The Conspiracy Fully Revealed

Just in time for the next wave of The Vetting, some hacker managed to come up with the archives for the legendary “left-wing” listserv JournoList, which according to various Breitbartians helped Barack Obama steal the 2008 presidential election. Gawker put ia chunk of this material online with this explanation:

Way back in 2009, the hottest media story was the exposure of the existence of “Journolist,” a private listserv of several hundred mostly liberal journalists, talking to each other about crap. This was perceived as a big scandal! Andrew Breitbart offered $100,000 for the full archives. Well, we got (some of) them. Here they are.

The existence of Journolist— either a boring listserv among friends and colleagues, or a secret backchannel in which the true feelings of the liberal media elite came to light, depending on who you talked to— was quite a little media sensation, several years ago. Select embarrassing excerpts from Journolist were leaked at the time, forcing public apologies, but never the full list. (The general uproar, however, cost David Weigel a job at the Washington Post.)

Now, the hacker Guccifer has provided us with the copy of the Journolist archive. You can find it below. It appears to be the full archive, although there is no way for us to confirm that. (Update: It’s not the full, multi-year archives. Most of the content appears to be from the summer of 2010, right around the time that Journolist was becoming a public controversy.) It also appears to have been hacked from one of the Journolist members. As you can see, it is very long, and its formatting makes reading it somewhat difficult. Don’t blame us. This is simply a data dump— a public service, for those who may have been waiting breathlessly for the past four years to get at the raw material of what was once considered the very epicenter of the liberal Washington media cabal.

As a pretty active participant at JournoList, I’m over the anger at private, off-the-record conversations being taken vastly out of context and fed into the hungry maw of conspiromaniacs by the Daily Caller back in 2010. The same principles of violated privacy are at stake in this archives dump. But frankly, I’m amused at the time a lot of wingnuts are likely to waste chewing through this vast messy salad bar of water-cooler conversations about politics, books, sports, social science and journalism itself. I know I don’t have the time to stroll down that particular memory lane myself. But it should make for great hilarity among the JournoListers here at Netroots Nation.

Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore, a Monthly contributing editor, is a columnist for the Daily Intelligencer, New York magazine’s politics blog, and the managing editor for the Democratic Strategist.