Skip to comments.Free Republic and the New Media
Posted on 09/12/2004 4:54:35 PM PDT by writer33
It all started in 1988. President Ronald Reagans second term was ending, Americans were ready to launch the presidency of George H.W. Bush, and in Sacramento, California, a loveable little fuzzball stepped behind a microphone, replacing Morton Downey, Jr, and giving us his brand of conservative truth. It was astonishing. It was exhilarating. And it was unheard at the time. Before 1988, Americans had been treated with the nightly news from the Big Media.
The Big Media owned the airwaves of our televisions. Every morning, noon, and night we were fed stories, pictures, and commentary from a leftist press. A media content in spreading the truth that served its purpose, giving us little tidbits of salacious information, but not reporting the full story. Facts had been withheld to give the unaware their view of the world and how it should be. Their mission: Save the world by keeping people ignorant of the truth. And just like the song, Along Came Mary, along came Limbaugh.
Limbaugh perforated our eardrums with common sense and startling commentary. His sharp wit and sarcastic humor brought a smile on our faces. His love of country and support of our troops spurred a belief that was held in the majority of Americans minds. America loved it. They loved Limbaugh. They loved the truth. In fact, America loved the truth so much they gave him his own television show in 1992. This opened the door to audiences that had never heard from Limbaugh before. A chance to spread a disease caused by casual contact. A chance to open American eyes to the Big Media. CBS, NBC, ABC, and CNN hadnt seen the like of it. They were in shock and awe. They were furious. They were overwhelmed at the number of stations Limbaugh overtook. They didnt know how to respond to this loveable little fuzzball. So they did what they always do: Manipulate the facts and distort the truth about Limbaugh. Before long, his books were on shelves, spreading more conservative views on topics of interest to Americans, topics such as National Security, Feminism, Abortion, and Liberalism. Now, even more Americans had become aware of Rush Limbaugh. Suddenly, the Big Media had to compete for the attention of the American people. As Rush said before, There wasnt any of this fifteen years ago. I know. I was there at the creation. He was. And we are forever grateful.
Through all of this, a cable news channel was created. Fox News, a channel that reported the whole story. They were young and brash, and in 1996, they gave a young, fire-breather his debut on Hannity & Colmes. Sean Hannity began to slice and dice liberalism on a cable news network. His efforts in broadcast journalism led him to his own radio show on September 10, 2001. Not only does he reach millions on his television show, but is second only to Rush Limbaugh in talk radio with nearly 400 stations across the nation. As conservatives, we were starting to get a stranglehold on the old monopoly of the Big Media. We were fighting mad and it was showing.
And there would be more to follow. More talk show hosts to come. More conservative news, exposing the truth of the spin in the Big Media. There would be the internet, the new age of conservative news, opinions, commentary, and information throughout the globe. Soon, a gutsy, young journalist would risk it all and shake the foundations of the White House from the internet. Matt Drudge risked his entire reputation, career, and livelihood by breaking the Monica Lewinsky story. This no nonsense conservative uncovered what no Big Media would uncover. He would expose the corruption and debauchery under the desk in the Oval Office.
Matt Drudge was the beginning of the internet and the new media. Now, Americans of all stripes of red, white, and blue could access news. In the last year, Drudge has had nearly three billion visitors to his site, which is broadcast every Sunday from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. eastern standard time. Drudge began the wave of the conservative future. No longer did conservatives have to call in to their favorite talk radio program to express their frustration of the liberal media. No longer did they have to sit idly by their televisions throwing pillows at the television while ranting and raving at the blatant media partisanship. Now they had a new outlet. They had a forum called Free Republic.
