After a week of breathless, overwrought, and wildly misleading “exposés” about the now-defunct Journolist email listserv, Tucker Carlson's Daily Caller is slumping into the weekend with a dull, wet thud.
Daily Caller reporter Jonathan Strong's latest offering documents the fact that a few Journolisters were “offended” by MSNBC's Keith Olbermann and wrote critically of him.
The story is even more phenomenally uninteresting than it sounds, and you can tell from the lead paragraphs that Strong struggled mightily to find a hook:
If you were one of the 400 members of the listserv Journolist, perhaps one of the most vicious insults you could hurl at a colleague is: You're just like Bill O'Reilly and Sean Hannity.
If the reader holds neutral -- or even positive -- views about the Fox News hosts, the insult may not sting. But in the cloistered world of liberal listserv enclaves, Hannityism is a cardinal sin. After all, Fox is a “dangerous,” “deranged” “cesspool” that, possibly, the FCC should be investigating.
The feelings against MSNBC host Keith Olbermann, then, must run deep.
Ironically, the most revealing part of the Journolist saga is the fact that former Journolisters and other interested parties are now dismantling the Daily Caller's salacious reporting and revealing Carlson's sneaky, petty machinations. The general consensus seems to be that the Journolist archives never really offered much in the way of newsworthiness -- Carlson himself described them as “pretty banal” -- and the only way the Daily Caller could make them even remotely interesting was to quote emails out of context and outright lie about their contents.
The fact that, after just a few days, they're reduced to reprinting college professors' insults of Olbermann would seem to confirm that suspicion.