Journolist 2.0: OWS Emails Show MSM Working With Protesters


Big Journalism has learned that the Occupy Washington DC movement is working with well-known media members to craft its demands and messaging while these media members report on the movement. Someone has made the emails from the Occupy Wall Street email distro public and searchable. The names in the list are a veritable who’s who in media.

Journolist 2.0 includes well known names such as MSNBC’s Dylan Ratigan, Rolling Stone’s Matt Taibbi who both are actively participating; involvement from other listers such as Bill Moyers and Glenn Greenwald plus well-known radicals like Noam Chomsky, remains unclear. The list also includes a number of radical organizers, such as Kevin Zeese.

In these emails we see MSNBC’s Ratigan, hawking his book in the footnotes, instructing occupiers on how properly to present their demands and messages while simultaneously appearing on television reporting “objectively” on the story (when he’s not taking part in the protests himself as content.)




Other emails include Taibbi’s:


The full searchable Occupy DC list is available here. We’ve only begun to discover the full scope of MSM’s involvement and are still combing through the archives after the list was brought to our attention late last night. (If you find something interesting that we have missed, please leave us a note in the comments.)

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The unbiased, truth seeking media strikes again. They just need to admit they are leftist propagandists who want a socialist America and be done with it.

I think most MSNBC hosts are totally open about their political leanings. You act as if this is some sort of secret.

Go ahead and let them disassociate money from politics…it’d be the death of the Socialist Democratic Party…remember the old saying about interrupting your enemy when they are making a mistake.

So funny this Most Wanted was posted. Almost did an author post, but not necessary now.

INRE the Big Journalism article, I was reading a very indignant Matt Taibbi on the subject, highly incensed that “these assholes [were]stealing private emails and bragging about it in public.” On the other side of the forked tongue, Mr. Taibbi disavowed any “involvement” in the OWS movement.

Well, this brings up a couple of guffaws. To the latter “involvement”, one need only read Taibbi’s own words in his Oct 12th column.

I’ve been down to “Occupy Wall Street” twice now, and I love it.


No matter what, I’ll be supporting Occupy Wall Street. And I think the movement’s basic strategy – to build numbers and stay in the fight, rather than tying itself to any particular set of principles – makes a lot of sense early on. But the time is rapidly approaching when the movement is going to have to offer concrete solutions to the problems posed by Wall Street. To do that, it will need a short but powerful list of demands. There are thousands one could make, but I’d suggest focusing on five:

yada yada yada… read more at the link above…

Well, for a guy *not* involved, his professed support, his visits to the site, and his “advice” certainly belies any tut tuts about “involvement”.

To the first… the indignation of personal emails being made public… this certainly didn’t bother Taibbi when he praised Wikileaks.

Well, thanks to Wikileaks, we now know that when the Bush administration reached out to the Saudis in the summer of ’08 to ask them to increase oil production to lower prices, the Saudis responded by saying they were having a hard time finding buyers for their oil as it was, and instead asked the Bush administration to rein in Wall Street speculators.

Well thanks to Big Journalism, we now know that big ticket media journalists are not only lending public advice, but also in contact with the movement via more private methods. So it appears that invasion of private emails is okay, as long as it’s not Mr. Taibbi’s – exposing his own more involved participation in OWS than merely published columns.

Oh well…. if you don’t want to be busted, watch who you’re talking to, and don’t hit “send”.