Dirt is flying over The Daily Caller’s revealing stories on the contents of the Journolist listserv. HuffPost, which has ex-Journolisters in its midst and has employees who have been staunch defenders of the list’s privacy (the harshest defenders have included Jason Linkins and Arthur Delaney who have never said they were members of the listserv), is striking back against The Daily Caller, saying it should have disclosed having one of its own on Journolist.
After WaPo‘s Ezra Klein outed former Daily Caller reporter Gautham Nagesh in a story this morning, Sam Stein, a political reporter for HuffPost, admits that he, too, was on Journolist. He describes Nagesh’s personality on the listserv as “wonkish.” Nagesh left The Daily Caller in April and now works at The Hill. The first wave of the Journolist story broke on FishbowlDC on June 24 and then on The Daily Caller on June 25.
Stein wrote, “What the Daily Caller never mentioned is that they were part of it too. At least for a short period of time.” (Note: Nagesh was on Journolist, not The Daily Caller as a publication.)
Nagesh told Stein: “I joined Journolist after [it was exposed in a Politico article] hoping to get an inside view of the left wing media conspiracy,” he told the Huffington Post. “And unfortunately all I found was a wonkish listserv of like-minded people discussing topics that interested them. I found it extremely useful for putting me in contact with sources and exposing me to a side of the blogosphere I wasn’t well connected with.” (Read the full post here.)
Nagesh spoke with FishbowlDC just moments ago and said he was surprised, but not upset that Klein outed him for being on the list.”I wouldn’t say upset,” he said. “It was an interesting way to start the morning. I don’t think it was out of bounds.”
On Klein: “He mentioned that I was on Journolist while working for The Daily Caller,” he said. “I knew Sam was going to write an article. Ezra did not write me. I have since spoken to him. He basically said that none of us has any privacy at this point and to be honest, that’s probably correct.”
Nagesh says he keeps his politics private. “Most of the time I was on Journolist I was covering technology — it’s not exactly a partisan issue,” he said. “I don’t associate myself with any political interest…I consider myself one of those old fashioned reporters.”
When asked for his opinion on whether The Daily Caller should have informed its readers that he was on the listerv while working there, he had none. “I honestly don’t know,” he said. “I don’t talk to anyone there about the work that they are doing.”
FishbowlDC asked Nagesh if he was the original leaker of Journolist’s e-mails. He said, “No, I did not give the e-mails to FishbowlDC or The Daily Caller.”