Through the brainchild of Jim Robinson, a forum was created where Americans of all flavors could rant, rave, and could even continue the pursuit of conservatism while crushing the socialistic tyranny of the Big Media. In a statement on their website, Jim Robinson states, In our continuing fight for freedom, for America and our constitution and against totalitarianism, socialism, tyranny, terrorism, etc., Free Republic stands firmly on the side of right, i.e., the conservative side. And in that statement, sums up the mission of conservatism and Free Republic. Now were dangerous to the Big Media. Now were available to everyone. Were in homes, in offices, and in laptop computers. Weve become an infectious disease that will debilitate the Democratic Party and liberalisms veined effort to garnish power. Were putting a stranglehold on a defunct enterprise known as CBS, NBC, ABC, and CNN.
From Anchorage, AK to Miami, FL, were spread across the United States in search of one crushing blow to end the Big Medias tyranny over the news, to stop the lies, and end the oppression of facts from news commentary, such as 60 Minutes. Were here to mobilize and stop the incestuous relationship with the Democratic Party and their socialistic tendencies. In a nutshell, we are here to end liberalisms final, desperate grip on a media that has become so partisan theyve lost all objectivity. Free Republic, this group of amateurs has put their testicles in a vice and tightened em down.
But the media doesnt know the full power of Free Republic. The media doesnt know it is made of up individuals across the globe. Amateurs of all walks of life, willing to make the leap in refuting liberal terrorism in the press. From housewives to airline pilots, from ministers to talk show hosts, and from architects to engineers, comprise diversity so great that the medias group of so-called experts cant keep up. We even have our own range of military personnel from every branch of service, willing to battle lies and distortions within the media elite. And as much as we hate to admit it, we have lawyers that lurk, lawyers that Freep, and lawyers that make sure no lawsuit is left behind.
From our makeup, we are Americans: Conservative Americans. Americans united in one common goal: We wont stop till the mission is complete. For we are the new media. We are the new truth in America. We are the amateurs that have rocked the status quo. These merry bands of amateurs, known as Freepers, have shown their expertise at exposing the truth. This forum called Free Republic will supercede the admonishment of the liberal media and conquer all those that oppose us. After all, we are the best in the world. Ive said it before and Ill say it again: Free Republic is made up of some of the finest minds Ill ever know. And for that, I am forever grateful for their expertise. I am forever grateful for this new media.
I'm proud to be here, even though I arrived a bit late.
Likewise as well.
The MSM is becoming obsolete and has lost credibility, although it was kind of cool that the LA Times quoted from one of my posts today.
Ping a ling!
Just as I say, "Free Republic has some of the finest minds I'll ever know."
I wasn't kidding with that remark. There are a lot of experts here on this forum. This isn't a forum for blithering idiots.
And don't forget our beloved freepers from around the world who join in and add their perspective and news too, that goes unreported here.
That's for sure.
What a wonderful post. I swear I heard patriotic music playing while I read. I am going to print this out and save it along with several other special pieces from FreeRepublic. This is history in the making and I want my grandchildren to read all about it someday.
This place has been a godsend for me, I was beginning to doubt that there were any traditionalist people left, living on the left coast liberalism was overwhelming me. I found a new hope that there were still people out there that thought like I do. All I can say is I found this place at the right time in my life.
No kidding. I couldn't be prouder of our "resident experts" in all areas. Thanks for the ping.
I'ts never too late! What is that expression..."better late than never". Well the battle has been joined troops....lets roll!
It's not the "Big Media" anymore. Hahahahahh.
It's the Dino-in-the-tarpit Media.
FR, cutting thru the liberal BS a path to knowledge.
Very nice. I've taken the liberty of pinging a few...;-D; and some of them have ping lists too...;-D
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I'd say Free Republic is like a modern-day Paul Revere ... sounding the alarm from house to house when the enemy approaches, yet banding together to surround a friend who wishes us well ... a community with family from sea to shining sea ... and blessed by God.
Thank you, ma'am. I appreciate it.
Great post !And a big thank you to all those here, for the wealth of information you have posted!That is what makes this place great!
"No kidding. I couldn't be prouder of our "resident experts" in all areas. Thanks for the ping."
