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I’m proud to announce that I have finally made a cameo appearance in the great JournoList donnybrook. (Background here if you have better things to do with your life than keep up with stuff like this.) The thousand-point headline at the Daily Caller screams “Documents show media plotting to kill stories about Rev. Jeremiah Wright” — which I suppose is accurate enough if you consider “plotting” to include things like a bunch of liberals composing an open letter to George Stephanopoulos complaining about his moderation of one of the Democratic primary debates. Which, apparently, the Daily Caller does.

Sadly, my role in this drama is small, since I virtually never participated in JournoList in the first place. Still, I guess I’m now officially part of the Vast Left Wing Conspiracy. I can die happy.

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