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The pajamahadeens are digging their own graves (FR Featured)
Toronto Star ^ | Nov. 25, 2004. 01:00 AM | ANTONIA ZERBISIAS

Posted on 11/25/2004 7:52:43 AM PST by HighWheeler

Hoo-boy. It's a hot time in the old blogtown.

The pajamahadeen are firing their virtual bullets into the cyber-air in celebration of CBS anchor Dan Rather's announcement on Tuesday that he was retiring as the top talking face of the network after 24 years.

"This has been a simply outstanding month," crowed a poster on http://www.freerepublic.com. "Bush won, Arafat died, we're kicking ass in Fallujah, and now this!"

Typically, the above-quoted "Freeper" didn't get that Rather may be down, but he certainly isn't out. When he steps down as front man for The CBS Evening News on March 9, he will stay on as correspondent for the still much-watched 60 Minutes, as well as perform other assignments.

So it was a bit premature to be celebrating the defeat of the veteran journalist who has inspired anti-liberal websites such as http://www.RatherBiased.com and http://www.BoycottCBS.com, not to mention Doonesbury's ridiculous foreign correspondent Roland Hedley Jr., an R.E.M. hit and "Rather-gate."

As comic Jon Stewart recently pointed out, last September's 60 Minutes II fiasco, which had Rather questioning President George W. Bush's National Guard service with documents that could not be authenticated, was the only scandal of the election campaign to have merited a "-gate."

Which brings us to those pajamahadeen, the online brigades who claim credit for bringing those documents into question — and forcing Rather to apologize for his reporting.

The right-wing bloggers proudly dubbed themselves that — a play on muhajadeen, as in Muslim guerrilla fighters — when former CBS exec Jonathan Klein, in the wake of the scandal, complained to Fox News that "bloggers have no checks and balances.

"You couldn't have a starker contrast between the multiple layers of checks and balances (on network news) and a guy sitting in his living room in his pajamas writing."

By checks and balances, Klein meant the rigours of professional journalism — and not the opinionating of the blogosphere.

Ironically, bloggers mostly feed off the work of professional journalists who do the legwork. But, like parasites too stupid to realize they are killing off their hosts, the pajamahadeen don't get it every time they dig more dirt for our mass grave.

"Network news is dying and good riddence (sic)!" jubilated one of them yesterday.

It's true that journalism's checks and balances have been known to fail. When they do, news organizations crash and burn in spectacular fashion. But, much like the thousands of airplanes that land safely every day and don't make the news, major disasters are few and far between.

Still, the credibility of the corporate media continues to plummet.

In March, the Washington-based Project for Excellence in Journalism published The State of the News Media 2004, which documents an increase in superficiality and sensationalism, the declining reach of newspapers and network newscasts, cutbacks in newsroom resources and, most significantly, rising public distrust and disdain for our reportage.

Then, in June, the Canadian Media Research Consortium, a national project led by three University-based organizations to promote research on the media, (http://www.cmrcccrm.ca) came out with its Report Card On Canadian News Media. While it showed that Canadians are significantly more positive about our news sources than Americans are, citizens here believe that "powerful people or organizations" have too much influence on the media agenda.

One thing is clear from both studies: The shift from mainstream media to alternate sources such as the ethnic press, cable networks and the Internet, are threatening the future of the solid, stolid mainstream journalism.

And we don't know how to deal with it. Recently, for example, the news came from the U.K. that staid old papers are going tabloid, while the Washington Post will lighten up — all to attract elusive younger readers.

As for the newscasts of the type that Rather hosts, well, one look at the commercials for arthritis pills will tell you plenty about their demographics.

Paradoxically, young people are crowding into journalism schools, many of them in search of network TV stardom.

Still, the pajamahadeen are waging war on the mainstream media.

That includes the paper you're reading, even if you're not reading it on paper, since it is the actually selling of this paper which pays for the content you may now be reading gratis.

By the end of today, who knows how many bloggers will have had at this column? Many of them often shoot me down — and some do a pretty good job. (See letitbleed.blogs.com)

But, just like trigger happy celebrants in the Middle East, who have yet to figure out that what goes up must come down, they can't see that, by firing up at us, they will also kill themselves.


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1 posted on 11/25/2004 7:52:43 AM PST by HighWheeler
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To: HighWheeler

"Ironically, bloggers mostly feed off the work of professional journalists who do the legwork."


