Skip to comments.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 DogEdited 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.
Late to the congratulations but sincere nevertheless - well done. You are our voice.
I address the following post #507
Now, I get it!
***slapping self in forehead***
If they wont do it, the masses will continue to migrate to other sources of information.
The MSM fears they will be reduced to giving summaries of what was going on in the internet...
Hey - don't be so sensitive. Sheesh.
I did not say that all 70 year olds are watching Old Media. But that most older people continue to get their news from Old Media has been written about in newspaper articles. Additionally, in studies about who owns computers, it is the elderly, even more than the poor, who do not own or use computers.
Glad to see that you remember Cronkite. So many today believe that it has just now become a problem.
So many today think that we older folks just accepted it. No. With no Internet and with the liberals filing "Fairness Doctrine" complaints against radio station owners we had nothing but limited circulation publications and face-to-face contacts. A few cities had conservative newspapers in those days, also.
During the early days of talk radio after President Reagan did away with the FCC "Fairness Doctrine" I could not count the number of times a day that callers exclaimed to the host, "I didn't know that others knew that! I thought I was the only one!"
Speaking of the "Fairness Doctrine" about a year and half ago there was a spate of mainstream media stories testing the waters for it to come back. Never again!
Well said. A tad wordy, but.........very well said. Kudos and ditto.
Thank you - your acknowledgement means a great deal.
Again, you are our voice.
What the networks need to understand is that we correct others in public, slam them for lazy reporting, check and check and check again to dig out the real stories, and never get paid for it.
Another point for the news organizaations to remember is they are expected to serve the public. They might want to ponder on that concept and what they have
been abusing under the label of "service".
We are rewarded in satisfaction and this particular event is but one example.
Your post summed it up beautifully. Enjoy your kudos you deserve them.
You left out IT folks... moi..!
That would be the best for the public wouldn't it?
We aren't afraid to admit mistakes or bow to others' expertise in matters.
It's all under the heading of learning and knowledge.
News people have forgotten whan news is....and what the mearning of "is" is.
"Only you can change that."
They really can't because they can't see it. If those organizations are going to become more objective - management, ownership, boards of directors are going to have to replace current news staffs with conservative or at least truly objective people.
I've talked to too many libs who think MM is just the same as Rush Limbaugh, that Ann Coulter spews "rabid ideology" or really can't see reporter opinion passing for facts on the front page. It's more than disagreement over big/small govt, high taxes/regulation etc., it's 12-16 or more years of indoctrination in American publik skools.
your gonna hit 10,000 views by lunch time my FRiend..
They could just come to FR and post a vanity asking for all information on any subject and FReepers would be all over it with personal insight and links. LOL , I know, I've done it.
(FReeping in my pajamas)
Just last week, after finding a Great Blue Heron eating all of the Koi in my pond, I asked FReepers for advice, and within an hour, I had enough information to write a book on the subject. There is power in this medium that the MSM cannot compare with. They need to get on board, or they will be left at the station.
The word "amateur" is not necessarily one anybody should be ashamed of. It's root comes from the french 'to love.' So, what an amateur is, really, is a person who does something for the love of doing it, and NOT for the money (which is what a professional is -- that is, one who does something for the money).
Which would you rather be -- one who does something for love, or a whore?
Can someone in NYC print a copy off and nail it to the door at CBS?
Of course, should you be caught or killed, the RNC will disavow any knowledge of your actions......
(This network will self-destruct in 60 Minutes....)
Ha... I got ya beat.. I'm FReepin in my batman underroos..
I'm a little late to the party, but congratulations on a wonderful rant, PD. These clowns still don't know what him them--their comeuppance is indeed a beautiful thing to behold.
Vent on PD... you told it like it is!
*TT*, Beth & Nana
(Thanks for the ping BG)
The Matrix is a system, Neo. That system is our enemy. But when you're inside, you look around and what do you see? Businessmen, Teachers, Lawyers, Carpenters...the very minds of the people we're trying to save. But until we do, these people are still a part of that system, and that makes them our enemy. You have to understand, most of these people are not ready to be unplugged. And many of them are so innerred, so hopelessly dependent on the system that they will that they will fight to protect it. Are you listening to me, Neo? Or were you looking at the woman in the red dress?
He*l, we don't even have to spell check.
And I'm series about that!
It is too early in the morning for such a tough question. I haven't finished my coffee yet.
The thing is, love can fade but money lasts forever. Ask me again in an hour.
I will have to defer to NYC GOP Chick, since I live in the upstate NY area of Tioga County....but, Chick, I am with you in spirit.
<< Forgive the rant, please. Just venting. >>
Works for me!
