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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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To: meyer

That cracks me up! Pajamarazzi! LOL!


151 posted on 09/17/2004 10:04:30 AM PDT by MistyCA
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To: MistyCA; TaxRelief
The best analysis I've seen anywhere and SPOT ON!

Thanks for the ping!

152 posted on 09/17/2004 10:04:37 AM PDT by Bigun (IRSsucks@getridof it.com)
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To: Grampa Dave

Don't forget the Jarbidge Shovel Brigade that opened the Fed forest road in '00, that Slick Willie closed with his exc-order.


153 posted on 09/17/2004 10:06:24 AM PDT by blackie (Be Well~Be Armed~Be Safe~Molon Labe!)
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To: Real Cynic No More

Yes, indeed!


154 posted on 09/17/2004 10:06:29 AM PDT by MistyCA
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To: capydick

Awesome, huh?


155 posted on 09/17/2004 10:07:31 AM PDT by MistyCA
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To: MistyCA
That cracks me up! Pajamarazzi! LOL!

I have to admit that it came from another Freeper. I apologize for not crediting the originator, but it makes a great tag line.

156 posted on 09/17/2004 10:08:09 AM PDT by meyer (Proud member of the Pajamarazzi!)
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To: syriacus

Still hoping the media is on my pinglist! :)


157 posted on 09/17/2004 10:08:56 AM PDT by MistyCA
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub

We make a difference ~ Bump!


158 posted on 09/17/2004 10:09:51 AM PDT by blackie (Be Well~Be Armed~Be Safe~Molon Labe!)
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To: Blue Eyes

Oh, yes. We all benefit from this forum. The words, "United we Stand" couldn't be more applicable.


159 posted on 09/17/2004 10:10:41 AM PDT by MistyCA
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To: Wolfstar

You know, what's really great about this is the fact that we will get a lot more traffic because of CBS! People will understand that the news on this forum is bigger, better, far more complete and a ton more honest! This is good!


160 posted on 09/17/2004 10:13:22 AM PDT by MistyCA
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To: blackie

Yep as old vets of the Klamath Sucker Fish wars, the enviral fires of Oregon wars and other wars, we have been there.

Freepers do make a difference!


161 posted on 09/17/2004 10:14:01 AM PDT by Grampa Dave (When will the ABCNNBC BS lunatic libs stop lying to Americans? Answer: NEVER!)
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To: Bigun

I totally agree, Bigun. How are you, btw?


162 posted on 09/17/2004 10:14:27 AM PDT by MistyCA
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To: timberlandko
"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.

Right you are!

Sixteen years ago, Dan Rather tried attacking Bush 41, who immediately put the smackdown on him. Today, Dan Rather tries to not only get even for that but to throw a national election, by viciously attacking the man's son with smears and forged memos. Now Dan Rather is getting the WH smackdown treatment again.

Here is a...

List Of CBS Sponsors

Here is a...

Map Of CBS Radio Affiliates

Click on a region and the list appears. Some of these stations, eg. 2 in Houston, are already cutting the airing of CBS news, demanding that CBS come clean. Type the stations call letters and frequency, eg. "610 KFRC", into google and you will know if the station has an online presence. They will probably be even more receptive to your complaint if they broadcast online. Be especially attentive to stations in your local area. Email, phone, fax, write, and call in to talk shows. If you have time and inclination, you could even contact the stations sponsors directly as well.


Here is a...

List Of CBS TV Affiliates

Both domestic and foreign. Do the same google search as for radio affiliates and then contact them.

Let's not let Rather and CBS off the hook!



163 posted on 09/17/2004 10:15:04 AM PDT by Bonaparte (and guess who sighs his lullabies, to nights that never end...)
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To: meyer

I have a feeling a lot of people will adopt it! :)


164 posted on 09/17/2004 10:15:09 AM PDT by MistyCA
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To: TaxRelief

Wow. BUMP for Free Republic.
Bookmarked.


165 posted on 09/17/2004 10:21:55 AM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: MistyCA

I've passed it on to some friends, which I rarely do.


166 posted on 09/17/2004 10:21:58 AM PDT by capydick ("Guard against the impostures of pretended patriotism." --George Washington)
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To: MistyCA

True, plus you can actually comment on and debate news and issues here, while in the old media all you can do is read or listen to some talking head.


167 posted on 09/17/2004 10:23:38 AM PDT by Wolfstar (Silence in the face of atrocity is complicity. Vote GWB 11/2/04 for 9/11/01 & the Russian kids.)
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To: MistyCA
Oh I'm FINE and getting better by the minute!

I have been waiting for this for a LONG time as YOU well know!

