Groundswell: A right-wing JournoList?

Mother Jones' David Corn reveals a "hush-hush coalition" of conservatives trying to out-message liberals

John Bolton, former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations and reported Groundswell member.
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In 2009, Politico introduced the world to JournoList, an online forum started in 2007 by Ezra Klein to allow a group of mostly liberal journalists, columnists, and academics to chat and compare notes off the record. In 2010, The Daily Caller effectively killed JournoList by releasing some of its leaked archives. (Gawker posted more of the archives — 264 pages — in June.)

Conservatives denounced the group as a left-wing messaging factory set up to promote President Obama and his agenda. JournoListers said the forum was just a place for similarly minded people to talk and argue without getting in ideological shouting matches, and criticized The Daily Caller for publishing snippets of conversations out of context.

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