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Someone commenting at Hot Air, "the world's first full-service conservative Internet broadcast network," has revealed that I belong to JournoList -- the much-discussed (of late anyway) email group* for high-powered journalists and the academics who talk to them.

In fact, this is such a well-kept secret that I did not know it myself.

People do interpellate me as "journalist" from time to time. This is not a category that's ever seemed very useful for understanding what I'm trying to do (the word "writer" is more fitting). Still, I have learned to respond, when so hailed, just to be polite.

But considering the fellow who broke the news about my super-duper-secret membership in JournoList is also gullible enough to fall for one of the Birch Society's more idiotic bits of propaganda, I'll go the extra step and warn him not to accept any business propositions from former Nigerian presidents.

     * or "listserv," as the kids call it
March 18, 2009 2:16 PM | | Comments (3)



I'm envious. I've always wanted to be part of a secret society. I'd prefer one more secret than this journolist, which is about as secret as the Mickey Mouse Club was during the 1950's.

Hot Air is still trying to find the "secret" reason behind a recent election fiasco. A secret cabal has a nice ring to it. Better than admitting that eight years of grinning Texas buffoonery, followed by running a corpse for the highest office, produced predictable results.

Still, I'm going to keep an eye on you. There's something suspicious about saying you're not on a list that you are in fact not on. Somthin' mighty suspicious about that...

One of the comments at Althouse">">Althouse spells out an important wingnut concern here: Many of the JournoList members named by Politico are Jewish.

I read a lot of Trotsky so maybe that's how I got drafted.

I loved the Birch pamphlet! Wow, it was like Rip Van Rinckle, after drinking an elixer to keep his bodily fluids without taint, had fallen asleep, only to awake and discover a horrid Negro as the president of these fair states!

I felt the spirit of Terry Southern pass over me when reading it. At one time, the by now incomprehensible exaggerations and hamfisted satires of the sixties really were just an inch away from reality. Those people still exist. Amazing.

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