No....we feed off the lies, mistakes, and bias of "professional" journalists.


2 posted on 11/25/2004 7:55:35 AM PST by HighWheeler ("The penalty good men pay for indifference to public affairs is to be ruled by evil men." Plato)
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To: HighWheeler

Dear Antonio,

I support my local paper even though it is a left wing rag. (Austin American Statesman) BUT - I come here to FR and trash it everyday....

and by the way....

Where are your clothes?


3 posted on 11/25/2004 7:56:31 AM PST by PokeyJoe (Viva Bush)
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To: HighWheeler
"This has been a simply outstanding month," crowed a poster on http://www.freerepublic.com. "Bush won, Arafat died, we're kicking ass in Fallujah, and now this!"

And on top off all these, pathetic "hit" pieces such as this, as a result! It is indeed a great month! May it last through the remainder of the year.

Cheers!

4 posted on 11/25/2004 7:58:38 AM PST by realpatriot (Some spelling errors may have been intentionally included)
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To: HighWheeler

It's the author of this self-congratulting article who doesn't get it. If the result of the pajamahadeens efforts is a more responsible and accurate press, their work has been a success.


5 posted on 11/25/2004 7:59:42 AM PST by CaptRon (Pedecaris alive or Raisuli dead)
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To: HighWheeler
Thanks for posting this. This sentence jumped right out at me:

Ironically, bloggers mostly feed off the work of professional journalists who do the legwork

No, not at all. We post breaking news sometimes before the "professional journalists" are aware of it. WE are the check and balance of the "professional journalists" and they don't like it. They aren't used to being questioned--or proven wrong! They aren't used to having their slant pointed out. They aren't used to being corrected by people who don't have to go to journalism school to learn to identify the difference between fact and opinion.

6 posted on 11/25/2004 7:59:50 AM PST by Judith Anne (Thank you St. Jude for favors granted.)
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To: HighWheeler

This fellow seems to think we get paid to be Pajamahudeen. As in "if you destroy us you won't have a job either". Dude, it would make me very happy if there was no significant media bias to check. I could spend my time and energy on other worthwhile pursuits.

Out of self-defense for the culture, we HAVE to take these people on. I don't like to gloat when we beat them, but we need to beat them. It was unfortunate that we had to take Rather out, but he had too much power and was abusing it too badly. That is dangerous for the Republic.


7 posted on 11/25/2004 7:59:56 AM PST by Ahban
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To: HighWheeler

Not to worry, you will soon be required to have a press card to blog.


8 posted on 11/25/2004 8:00:31 AM PST by cornelis
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To: HighWheeler
But, like parasites too stupid to realize they are killing off their hosts, the pajamahadeen don't get it every time they dig more dirt for our mass grave.

I don't know if I've ever read a more ignorant sentence in my life.

9 posted on 11/25/2004 8:01:51 AM PST by quantim (Victory is not relative, it is absolute.)
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To: cornelis

Yup, the HildeBeast thinks the Internet doesn't have the proper controls on it.


10 posted on 11/25/2004 8:02:35 AM PST by HighWheeler ("The penalty good men pay for indifference to public affairs is to be ruled by evil men." Plato)
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To: HighWheeler
Oh surprise. Another Liberal elistist pus head who just doesn't get it.

Hello? Antonia Zerbisias? You are replaceable.

11 posted on 11/25/2004 8:02:42 AM PST by Bloody Sam Roberts (The way that you wander is the way that you choose. The day that you tarry is the day that you lose.)
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To: HighWheeler

Hah! The author is just whining because the Pyjamahadeen is holding his and the rest of MSM's feet to the fire! Poor darlin's, they can't get away with making up the news any more. Should we send them some flowers? Like maybe a nice Venus Flytrap?


12 posted on 11/25/2004 8:02:47 AM PST by MizSterious (First, the journalists, THEN the lawyers.)
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To: HighWheeler
Ironically, bloggers mostly feed off the work of professional journalists who do the legwork. But, like parasites too stupid to realize they are killing off their hosts, the pajamahadeen don't get it every time they dig more dirt for our mass grave.

What a bunch of nonsense. If I want news on Iraq, I look at some blogs of people that are "doing the legwork" in Iraq by fighting, rebuilding, and living there that so happen to write an e-diary of what is going from there perspective.

