We want the list of journalists that comprised the 400 members of the “JournoList” and we want the contents of the listserv. Why should Weigel be the only person exposed and humiliated?
I therefore offer the sum of $100,000 to the person who provides the full “JournoList” archive. We will protect that person’s privacy and identity forever. No one will ever know who became $100,000 richer – and did the right thing, morally and ethically — by shining the light of truth on this seamy underworld of the media.
$100,000 is not a lot to spend on the Holy Grail of media bias when there is a country to save.
Presumably only Ezra Klein, and maybe a handful of old-timers on that list, have copies of the entire archive. Still, Breitbart could probably get at least $50,000 worth of juicy stuff if he found only one member of that list who kept a number of e-mails, depending on when he or she joined, and who is willing to sell out others on the list. In a time in which journalists are losing jobs left and right, and having bills to pay, is it really unthinkable that somebody on that list would be willing to make that deal — as opposed to, say, losing his house to the bank? If I had been a member of that very large list, I would be mighty worried right about now.
Anyway, this Breitbart move is a perfect example of what I talked about here: the willingness to let devotion to the Cause trump any concerns of civil behavior and discourse. What does it matter that you’re offering money to convince people to sell out their friends and colleagues when THE FATE OF OUR NATION hangs in the balance? What does it matter that you infilitrate a confidential self-help group and reveal things you learned there for the sake of ruining a closeted Lutheran pastor when THE LIVES OF GAY PEOPLE are at stake?
You see how this goes. People don’t matter; only power does. This principle is essentially evil. It is the morality of terrorists.