Skip to comments.A moment, not a revolution (Free Republic in first sentence!)
Posted on 09/22/2004 5:56:48 AM PDT by 2bananaEdited on 09/22/2004 6:52:18 AM PDT by Admin Moderator. [history]
Early morning last Sept. 11, a poster on the conservative Free Republic Web site exulted, "[A]ll of us can say we were there when a few people from Free Republic kicked CBS and Kerry ass."
The John Kerry part may or may not come to pass, but there is little doubt that a few people using their computers certainly gave CBS News and anchor Dan Rather a beating. Right-wing blogs and forums such as Power Line, Little Green Footballs, and Free Republic were the first to question the authenticity of four memos released by CBS News, purportedly written by Lt. Col. Jerry B. Killian, who supervised George W. Bush's Texas Air National Guard unit in the early 1970s. The memos were part of a 60 Minutes story reported by Rather, questioning President Bush's fulfillment of his Guard service. The buzz created by the blogs became deafening, and the story moved like lightning onto the Drudge Report, and from there to talk radio, cable news and newspapers' front pages - and it's not over yet. On Monday, CBS said it could not prove that the memos were authentic and that it should not have used them. Bloggers cheered that the new-media David had slain the old-media Goliath.
(Excerpt) Read more at philly.com ...
Freeper pajamarazzi rule!
OLe' Ben just doesn't get it. MSM we are constantly looking over your liberal shoulder!
I think bloggers are now the unofficial media police that will force MSM to follow ethical reporting practices. We still need them to break the stories for us to dissect though.
So is old Ben throwing down the gaunlet?
"Tis but a scratch."
"But it has been a moment, not a revolution."
Look for more "moments" in your future. However, if the MSM cleans up its act and begins to report accurately and cover all viable sides of issues and positions (without burying the "other" point of view or fact on page 28, or in the last paragraphs), and at least tries to set aside their own biases, they can serve the function they were supposed to be serving all along and can survive and thrive.
"But it has been a moment, not a revolution."
In a way, he's right. The revolution started years ago. Arguably, by Reed Irvine and Accuracy in Media (I used to read it in the early 70's).
Ol' Ben changes the assertions to make blogs the replacement for reporting. In truth, it simply counters the bias and up-to-now unanswerable issuance of media edicts that the elites declare are a reflection of reality.
His assertion that only the big media can gather facts is, to some degree, true-- bloggers don't have the resources of major news groups. But the Old Media are no longer the gatekeepers to the Garden of Truth, and are nowhere near the final say on matters, and when they try to be they can be countered by the new 'open-source journalism.'
Memo to Wasserman: And Drudge Himself was a blogger in the beginning, and look what HE did to your impeached rapist Marxist icon.
I hope the term, "Pajamarazzi", takes off like a delta-wing fighter! If the MSM hasn't had its death-knell, then at least it's on life support - US.
What was debunked? If a single charge is debunked, does that make the dozens of other claims invalid?
I keep hearing the SBVT have been debunked....but I have not personally heard the evidence. Can someone enlighten me?
Is he talking about the Swifties? If so, can someone tell me what was debunked by the MSM? I don't recall them debunking a single one of the charges.
Heh. Guess I should have read the thread. We even highlighted the same words.
oops reality slipped in to his piece.
Part of this is nothing more than life support for the MSM.
CBS et al could always act with impunity because the only feedback was from other MSM in their leftist culture.
Now the right is watch and PARTICIPATING.
IOW: The watchmen have watchmen.
Yeah MSM will start stealing the Pajamarazzi opinions soon I'm sure. Once a story breaks all a reporter has to do is come here to get informed enough to compile the follow-up report.
Ben's still asleep and dreaming the Leftys' Dream. Matt Drudge explained it all several years ago, with excellent examples, in his brilliant address to the largely disbelieving and clueless National Press Club. Anyone with the wit to comprehend it got the message then.
Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.