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Breitbart News cited for ‘colluding’ with conservative coalition

July 26, 2013

By Erik Wemple

The late conservative activist Andrew Breitbart (Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images)

The late conservative activist Andrew Breitbart (Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images)

Conservative journalists are cozy with conservative operatives.

That’s among the takeaways from thelatest in a series of leaks to David Corn of Mother Jones magazine. The guy who brought America the “47 percent” recording of 2012 Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney and a secret recording of a Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) campaign huddle has now released correspondence from something called “Groundswell,” a coalition of “prominent conservatives” who get together to plot counterattacks against the Obama administration, progressive America and Republican establishment types. (Disclosure: The Erik Wemple Blog’s wife works at Mother Jones).

Corn’s story describes the “Groundswell” meetings — which take place in the offices ofJudicial Watch — as “hush-hush” affairs, as if most political coalitions in Washington published the minutes of their skull sessions on strategy. Among those “guiding” “Groundswell” is Virginia “Ginni” Thomas, a conservative activist and wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. The work these folks do in their confabs will surprise no one. For instance, Corn reports that in a March session, “Groundswellers discussed several immigration-related ‘action items.’ These included attempting to link the pending reform bill to Obamacare and collecting health care reform horror stories to provide to Sen. Ted Cruz, a leading opponent of the Senate immigration reform bill. (Cruz has repeatedly compared the legislation to the health care reform law.)”

The media dimension of the “Groundswell” revelations relates to the alleged collusion between the group and journalists from right-tilting outlets. Corn specifically calls out Breitbart News — including reporter Matthew Boyle and political editor Michael Flynn — for this offense.

Part of the case against Boyle consists of self-promotion, an “offense” in which journalists try to specialize in this age of social media and link-baiting. Mother Jones dredged up an electronic mail wherein Boyle appeals to the “Groundswell” cohort with an appeal to breathe new life into a story he’d done when he worked at the Daily Caller. It addressed how the Justice Department was allegedly colluding on message — ironically, the same crime of which he’s accused by Mother Jones — with Media Matters for America, a group that monitors conservative media outlets.

The impression that emerges from Boyle’s e-mail is that he’s impressed with his work — again, no sin for a Washington journalist. He provides a road map to his journalism on Beltway cooperation between the Obama administration and left-wing interests. And he’s careful to place very little professional distance between journalist Matthew Boyle and the operatives to whom he’s reaching out:

Now, we haven’t heard ANYTHING on hearing plans/investigation plans — my calls have thus far gone un-returned. Seeing as the administration is conducting its thug tactics against Bob Woodward right now, seems relevant to bring issue back up. Read more at the Washington Post.

 

Also see: Leftie magazine reveals secret conservative email group.

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