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A New Era of Credibility
Tax Relief ^ | September 17, 2004 | Tax Relief

Posted on 09/17/2004 4:27:35 AM PDT by TaxRelief

The conservative web group, FReerepublic.com, in its quest for "truth in media", may have accidentally stumbled across the means for unseating the leftists' obsession with "tolerance".

For over a year now, Freerepublic.com bloggers (Freepers) have been publically challenging the "factual information" disseminated in news stories published by the main stream media (MSM). The website's members have picked apart undocumented statistics; they've delved into the partisan semantics of questions on political polls; they've "FReeped" online polls to prove the uselessness of easily manipulated data; they've exposed sub-groups of radical activist organizations like "PETA", which pose as research "think tanks" and "responsible physicians"; they've bombarded news stations with phone calls and emails when the reporting is blatantly one-sided or even false; and finally, as this summer draws to a close, they have begun to publically object to lazy and biased newscasting.

As the analytical members of the conservative website FReerepublic.com have relentlessly challenged the credibility of the MSM, they have also simultaneously proven a theory that our forefathers discussed as they authored the first ten Amendments to the US Constitution; the Freedom of the Press has to be absolute, not just because truth is critical for sustaining a democracy in an otherwise Socialist world, but because truth itself cannot be ordered or legislated; it is the process of discourse, debate and disagreement that leads to true enlightenment.

However, as history has shown numerous times in the past, when "enlightenment" rears it's shining head, "darkness" goes on the defensive. Clearly, the crowd that seeks the truth is in direct conflict with those that "believe" truth is subjective and personal.

In the early seventies, a movement that focused on "prejudice" and "intolerance"--catch words intended to stop random and cruel discrimination against people with different colored skins--ballooned into a social behavior fad that temporarily pushed aside conservative etiquette. As a result, an entire generation of young people has now been raised believing that the concept of "maintaining a good reputation" is a selfish ploy perpetuated by adults who seek to control the scope of their teenagers' sexual activity, that everyone has the right to choose his own moral framework, and that questioning another's reputation is the equivalent of discrimination based on ethnicity.

In the process of subverting social norms, the simple concepts of credibility, honesty and reputation were thrown out with the bath water. A few folks saw what was happening along the way; many had to go through their own life experiences to become aware of the problem, and some have only just figured it out. Regardless of what brought them to this point, conservatives are coming out of the closet in droves, and it seems they are not willing to just "sit back and take it" anymore.

This past week "FReepers" crossed a critical threshold in their war on liberalism. By exposing, Dan Rather, a long-time icon of the MSM, as a man who is, at best lazy and partisan, or at worst dishonest and partisan, they actually were successful in preventing a paparazzi attack on the White House.

The rumbling volcano finally erupted when Dan Rather of CBS news--apparently oblivious to the "New Media"--happily presented some weak, insupportable "evidence" that a sitting president had attempted to shirk his duty as an American by either (a) serving in the National Guard rather than the regular army, or (b) missing 3 months of his 6 years service in the National Guard.

Rather's "evidence" consisted of "testimony" from partisan hacks and misquoted experts, and copies of memos "signed by" a man who died years ago (thereby unseating the commonly accepted theory that "dead men can't tell tales").

A FReeper, "Buckhead", immediately challenged the authenticity of the memos. Within hours, CBS's self-satisfied smiles were wiped off their faces, by the analytical branch of the "New Media".

This may well have been an historical moment; the MSM had probably never been diverted from its modus operandi of accuse-and-attack so successfully in the past. The MSM understandably was stunned to discover that the "seekers of truth" had reached a critical-enough mass to subvert "Plan A", the accuse-and-attack mission plan that had withstood the test of time; and to squash "Plan B": blame "intolerance" for anything that goes wrong. For forty years, the MSM had misused the concept of "tolerance" to cover-up its inadequacy, its laziness and the many, many errors made in haste, all because of a desire to get credit for "breaking the story".

Unfortunately for the MSM--but fortunately for America--FReepers and other rightwing bloggers are calling for a New Era of Credibility. Rightwingers are relying on the age-old premise that each individual is only as good as his honor and his ability to seekout and relay the truth (rather than the leftist theory that each man is only as good as his college degree--whether earned or gifted). The conservative bloggers harken back to the biblically-sound theory that a reputation once damaged is rarely ever recovered.

