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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: Rome2000
I've been comparing it to the Boston Tea Party for weeks.

I think the blogosphere is wonderful. It is the most refreshing thing to happen in many a generation.

In many ways it is the national equivalent of a town hall meeting. It is the true voice of democracy.

It is the most refreshing thing to happen in politics since the constitutional convention.

I don't even think the 527's are a bad thing, despite how many millions Soros has thrown at them. This is the first time that I know of that individuals instead of party's and party bosses have decided independently to take on an issue and a candidate.

The Swifties and the bloggers have proved that the truth will find a way.
281 posted on 09/11/2004 8:42:28 PM PDT by TASMANIANRED (What did Kerry know and when did he know it?)
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To: Pukin Dog
So did you send it?? This might have full-page ad written all over it! Well stated. My favorite: If you don’t wise up, we will kick your agenda-driven ass.
282 posted on 09/11/2004 8:42:58 PM PDT by Angry Enough
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To: Pukin Dog

I like it!!!

283 posted on 09/11/2004 8:43:04 PM PDT by hispanarepublicana ("Kerry-Edwards" or "Bury Vets' Words"? or "Verry Leftwards"?)
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To: unspun

I don't need to know anymore. :) HA!

Of course for being so revealing, you win this free link:

284 posted on 09/11/2004 8:43:31 PM PDT by writer33 (Try this link:
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To: mass55th

LOL. I do, but I'm procrastinating.

285 posted on 09/11/2004 8:44:18 PM PDT by WVNan
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To: arasina
This Pukin Dog is one very talented FReeper, isn't he?

I'll second that. I just read it again. He managed to capture and state everything I've wanted to say for years.

Folks, we're living in an historic era right now. Twenty (or less) years from now, we'll be reading about the "Death of the Main Stream Media" in the history books. I'm very thankful that I'm living in this period of time to witness it.

286 posted on 09/11/2004 8:44:56 PM PDT by Nita Nupress ("We're going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good." Hillary Clinton, 6/28/04)
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To: Angry Enough
Send it where? I would not have the slightest idea who to send it to. I suspect that the MSM visits Free Republic often though.

Thanks. I wanted that to be the title, but I was concerned the mods would pull it if I did.
287 posted on 09/11/2004 8:45:28 PM PDT by Pukin Dog (Sans Reproache)
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To: Pukin Dog

We don't believe in you Queen Mab (MSM). We turn our backs on you and you shall cease to exist.

Just like Merlin.

288 posted on 09/11/2004 8:45:31 PM PDT by JiggyMac
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To: Nita Nupress; arasina

I think the grammar errors give it a certain charm. You?
289 posted on 09/11/2004 8:47:47 PM PDT by Pukin Dog (Sans Reproache)
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To: Pukin Dog; M. Thatcher

Hope you draw Rush's attention to this!

290 posted on 09/11/2004 8:48:24 PM PDT by Budge (<><)
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To: cyncooper
I saw Tony Snow interview some former CBS producer. He was a real nutcase.

He's the guy that dismissed us all as "some guy in his pajamas, typing from his living room".

I saw that too. What planet do these people live on?!

291 posted on 09/11/2004 8:48:35 PM PDT by Nita Nupress ("We're going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good." Hillary Clinton, 6/28/04)
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To: Names Ash Housewares

"Proud of Pukin" BTTT

292 posted on 09/11/2004 8:48:50 PM PDT by arasina (So there.)
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To: Pukin Dog

Amen brother!

293 posted on 09/11/2004 8:48:57 PM PDT by stratman1969
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To: Ichneumon

your weighting and sampling and pointing out of your polls are to be believed."


possibly "if your polls are to be believed."

of = if

294 posted on 09/11/2004 8:49:07 PM PDT by maica (W is for Winner)
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To: Pukin Dog
CBS's unrevealed source of their Faux Docs are most certainly a an anti-Bush 527 or Team Kerry source.

Since the (D)'s new talking points are:
1) CBS has faux docs, and Kerry has faux medals, ergo, SwiftVets are faux too (that's a quantum leap)
2) Everybody is slinging mud, so believe nothing (esp. the SwiftVets)


This tactic will best with their own base, for whom it is targeted.

295 posted on 09/11/2004 8:50:17 PM PDT by TeleStraightShooter (Sorry Kerry, you're 3 decimal places adrift: 3,000,000 not 3,000 "displaced"/murdered SE Asians)
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To: Mr. K

Looks like See BS hasn't received any of my money yet. I don't use or need any of the products from the companies listed.

296 posted on 09/11/2004 8:50:29 PM PDT by stratman1969
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To: Pukin Dog

Good heavens, that was beautiful.... majestic, even.

I heard hallelujahs in the background.

Thank you!

297 posted on 09/11/2004 8:50:50 PM PDT by Tamzee (Free Republic .... Partisan Pajama People)
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To: Pukin Dog
MOST excellent rant! Sums up *why* I have been coming to FR for my news for the past couple of years. It angers me to this day that I didn't know of the photos of jumpers from WTC until I began lurking here.

I'm Titan Magroyne typing in my pajamas, and I approved this message.
298 posted on 09/11/2004 8:50:59 PM PDT by Titan Magroyne (Cha! I am SO not an aggressive driver! Merely a pro-active one.)
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To: Rome2000
"Journalism majors?"

You want to know what is wrong with Journalists, the same thing that is wrong with Hollywood.

People used to go into journalism after having a real life. They used to bring something with them. The journalists today don't know anything. I have seen pieces written about the economy or economic issues that demonstrated the author doesn't know diddly about money or how money works. They don't even know how to ask good questions.

Hollywood used to be great when the stars came from Vaudeville or from the Stage or spent time in the military. All the early days of Hollywood was made of real people, innovators and people that actually had some depth to them.

Today all it takes is the right look and a junior high school education if that. In 15 years when the face goes most of them are has beens at 30. They have the depth of a mirror and it shows.
299 posted on 09/11/2004 8:51:41 PM PDT by TASMANIANRED (What did Kerry know and when did he know it?)
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To: Titan Magroyne

Excellent - ping

300 posted on 09/11/2004 8:51:57 PM PDT by fetts
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