168 posted on 09/17/2004 10:23:41 AM PDT by Bigun (IRSsucks@getridof it.com)
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To: TaxRelief

I love the article, but I must've missed something. What is the source?


169 posted on 09/17/2004 10:24:13 AM PDT by P8riot (A gun is just a substitute for a penis, so when attacked by a mugger one should pull out a..........)
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To: TaxRelief

Very well thought out and composed article.

Considering the shoe string Thomas Paine started out with, Freedom of the Press now applies most truely to the pajama brigade.


170 posted on 09/17/2004 10:25:10 AM PDT by TASMANIANRED (What did Kerry know and when did he know it?)
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To: MistyCA

ping. The truth finally comes out.


171 posted on 09/17/2004 10:28:08 AM PDT by ableChair
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To: Rightly Biased; TaxRelief

The New Media - reporting for duty!

There are so many doing such a good job right now - but let us press on to the prize ahead...


172 posted on 09/17/2004 10:28:53 AM PDT by dandelion (http://johnkerryquestionfairy.blogspot.com/)
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To: TaxRelief

Great article. The MSM is dying and they knoe it but are too arrogant to acknowledge why.


173 posted on 09/17/2004 10:29:18 AM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (God is not a Republican. But Satan is definitely a Democrat.)
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To: Diogenesis

Can you out a little red book in their hands, too?


174 posted on 09/17/2004 10:30:04 AM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (God is not a Republican. But Satan is definitely a Democrat.)
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To: MistyCA
Thanks again for the *ping*, Misty. Here's a *ping* for you! It's long, but VERY informative.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1189418/posts

175 posted on 09/17/2004 10:30:18 AM PDT by Marie (Diversity is useless unless it is the result of the pursuit of excellence ~ Quinn)
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To: Grampa Dave
Roger that ~ Dave!

We are winning ~ the bad guys are losing ~ trolls, terrorists, democrats and the mainstream media are sad ~ very sad!

~~ Bush/Cheney 2004 ~~

176 posted on 09/17/2004 10:31:08 AM PDT by blackie (Be Well~Be Armed~Be Safe~Molon Labe!)
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To: Grampa Dave

"Free Republic: Daily Exposing the lies of the Old Media"?


177 posted on 09/17/2004 10:31:17 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; MistyCA
Outstanding! Thanks for the Ping, Misty.

(Changing tag line)

178 posted on 09/17/2004 10:39:13 AM PDT by rightwingreligiousfanatic (Member: Vast Right Wing Pajamasphere ("powerful and well financed"))
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To: Arrowhead1952; TaxRelief; PhilDragoo; Liz; onyx; nicmarlo; Happy2BMe; potlatch; devolve; MEG33; ...

Dubya: FreeRepublic.com IS the "Best site on the 'Net!"


179 posted on 09/17/2004 10:44:06 AM PDT by MeekOneGOP (There is only one GOOD 'RAT: one that has been voted OUT of POWER !! Straight ticket GOP!)
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To: borisbob69

Marsmmm... ggl! Blotch'a!!


180 posted on 09/17/2004 10:50:50 AM PDT by paulklenk (FOUR MORE WARS!)
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To: Grampa Dave
I don't think I have that one either, Grampa. No bells going off. And searching
my Word file where I keep my URLs I don't find anything like it.

181 posted on 09/17/2004 11:04:42 AM PDT by MeekOneGOP (There is only one GOOD 'RAT: one that has been voted OUT of POWER !! Straight ticket GOP!)
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To: MistyCA
Thanks for the ping.

Excellent essay. This will be bookmarked.

182 posted on 09/17/2004 11:16:46 AM PDT by laotzu
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To: TaxRelief

I have to say I was here when FR reported directly from the Twin Towers on 9/11. That was of course before the web went down.


183 posted on 09/17/2004 11:23:32 AM PDT by Baseballguy
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To: TaxRelief; hellinahandcart; NYC GOP Chick; cyborg; Happygal; Lil'freeper; countrydummy
"You are right of course..."

I always am ;-)

184 posted on 09/17/2004 11:24:23 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: TaxRelief; Jim Robinson

In fact, we can take credit for His Slickness's impeachment. Without FR, it wouldn't have happened.


185 posted on 09/17/2004 11:26:27 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: Blood of Tyrants
Can you put a little red book in their hands, too?

They'd have to pull it out of their butts first.

186 posted on 09/17/2004 11:32:46 AM PDT by Toddsterpatriot (Cry......and let slip the dogs of whine.)
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To: MistyCA

Thanks.

CAPED (pajama(ed?) CRUSADERS, AWAAAAAAY!!!!!


