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OPEN LETTER TO THE MAIN STREAM MEDIA: We are NOT Amateurs and we are going to kick your butts.

Posted on 09/11/2004 7:26:18 PM PDT by Pukin Dog

Edited on 09/11/2004 9:23:55 PM PDT by Admin Moderator. [history]

Open Letter to the Main Stream Media: We are not amateurs and we are going to kick your butts.

We have watched you for years try to tell us how to think, what to think, who to vote for and what to believe based solely on your own agenda. In past years, you have come to think of yourselves as the fourth branch of government, the movers and shapers of opinion and the arbiters of truth.

In case you have not been watching, America is sick and tired of you. We are turning away from you in record numbers. Your audience and readership is declining faster than you can say the word 'bias', and instead of recognizing the trend, you have only become further entrenched and determined to force society to play by your rules.

Technology has allowed us to ignore you, and in many cases, replace you altogether. I grew up watching Walter Cronkite every night, not yet aware of his agenda, his bias and his overwhelming desire to turn the nation against its leaders unless they agreed with him. I saw him replaced by the most dishonest, agenda-driven anchorman this nation has ever produced. That Dan Rather is one of you should be enough to make you feel dirty.

You believe yourselves to be solely qualified to pontificate on the day-to-day events going on around the world as if journalism school gives you a special insight into the truth. When I was in college, people went to J-school only if they flunked out of business school and did not want to become teachers.

Well guess what?

The world is on to you.

Persons with knowledge and experience are not only ignoring you, but replacing you as sources of information. These sources, which don't need anything but their personal experiences and skills when sharing information with the public; persons who have spent more time learning and doing than you ever will, are generally more accurate and informative than you know how to be.

The Internet and Blogosphere would scare you, if you were smart enough or honest enough to know better.

People with practical knowledge and experience discussing current and historical events with more ability than you, are sharing more factual and in-depth information, and at a rate which you could never compete. We are relegating many of you to overpaid gossip mongers, while you don't want to acknowledge that we are eating your lunch.

You take polls, trying to convince us of what people are thinking as you have always done, but now, knowledgeable people are analyzing your methodology, your weighing and sampling and pointing out if your polls are to be believed. You can no longer expect what you say to be taken for gospel, because we are no longer amateurs about information. Someone, somewhere on a little web site is going to smoke you out, report your biases, and make you less believable than you once were. Count on it.

You can tell us that Swift Boat Veterans for truth are liars, and NOBODY is going to believe you just because you say it. Have you checked the Non Fiction Best Sellers lists lately? But even then, we know enough now to notice when book sales are based on giveaways, fund-raisers, pre-orders and the like, to notice when you want to push sales of your favorite liberal author when their book sheds no light, tells no truth, shares no facts, but only advances what you want us all to think about you and yours. We are not buying it anymore.

I'm writing this, because I know you are watching. Just as you watched last week when one of us 'amateurs' beat you at your own game. It happens here all the time. Free Republic is not a group of 'amateurs' or nutcases, as you like to think of us. This board is a slice of America, filled with people from all walks of life, whose cumulative knowledge dwarfs that of you and your 'hired experts'. I was offended to read your reaction to people here and at the Blogs who shared what started here regarding your fraudulent flunky Dan Rather, and his attempt to pass off what was clearly a forged document as legitimate news.

You attempted to deride us, not take us seriously, dismiss us as partisans (which is apparently only a bad thing if one is conservative) and generally ignore the wealth of information we passed along to the public about one of yours trying to pull the wool over our eyes. We nailed Dan Rather, not you, and you can't stand it.

Last week, you tried to suggest that Republicans booed Bill Clinton after Bush wished him well. We caught you. We got in your face and made you take it back, because you lied. Don't you hate that? We Internet-based losers made you back down, when you felt totally free to mislead the nation about the behavior of some you don't agree with.

It is only going to get worse for you.

You can no longer tell us anything, and expect to be believed without question. You can no longer mix your agendas into your 'news' and expect to get away with it. We may not catch you every time, but eventually we will, and then many of you are going to have to get real jobs. And when you do, you are going to need more than the ability to mislead, lie, slander and ignore people who don't agree with you. In the future, expect for Blogs like Instapundit and others to be on you like a fly on stink when you attempt to mislead us.

Yesterday, you attempted to paint the young LT. Bush as a poor pilot, because he attempted multiple landings a few times while flying a training jet. Stories like this are the reason why Network News has lost half of its audience over the last 10 years. Could not one of you pampered info-princes figure out that a military pilot WANTS to practice landings as much has he/she possibly can? I guess not, when you are blinded by ideology to the degree that any information you receive can only be interpreted in the negative.