Blessings -- B A
(Better:) I know you're out there. I can feel you now. I know that you're afraid... afraid of us. You're afraid of change. I don't know the future. I didn't come here to tell you how this is going to end. I came here to tell how it's going to begin. I'm going to hang up this phone, and then show these people what you don't want them to see. I'm going to show them a world without you. A world without rules or controls, borders or boundaries. A world where anything is possible. Where we go from there is a choice I leave to you.
thx for the heads up, brian
thx for the heads up, brian >>
My pleasure, Ma'am -- and what he said!
HehHeh -- B A
Main Stream Media = Media Wing of the DemocRATic Party (Keyword: MEDIAWINGOFTHEDNC)
Excellent! You know, the idea that such salient points were made by somebody with the handle "Pukin Dog" just makes it that much more better. Of course, they might think that's some Russian name or something.
Great Rant ~ Bump!
Be Ever Vigilant!
That was just terrific. Thanks!
With the MSM's glaring lack of knowledge about the military, they would likely never make the connection.
Wanted to post a note I wrote on another thread that relates to your remembrance of Walter Cronkite and the impact these liberal jerks have had on all of us!
I dispise what they have done by refusing to stand for jounalistic standards of ethical behavior-none of them leave their personal political beliefs at home!
Here is the post:
The extremely sad, even revolting outcome of their monopoly [ on news broadcasting] (thanks to the liberal breeding ground of the Columbia School of Broadcasting and colleges and universities in general) was the failure of the United States to win in Vietnam.
I never knew Walter Cronkite was a democrat, a liberal, a progressive as it were. Never even thought about such things.
Night after night I listened to him give the body bag count of Vietnam, and relate the horrors of the war, and the failure of our ability to fight it....I never knew until a FEW MONTHS AGO that we WON every single major offensive in Vietnam...that our precious troops, in the TET offensive had virtually WON that war at that time-with the Viet Cong losing over 50,000 fighters in a short few week period...
I DID NOT KNOW THIS BECAUSE THE MAJOR NETWORKS WERE BUSY BREAKING THE RESOLVE OF OUR NATION, CATERING TO THE ANTI_WAR FREAKS LIKE JOHN KERRY, AND LYING ABOUT OUR THE COURAGEOUS EFFORTS OF OUR TROOPS (whom they were dissing and dishonoring with every breath from their arrogant news speak.
MILLIONS DIED as a result of our giving up, they died in the killing fields of CAMOBODIA....and Lancey...the BOAT PEOPLE, oh my gosh, the fleeing from Vietnam at the end when we withdrew...the sadness....the DEATH!
And the major talking heads today are STILL TRYING to break our nation's resolve to win the war on terror, to STAY THE COURSE in IRAQ, to fund the war with the money required and to STAND BEHIND OUR PRESIDENT.
They want President Bush to be President 'Nixon'.
They believe in a peace that has everything cozy at home even as thousands, hundreds of thousands, and in Sudan, MILLIONS are slaughtered under the arm of tyrannical and mad leaders.
For me, that is not PEACE. If we cannot use this fabulous gift of freedom and spread this gift not only to help others receive this joyous and most important lifestyle, but to ENSURE a better, safer world in doing so...then WHAT ARE WE?
I DISPISE OUR MAINSTREAM PRESS, NOT BECAUSE THEY ARE DEMOCRATS, BUT BECAUSE THEY DO NOT LEAVE THEIR POLITICAL BELIEFS AT HOME WHEN THEY GO TO WORK.
Well said, Pukin Dog! I had a role, way back when, that helped launch this "internet revolution" (no, Al Gore wasn't there with us) -- back when Jim Rob was posting on Prodigy's Whitewater Bulletin Board. I thought then that "the genie was out of the bottle and it would never be shoved back in" -- that we viewers and readers would never again accept the MSM dictators thanks to this interactive medium. FreeRepublic is one of the very best manifestations of this phenomenon. I truly believe that this election will be remembered as the tipping point when the MSM totally lost its premier influence on the electorate. I wonder how long CBS News will even be in existance.
That was a rant? I thought it was the deathknell for the liberal media.
I was fooled.
And I regret it to this day-it makes me ache.
Now when I see a man or a woman in uniform, no matter where, I thank them. As well as police officers and firemen.
I now understand fully that freedom is NOT FREE and I wonder, with all of my heart, where Vietnam and Cambodia would be today if the Walter Cronkites of this world has balanced their stories with the purpose and importance of that struggle.
Pukin, I love it when you talk dirty! That has to be one of the best open letters I have ever read. Loved it, and will share with all the techno peasants I know. Bravo and very well said!!
EAT FLAMING DEATH, MEDIA SCUM!