The Tucker Carlson Journolist-Disclosure Email Exchange
Following Washington Post blogger Dave Weigel's resignation, talk of the now-ceased Journolist -- the infamous email listserv from which Weigel's off-record political musings were pulled -- quieted to a low hum. Until Tuesday, that is, when smug pundit Tucker Carlson's website The Daily Caller started publishing more Journolist emails.
Tucker Carlson and Caller writer Jonathan Strong were accused of removing the emails from their context to preserve a sensational, conspiratorial narrative of other journalists trying to control their own news narratives. The emails presented in full, it's been argued, would allow everyone to see through Carlson and Strong's selective narrative. Washington Post blogger Greg Sargent emailed with Carlson today, who noted that he would not, in fact, be publishing the full emails.
It's not the only controversy surrounding the Caller's publication of these emails, as Ezra Klein -- the listserv's founder -- made his sole "outing" of Journolist members yesterday morning, with the public revelation that a guy named Gautham Nagesh -- one of The Daily Caller's launch reporters -- was also on Journolist, something Carlson never noted previous to Nagesh's public outing (so either he didn't know, or didn't say anything) or since then. This is in addition to the well-established (and as of today, documented) fact that Carlson tried to get on Journolist and was rejected a few weeks before The Daily Caller first started printing Journolist emails. TDC columnist Myra Adams noted in a recent post about The Daily Caller's coverage of Journolist, "Now thanks to The Daily Caller, truth has come from darkness." Except for the parts Carlson is okay with keeping out of the light, like his own site's involvement?
I emailed Carlson to ask him about this. The following was our on-record exchange, in full. Carlson has yet to get back to my last inquiry, which has The Daily Caller getting the date of some of Dave Weigel's emails -- many of which he wrote before he was ever employed by the Washington Post -- incorrect, a fact that has yet to be amended on The Daily Caller.
Nothing has been edited or changed:
On Jul 21, 2010, at 8:50 PM, "Kamer, Foster"
@villagevoice.com> @villagevoice.com> wrote:@villagevoice.com>
Hey Tucker -
Request for quote:
Why haven't any of the TDC stories on Journolist disclosed either TDC launch reporter Gautham Nagesh's involvement in Journolist or the well-documented fact that you asked to be a part of Journolist? It would seem like a pretty large conflict of interest to have a former reporter on there, or if anything, an obvious tie to the leaker, possibly. Shouldn't this be disclosed?
Thanks for taking the time,
On Jul 21, 2010, at 10:50 PM, Tucker Carlson
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