You want to call Bush AWOL, but you don't want to talk about his hundreds of flying hours in a jet that has killed lesser aviators, you only want to discuss what furthers your agenda, because you know that when Democrats win, YOU are in charge. You don't want to talk about our President's Master's Degree from Harvard while at the same time Al Gore could not hack Divinity school.

Don't you wish you could regulate us? We know you spend your nights praying to the gods of the Fairness Doctrine, hoping to silence us. Sorry, but we are here, and we are not going anywhere. Too bad we can't say the same for you. It is you who is being silenced as your audience is paying more attention to us, and tuning you OUT. Fox News is in 50 million fewer homes, but they managed to beat you silly during the Republican Convention. How did that happen? US; that's how. Because of us, the Internet, the Blogosphere, Talk Radio and others, the nation no longer see you as the gatekeepers of information.

Take a lesson MSM, though it hurts, try a little fairness. Give balance a shot, and stop being a mouthpiece for the liberal agenda. Pretend if you must, that Conservatives are not Neanderthals long enough to get through a news segment. I know it must hurt to not be able to prove your superiority to us in all that you do and say, but try it.

Finally, just embrace the horror, folks. You might actually learn something from us merry bands of 'amateur' journalists. You see, we don't have an audience to please. We don't have to sell ad-space, or get face-lifts to keep our jobs. That leaves us free to share information on the subjects we might know a little something about without angering our liberal masters. On Free Republic, you can at times find as many threads angry at Republicans as you can Democrats. We don't have to hire experts, if we don't know something, we can ask a fellow FReeper or use Google, much faster than you can pay someone to tell you what you want to hear.

On Free Republic alone, there are experts in many fields. We have writers, poets, engineers, aviators, artists, journalists, (they keep that on the down-low), lawyers, historians, teachers, politicians, current and former members of all branches of the military; all who actually know what they are talking about without having a script (or DNC talking points) shoved in their face.

The choice is yours, MSM. You can join us in working to share information with a hungry audience, or you can be replaced. We don't need Nielson, just a web site and an idea. Instead of insulting the remainder of your dwindling viewers, readers and listeners, why don't you just agree to cut the crap, stop the parroting of the NY Times long enough to do your own work, and finally decide to become REAL journalists again.

I'm not saying we are journalists; we have jobs and careers beyond 'he-said-she-said'. We do like to share what we know, and we don't even get it right every time. However, the truth is in the numbers. We have them and they are growing, while yours are shrinking more rapidly every day. If you don't change your ways and soon, you are going to become irrelevant before this decade is over. Many of you already are. We only tune in to 'Petah' Jennings to watch him bravely strain to keep his composure whenever he has to report a Democrat election defeat. On a good night Chris Matthews total viewership barely equals the number of viewers on the Oxygen network.

The trends are in our favor. If you don't wise up, we will kick your agenda-driven ass.

I'm Pukin Dog.

TOPICS: Culture/Society; Your Opinion/Questions
KEYWORDS: bias; blogs; cbs; cronkite; danrather; davidosborne; documents; fake; forged; larryking; lies; media; mediabias; mediawingofthednc; msm; napalminthemorning; pukindogrocks; rathergate
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To: Ciexyz
"By the way, is anyone watching the reruns of "Band of Brothers" on the History Channel? Nice to reflect on the contributions of heroes from other wars."

I watched it when it made its first round of The History Channel, then bought the DVD set and watched it again. I then bought and read Stephen Ambrose's book "Band of Brothers." I just finished a four-book series by Donald Burgett, a member of the Scream Eagles during WWII. I thoroughly enjoyed them. These books are sitting on my nightstand waiting to be read: "The Longest Day" (saw the movie when it was first rleased) and "A Bridge Too Far" by Cornelius Ryan, "D-Day" by Ambrose, and "Tug of War" by Denis Whitaker (about the Canadian troops in Holland).

241 posted on 09/11/2004 8:23:29 PM PDT by mass55th (It's the superscript, stupid!!!!)
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To: dixiechick2000 are jammin-in-your p'jammies! Great rant!

242 posted on 09/11/2004 8:23:58 PM PDT by LuvMyRedneck
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To: Pukin Dog

I loved it Pukin' Dog. Rant on!

243 posted on 09/11/2004 8:24:34 PM PDT by knak
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To: sargon
And free speech has never been more apparant or more potent. ,/p>

Indeed. And I remember when computers and their use was viewed with fear that society was becoming more isolated. Isolated? Ha! It's bringing us closer. At the speed of Cyberspace.