There may be no greater service that FReerepublic.com can do for the American people than to continue their mission to expose the MSM's poor journalistic practices (like quoting and enshrining of "unnamed sources"; the use of un-authenticated documents; the poor selection of interviewees; personal relationships between editors and partisan hacks; the backroom cover-up games and the rampant plagiarism of blogs and other reporter's articles). Perhaps they will even bring about the demise of the monopolistic mainstream media altogether.

Liberals may have attempted to destroy the value of a good reputation by telling kids not to "judge" others and to be "tolerant", but those same leftists did not eradicate the quest for truth well enough to prevent a powerful force from re-emerging and continuing on with the mission to conquer social misbehavior.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; US: North Carolina
KEYWORDS: freepersinpajamas; lyingmedia; medialies; napalminthemorning; pajamadeen; pajamapeople; rathergate
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It is also time to start writing our own news and editorials. (If we don't need their "reporting", then we will have no concerns about copyright rules.)
1 posted on 09/17/2004 4:27:35 AM PDT by TaxRelief
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To: Congressman Billybob

Thank you.


2 posted on 09/17/2004 4:28:23 AM PDT by TaxRelief (Kerry lied and good men died, and Moms worried, and heroes were spit on, and children were ostraci..)
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To: TaxRelief

Good morning.

(Robt raises cup of coffee in toast.)

Actually, the coffee is still in the cup, not in the toast, but I assume you get the idea. 8<)


3 posted on 09/17/2004 4:31:00 AM PDT by Robert A. Cook, PE (I can only donate monthly, but Kerry's ABBCNNBCBS continue to lie every day!)
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To: TaxRelief

4 posted on 09/17/2004 4:33:06 AM PDT by Diogenesis (Cuius rei demonstrationem mirabilem sane detexi hanc marginis exiguitas non caperet.)
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To: TaxRelief
This recognition is a well deserved tip of the hat to Jim Robinson and all the fine people who comprise the army of FReepers. The MSM has been put on notice that we're mad as hell and we're not going to take it anymore!

I agree that the next evolution of FR should include more original thoughts and writings from the many talented FReepers who are more than capable of developing their own news from information reported by the many sources now available. Long live the New Media!!!

5 posted on 09/17/2004 4:46:47 AM PDT by borisbob69 (Old shade is better than new shade!)
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To: TaxRelief

Excellent article. Very good analysis of the way things stand today.


6 posted on 09/17/2004 4:55:51 AM PDT by TigersEye (Let's hear about your Senate record already, John!)
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To: .30Carbine

ping ; )


7 posted on 09/17/2004 4:57:06 AM PDT by TigersEye (Let's hear about your Senate record already, John!)
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To: TaxRelief

BTTT


8 posted on 09/17/2004 5:00:41 AM PDT by spodefly (A bunny-slippered operative in the Vast Right-Wing Pajama Party!)
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To: TaxRelief

Hear, hear ... kudos to a fine analysis. We must never forget, however, that winning an egagement, or even a campaign, is not winning the war. The only way to carry the issue is to maintain the momentum of victory, press the attack, take the fight to the enemy, direct the battle, and force the opponent's moves. It is not time to gloat, it is time to push back all the harder.


9 posted on 09/17/2004 5:04:56 AM PDT by timberlandko (Murphy was an optimist.)
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To: TaxRelief; Congressman Billybob
"For over a year now, Freerepublic.com bloggers (Freepers) have been publically challenging the "factual information" disseminated in news stories published by the main stream media (MSM)."

Try seven years. In fact, the MSM attemped to have us shut down by a phony baloney lawsuit.

10 posted on 09/17/2004 5:22:51 AM PDT by sauropod (Hitlary: "We're going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good.")
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To: Howlin; Ed_NYC; MonroeDNA; widgysoft; Springman; Timesink; dubyaismypresident; Grani; coug97; ...
Indeed....

Just damn.

If you want on the list, FReepmail me. This IS a high-volume PING list...

11 posted on 09/17/2004 5:39:16 AM PDT by mhking
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To: sauropod

"Try seven years. In fact, the MSM attemped to have us shut down by a phony baloney lawsuit."


How? when?


12 posted on 09/17/2004 5:50:03 AM PDT by FreeManWhoCan ("Resistance to tyranny is obedience to God." - Thomas Jefferson)
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To: sauropod
Try seven years. You are right of course, and the mission of FR has been wide and varied since 1997.

