Skip to comments.LA TIMES: No Disputing It: Blogs Are Major Players (FreeRepublic.Com & Buckhead Mentioned!)
Posted on 09/12/2004 2:43:11 AM PDT by West Coast Conservative
These days, CBS News anchor Dan Rather and his colleagues at the network's magazine program "60 Minutes II" are enduring an unusual wave of second-guessing by some of the public and fellow journalists.
For that, they can thank "Buckhead."
It was a late-night blog posting by this mystery Netizen that first questioned the validity of documents Rather cited Wednesday as proof that George W. Bush did not fulfill his National Guard duty more than 30 years ago.
Buckhead refuses to further identify himself, other than dropping hints that he is a male who lives on the East Coast preferring to proclaim that the scramble to verify the contentions in his posting marks an extraordinary achievement for a medium that has operated more as an underground world of ideological venting than a source of legitimate news.
But Buckhead is vehement about one thing: He acted alone when he posted, to the conservative website FreeRepublic.com, what was widely believed to be the first allegation that the CBS report relied on documents that could have been forged.
"Absolutely, positively, on my own, sitting at my computer in my bedroom just before midnight but not in my pajamas," he wrote in an e-mail exchange with The Times. "But once I posted the comment to Free Republic I was no longer working alone, and that is the real point of the story about the story about the story."
That story began Wednesday, 19 minutes after the "60 Minutes II" broadcast began, when another FreeRepublic poster, TankerKC, noted that the documents were "not in the style that we used when I came into the USAF
. Can we get a copy of those memos?"
(Excerpt) Read more at latimes.com ...
(explative deleted) LA Slimes...I'm not going to register to their (bleep) site...
It really is a pity that we can't read the rest of this without having to register.
THIS to the mainstream media!
Registration is the Devil's work.
But it's still nice to see Buckhead given credit where credit is due. We have arrived, MSM! You will be assimilated! Reistance is futile!
"All hail 'Buckhead,' " wrote one posting to Free Republic.
"Here, here," wrote another. "But how do we know Buckhead is really not Karl Rove . "
Question - And how do we know the Los Angeles Times isn't Pravda?
Answer - we don't, but Free Republic is working on confirming it.
The article quotes a 'Rat-whazoo aperture named Jim Jordan, who said we're "a bastion of right-wing lunacy". Cool.
Bookmarked that one for sure
can we retire post 47? up in the stands for all admire.Buckhead all pro.
At least FR is out now, mmmmmm this could be a good thing
but may make some slimes start to log in
This is classic.
Boy those libs really hate FR! Brilliant stuff! :-)
Timeline? It was Dan Rather and CBS who decided to make a big deal out of it and broadcast a false story.
The Democrats just love to become victims when they get caught with their thumb in the pie.
Did anyone at the slimes get permission to print this in their 'for profit' publication?
Hey Buckhead, oops, I mean Karl, good work! (end/sarcasm)
They failed to point out that it was Free Republic that scooped the MSM on the Shuttle breakup.
I wonder how many other news items have been first reported on Free Republic.
Does anybody keep a list?
They fail to recognize the significance of a diverse group of citizens with varying skills, connected in "realtime" with the power of the internet at their disposal.
How's that for a closing thought?
When the FAMOUS post # 47 the other day on the FR thread first proved the forgery, it was posted by "Buckhead" as is mentioned above.
Hmmmmmmmmm. Col. "Buck" Staudt.
See post # 23.
And what happens when this stuff gets into the mainstream, and it eventually turns out that the '60 Minutes' documents were perfectly legitimate...
...never forget, theirs is a campaign based on H-O-P-E!
I'm afraid we're about to go thru one of those 15-minutes-of-fame things. MSMs are going to be trolling FR cherry picking nutty rants and comments trying to make us look like a bunch of lunatics.
Jim Robinson needs to post a "Welcome MSMs" thread informing them about FR.
"Did anyone at the slimes get permission to print this in their 'for profit' publication?"
Good question. I'll bet the writer registered to see what FR was like.
You can be sure that media will monitor FR on a regular basis now, just as they have used DRUDGE for the past several years.
Bugmenot.com comes in very handy for times like these.
Obligatory Freepers rock BUMP!
Gee .. looks like they just insulted us
god I'm slow
These guys still don't get it.
I'd only add that it's a diverse group of citizens willing to fact check their stories for them connected in "realtime" etc...
It's right up at the top in the 'Rat playbook ... I'm curious to see how Rather, after standing by his story on Friday evening, spins his way out of it this coming week. Will he use the Bush operatives set me up defense?
Look what we have done..........LOL.
Freepers have LONG memories, too.
"Buckhead"..could be a reference to neighborhood in Atlanta.
This exposure means we will be inundated with trolls and cut-outs. Man the turrets.
The LA Times is wrong; he does not live on the East Coast.
Congrats! I'd bake you a cake but I'm finishing up my Dan Rather dart board.
The way FR folks get together to attack a 'the strange odor of a news story' is really a phenomenon! Congrats again!
I haven't had the chance to mention to you that it didn't surprise me to see that you were mixed up in this. Way to go, Howlin! :)
Mixed up? LOL.......
And you should talk: two words: space shuttle.
Yeah, maybe a counter lawsuit is in order?
They will NEVER "get it". They think we are all a bunch of backward hicks that have no idea how to do anything. Just because they sit at the "mighty desk" and take telephone calls from "news sources" doesn't mean they have the market cornered on the truth. In fact, most of us are just as qualified as any of them to find the truth.
At least, we can tell if a document has been forged unlike many of them who have no experience in the military or know anything about how the military works. That's why so many people hate the MSM because they try to trash their readers by insinuating that we are too dumb to "understand".
They don't understand that we are sick of them!
If anything they should be mad at Al Gore for inventing the internet.
"It was amazing Thursday to watch the documents story go from FreeRepublic.com, a bastion of right-wing lunacy, to Drudge to the mainstream media in less than 12 hours," said Jim Jordan, a strategist for independent Democratic groups opposed to Bush.
"That's not to say the documents didn't deserve examination. But apparently the entire thing was cooked up by a couple of amateurs on Free Republic. The speed with which it moved was breathtaking."
Amateurs? That would be CBS!
Gee, I must have missed something. I thought all the people on right wing web sites are toothless trolls, Rush Limbaugh zombies, mindless idiots and drinkers of the koolaid from the vast right wing conspiracy.
The MSM have just smashed into some of the technology savvy people from the new media. They'll just have to sharpen their computer skills and get over it.
Absolute proof the documents are fraudulent:
"And that's the way it is." ~Uncle Walter
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