Yes. There are experts. Just like I'm an expert at pest control. I'm only good at writing, but you oughtta see me at pest control. I can live eat and breathe insect activity. I guess that makes me good at battling liberalism. I used to lower forms of life. :)
And you're welcome, mama.
"Great post !And a big thank you to all those here, for the wealth of information you have posted!That is what makes this place great!"
Thank you for reading it and thank you for being a great American! I a merely humbled to be part of this great forum. My words can't express that enough.
I am humbled at that response. I don't know if I deserve that adulation. In fact, I'm just honored to be part of this great forum. So, thank you.
The post of the month! Good job writer33.
I can donate a lot more every three months then what I can monthly.
Sorry, but I donate more every three months then what it would add up to once a month.
I don't know about that, but thank you for such a remark. Of course you know I couldn't have done it had you not been a part of this great forum. So, I thank YOU for being a great, conservative American.
Thank you, Doc.
Kudos to a 'passionate Conservative'. . .and congratulations on the publication and success of your book! Truly inspiring ;^)
No. Thank you. The people that read my book and essays get all the credit. It couldn't happen without YOU. Just like this forum.
Good article Writer. The MSM once had something priceless. They had the full attention, and the trust of America. But like an old maid who once commanded the attention of dozens of suitors, the MSM finally realized in a RUSH, that there is a new FOX on the block. The suitors don't come around anymore. Stubbornly the old maid holds onto pride in past glory, and would RATHER never admit that things have permanently changed. In a FreeRepublic, old maids don't really like "choice."
ANd you expect me to comment on this, Chris????
My dear FRiend, you do major justice to your screen name.
Thanks for the ping. Good history lesson on conservative liberation. We need to get these essays out there to the media. Although I'm a bit fearful that when they realize the threat we are they will find a way to shut us down.
. . .and if there is some 'blithering' it is intelligent blithering!
Glad to hear that - when can I expect you by the farm to rid me of the flea and fly infestation I have???????
For sure it is on Hillary's list; and Kerry surely has a special plan for the internet. . .
Demrat facts speak for themselves; our Country cannot survive - as we know it - by voting for any Democrats - anywhere. . .
Quarterlies are just as good as monthlies!!!!!!!!!!!
It's not the amount that counts, but the fact you care enough!!!!!
I've thought for a long time that we need to construct an e-mail chain. I think it could be done. Each one of us should know the e-mails for at least 25 Freepers. If we had to communicate we could send messages around the world in short order. We could post the names of everyone who is on our list, but not their e-mail addy. That way anyone who is not on a list could get on one. The e-mail exchange would be privately done.
Thank you. Even though I haven't seen you for a while. You're far too kind.
That's right. Only intelligent blithering allowed. :)
God bless you, writer33. You are a fine representative of Freeperdom and a skillful writer. Thanks for the great analysis and summary.
You at least are partially responsible. I hope you can live with yourself. ;-)
Since you live on a farm, fleas are going to be alot harder to get rid of. However, do you have horses? If so, what color is your house? There are a lot of things that can be done for flies now a days.
OK, here's a test. How do you get rid of ants??? We have ants who think they are relatives. They never leave!
Thank you. I know I can always rely on a little faith.
;-) Thank you for being part of this great forum.
"OK, here's a test. How do you get rid of ants??? We have ants who think they are relatives. They never leave!"
One. What state are you in? Two. What kind of ants are they? Small or large? Black or red? Or are they black and red and medium sized? It all starts with identification. Then, you go from the source.
"Kind" is generally not a word most folks around here would use to describe me :)
I've been around - it was just a really weird summer for me, but I think I'm starting to get out of the mallaise that has been affecting me. (school starting ha something to do with that!!!)
Sugar laced with Arsenic they will carry to kill the queen in your gates. Ant traps.
Find the wet places they are hiding in and dry them out.
The term "farm" was definitely meant as a joke, although we do live out in the country and have about 2 acres...........but no horses!!!!
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