Skip to comments.The Manifesto of Pukin Dog
Posted on 09/16/2004 10:42:21 AM PDT by Congressman Billybob
Whoa, I hear you cry. Why should I read anything about a Pukin Dog? This is an honorable name, the nickname of a squadron of Navy fighter pilots who flew combat in Vietnam. Now it is the screen name of a man who flew for that unit in Central Europe. Hes currently a pilot for a major American airline.
Both he and his airline will remain anonymous, because he thinks some might take offense at his words. Ill respect his confidence. Besides, on the Internet it doesnt matter who you are or what your background is. The only questions are: Do you have your facts straight? And, based on those facts, is your analysis logical?
What is the history of manifestos? The accurate ones represent major and permanent changes in human history. Martin Luther with his 95 Theses nailed on the church door in 1517 changed religions forever. Galileo, with his observations before 1633 that the Earth moved around the Sun, forever changed astronomy and science in general. The Framers of America forever changed history and politics with their manifesto entitled the Declaration of Independence in 1776.
Not all manifestos are favorable. The Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels in 1848 was ultimately responsible for dozens of failed governments and tens of millions of deaths. And its pernicious effects are declining, but have not yet ended.
My friend Pukin Dog did not write about anything so massive as war and peace. He wrote about the future of communications. Still, what he described is every bit as important as the invention of movable type by Johannes Gutenberg in the 1450s. It has the same consequence, taking communications from the hands of the priestly class and delivering them to all citizens without discrimination. Here is part of what the Dog wrote:
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....
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....
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....
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....
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 *sses.
I'm Pukin Dog.
Thats the longest quote Ive ever used from any source. But you need a good dose of the Dogs words to feel the power. This sea change in American media and communications began with Post No. 47 by Buckhead at 11:59:43 PM EST on 8 September, 2004, about the next days New York Times article on the CBS Killian Memos. Buckhead, who also chooses to keep his privacy, raised the question of whether these memos were forgeries, and suggested examining the typefaces.
Heres the link where that thread took place. http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1210662/posts?page=47#47 Within 12 hours, it was solidly established that they were forgeries. Meanwhile Dan Rather had used his editorial control to force all of CBS to fall in line and refuse to reexamine these forgeries. Thats why Rather is now finished and CBS is badly damaged.
But more than that is involved here. There has been a shift in power between the Old Media and the New Media. Heres the link where Dogs manifesto was published, and discussed. http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/1213567/posts?q=1&&page=1
Almost everyone who reads my columns is Internet-adept. To you I say, print out just three copies of this article, and HAND it to three people you know who deal in communications but dont live on the Internet. Those are the folks who most need to read the Manifesto of Pukin Dog. Absent some warning, not too long from now they will get run over like a turtle on the Interstate. It isnt a pretty prospect.
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About the Author: John Armor is a civil rights attorney who lives in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. CongressmanBillybob@earthlink.net
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The culture of America and ultimately the culture of the world will change as a result of these events. But then, y'all knew that already.
A copy of this went to the top 50 Class B stockholders of CBS/Viacom. I'll report back if any of them have the brains to respond.
FReepers have been hammering affiliates of SeeBS around the country. Naturally, responses vary from affiliate to affiliate. We Georgia FReepers have been making a few calls, and Atlanta's SeeBS affiliate (CBS 46) 'stands firmly behind Mr. Rather's reporting'. The Atlanta Chapter of ProtestWarrior is set to do a little bit of persuasion sometime soon, I believe.
I look forward to seeing the responses you get from those shareholders -- please ping me upon further developments.
Keep up the noble fight.
*standing and applauding*
". . . and it's ON!"
Excellent post, great read.
CBS used to be on Channel 5 WAGA. Now the best they can do is a second - rank UHF station that probably can't reach some of the outer suburbs unless you use cable.
No more Pravada News in America !
Anyone see a correction and apology from the AP? They corrected the lie about the boos in West Allis, Wisconsin pretty quickly, but not before the lying story had already grown legs. IMO, the edit didn't cut it. They should have also sent out a "we screwed up" article to be given equal prominence as the lie was given.
I found P. Dog's manifeso to be right on. Last night on Fox the Hannity and Colm program proved equally correct. Sean Hannity dominated the program with his guests, which included Carl Bernstein (Watergate fame), Michael Reagan, Pat Caddell (Los Angeles demoncRAT strategist). On Bernstein Hannity forced him in a corner a couple of times in a roundabout way to admit that CBS did wrong. What interested me most was Pat Caddell's viewpoints that at times mirrored some of P'dog's comments.
I read PD's most EXCELLENT column the other day, and you've got it right, CBB.
Very well said bump.
The theme is the same of the lead editorial in today's WSJ (the first editorial notice WSJ has taken of Rathergate), if rather more forceful.
I read it when he posted it, bumped it then.
Bumping it again.