In depth, varied and rich information content.

13 posted on 11/25/2004 8:03:07 AM PST by L,TOWM (Time to take the kid gloves OFF, Mr. President...)
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To: HighWheeler
But, just like trigger happy celebrants in the Middle East, who have yet to figure out that what goes up must come down, they can't see that, by firing up at us, they will also kill themselves.

I don't think so, Antonio. Nature abhors a vacuum, and you will be replaced. As for the reasons for your impending doom, why don't you quit blaming bloggers and look in the mirror?

15 posted on 11/25/2004 8:03:21 AM PST by ovrtaxt (There's a fine line between fishing and just standing on the shore like an idiot". -- Steven Wright)
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To: HighWheeler

"You couldn't have a starker contrast between the multiple layers of checks and balances (on network news) and a guy sitting in his living room in his pajamas writing."


What he dosent realize is that everyone KNOWS you can't trust the Blogger, so you must verify what he says.

The bloggers have rightly exposed that the "multiple layers of checks and balances" is a myth.


16 posted on 11/25/2004 8:03:33 AM PST by RS (Just because they are out to get him doesn't mean he's not guilty)
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To: CaptRon
solid, stolid mainstream journalism.

delusional - hasn't existed in decades - although I am sure he believes that globalist crank cronkite is a "man for the ages"

17 posted on 11/25/2004 8:04:05 AM PST by michaelbfree
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To: HighWheeler
But, just like trigger happy celebrants in the Middle East, who have yet to figure out that what goes up must come down, they can't see that, by firing up at us, they will also kill themselves.

I can live with that. If we didn't have to dissect every article out of the MSM, we could focus on the actual content and deal directly with the government (or other subject of the reporting.) As it is now, we spend all our time trying to ferret out the truth in MSM articles.

If the liars and propagandists wither and die, and are replaced by more "Objective Journalists"tm who actually report the truth fairly and objectively, not exaggerating or omitting important elements, we will all be better off for it.

18 posted on 11/25/2004 8:04:09 AM PST by spodefly (I've posted nothing but BTTT over 1000 times!!!)
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To: HighWheeler

A search of this guy's previous writing shows a lot of his articles pushing the gay agenda:


19 posted on 11/25/2004 8:04:10 AM PST by Grampa Dave (Writers of hate GW/Christians/ Republicans = GIM members, GAY INFECTED MEDIA!)
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To: HighWheeler
By the end of today, who knows how many bloggers will have had at this column?

Oooh, oooh... my turn:

"Your column is pointless, unfocused, and borderline incoherent. And you suck."

20 posted on 11/25/2004 8:04:14 AM PST by Jhensy
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To: HighWheeler

Antonio Zerbisias is a complete moron. She's deathly afraid of blogs since she appears to be on a personal crusade against them nowadays. She just can't get over the fact that she is no longer able to dictate to people what their agenda should be.


21 posted on 11/25/2004 8:04:34 AM PST by Trippin
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To: HighWheeler
...by firing up at us, they will also kill themselves.

Exercise of free speech kill itself? The author's fondest wish, maybe. I don't think so.

22 posted on 11/25/2004 8:05:26 AM PST by Tax Government (Boycott and defeat the Legacy Media. Become a monthly contributor to FR.)
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To: HighWheeler
"This has been a simply outstanding month," crowed a poster on http://www.freerepublic.com. "Bush won, Arafat died, we're kicking ass in Fallujah, and now this!"

Typically, the above-quoted "Freeper" didn't get that Rather may be down, but he certainly isn't out. When he steps down as front man for The CBS Evening News on March 9, he will stay on as correspondent for the still much-watched 60 Minutes, as well as perform other assignments.

Typical leftist reporter. I read that thread, and it was commented just a few posts down that Rather would still be doing 60 Minutes. Looks like this idiot didn't read the rest of the thread and just cherry picked the comment. I'm shocked.

23 posted on 11/25/2004 8:05:48 AM PST by BlessedBeGod (George W. Bush -- The Terror of the Terrorists)
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To: Judith Anne
They aren't used to...

One word for 'em: SKEERED!(frightened or scared).

Very true too about FR reporting breaking news before the monolithic main-waste-stream media.

