Klein doesn't get it. He's worried about OUR "checks and balances?" What he's witnessing is a paradigm -- a new source of checks and balances has risen to keep the MSM in line, and it is us. WE ARE the checks and balances that they have never had before.
And it would not have happened without Free Republic. Sure, some great bloggers made some outstanding contributions, but how many of us would have been aware of those blogs? It took took the brilliant observation of Buckhead to inspire those bloggers, and then FR served as the great consolidator of information and discussion. Freepers that knew of these bloggers were able to post the content, and then the observations and discussion by tens of thousands (maybe hundreds of thousands) went to work, analyzing and dissecting every bit of information. Without FR the exploration and discussion would have been fractured and disorganized.
The MSM has alway had things their way because there was no effective way to voice disagreement with their pontifications.
That is why JimRob's forum is so brilliant. We all can give a piece of our minds, even though some of us can't afford to lose them!
TankerKC > Buckhead > Howlin. And a supporting cast of at least dozens...