However, the ability to publically share the quality and accuracy of FR's detective work has reached a new level of maturity in the past year or so.

13 posted on 09/17/2004 5:51:10 AM PDT by TaxRelief (Kerry lied and good men died, and Moms worried, and heroes were spit on, and children were ostraci..)
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To: TaxRelief

We are the New Media.

And the MSM can not stand it

Thank you algore for inventing the internet!


14 posted on 09/17/2004 6:00:12 AM PDT by Rightly Biased (I'll vote Republican till the day I die then I'll vote democrat.)
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To: TaxRelief; glock rocks; Mo1; Brad's Gramma; Gabz; RottiBiz; EdReform; Travis McGee; Jeff Head; ...

Good oped.

Free Republic has been doing "its thing" for about 7 years.

One of the first big events for me was helping to keep the Ghorroid from illegally becoming president.

Then, we had a victory at Klamath Lake and helped to stop the Enviral Nazis from destroying thousands of farm and ranch families for a stinking bottom sucking fish. That was the first time the Enviral Nazis suffered a defeat in their rural cleansing of American farmers, ranchers, and other innocent Americans.

Since then, we have had a lot of victories while exposing the MSM as a vile pr tool of the left wing lunatics.

We helped to support the Swift Vets re support and donations. The Swift Vets have taken at least one wheel off of Kerry's SUV, which he doesn't own, and his poll #s have been in a decrease since their first ad. Without that wheel, he has been spinning out of control in his race to become the French dictator of America.

Then, we caught the AP maggot Tom Hays lying about the boos and drove a spike in that AP outright falsehood.

Now, we have made America and the world aware that one of the MSM's icon and his NOTNEWS network, C BS are liars, forgers and probably criminals. We have known it all along, now America is aware of what we know. We drove a spike into the heart of this vile attack on GW.

Along the way, we defused the Plame/Wilson scam, which was a similiar scam like the C BS forgeries.

Next, we will help to get Kerry's service records out in the open like GW's. Then we will stop the new lies that AP is starting about no real WMDS were in Iraq. The MSM will be doing the same thing with the upcoming UN report that they did with the 9/11 report before it came out. We have the UN's own report to show that AP is and will be lying on this issue with the other liars of the MSM.

Hopefully, all new Freepers and established Freepers will support Free Republic with regular donations or will become regular monthly donors. Free Republic get no grants or tax money like the left wing organizations. We share the costs of Free Republic to keep it going each day.


15 posted on 09/17/2004 6:11:51 AM PDT by Grampa Dave (When will the ABCNNBC BS lunatic libs stop lying to Americans? Answer: NEVER!)
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To: borisbob69
This recognition is a well deserved tip of the hat to Jim Robinson and all the fine people who comprise the army of FReepers. The MSM has been put on notice that we're mad as hell and we're not going to take it anymore!

If I may be so bold as to make one change.

We're made as ZELL and we're not going to take it anymore.

16 posted on 09/17/2004 6:34:02 AM PDT by KosmicKitty (Well... There you go again!)
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To: Grampa Dave

What a great look back with an "eye" toward the future!!!


17 posted on 09/17/2004 6:50:53 AM PDT by SierraWasp (Hey Arnold! Just wait till the people find out about your GIANT Sierra-Nevada CONservancy!!! Veto!!!)
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To: SierraWasp

What we are today and tomorrow are a combination of what we did in the past, are doing today and will do tomorrow.


18 posted on 09/17/2004 6:53:24 AM PDT by Grampa Dave (When will the ABCNNBC BS lunatic libs stop lying to Americans? Answer: NEVER!)
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To: TaxRelief; Grampa Dave
"Liberals may have attempted to destroy the value of a good reputation by telling kids not to "judge" others and to be "tolerant","

Great essay! I love the way Dr. Laura put it when some young girl complained about her being "too judgemental." She said something to the effect that we're not living in the Garden of Eden anymore! We now must know the difference between right and wrong and act accordingly!!!

19 posted on 09/17/2004 7:18:47 AM PDT by SierraWasp (Hey Arnold! Just wait till the people find out about your GIANT Sierra-Nevada CONservancy!!! Veto!!!)
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To: TaxRelief; SierraWasp

The link below will take you to the newest Swift Vet Commercial. Kerry's credibility re his medal tossing is shredded by his own words.

http://swift3.he.net/~swift3/dazed.wmv


20 posted on 09/17/2004 7:26:31 AM PDT by Grampa Dave (When will the ABCNNBC BS lunatic libs stop lying to Americans? Answer: NEVER!)
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To: TaxRelief

Excellent article!