244 posted on 09/11/2004 8:24:46 PM PDT by IPWGOP (I'm Linda Eddy, and I approved this message... 'tooning the truth!)
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To: My2Cents

245 posted on 09/11/2004 8:25:23 PM PDT by Mike Bates (Yes, there's still time to buy my book.)
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To: Pukin Dog
On Free Republic alone, there are experts in many fields. We have writers, poets, engineers, aviators, artists, journalists(they keep that on the down-low), historians, teachers, politicians, current and former members of all services of the military, who actually know what they are talking about without having a script (or DNC talking points) shoved in their face.

Collective intelligence. They don't like that one bit!

246 posted on 09/11/2004 8:25:24 PM PDT by Lijahsbubbe (I'm a POP - Political Operative in Pajamas)
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To: Pukin Dog

Man, if you rant that good while sick what can you do when you feel well?

247 posted on 09/11/2004 8:25:37 PM PDT by WVNan
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To: Pukin Dog

Bravo....bravo!! You articulated what thousands of us have tried to put into words for a long, long time. Thank you!

248 posted on 09/11/2004 8:25:42 PM PDT by Magnolia (Pennies a day help keep Liberals at bay.....become a monthly donor!)
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To: My2Cents

Think it's time to add FReepin Jammies to the FR product line???

249 posted on 09/11/2004 8:25:52 PM PDT by LuvMyRedneck
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To: Pukin Dog

One word Pukin Dog....

250 posted on 09/11/2004 8:26:16 PM PDT by Wonderama
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To: Bandaneira

My name is 'airborne' and I'm a FReepaholic.

251 posted on 09/11/2004 8:26:41 PM PDT by airborne (2/504 PIR - 'Devils In Baggy Pants')
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To: Pukin Dog
Bravo, Pukin Dog! The revolution is on!

By the way, there was a thread floating around yesterday that was urging the writing of a New Media Manifesto. I think you might have written it.

252 posted on 09/11/2004 8:26:52 PM PDT by Yardstick
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To: Pukin Dog
It needed sayin PD !..........Well done , bookmarked !.

Stay safe !

253 posted on 09/11/2004 8:27:19 PM PDT by Squantos (Be polite. Be professional. But, have a plan to kill everyone you meet. )
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Rather Authentic

254 posted on 09/11/2004 8:27:27 PM PDT by Quicksilver (I finally have a reason to like Microsoft Word.)
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To: Semper911
"He's not that kind of a pukin dog. He's THIS kind:"

Thank goodness!

255 posted on 09/11/2004 8:27:29 PM PDT by CharlotteVRWC
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To: Pukin Dog
One criticism


They are NOT the Main Stream Media anymore. WE are the Main Stream Media. They are the Old Media or Dinosaur Media or Democratic Party Propaganda Branch but they lost the Main Stream title last week.

FR rules.

256 posted on 09/11/2004 8:28:51 PM PDT by Tribune7
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To: prisoner6

This story and the attribution to FR really set 'em back on their heels! Never, EVER have they become so quiet, so deeply saddened.


Your story needs to be in a special section called "Highlights and Firsts at FreeRepublic."

Is there a historian/librarian in the house?

257 posted on 09/11/2004 8:29:08 PM PDT by maica (W is for Winner)
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To: Congressman Billybob; Pukin Dog

Good post from each of you.

The 2nd American Revolution has begun!

To the Old Media:

You lack the moral authority to dictate Truth.

Your credibility is gone.

You can say the Swift Vets have been discredited, we'll present evidence it is Kerry that has been discredited

You can say Barbara Bush is a practicing witch, we'll read that statement by Sharon denying being a source.

You can say we were 'misled' about the Iraq war, we will point you to the multiple reasons action in Iraq was necessary and the world community pledging agreement on their resolutions.

You can say G.W. was selected not elected, we can demonstrate the illegal act of the Florida court supporting the Dems attempt to selectively count Dem districts to turn out fraudulent votes to put Gore over the top. We can point out your aid in announcing Florida for Gore, before the entire state had voted.

You can say under Clinton we experienced a time of unmatched peace and prosperity, we can point to multiple terrorists attacks against our country & the revealed corporate fraud and recession that begun before Clinton left office.

You can say those killing our soldiers are 'freedom fighters', we'll spit in your face and call them what they are- murderers.

You can say you are relevant, we say with the abundance of discussion forums, blogs, and talk radio connecting us in real time to the events of the day, that you are the dinosaur.

You can say we need you, we say YOU need us to validate your self worth.

258 posted on 09/11/2004 8:29:44 PM PDT by Soul Seeker
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To: maica

I think he puttin on his jammies...the official FR uniform..

259 posted on 09/11/2004 8:30:24 PM PDT by LuvMyRedneck
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To: LuvMyRedneck

I like it..a Freeper uniform!
XXX and black, please!

Also, I already have my own source for cowboy hats to go with the outfit. ;>)

260 posted on 09/11/2004 8:31:14 PM PDT by Gator113
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