For many years few of us have been able to channel our political ideas as well as intellect. Before I found FreeRepublic, I was at war with newspapers, and media. They had the forums and microphones, I had nothing so I hurled threats and vulgarities at my tv and my newspaper and of course, wrote my Congressman almost monthly. Now because of people like BillyBob, PukinDog, Howlin, and we won't forget Buckhead and every other Freeper, WE ALL HAVE A PODIUM NOW! This must be how my ancestors felt when they won their freedom in 1776.
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Here's a "not-in-my-PJs-at-the-moment" bump for a great article written about a great manifesto.
"What interested me most was Pat Caddell's viewpoints that at times mirrored some of P'dog's comments."
It didn't surprise me.
Pat Cadell is kind of a poor man's Zell Miller. He did not like Clinton at all and even mentioned once in a radio interview that the thought of Madeline Albright as SecState was terrifying. The interview, as I recall, took place in about '94-'95, and it was about the situation in North Korea.
He's much like Zell in that he's disturbed by the party's current status and direction and wants to to bring it back to a respectable level of coherence and integrity. They differ in that I suspect he's not nearly as conservative as Zell, but he is nonetheless generally a straight shooter.
Your comments were Music to my ears.
Hear, hear. Emergent media BUMP.
Back to the top .
I second the motion.
I will re-read it tonight while I am wearing my pajamas. -Tom
One poster called Free Republic the new open source "Linux" of the news world.
It was Free Republic that had on-site freepers reporting firsthand that there were no boos at the Wisconsin Bush rally, contrary to the lying reporters at the AP such as Tom Hays and Lindlaw, et al.
It was freeper Travis McGee who busted the AP for quoting a fake SEAL last week.
Buckhead and others broke Dan Rathers' forgeries wide open, and various freepers have caught the New York Times parroting known lies, too.
Thus, the only conclusion that can be drawn is that Free Republic itself has finally built so much mass that it has passed the tipping point to go super-critical, as in nuclear...explosion...
Free Republic is now blasting the Old Media to pieces. We're international. We've got freepers *inside* Iran. We've had freepers go into Vietnam for firsthand research. We're on the ground in Iraq. We're in all 50 U.S. states. We're in Israel. We're in Turkey. We're in France, Germany, and Britain and Ireland. We're in Saudi Arabia. We're in Africa, where an on-site freeper reported firsthand on the supposed Kerry "girlfriend" who was hiding away there. We've got an entire Canadian contingent.
It was AmericaninTokyo who exposed Howard Dean's illegal foreign campaign donation scam that was running in Japan.
From every corner of the globe (an anachronistic metaphor, so sue me) FReepers are adding their personal analysis, their firsthand reporting, and their own research that combines into a sum that is greater than its parts.
Just as volunteers in the software community freely contribute their efforts and expertise to Linux (a platform that I don't particularly like, but do respect how it grows and improves without being micromanaged), so too are FReepers around the world contributing to a news gathering and analysis system the likes of which have never before been seen in the news and political arenas.
And to mark our newfound capabilities, the Old Guard news media is now attacking us. Dan Rather and Andrew Heyward of CBS are calling us the new "digital brownshirts."
To them, *we* are the new bullies on the block.
That sort of admission from the Old Guard marks our Powershift (an ode to Alvin Toffler fans everywhere). What we have witnessed and in fact in what we've participated is a seismic shift in power.
There is political power.
There is power in information.
There is power in Force/activism.
There is power in money/wealth.
There is power in love.
Free Republic brings together the best elements of all of the above forms of power, filtering out bad applications of it all, catching our own errors, challenging ourselves to improve, and amalgamating a sum of information and activism that has now become a threat to the established news media giants.
The world will never be the same. The old king is dead. Love live the new republic!
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Yep, JimRob has turned an obscure bulletin board at Prodigy into a dynamic political force with global reach.
The captains of that industry fancy themselves powerful enough to choose the President, just as the Medicis and other merchant princes of the Middle ages and early Renaissance could effectively choose the Pope.
They are using ALL their tools of influence to help Kerry, not just Viacom-CBS's phony "news".
The fall of Rather, even if it happens, will be a minor tactical victory as long as 70% of sitcoms broadcast in October have anti-Bush laugh lines.
Get ready for a thirty years war.
Three cheers from the FR peanut gallery...
I would expect an all out assault on FR in the days right before the election. I would not put it past some folks to try and launch some coordinated network attacks, or attempt to mess with DNS information, in an attempt to futz up access to FR.
Southack is a hippy.
Except for SeeBS -- they're taking on water.
There is no "old media", just an establishment media that has now earned the name "buggy whip media".
There will be all sorts of rumor and innuendo dropped on FR, DOS attacks, and attempts to stop the reporting of observed vote fraud on election day.
During the GOP convention there were coordinated attacks to try to take down several conservative forums and even the Republican Party's website.
Expect them to try to disrupt communications.
Looks like you just wrote your own manifesto Mr. Congressman....all you freepers keep up the good work....I'm in awe!!!