Wired’s Danger Room starting to suck

Danger Room is starting to suck.

I noticed it a little while ago that the leftwing rhetoric on several posts went up.

Then I noticed the pattern: all of those post were written by lefty “journalist”  Spencer Ackerman.

I searched for and found the post introducing him – which makes no mention of his leftists views and writings.

Here is a blast from the past about Ackerman and Journolist:

In one instance, Spencer Ackerman of the Washington Independent urged his colleagues to deflect attention from Obama’s relationship with Wright by changing the subject. Pick one of Obama’s conservative critics, Ackerman wrote, “Fred Barnes, Karl Rove, who cares — and call them racists.”

I think that is about it for me and Danger Room unless I can filter by author.

6 Responses

  1. More at Hot Air:


    Ackerman’s attempt to rally his colleagues into another strategy entirely — the racist attack — was deliberately political:

    ” And I think this threads the needle. If the right forces us all to either defend Wright or tear him down, no matter what we choose, we lose the game they’ve put upon us. Instead, take one of them — Fred Barnes, Karl Rove, who cares — and call them racists. Ask: why do they have such a deep-seated problem with a black politician who unites the country? What lurks behind those problems? This makes *them* sputter with rage, which in turn leads to overreaction and self-destruction.”

    Let’s put this in its proper perspective. Ackerman wasn’t talking about a strategy to expose real racists, in the media or anywhere else. The Washington Independent reporter wanted to conduct a campaign against any figure on the Right, including journalists like Fred Barnes, to smear him as a racist for the political purposes of electing a Democrat to the White House. Notice that Ackerman doesn’t even bother to ask people to look for actual evidence of racism, but just suggests to pick a conservative name out of a hat. Tellingly, the pushback from members of Journolist had less to do with the outrageous idea of smearing an innocent person of racism to frighten people away from the story than with whether it would work. Mark Schmitt, now at American Prospect, warned that it “wouldn’t further the argument” for Obama, and Kevin Drum objected because playing racial politics would “probably hurt the Obama brand pretty strongly.”

    It certainly puts efforts by the Left to paint the Tea Party as racist in an entirely new light. It also calls into question the ethics and judgment of anyone who participated in that Ackerman thread.

  2. Good find — thanks for sharing this!

  3. I don’t mind the rhetoric I only read it for the pretty pictures anyway.

    Oooooo, Avenger stealth drone…


  4. The pictures are awesome.

  5. Dr Zero:

    http://digs.by/bkFRnc One day, Spencer Ackerman will walk into a bar where Fred Barnes is having a drink. A tumbleweed will roll by outside.

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