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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: Pukin Dog

I was on F.R all day Thursday,I think my last post was about 2-2:30 A.M.

I knew we had won when the OP/ED pieces from Fridays N.Y Times were being posted,Krugman,and his fellow sleaze merchants were talking about Rather's forged memo's as if they were holy scripture.

We already knew they were fake.

They are so far behind, they will never catch up.

41 posted on 09/11/2004 7:36:52 PM PDT by Redcoat LI ("I am the great and powerful Kerry! Look at my medals!")
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To: Pukin Dog
Hey Pukin Dog, next time, why don't you tell us what you really think? LOL
42 posted on 09/11/2004 7:36:56 PM PDT by Libertina (Thank God we have President Bush in the White House.)
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To: tioga

What are pajamas?

43 posted on 09/11/2004 7:36:57 PM PDT by Sacajaweau (God Bless Our Troops!!)
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To: CharlotteVRWC
Please do. I want Dan Rather's job. I figure any chimp can do it.
44 posted on 09/11/2004 7:37:02 PM PDT by Pukin Dog (Sans Reproache)
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To: Pukin Dog

Ditto! I heard a Dem. talking head today start with the "What the poor current Military and their families must think" line today regarding the current stories about media fraud. Let me give you a hint. We have seen the bias and deceit of the media first hand. We are going to be more than happy to see them exposed for what they are. They have cost our military a lot of lives with exploiting anything that would bring our country and military down.

45 posted on 09/11/2004 7:37:17 PM PDT by armymarinemom (Ultimate Flip Flop->I support the Troops but not their mission)
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To: Pukin Dog

well can some of us less elequent writers use your rant as ammunition against CBS in writing these sponsors??

46 posted on 09/11/2004 7:37:28 PM PDT by pollywog (Psalm 121;1 I Lift mine eyes to the hills from whence cometh my help.)
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To: Pukin Dog
Free Republic is the clearing house for truth. Word spread like wild fire once Freepers get ahold of examples of:

MSM bias
MSM fabrications
MSM recitals of DNC talking points
MSM decline in America

It should be the mission, indeed the responsibility, of every registered Freeper to seek out MSM bias and post it on this venerable site. That is how the Swift Boat Vets, the AP "boo" story and the CBS Rathergate (which still has a long way to go before it the whole story gets out) issues made it into the current political discussion.

NOTICE to MSM: Three strikes and you are out. From now on the people are the media and they will decide what the truth is. Your decline is imminent. Cable news, blogs, talk radio, discussion boards et al are now the new main stream. Those of you who refuse to retreat to the noble purposes of real journalism (read NYT, CBS, NBC, LAT, ABC, USA Yesterday) will go the way of the typewriter, vinyl records, and rotary telephones.
47 posted on 09/11/2004 7:37:39 PM PDT by Thickman (Regis to Kerry: "Is that your final answer?")
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To: Pukin Dog
Excellent rant. Now get it out to Instapundit and the others so they might quote one or two lines, and make a link for the rest. When you throw down a gauntlet, it's rather important that the other side actually SEE the gauntlet on the ground.

Good luck, or as John Kerry would say, "Bonne chance."

Congressman Billybob

Latest column, "Time to Talk about the 2008 Election"

If you haven't already joined the anti-CFR effort, please click here.

48 posted on 09/11/2004 7:37:55 PM PDT by Congressman Billybob (Visit: please.)
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To: Pukin Dog

Rave on!

49 posted on 09/11/2004 7:37:55 PM PDT by P.O.E.
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To: Pukin Dog

Well said. It is time.

50 posted on 09/11/2004 7:38:03 PM PDT by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin (Freedom is the freedom to discipline yourself so others don't have to do it for you.)
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To: Pukin Dog

News Media (TV and Paper) require time to put news to press. It takes time to determine course of action when they have to respond to an issue, due primarily because they have to 1. support their bottom line 2. consult their lawyers.

Free Republic and Bloggers have instant access to the Internet (In Mass) and do not have the concern for a bottom line or attorneys.

51 posted on 09/11/2004 7:38:19 PM PDT by jongaltsr (Hope to See ya in Galt's Gultch.)
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To: Pukin Dog
Thank you Pukin Dog. Awesome vent!
52 posted on 09/11/2004 7:38:25 PM PDT by getmeouttaPalmBeachCounty_FL (John Kerry - I wanna I wanna I wanna I wanna I wanna I wanna I wanna I wanna I waaaaaaahhhhh)
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To: Sivad
You should have been watching David Brinkley, a true professional.

David Brinkley finished covering his last 'Rat convention saying about Clinton:

He's a BORE and he will always be a BORE"

David Brinkley rocked!

53 posted on 09/11/2004 7:39:16 PM PDT by Semper Paratus
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To: pollywog
Sure thing. Really? Glad you all liked it.
54 posted on 09/11/2004 7:39:37 PM PDT by Pukin Dog (Sans Reproache)
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To: Pukin Dog

Good dog. Sic 'em boy!

55 posted on 09/11/2004 7:39:40 PM PDT by Revolting cat! ("In the end, nothing explains anything!")
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To: Pukin Dog

When I first signed up for Free Republic it was for this very reason.
God Bless Free Republic and all of you freedom loving Americans that know to "NEVER GIVE UP".

56 posted on 09/11/2004 7:39:47 PM PDT by liberty or death
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To: Pukin Dog

Wow, you forgot lawyers, excellent rant!

57 posted on 09/11/2004 7:39:51 PM PDT by Indy Pendance
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To: Pukin Dog
Satan in Hebrew means "adversary". A lie is the opposite of a truth. The truth is that the universe is benevolent, stable, ordered and expansive. There is objective truth in the universe. Either something happened or it didn't. Simple !

The Media Machine that has lied so often to themselves and to the people are currently like a trapped snake. The snake is stuck in a corner, it knows it is about to die and is thus very lethal. It will die. The good people will win the war. Prayer, vigilance and right action will see us through.wi
58 posted on 09/11/2004 7:39:51 PM PDT by Bandaneira (There is objective truth in the universe !)
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To: Pukin Dog

okay,,,lets see how fast we can send your letter around the internet....ready..go!

59 posted on 09/11/2004 7:39:51 PM PDT by CharlotteVRWC
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To: Pukin Dog

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.

60 posted on 09/11/2004 7:39:54 PM PDT by Ciexyz ("FR, best viewed with a budgie on hand".)
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