Socialist “JournoListas”

By: Trevor Loudon
New Zeal

The now closed down JournoList, has caused considerable controversy in recent weeks. According to its opponents, JournoList teamed up some 400 prominent “progressive” journalists in an effort to smooth Barack Obama’s path to the White House.

There have been accusations that “Journolitstas,” deliberately sought to downplay Obama’s association with the Marxist Rev. Jeremiah Wright and tried to smear conservatives or opposing journalists as “racists.”

This post looks at 106 reported “Journolistas” to look for connections or common threads.

Of the known “Jounolistas” and organizations listed below, many can be linked back to two interrelated groups Democratic Socialists of America, the U.S.’s largest Marxist-based organization and the D.S.A.’s “brain,” the Washington DC-based, far left “think tank,” the Institute for Policy Studies.

Between them, D.S.A. and the I.P.S. dominate or influence several organizations affiliated to JournoList, including:

*The American Prospect – Founded in 1990 by D.S.A. affiliate Robert Kuttner. Current editor-at-large, is leading D.S.A. member Harold Meyerson.

*Mother Jones – Includes D.S.A. member Adam Hochschild on its Board of Directors, plus some D.S.A. affiliated staff and contributors. Hochschild was a supporter of Progressives for Obama.

*Economic Policy Institute - Led by D.S.A. member Larry Mishel and I.P.S. affiliate Jeff Faux and several D.S.A. affiliated board members. This organization has contributed at least three officials to the Obama Administration, including Obama economic adviser and ‘Journolista’ Jared Bernstein.

*Center for American Progress – Several staff and officials are affiliated with D.S.A. and the I.P.S. Writing of the Center’s relationship to the Obama Administration, former Weather Underground terrorist leader and Progressives for Obama supporter Mark Rudd said “There’s a whole govt. in waiting that Podesta has at the Center for American Progress. They’re mostly progressives, I’m told…”

*The Nation – Edited by I.P.S. trustee Katrina vanden Heuvel, who presides over an editorial board which includes D.S.A. members Norman Birnbaum, Barbara Ehrenreich (also an I.P.S. trustee) and Deborah Meier, plus I.P.S. affiliates Tom Hayden and Roger Wilkins.

*In These Times – Created by I.P.S. and run mainly by D.S.A. members and affiliates. Based in Chicago, I.T.T.’s board of editors includes former Weather Underground terrorists and Obama associates Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn.

*Progressives for Obama – Established by D.S.A. members Barbara Ehrenreich, Tim Carpenter and Bill Fletchers, Jr. Ehrenreich and Fletcher are also I.P.S. affiliates, as were two more of P.F.O.’s six founders: Tom Hayden and Danny Glover.

*Campaign for America’s Future – Founded in 1996, by several dozen D.S.A. members and I.P.S. affiliates, C.A.F. is a major coordinator of the U.S. “progressive” movement. In recent years it has organized several major Take Back America and America’s Future Now! conferences in Washington DC – which are attended by the cream of the U.S. progressive movement, including Barack Obama himself.

Apart from the D.S.A./I.P.S. connections, leftist institutions like The New Republic and the New Century Foundation are well represented. There are two known connections to George SorosOpen Society Institute.

Many major newspapers are also represented, as is national public radio, CNN and a host of leading “progressive” blogs and websites and leftist media “watchdog” Media Matters.

The following 106 names, are reported members of the now-defunct JournoList listserv:

*Spencer Ackerman – Wired, FireDogLake, Washington Independent, Talking Points Memo, The American Prospect
*Ben Adler – Newsweek, POLITICO
* Mike Allen – POLITICO

*Eric Alterman – Professor of Journalism, City University of New York, POLITICO, The Nation, Media Matters for America, Center for American Progress Fellow, Institute for Policy Studies affiliate. In April 2003, Eric Alterman e-signed a “Statement on Cuba,” initiated and circulated by prominent Democratic Socialists of America member Leo Casey, calling for the lifting of trade sanctions against Cuba. In the 1980s, Alterman was listed as a “Guardian Associate” by the Maoist-oriented journal The Guardian. Alterman is a former protege and defender of the late I.F.Stone, a leftist journalist, secret Communist Party USA member and pre-WW2 Soviet intelligence contact.

*Marc Ambinder – The Atlantic
*Greg Anrig – The Century Foundation
*Ryan Avent – Economist
*Dean BakerThe American Prospect. in 2009 Dean Baker was a Contributing Editor for In These Times.
*Nick Baumann – Mother Jones
*Josh Bearman – LA Weekly
*Steven Benen – The Carpetbagger Report
*Jared BernsteinEconomic Policy Institute
*Michael Berube – Crooked Timber (blog), Pennsylvania State University. In April 2003, Michael Berube signed a “Statement on Cuba,” initiated and circulated by prominent Democratic Socialists of America member Leo Casey, calling for the lifting of trade sanctions against Cuba.
*Lindsay Beyerstein – Focal Point (blog) (formerly Majikthise). In 2009 Lindsay Beyerstein was listed as a member of the Drum Major Institute Netroots Advisory Council.



