleged Members

The following have been listed as members of Journolist, but have subsequently denied membership:

Not to be confused with...

JournoList should not be confused with another completely separate organization, (still in operation), Journolist: The Internet for journalists, run by John Morish of the United Kingdom.

References

  1. New additions make for 107 Journolist names, Clarice Feldman, American Thinker, July 22, 2010
  2. Speaking of the JournoList acting as Obama’s ‘Non-Official Campaign’…, Ed Driscoll, Pajamas Media, July 22, 2010 (accessed on August 13, 2010)
  3. Free Republic: JournoList: 151 Names Confirmed (with News Organizations), July 30, 2010 (accessed August 2, 2010)
  4. Guardian, September 13, 1989, list of Staff, Contributors & Guardian Associates
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 Daily Caller: Journolisters debate making coordination with Obama explicit, July 26, 2010 (accessed on August 13, 2010)
  6. POLITICO, "JournoList: Inside the echo chamber", Michael Calderone, March 17, 2009
  7. [http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3034205/postsFree Republic, JournoList: 173 Names Confirmed w/ Organizations (FR Exclusive) 06/21/2013 | BuckeyeTexan