187 posted on 09/17/2004 11:44:00 AM PDT by wizr (Without the War on Terror, you only have the Terror. Ask a Russian.)
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To: TaxRelief
"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".

That is too kind of an assessment; the truth is the MSM has deliberately disseminated false information for decades in an attempt (often successful) to control the political dialog. The alphabet news agencies are no longer staffed by 'objective' journalists (in the Edward R. Murrow tradition) but by those who are operatives of the DNC. The 'press', by and large, has become merely 'the media', the propaganda arm of the DNC.

188 posted on 09/17/2004 11:48:20 AM PDT by 45Auto (Big holes are (almost) always better.)
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To: MistyCA

Please stop pinging me to all your pet threads.


189 posted on 09/17/2004 12:06:14 PM PDT by BRO68
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To: TaxRelief; 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub

Excellent commentary, TaxRelief.

We're no longer the "silent majority" -- and, as a result, the world is benefiting!

(Rush made an astute observation the other day, which I'll paraphrase: Perhaps the rest of the world doesn't like the USA because of the incorrect way we're portrayed in our own MSM!)


190 posted on 09/17/2004 12:26:11 PM PDT by Fawnn (Canteen wOOhOO Consultant and CookingWithPam.com person - Faith makes things possible, not easy.)
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To: TaxRelief

excellent.
I have a few recommendations to anyone faced with being interviewed by the MSM:

1. refuse to do any interview in "face to face" setting - it is too easy for the media to splice such an interview. Make it a demand that the interview be conducted in a collegial side-by-side setting, with both reporter and interview subject in the frame at all times. As a side note: do not allow use of multiple cameras, or or a camera capable of in-session panning.

2. ALWAYS MAKE YOUR OWN VIDEOTAPE OF THE INTERVIEW, AND LET 'EM KNOW YOU ARE DOING SO.

3. Make a list of confirmed, documented, dated instances of that reporter's failures in integrity (fraud, plagiarism, slick disingenuous editing, etc...) and have that list ready to hand in case the reporter decides to go into attack mode. Remember: The best defense is to gut your opponent.

4. Do not EVER lie, fabricate, or hedge. If you don't know, say so. If you cannot be certain, say so. Never put your reputation at risk by offering conjecture or opinion as fact.


191 posted on 09/17/2004 12:26:33 PM PDT by King Prout (civilization is a veneereal disease)
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To: Old Sarge
Reporting for duty, and I can salute, too!

And in proper uniform too!

192 posted on 09/17/2004 12:27:52 PM PDT by BykrBayb (5 minutes of prayer for Terri, every day at 11 am EDT, until she's safe. http://www.terrisfight.org)
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To: TaxRelief

I wonder how many welcome newbies we've(Jim) had this month?


193 posted on 09/17/2004 12:44:12 PM PDT by TexasCajun
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To: MistyCA

Thanks for the ping!!

It's a good one!


194 posted on 09/17/2004 12:47:45 PM PDT by freedumb2003 (<font type=1972 IBM>I <change typeballs>am<change typeballs> Buckhead)
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To: TaxRelief
"A New Era Of Credibility"

I like the sound of that. Very well said. Something along the line of your post has been ka-noodling around in my own melon since this See-BS thingie blew up. Something like "Post-establishment Truth", or "New Truth Constructionist".

Or some other hoity-toity catch-phrase. Again, well said.

195 posted on 09/17/2004 12:56:22 PM PDT by The Drowning Witch (Sono La Voce della Nazione Selvaggia)
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To: Grampa Dave
Now that's an impressive summation of great work at a great place.
mc
196 posted on 09/17/2004 1:04:29 PM PDT by mcshot ("When you don't think too good, don't think too much" Ted Williams)
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To: MistyCA

Thanks for the PING! Boing!

"In the process of subverting social norms, the simple concepts of credibility, honesty and reputation were thrown out with the bath water" pretty much sums up the Left, Dems and Kerry!


197 posted on 09/17/2004 1:15:01 PM PDT by Henchman (Vote Communist - elect Kerry!)
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To: Old Sarge

Pajamas and nurses uniforms: To get any more comfortable, you'd have to be naked!

:) And I'm bettin' some freepers type na...nevermind...

:)


198 posted on 09/17/2004 2:16:37 PM PDT by bannie (Jamma Bamma Nana)
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To: MistyCA; All

Thanks for the ping - great article!


199 posted on 09/17/2004 2:37:42 PM PDT by JLO
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To: TaxRelief

The FreeRepublic "BLOB" sees all, so watch your P's and Q's !


200 posted on 09/17/2004 2:40:17 PM PDT by timestax
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