*Joel BleifussIn These Times editor, long-time Democratic Socialists of America affiliate. In October 2008, Joel Bleifuss was one of several thousand college professors, students and academic staff to sign a statement to “Support Bill Ayers,” in solidarity with former Weather Underground terrorist Bill Ayers.

*John Blevins – South Texas College of Law
*Sam Boyd – The American Prospect
*Rich Byrne – Playwright and Freelancer
*Ta-Nehisi Coates – The Atlantic
*Jonathan Chait – The New Republic
*Lakshmi Chaudry – In These Times
*Isaac Chotiner – The New Republic
*Michael Cohen – New America Foundation
*Jonathan CohnThe American Prospect, The New Republic. In 2009, Jonathan Cohn was a Senior Fellow of New York-based think tank Demos, which is an Institute for Policy Studies partner organization.
*Joe Conason – The New York Observer
*David Corn – Mother Jones
*Daniel Davies – The Guardian
*David Dayen – FireDogLake
*Brad DeLong – The Economists’ Voice, University of California at Berkley
*Ryan Donmoyer – Bloomberg
*Kevin Drum – Washington Monthly
*Matt Duss – Center for American Progress
*Eve Fairbanks – The New Republic
*Henry Farrell – George Washington University
*Tim FernholzThe American Prospect, New America Foundation
*James Galbraith – University of Texas at Austin, Campaign for America’s Future

*Todd Gitlin – Professor of Journalism, Columbia University, former leader of Students for a Democratic Society, Campaign for America’s Future founder, Democratic Socialists of America member, In April 2003, Todd Gitlin signed a “Statement on Cuba,” initiated and circulated by prominent Democratic Socialists of America member Leo Casey, calling for the lifting of trade sanctions against Cuba. Progressives for Obama endorser.

*Ilan Goldenberg – National Security Network
*Dana Goldstein – The Daily Beast
*Merrill Goozner – Chicago Tribune, The American Prospect
*David Greenberg – Slate
*Robert Greenwald – Brave New Films, a production company that produced a documentary for Ronnie Earle during the case against Republican Party leader Tom DeLay.
*Chris Hayes – The Nation
*Don Hazen – Alternet
*Michael Hirsh – Newsweek, Take Back America conference, 2008
*John Judis – The New Republic, The American Prospect. A former leader of Democratic Socialists of America‘s preceding organization, the New American Movement, which was formed from the Students for a Democratic Society and the Communist Party USA. Judis is the former Editor of Socialist Revolution magazine and is an Institute for Policy Studies affiliate.



*Michael Kazin – Georgetown University. A founder of Campaign for America’s Future, editor of the Democratic Socialists of America-controlled Dissent magazine and co-author of a history of the Communist Party USA with D.S.A. member Maurice Isserman. In April 2003, Michael Kazin signed a “Statement on Cuba,” initiated and circulated by prominent Democratic Socialists of America member Leo Casey, calling for the lifting of trade sanctions against Cuba. A veteran of the 1969 Venceremos Brigade to Cuba.

*Ed Kilgore – Democratic Party Strategist
*Richard Kim – The Nation
*Mark Kleiman – The Reality Based Community. In 2005 Mark Kleiman served as an affiliated scholar of Center for American Progress.
*Ezra Klein – Washington Post, Newsweek, The American Prospect, 2010 Business Section columnist, Washington Post, formed JournoList, February, 2007
*Joe Klein – TIME Columnist
*Paul Krugman – The New York Times, Princeton University, economics, world affairs and Pulitzer Prize winner (Neo-Marxist).
*Lisa Lerer – POLITICO
*Daniel Levy – Century Foundation
*Alec McGillis – Washington Post
*Scott McLemee – Inside Higher Ed, Democratic Socialists of America affiliate.
*Ari Melber – The Nation
*Seth Michaels – MyDD.com
*Luke Mitchell – Harper’s Magazine
*Gautham Nagesh – The Hill, Daily Caller
*Suzanne Nossel – Human Rights Watch. In 2005 Suzanne Nossel served as an affiliated scholar of Center for American Progress.
*Michael O’Hare – University of California, Berkeley
*Rick Perlstein – Author, Campaign for America’s Future. Democratic Socialists of America affiliate.
*Harold Pollack – University of Chicago
*Foster Kamer – The Village Voice



*Katha PollittThe Nation, a member of Democratic Socialists of America and a supporter of Feminists for Peace and Barack Obama. In April 2003, Katha Pollitt signed a “Statement on Cuba,” initiated and circulated by prominent Democratic Socialists of America member Leo Casey, calling for the lifting of trade sanctions against Cuba.

