Remember Hitlery's "Communication Stream of Conspiracy Commerce"?
a.c-e.c.w was on top of the Lippo Group the minute it left Michael Chertoff's mouth, and much of that research found its way to the press.
Juanita Broderick was located through a.c-e.c.w.
a.c-e.c.w. was frequented by Chris Ruddy and Ambrose Evans-Pritchard as well as many other journalists. a.c-e.c.w. participants were in regular communication with members of the press and sometimes even with Congress. At least one Congressional bill (regarding the protection of the FBI's NCIC database from political use) was born specifically from a discussion that began on a.c-e.c.w.
Just to put things in historical perspective.
Truth be told...there seem to be many conservative talk show hosts that do their show prep from Free Republic.
... and socnet.. and Issues forum CompuServe. :)
That was my first hang with a discussion group on the Internet. Overwhelmed by the "weasels" it did become -- it was unmoderated and thus vulnerable to Denial-of-service type attacks, which the weasels managed as an effervesecent fountain of inanities and vile personal attacks.
I remember that. I have a friend Jenny that was inside that story. I am just happy that from this point forward those who wish to distort the facts for political gain will get blogged. The left wing nuts that have been making up history for years have to now retreat bach under their rock!