I recently nominated Mother Jones for top honors in the coveted Hack List 2017 race, noting that it is currently more or less an arm of the lunatic scaremongering website known as PutinTrump.org. Then yesterday I noticed that the lefty hack magazine had been briefly mentioned in an article everyone is talking about in the neocon rag The Atlantic.
The article is about secret correspondence between Donald Trump Jr. and WikiLeaks, and it seems completely overdone to me based on skimming excerpts on Facebook, the website run by our current and future overlord, Mark Zuckerberg. But I was struck by this brief section:
A PAC run anti-Trump site putintrump.org is about to launch,” WikiLeaks wrote. “The PAC is a recycled pro-Iraq war PAC. We have guessed the password. It is ‘putintrump.’ See ‘About’ for who is behind it. Any comments?” (The site, which has since become a joint project with Mother Jones, was founded by Rob Glaser, a tech entrepreneur, and was funded by Progress for USA Political Action Committee.)
It got me wondering: Why is Mother Jones helping run a site first started by a fucking Political Action Committee (PAC)? It’s like nobody noticed this because they’re all going bat shit over anything having to do with Trump, including the rather pedestrian revelations made in The Atlantic‘s much overhyped story.
The rather disturbing relationship with the PAC is disclosed at PutinTrump.org but this isn’t about disclosure. The issue is whether any journalism outfit should be collaborating on a project that was created by a PAC.
I do get that Mother Jones is left of center, whatever that means anymore, but working directly with a PAC is unseemly, to put it mildly. How is Mother Jones any different from a PR shop hired by a political campaign?
And how in the hell they can complain about Breitbart being a political news outlet given this situation? Even with their degraded standards, I can’t imagine the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post or New York Times doing something this so self-evidently wrong. Well, I can imagine it, but it seems unlikely.)
Mother Jones is obviously in the tank for the Democratic Party, it’s as bad as Chris Hayes at MSNBC, Ezra Klein, Matt Yglesias, and Josh Marshall, to name a few. During the 2016 election, the magazine — I’m thinking of Über Bore Blogger Kevin Drum in particular, along with the rest of the Juice Box Kids — attacked critical reporting about Hillary Clinton by actual journalists, i.e. James Grimaldi at the Wall Street Journal and a few Times and Post reporters — almost as soon as it appeared. It’s almost like Mother Jones et al. were the Clinton campaign’s rabid rapid response team.
But this is just pathetic.