24 posted on 11/25/2004 8:06:45 AM PST by Johnny Crab (Always thankful.)
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To: quantim

Antonia Zobiased also joins the pantheon of rabid leftists like Thomas, Dowd, Clift, and Ivins. They have it so wrong. We are the check and balances for their lies and distortions. And we have great original articles too...some posted as vanities, but original and interesting. They just cannot stand it, they cannot accept that the New media is beating the crap out of them


25 posted on 11/25/2004 8:07:03 AM PST by Jose Roberto
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To: HighWheeler

Oh, please! Another blind, mentally challenged liberal.


26 posted on 11/25/2004 8:07:41 AM PST by rejoicing (F)
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To: HighWheeler

LOL, no, news companies will arise that actually do the job without looking down on everyone and making stuff up.

And we'll still be around to keep them honest.

And the guy who wrote this piece will still be a sad loser.

:P


27 posted on 11/25/2004 8:08:02 AM PST by Constantine XIII
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To: rejoicing

Hmmmm, I thought they all were.


28 posted on 11/25/2004 8:08:19 AM PST by HighWheeler ("The penalty good men pay for indifference to public affairs is to be ruled by evil men." Plato)
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To: HighWheeler

Hehe, you gotta love the last line of the article. In the eyes of this guy (and the MSM) the bloggers and others who depend on the Internet for their news are no different from the trigger happy third-worlders who blindly fire their weapons into the air, and are puzzled by the lethal lead falling from the sky.

Just another reason why the MSM needs a slap in the face. They are completely missing the change in the status quo.


29 posted on 11/25/2004 8:08:27 AM PST by rlmorel
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To: realpatriot

It's certainly nice to see them stew...


30 posted on 11/25/2004 8:09:01 AM PST by Flavius ("... we should reconnoitre assiduosly... " Vegetius)
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To: Jhensy

Should read:"The author sucketh(sic)"


31 posted on 11/25/2004 8:09:01 AM PST by woofie
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To: Tax Government

Notice how he assumes that he is in the "up" direction, making him higher, mightier, and superior to we little people.

What a pompous Clymer!


32 posted on 11/25/2004 8:09:26 AM PST by Constantine XIII
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To: HighWheeler
"It's true that journalism's checks and balances have been known to fail."

Oh ho ho ho!!

It's not just a "failure" when the emphasis of modern journalism is a constant drumbeat for the destruction of free enterprise and in favor of complete centralized government control of all aspects of our lives.

Don't you have something worthwhile in Canada to write about, Tony? Why don't you quit looking over the fence and sticking your nose in our affairs?

33 posted on 11/25/2004 8:09:50 AM PST by nightdriver
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To: HighWheeler

I'll take the opinionating of the bloggosphere over the bloviating of the MSM any day, ANY DAY!!!


34 posted on 11/25/2004 8:10:04 AM PST by OldFriend (PRAY FOR MAJ. TAMMY DUCKWORTH)
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To: HighWheeler

OOPS! Missed that it was "Antonia" not "Antonio"...little Freudian slip maybe?


35 posted on 11/25/2004 8:10:31 AM PST by rlmorel
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To: HighWheeler

1 - She?, ANTONIA ZERBISIAS, hasn't seemed to figure out, that if the old media would do their job properly, in reporting the news without bias, they would not be out of a job.


36 posted on 11/25/2004 8:10:43 AM PST by XBob (Free-traitors steal our jobs for their profit.)
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To: HighWheeler

Ok Zerbisias, repeat after me "Freerepublic is not a blog, Freerepublic is not a blog" if he can't even get this part right, why pay attention to the rest of it?


37 posted on 11/25/2004 8:10:59 AM PST by Brett66 (W1 W1 W1 W1 W1 W1 W1 W1)
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To: HighWheeler

Hey Antonia, feeling like your job is threatened right now? If MSM would tell the truth and not be a mouthpiece for the Left then your job would be secure.

The internet and talk radio is thriving because it is the only place to get the truth. If it takes the MSM to die (which it is doing) to get the truth out then so be it.

You guys on the Left don't get it and I don't think ever will.


38 posted on 11/25/2004 8:12:51 AM PST by truthandlife ("Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD our God." (Ps 20:7))
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To: HighWheeler
Here is the author who is so much smarter than anyone on the Internet:

Looks like he likes to dress up as a woman.

