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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

WOW WHAT A BEAUTIFUL RANT!!! I'm forwarding to everyone on my email list so they can forward to theirs and so on and so on and so on..... :)


621 posted on 09/12/2004 9:13:53 AM PDT by cutexx
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To: Pukin Dog
But what I would like to know is,and what the big question really is:

Were you in your pajamas when you wrote that?

622 posted on 09/12/2004 9:15:10 AM PDT by Diva Betsy Ross (It's not Bush's fault... it's the media's fault!)
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To: mass55th

LOL


623 posted on 09/12/2004 9:27:03 AM PDT by Tribune7
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To: Pukin Dog
Rant on dude!!!

Excellent!

624 posted on 09/12/2004 9:31:51 AM PDT by Luis Gonzalez ( Even Jane Fonda apologized. Will you, John?)
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To: MeekOneGOP

Thanks for the ping!


625 posted on 09/12/2004 9:32:17 AM PDT by EdReform (Free Republic - helping to keep our country a free republic. Thank you for your financial support!)
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To: GOPJ; Pukin Dog
It's starting to feel like a set up.

We can be thankful our guys discovered more than just the "th". The truth will hold.

There is MUCH more evidence of forgery and DNC shenanigans than just the superscripted "th". Don't go wobbly on us, GOPJ.


While I'm at it, I'll give this thread a "PUKIN DOG FAN CLUB" BUMP

626 posted on 09/12/2004 9:33:40 AM PDT by arasina (So there.)
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To: Pukin Dog

The latest CBS / Forgery scandal has really hit home something for me:

- I get my national news primarily from RIGHT HERE, and Drudge. But Free Republic is more current.

- This internet forum polices itself very well, IMO. I trust it much more than any other news source. (This line of thinking is much different for me than, say, 2 years ago.)

- I wish there was something like Free Republic covering events in the St. Louis, MO and southern IL area. I gave up the StL PostMS Dispatch a year ago, and do need more local.

-- Joe


627 posted on 09/12/2004 9:39:34 AM PDT by Joe Republc
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To: tioga
..... BTW, I am freeping in my pajamas...

Not me.
I put on dress slacks with suspenders a white dress shirt and pretend I'm Dan Rather.
That way when I spew drivel I have credibility :-)

And if I'm really feeling pretentious, I type with a Canadian accent like what's his name .... oh yeah, Peter Jennings.

~~sarcasm off~~
~~MSM Media Mocking ON~~

628 posted on 09/12/2004 9:41:13 AM PDT by Condor51 (May God have mercy upon my enemies, because I won't. -- Gen G. Patton Jr)
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To: Pukin Dog
PD,

Post this on your FR home page...it's a classic. Well done.

629 posted on 09/12/2004 9:45:48 AM PDT by NewLand (Never Forget 9/11/01. Teach Your Children to Always Remember!)
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To: Condor51

ROFLMAO!!! To funny! (Dan Rather hocking
'gravitas' is enough to make me a pukin dog! LOL)


630 posted on 09/12/2004 9:45:50 AM PDT by Republic (Terri Schiavo,saved by TERRI's LAW after 7 days of starvation, fights ACLU-Felos to keep law intact)
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To: Pukin Dog
Great letter for a moment i thought Zell Miller wrote it.
631 posted on 09/12/2004 9:51:46 AM PDT by solo gringo (Don't be a girlie man vote Bush/Cheney in/04)
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To: Pukin Dog

Good job, PD. I think I'll keep that one for posterity!


632 posted on 09/12/2004 9:53:02 AM PDT by SandyInSeattle (Official RKBA Landscaper and Arborist, Duchess of Green Leafy Things)
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To: ReleaseTheHounds; Pukin Dog
Just amazing what is happening.....now FreeRepublic.com gets mentioned in the Los Angeles Times:

LA TIMES: No Disputing It: Blogs Are Major Players (FreeRepublic.Com & Buckhead Mentioned!)

633 posted on 09/12/2004 9:59:26 AM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach (A Proud member of Free Republic ~~The New Face of the Fourth Estate since 1996.)
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To: Lee'sGhost; Pukin Dog

Lee'sGhost wrote:
"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."

I hadn't even thought of that angle. "I say, old boy, take a look at what this Pukin Dog person has written about us. Such amateurs, aren't they?" Just wait until they find out that PD only wears his old flight jacket when he freeps--that could send them over the edge!


634 posted on 09/12/2004 9:59:34 AM PDT by Grandma Pam
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To: Pukin Dog

What amazes me is that it is CBS's responsibility to prove it's case.


The debate MUST switch to CBS's proving its contention is accurate OR it becomes a just a matter of interpretation.

But since they are making the charge, it is CBS's duty to either prove it's case or withdraw the charge.

When will the media and the RNC make this point?

The entire debate hangs on this distinction.
635 posted on 09/12/2004 10:01:03 AM PDT by DoctorZIn (Until they are Free, "We shall all be Iranians!")
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To: DeepInTheHeartOfTexas

Welcome to FreeRepublic...


636 posted on 09/12/2004 10:01:39 AM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach (A Proud member of Free Republic ~~The New Face of the Fourth Estate since 1996.)
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To: Missouri
My Uncle was in combat from Oct. 1942 (Africa) till May of 1945 (Germany). In that time he got two purple hearts, two bronze stars, and a silver star and he went AWOL to join his platoon back at the front after being wounded a second time.

Here's raising a glass in honor of your brave uncle and his honorable service. Such a contrast, to compare this fighting man's record to JF Kerry and his pukin' diary of heroics which occurred only in his mind.

637 posted on 09/12/2004 10:03:32 AM PDT by Ciexyz ("FR, best viewed with a budgie on hand".)
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To: Pukin Dog; lightingguy
Pukin Dog, excellent rant. LG, gotta read this.

Did you send it directly to them? You should! The more they get this kind of thing the better. Along the same lines, a paragraph from my letter to CBS after Dan's "rebuttal" -

If we were wrong, you'd have this independently investigated. The thing is, we know. And you know that we know. And the best part is, no more biased media using stories to achieve a political end. You call the internet bloggers partisan, when in fact it is you who has brought American media to this point by reporting the news how you think we should see it rather than how it should be told. I could care less whether the fact that you bought a forged set of goods affects this election one way or the other. Much more important is that you're finally being forced to face the very populace you try to affect every night. Change or die, liberal media. This won't be the last story you're called on, unless you choose to be honest and fair.

638 posted on 09/12/2004 10:05:42 AM PDT by agrace
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To: Pukin Dog

From the movie "Babe"

"That'll do, pig!"

Well said!


639 posted on 09/12/2004 10:05:47 AM PDT by Gaffer
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To: Pukin Dog
You can tell us that Swift Boat Veterans for truth are liars, and NOBODY is going to believe you just because you say it.

Juan Williams, just this morning on Fox, was arguing with someone over the "fact" that the Swift Boat Vets' charges have been "disproved" and therefore if they can continue to buy advertising spots, then the 60 Minutes fake memos should be allowed to stand.

Maybe I missed something big, but since when has anyone provided evidence that the Swifties are lying?

640 posted on 09/12/2004 10:10:30 AM PDT by PLK
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