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]
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adding a link to this to my FR page.
pinging some FRiends.
Pukin Dog, I salute you.
Another thing I hear folks saying:"After I watch a speech, I don't need some talking head to tell me what I heard or how to think about it". Like you, these aren't my best friends, only, but it is a commonly-held view of a majority cross-section of American life.
We're mad as hell and we ain't taking it no more!
Nice one PD.
Right On!....Write on!...We are here and they can't control "the message" anymore!
No, naked as a jaybird. It is HOT in Mira Mesa. Too hot for clothes. Just a towel on my computer chair.
Pukin Dog, you are a DAMN good writer.
I've excerpted the letter (and linked to it) and added some of my own commentary at http://mhking.mu.nu/archives/045499.php I don't have the Instapundit readership, but I reach enough folks (and enough who may get word back to Glenn!) to get some attention....
Where I'm from, you just single-handedly gave out what we call a family ass-whippin'!
I wish I were where you are so I could shake your hand on an outstanding piece. Wonderful!
Pukin Dog's open letter to the liberal media establishment...
Rant on DOG! Rant on!
The more times the media tries to slander Free Republic, the more traffic it generates here and the more members (and even converts) it creates.
Their early attempts at smearing Rush Limbaugh failed as well (I remember when he was a guest host on Pat Sajak's tv show).
Seriously They must be right and you must be wrong! ;}Heeheee.. What a bunch of arrogant idiots they are. Everyone knows the bigger you are the harder you fall!
This is true of talk radio (like Rush's show) as well. Rush knows that if he makes a mistake in facts or assumptions about something like an airplane, he will soon get a call from someone who has a detailed working knowledge of that field.
FR has the benefit of having no "call screener" to keep the number of topics at a minimum. The Admin Moderator serves a thankless task of keeping the trolls out, the duplicate threads to a minimum, the flamewars under control, and the copyright lawsuit infractions out.
Also the internet permits quick hyperlinking to earlier threads/related articles that allow people to come into a story already in progress without much repeat of the basic facts.
FR is successful where other blogs are not so strong because there are FReepers around the world, on mailing lists of all sorts, reading/listening to news reports from all over. When something makes it to FR, it is sourced (not just accepted as "fact") and even kicked around awhile.
We have had live observers at numerous historical events.
How many "journalists" just retype existing wireservice stories?
"Another freeper has already likened this to a 21st century BOSTON TEA PARTY!!!Hmmmmm.
A Boston TV Party..."
How about A BOSTON PAJAMA PARTY.....?
By the way Pukin' Dog - this is more 5han a rant - it's a manifestp - wonderful
I'm piling onto this thread a little late because I don't often read vanity posts. I'm glad I read this one. This is much more than a vanity. In fact, it could appropriately be titled: "The New Media Manifesto". Very well done and I hope it gets a lot of circulation.
Collective intelligence. They don't like that one bit!
We were professionals before we were amatuers.
Bravo! The Declaration of Independence from the MSM.
As a CIO of a small company, and a Deacon in the Catholic Church, I couldn't agree more. Like Pukin Dog stated; we are not a bunch of amateurs or immature kids. And we are fed up with the liberal socialist secularist bias that exists in the commentary delivered by so-called journalists day in and day out.
I'm mad as ZELL, and I aint gonna take it anymore.
They accused us of a VAST RIGHT WING CONSPIRACY! They will rue the day they woke this sleeping giant.
I will be sending this on. Why do I get the feeling this could end up in a history book, something in the (not-too-distant, I hope) future?
These guys from the opposition are SOOOO DEEEEP with such well-thought-out arguments, aren't they? We must be having SOME impact. Listen to how they put us down.
Well said, Meek!
Dems and CBS have a lot to lose -- and they're desperate. CBS might not be honest or honorable, but they know the game and how to cheat the game. And how to take us down -- they've turned manipulation of public opinion into the art form. And they hate us. They'll use every dirty trick they have. I fear the "th" thing might be a set up. The other parts are solid and probably beyond what they had considered. But let's be ready for their "gotcha". If we're right on a thousand points, and they're right on one point, that "one" will be the only story. We need to be ready.
Somewhere in my memory is a typewriter with the "th" on one key. I'm thinking Smith Corona - home model - light blue. The kind of machine rich liberal parents would give their kids as they went off to college in the 60's or early 70's. I wouldn't bet my life on this vague memory, but this whole CBS thing could be a twofer -- to discredit the new media - and to cast doubt on Bush. We can be thankful our guys discovered more than just the "th". The truth will hold.
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.
Let me second that. Nobody better mess with Peach, or they will answer to the Dog. Peach is Peachy.
Thanks for the 'rant'. Never before have I read completely through a thread this long. Never before have my own thoughts of the MSM been expressed as well as you have. I will do my part in getting this the greatest possible distribution.
You deserve a good ole southern 'Atta Boy'.
Well said, but a little long winded. I am surprised I read it all. Only comment, "In the future, ... for Blogs like Instapundit and others." Change to In the future, ... for Blogs like FreeRepublic and others.
It was great to note that the term MSM, Main Steam Media, was picked up by FOX. I would like to think that the revolt flamed by the bloggers here caused MSM to give rise to FOX which airs both sides and thus exposes the rst of MSM for their bias.
Thansk PUKIN DOG and thank FOX, and I do not mean PUKIN FOX.
Rock on, brother, rock on!
Normally when a Pukin Dog vents it isn't something you want any part of! But this vent is as sweet smelling as a rose to this Freeper.
Should there be FreeRepublic merchandise as a premium for support, etc., I would die for an official FR bathrobe. I'd even settle for an iron-on patch to modify my own!
Forgive the rant?!! No way!! That was just awesome, PD!!
Hey, I want one,too! A FR bathrobe would be excellent! Terry,flannel, t-shirt fabric?
Personally, I want a navy blue terry with a tasteful red, white & blue insignia.
P.S.You can make that patch, you know, with iron on fabric that can be printed by your computer.
Wasn't it fulfilling to do so? You'll have to try it more often my friend. Although it can be time-consuming, it's often time well spent!
Thank you, PD. I also sent emails to LLBean, Iams and Campbell Soup stating I would not purchase any of their products until Dan Rather retracts the story and declares the documents as forgeries.
I've been here for awhile, and I'm still learning about 'the media.'
More now than when I first showed up.
Back during the the heady days when we had Drudge coming in giving us the details of his scoop on the site as they happened.
The thread had the editors at the post, and producers at CNN.com and MSNBC quivering in their boots and hand wringing all night.
I would participate in the thread, and watch it be re-discussed in detail on the cable TV air..
No credit to FR offered on the cable/public air..
Not really caring anyway. Because they know and I know the real story behind the story...
Yesterday Rush Limbaugh said he's the original member of the 'new media.'
I fully agree..
Because before I ever heard of the internet, I heard him describe on the radio why he thought that e-mail was a very important tool...
I checked it out, and by golly he nailed that one right out of the park.
Many important things have happened here.
When those things happened, I declared the thread associated those things as the best ever etc.
This one ranks right up there..
Think Global Act Local
The punks that came up with the bumper sticker probably didn't have Freerepublic.com in mind..
It is what we are, in a very pure form..
Freerepublic.com will be available soon on a digital TV near you...
Various US Senators will try to stop it or slow it down this year..
We will not let them do it in the dark..
That's a good thing IMHO.
I would loan you my tool belt, but I see you already nailed it.
I love this place!