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A moment, not a revolution (Free Republic in first sentence!)
The Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | September 22, 2004 | Ben Wasserstein

Posted on 09/22/2004 5:56:48 AM PDT by 2banana

Edited 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.


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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Government; US: Pennsylvania
KEYWORDS: blog; media; rather
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It is the death of the old time media, especially old time liberal print newspapers like the Philadelphia Inquirer...
1 posted on 09/22/2004 5:56:48 AM PDT by 2banana
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To: 2banana

Freeper pajamarazzi rule!


2 posted on 09/22/2004 5:58:37 AM PDT by tractorman
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To: 2banana

OLe' Ben just doesn't get it. MSM we are constantly looking over your liberal shoulder!


3 posted on 09/22/2004 6:00:26 AM PDT by conservativecorner
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To: 2banana

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.


4 posted on 09/22/2004 6:00:47 AM PDT by Teflonic
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To: 2banana

So is old Ben throwing down the gaunlet?


5 posted on 09/22/2004 6:03:03 AM PDT by Conspiracy Guy (Dan Rather, "I lied, but I lied about the truth".)
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To: 2banana
A moment, not a revolution

"Tis but a scratch."

6 posted on 09/22/2004 6:04:21 AM PDT by lowbridge (I wouldn't want to be a liberals caps lock key on election day)
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To: 2banana

"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.


7 posted on 09/22/2004 6:04:28 AM PDT by Bahbah (Proud member of the pajamahadeen)
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To: 2banana

"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).


8 posted on 09/22/2004 6:05:20 AM PDT by Larry Lucido
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To: 2banana
Ol' Wasserstein fills his word count with a number of false assertions and the results thereof:

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.'

9 posted on 09/22/2004 6:06:43 AM PDT by atomicpossum (If there are two Americas, John Edwards isn't qualified to lead either of them.)
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Blogs have not been a place to go for original reporting or breaking news.

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.

10 posted on 09/22/2004 6:06:43 AM PDT by Old Sarge (ZOT 'em all, let MOD sort 'em out!)
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To: 2banana
Blogs have not been a place to go for original reporting or breaking news.

Riiigghhtt.
I know when I want up to the second news, I always turn off the computer, go to the store and buy a newspaper!
ROTFIMPLMBO!
(Rolling on the floor in my pajamas laughing my butt off!)
12 posted on 09/22/2004 6:07:43 AM PDT by MaryFromMichigan (We childproofed our home, but they are still getting in)
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Think of last month's spurious attacks on Kerry's military service in Vietnam. Though decried by lefty bloggers, the charges were not adequately debunked until newspapers such as the Washington Post and Chicago Tribune reaped the reward from Freedom of Information Act searches of decades-old military records and published eyewitness testimonials. Old-fashioned reporting won that round.

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?

13 posted on 09/22/2004 6:08:10 AM PDT by NeonKnight
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Think of last month's spurious attacks on Kerry's military service in Vietnam. Though decried by lefty bloggers, the charges were not adequately debunked until newspapers such as the Washington Post and Chicago Tribune reaped the reward from Freedom of Information Act searches of decades-old military records and published eyewitness testimonials.

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.

14 posted on 09/22/2004 6:11:36 AM PDT by Ditto ( No trees were killed in sending this message, but billions of electrons were inconvenienced.)
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Think of last month's spurious attacks on Kerry's military service in Vietnam.

Crimony. These hacks can't get it. If they wouldn't do liberal editorializimg in news articles, we wouldn't exist.
15 posted on 09/22/2004 6:13:43 AM PDT by self_evident
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To: Ditto

Heh. Guess I should have read the thread. We even highlighted the same words.


16 posted on 09/22/2004 6:15:12 AM PDT by self_evident
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To: 2banana
and it will surely not be the last.

oops reality slipped in to his piece.

17 posted on 09/22/2004 6:17:25 AM PDT by marty60
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To: 2banana

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.


18 posted on 09/22/2004 6:17:54 AM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! NOV 2, 2004 is VETERANS DAY! VOTE!)
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To: Old Sarge

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.


19 posted on 09/22/2004 6:18:45 AM PDT by Teflonic
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To: 2banana

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.


20 posted on 09/22/2004 6:19:30 AM PDT by Savage Beast (The internet is the newspaper of record.)
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