I hope everyone gets a chance to read it and more importantly, personally follows through with the content and spirit of message. The MSM must radically change and it will only change with people like TaxRelief and Buckhead.


21 posted on 09/17/2004 7:41:56 AM PDT by Sipicaknobius
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To: TaxRelief; spiderman9; ActiveDutyUSMC; dakine; bkwells; chookter; Hacksaw434; thumperusn; Hostel; ..

IMPORTANT READ PING!


22 posted on 09/17/2004 8:10:04 AM PDT by 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub (MAKE SURE YOU ARE CURRENTLY REGISTERED AND VOTE Nov 2nd!)
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To: TaxRelief; 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub

BTTT!


23 posted on 09/17/2004 8:14:34 AM PDT by Jet Jaguar (Who would the terrorists vote for?)
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To: Grampa Dave
Hopefully, all new Freepers and established Freepers will support Free Republic with regular donations or will become regular monthly donors. Free Republic get no grants or tax money like the left wing organizations. We share the costs of Free Republic to keep it going each day.

And isn't that what makes US different from them.

Gosh, I love us! :-)

24 posted on 09/17/2004 8:15:34 AM PDT by Howlin (What's the Font Spacing, Kenneth?)
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To: maeng; ValerieUSA; txflake; WinOne4TheGipper; DrewsDad; HiJinx; MeekOneGOP; Gracey; anymouse; ...

Great article. FReepers for the truth ping!


25 posted on 09/17/2004 8:15:52 AM PDT by Arrowhead1952 (Charter member of the VRWC - and proud of it. - - - Hear BS on See BS.)
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To: Howlin
"Hopefully, all new Freepers and established Freepers will support Free Republic with regular donations or will become regular monthly donors. Free Republic get no grants or tax money like the left wing organizations. We share the costs of Free Republic to keep it going each day.

And isn't that what makes US different from them.

Gosh, I love us! :-)

Amen, Sister!

26 posted on 09/17/2004 8:18:49 AM PDT by Grampa Dave (When will the ABCNNBC BS lunatic libs stop lying to Americans? Answer: NEVER!)
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To: TaxRelief

bmp


27 posted on 09/17/2004 8:20:20 AM PDT by shield (The Greatest Scientific Discoveries of the Century Reveal God!!!! by Dr. H. Ross, Astrophysicist)
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To: Diogenesis

ROFLOL, now that is a real hoot. Thanks for the chuckle.


28 posted on 09/17/2004 8:20:29 AM PDT by MissAmericanPie
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To: TaxRelief

BTTT


29 posted on 09/17/2004 8:21:09 AM PDT by Fiddlstix (This Tagline for sale. (Presented by TagLines R US))
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To: TaxRelief; 06isweak; 0scill8r; 100American; 100%FEDUP; 101st-Eagle; 101stSignal; 101viking; 10mm; ..
WooHoo! I HAVE to ping this one! <<>>>>
30 posted on 09/17/2004 8:21:12 AM PDT by MistyCA
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To: TaxRelief

I'm all tingly.

Great piece!


31 posted on 09/17/2004 8:22:30 AM PDT by nuffsenuff
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To: Grampa Dave; Jim Robinson; EdReform; Mo1; RottiBiz; Gabz; ValerieUSA; NormsRevenge; ...

Hopefully, all new Freepers and established Freepers will support Free Republic with regular donations or will become regular monthly donors.

Free Republic get no grants or tax money like the left wing organizations.

We share the costs of Free Republic to keep it going each day.

- Grampa Dave


32 posted on 09/17/2004 8:25:31 AM PDT by glock rocks ("Bush is playing chess, and Kerry is playing checkers." - Dick Morris)
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To: TaxRelief


Taking back journalism, one story at a time.

I've got my digital brown jam-jams. :)


33 posted on 09/17/2004 8:27:06 AM PDT by Repairman Jack
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To: TaxRelief
[I]t is the process of discourse, debate and disagreement that leads to true enlightenment.