39 posted on 11/25/2004 8:12:55 AM PST by HighWheeler ("The penalty good men pay for indifference to public affairs is to be ruled by evil men." Plato)
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To: HighWheeler
Huh? Just how is this grave-digging going to happen? Pointless ranting of the delusional.....

"....better put some ice on it", eh?

40 posted on 11/25/2004 8:13:05 AM PST by 1john2 3and4
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To: HighWheeler
Hey, ANTONIA ZERBISIAS

How many national or worldly stories have you broken in your career?

Huh???? 3? 2? 1? None????

You are defending the indefensible. Dan Rather either was complicit or was more than willing to allow himself to be used. Even when the truth became obvious. Even after most other news organizations conceded that the documents were fake. Even after the parties to the faked memo were pretty much discredited for pushing their personal agenda (to defeat Bush) over presenting real news.

That isn't the Pajama Brigade's fault. Rather decided to stick with his story (shades of another who said on National TV, shaking his finger into the camera, "I did not have sex with that woman, Miss Lewinsky". Rather stuck with his story even when most of the rest of the world knew it was faked, a hoax, a scam.

So, ANTONIA ZERBISIAS, when do you think ole Dan will call Floria and Ohio for Bush?

As for Dan's groupie following, well, consider this:



signed,


41 posted on 11/25/2004 8:13:12 AM PST by TomGuy (America: Best friend or worst enemy. Choose wisely.)
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To: HighWheeler
"This has been a simply outstanding month," crowed a poster on http://www.freerepublic.com. "Bush won, Arafat died, we're kicking ass in Fallujah, and now this!"

The author has a problem with this?

Happy Thanksgiving!

42 posted on 11/25/2004 8:13:25 AM PST by dansangel (Thank you Veterans past and present!)
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To: HighWheeler

"young people are crowding into journalism schools, many of them in search of network TV stardom."

Freshman courses --

Developing a political agenda 101
Plagiarism and why it's OK 101
Using AP beats writing 101
How to imbed Democrat talking points into a story 101
Choosing a hairstyle 101


43 posted on 11/25/2004 8:13:48 AM PST by TheLawyerFormerlyKnownAsAl
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To: HighWheeler

This actually brings about an interesting point, one that I have been thinking about a lot lately. Why can't blogs not have their own "traditional" journalists? We have already seen bloggers given press passes to notable events such as the conventions. So why can't blogs organise and employ traditional journalists for assignments accross the US, Canada and abroad? Yes, it will cost money, but I think this is the next logical step in the blogging revolution. There must be a way to achieve this.


44 posted on 11/25/2004 8:13:50 AM PST by Trippin
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To: Johnny Crab

Exactly.


45 posted on 11/25/2004 8:14:27 AM PST by Judith Anne (Thank you St. Jude for favors granted.)
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To: CaptRon

Exactly. Since the professional press has failed in their responsibility to present accurate, unbiased, fair and balanced coverage of the news, the bloggerdom has arisen to be a watchdog on the MSM. This will fill the void left by irresponsible press coverage.


46 posted on 11/25/2004 8:14:39 AM PST by Laserman
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To: HighWheeler

You're right. They ALL are, or they wouldn't be liberals! Looking for an honest, reasonable liberal these days is like looking for the proverbial needle in a haystack.........and when you actually do find one, he usually ends up seeing the error of his ways and becomes, horror of horrors, a conservative. Ayup! Ain't it the truth!


47 posted on 11/25/2004 8:14:47 AM PST by rejoicing (F)
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To: HighWheeler
Ironically, bloggers mostly feed off the work of professional journalists who do the legwork.

HA! That's a good one! What legwork!?

48 posted on 11/25/2004 8:15:44 AM PST by mewzilla
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To: HighWheeler

She looks so much smarter than the people I know too...

Probably mad she spent money on a journalism degree while Matt Drudge was learning how to use a computer


49 posted on 11/25/2004 8:16:20 AM PST by woofie
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To: HighWheeler
If the media wants to survive, all it has to do is become balanced. An equal amount of reports from the other idealogical side would do much to extend their life. The media is dying because they haven't realized that it is their own hands around their necks that is strangling them to death.

Become balanced and we become benign.

50 posted on 11/25/2004 8:16:25 AM PST by McGavin999 (George Soros just learned a very expensive lesson-America can't be bought.)
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