*Ari Rabin-Havt – Media Matters
*David Roberts – Grist
*Alyssa Rosenberg – Washingtonian, The Atlantic
*Alex Rossmiller – National Security Network
*Laura Rozen – Politico, Mother Jones. In 2009 Laura Rozen was listed as a Senior Correspondent of The American Prospect.
*Greg Sargent – Washington Post
*Thomas Schaller – Baltimore Sun
*Noam Scheiber – The New Republic
*Michael Scherer – TIME
*Mark SchmittThe American Prospect. New America Foundation, former Director of Policy and Research at the Open Society Institute.
*Adam SerwerThe American Prospect
*Thomas Schaller – Baltimore Sun (Columnist), University of Maryland, Baltimore County (Professor), FiveThirtyEight.com (Contributing Writer)
*Julie Bergman Sender – Balcony Films
*Walter Shapiro – PoliticsDaily.com
*Nate Silver – FiveThirtyEight.com
*Jesse Singal – The Boston Globe, Washington Monthly
*Ben Smith – Chief Writer/Columnist for the POLITICO
*Sarah Spitz – NPR
*Adele Stan – The Media Consortium
*Kate Steadman – Kaiser Health News
*Jonathan Stein – Mother Jones
*Sam Stein – The Huffington Post
*Jesse Taylor – Pandagon.net
*Steven Teles – Yale University, New America Foundation Fellow
*Mark Thoma – The Economist’s View (Blog), University of Oregon (Professor)
*Michael Tomasky – The Guardian, Contributing Editor of The American Prospect
*Jeffrey Toobin – CNN, The New Yorker, writer for The New Yorker Magazine – POLITICO
*Rebecca Traister – Salon (Columnist)
* Tracy Van Slyke – The Media Consortium, Take Back America conference, 2008, former Publisher In These Times
* Dave Weigel – Washington Post, MSNBC, The Washington Independent
*Moira Whelan – National Security Network
*Scott Winship – Pew Economic Mobility Project
*Kai Wright – The Root, The nation, The American Prospect, ColorLines, a radical publication of the Communist Party USA connected to Applied Research Center.
*Holly Yeager – Columbia Journalism Review
*Rich Yeselson – Change to Win Labor Federation

*Matthew YglesiasCenter for American Progress, The American Prospect, The Atlantic Monthly, Blogger, POLITICO, Open Society Institute affiliation.

*Jonathan Zasloff – UCLA
*Julian Zelizer – Princeton Professor and CNN contributor.
*Avi Zenilman – POLITICO

JournoList was not just a bunch of “liberal’ journos with too much time on their hands.

It was a network of high level opinion makers, united by a “progressive” vision for America. They believed that their superior judgment and insight obligated them to present Americans with a view of reality that they would be too stupid and reactionary to grasp unaided.

At least a few, perhaps many, were committed Marxists who saw journalism, not as a profession, but as a revolutionary tool.

This disgraceful episode should dispel forever the “progressive” lie that the American MainStreamMedia and its “liberal” core, can be trusted to uphold the objective standards of their profession.

63 thoughts on “Socialist “JournoListas”

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  2. i wanna watch tv and drink beer with your money. why should i work.im oppressed. so what’s wrong with socialism? you owe me

  3. These journolists should be put out of business. Of course, they probably would be out of business if the taxpayer’s monies wasn’t going to prop them all up.

    Barack Obama should be impeached for what he is doing to America. I wouldn’t rule it out. He’s stomping on the Republic and he cares absolutely nothing about the Constitution that he is sworn to uphold.

    He is suing an American state for doing the job that he won’t do to secure the borders. All for political gain. He’s getting rid of the electoral college that was set up that way to make sure that the bigger states would not bully the smaller ones. He’s trying to add states to the union even though they have voted time and time against it, to ensure that he remains king of all.

    The man will be crowning himself king soon, just like Napoleon.

    These journolists are a disgrace to America and they should be tried for treason. They should be tried for not revealing the anti-American stance of this unknown man, Barack Obama, who rose up through the corrupt Chicago machine and is thoroughly tainted by it.

    This man does not understand what makes America great. His apologizing and bowing tours are a disgrace to America.

    Our Founding Fathers, who fought, bled, died and lost their entire fortunes for America must be rolling over in their graves.

    Shame, shame, shame on Barack Obama and his cohorts-in-deceit, the journolistas, who kept all the sordid details of this man’s past a secret from the American people. All of Barack Obama’s past is still sealed.

    God Bless America. The land of the free because of the brave.

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  6. Weren’t there any moderate or conservative journalists on that list at all? Were they excluded? Or just complicit and silent.

  7. When I was working on my poli sci undergraduate degree in the late nineties I was amazed when I frequently ran into unapologetic, self-identified young Marxists or “Marxians,” as they then liked to be called. It was as though I had run into a group DEVOTED to using the language of science to determine, once and for all, how many angels really could dance on the head of a pin. By time I got to law school (this decade), you would think I would have got over my surprise that so many of them were hanging out there as well, but no luck.

    In my college experience, they were as numerous as they were uneducated or ignorant, surly, cynical, unforgiving, and condemning. What a bunch of prissy creeps; Hoffer’s “True Believers,” for sure! Also, as far as I could tell, all upper-middle class or above, silver spoon socialists.

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  9. Hey Spencer,

    If you want to smash a rightwinger’s face into a window, I live in Alaska. Bring it on wimp. I’ll feed you to a griz about 5 minutes after you try.

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