However, as history has shown numerous times in the past, when "enlightenment" rears it's shining head, "darkness" goes on the defensive. Clearly, the crowd that seeks the truth is in direct conflict with those that "believe" truth is subjective and personal.

FreeRepublic - the shining city on the hill.

34 posted on 09/17/2004 8:27:15 AM PDT by 4CJ (Laissez les bon FReeps rouler)
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To: MistyCA

BTTT!!!!!!!


35 posted on 09/17/2004 8:28:16 AM PDT by E.G.C.
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub

BTTT!!!!!!


36 posted on 09/17/2004 8:28:35 AM PDT by E.G.C.
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To: TaxRelief

Thank you. This is excellent! :)


37 posted on 09/17/2004 8:30:51 AM PDT by MistyCA
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub

Thank you for the ping and alert to this article, Tonk. It's great.


38 posted on 09/17/2004 8:31:48 AM PDT by MistyCA
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To: glock rocks

Thanks!

That is great.

I will have to learn it from you next week.

We are heading to baby sit with the grandkids. They are calling it a sleepover as their parents will be going elsewhere for most of the weekend. Our DIL has warned us that the kids have our life planned from the moment we arrive until we leave.


39 posted on 09/17/2004 8:33:33 AM PDT by Grampa Dave (When will the ABCNNBC BS lunatic libs stop lying to Americans? Answer: NEVER!)
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To: TaxRelief

Good point. Conservatives lost a major battle when they allowed once-conservative media outlets, such as Time and US News/World Report to be taken over by the leftists. We allowed leftists to take over TV Networks which were once reasonably neutral, and allowed them to take over control of the major Foundations in the US.


40 posted on 09/17/2004 8:35:42 AM PDT by expatpat
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To: MistyCA

Thanks for the ping, MistyCA!

I also agree with teh sentiment expressed here that more of us FReepers need to start becoming "Journalists", since we ARE the New Media... We can tell the TRUTH, something many in the MSM seem to have forgotten how to do...

To steal a quote from John Kerry, who stole it from the commie Langston Hughes, "Let Journalists become journalists again" ;0)


41 posted on 09/17/2004 8:35:47 AM PDT by Chad Fairbanks (John Kerry is still facing pajama-clad warriors, and receiving self-inflicted wounds...)
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To: TaxRelief

We surely don't need the MSM editorials <:-}}


42 posted on 09/17/2004 8:36:03 AM PDT by snooker (French Fried Flip Flopper still Flouncing, be careful out there.)
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To: TaxRelief
An utterly satisfactory Op-ed, TR! Thank you!

Where do I sign up, I've already got my pajamas:


Reporting for duty, and I can salute, too!

43 posted on 09/17/2004 8:36:24 AM PDT by Old Sarge (ZOT 'em all, let MOD sort 'em out!)
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To: E.G.C.

You sure are a good bumper! Thanks!


44 posted on 09/17/2004 8:36:30 AM PDT by MistyCA
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To: TaxRelief

bttt


45 posted on 09/17/2004 8:38:48 AM PDT by votelife (Calling abortion a women's issue is like calling war a men's issue!)
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To: MistyCA

Great article, thanks for the ping.


46 posted on 09/17/2004 8:38:57 AM PDT by Mr. Lucky
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To: Grampa Dave

Rush is always taking about the Limbaugh echo effect.

In my opinion, this is actually a re-echo of the Freerepublic echo effect.

I have seen, many times, stuff brought up here on the news when I get home. My wife laughs at me, when I tell her, "I think Brit Hume lifted that from us".

This time, with RatherGate, is the first time that we have gotten actual credit from anyone outside our own.

It's a good time to be a FReeper.


47 posted on 09/17/2004 8:39:01 AM PDT by dinasour (Pajamahadeen)
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To: FreeManWhoCan
A lawsuit by the Washington Compost back in 98. See the chronology here

See this thread for more on the history/settlement.

48 posted on 09/17/2004 8:39:30 AM PDT by 4CJ (Laissez les bon FReeps rouler)
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To: Chad Fairbanks

Yes, and with that comes a special responsibility to work hard to get it right. Because of all the efforts here to do just that, the credibility can't be denied!! Happy trails, Dan Rather!


49 posted on 09/17/2004 8:40:13 AM PDT by MistyCA
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To: Mr. Lucky

You are welcome!


50 posted on 09/17/2004 8:40:49 AM PDT by MistyCA
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