Skip to comments.The Year Of Blogging Dangerously (Free Republic Mentioned)
Posted on 12/27/2004 6:46:41 AM PST by AmericanMade1776
For those of us Webloggers who track the media the way that sports fans follow the NFL, 2004 will be remembered as the year the mask not only slipped, it completely came off the mainstream media.
. RatherGate: This is the big one Elizabeth! The Bush Air National Guard story was rehashed seemingly endlessly back in February. When it was announced that the low rated mid-week 60 Minutes II would be doing yet another piece on the subject on September 8th, most on the right simply rolled their eyes and said, "again"??
But the night that the story ran, CBS also put online some of the documents that they acquired to try to make their case. Members of the popular Free Republic forum noticed that those documents looked odd. Like something that was done last week on Microsoft Word rather (excuse the pun) than on the typewriters that a 1972 Texas Air National Guard base would have. Charles Johnson of Little Green Footballs created a blinking gif showing the CBS document in question flashing in sequence with a version he created in Word. And lots of people simply opened their copies of Word 2000 and tried it for themselves.
The result of all this was that on November 23rd, Dan Rather announced he was retiring in March (ironically from his much more visible nightly news anchor position-not his 60 Minutes II gig that caused all hell to break loose) one year shy of his 25th anniversary as anchorman at CBS.
It wouldn't have happened without the Blogosphere (pajama-clad or not), which began the year wondering about the biases of the mainstream media, and ended it in a position to supplant them as leading opinion makers.
And that's the way it is. Well, from one fellow's perspective, at least.
(Excerpt) Read more at techcentralstation.com ...
Better said, "We created information for the blogs."
10. the Passion Versus Fahrenheith 9/11
9. Winter Solider
8.Iraq then and Now
7.Den Beste's Fall Preview
6.The Exit Polls
4.Campaign violence 3.The New York Times Announces It's Liberal
2.Christmas in Cambodia
We did not create the information, we shared the information.
from the home office in San Jose, California, allow me to present, via my 1972 IBM Selectric and my jammies, the top ten events that ricocheted through the Blogosphere in 2004."Edward B. Driscoll,Jr.
"We did not create the information, we shared the information."
O.K. We uncovered the hidden information. Then, everyone else got it from us.
Make that, we clarified the facts for the blogs.
Ye shall KNOW the TRUTH! And the TRUTH SHALL MAKE YOU FReep!.....
Words to live by.
Three things cannot long be hidden the sun, the moon, and the truth.
John VII And ye shall know the truth,and the truth shall make you free.
Buckhead created information.
Who made up this term Bog? Name another SO-CALLED bog that is worth anything.
HAHAHAHA! I gotta steal that line.
True, that must be why you are "always right".
We are not Bloggers ..
We are FReepers and FReepers Rock!
For once we agree.
Powerline deserves credit for their research
But it was Freepers that caught the fraud by CBS and everyone else just picked up the ball ran with it
I noticed alot during the election the Media did everything they could not to mention Free Republic by name
Hmmmmm .. do you think they don't like us Freepers :0)
That's not what he meant, I don't think. We did the leg work, they took the credit.
And did Powerline bother to correct them? I think not.
When he got up on September the 9th, WE had done the "work" for him.
And, if I am remembering correctly, a lot of people on those threads that night EMAILED him with the information; he didn't even have to go looking for it.
Thanks for the ping,Mo. Hope you had a lovely Christmas. :-)
Yes I know and yes I do believe the information was emailed to them .. I (think) they admitted to that
My understanding was their research confirmed what Freepers had already researched and found out
Sorry .. I should have been more clear in my post
It was very nice and only had to hide (soon to be thrown out) one gift that was given to the kiddies
It was Henna Body Art ... what were they thinking ???
Hope your's what lovely also
"That's not what he meant, I don't think. We did the leg work, they took the credit."
We do agree. If we keep this up, there will be talk. We've gotta find something quick to argue about. :)
Hope you had a Merry Christmas.
It was lovely, thanks, and the family is here through the weekend. :-)
I often wonder if the MSM really can't get the blogger thing straight or just doesn't want to let their readers know what FR really is. Because admit it, if you were a reader or viewer of the MSM and heard there was a newspaper posting web site, wouldn't you rather just read your news straight from the horses mouth?
stealing that for my tagline.
You nailed it!
I like Tech Central Station. Thanks for the ping
Good Idea, how is my tag line?
That is exactly what I do. I don't watch the news anymore. I don't read any newspapers. About the only magazine I read is NewsMax, which was a present.
THIS place is where I get my information.
I like it!
Which means the MSM couldn't get away with their slant of the truth
Where is the Creator of information Buckhead, sheeesh, he makes it bigtime in the News and then disappears.
To: Mike Fieschko Interesting stuff. Thanks for posting it. 4 posted on 12/28/2004 1:03:47 AM EST by Buckhead [ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies | Report Abuse ]
But I would still put a big ugly smoocher on his head if I saw him in person.
Remember the films of the Germans tearing down the Berlin Wall? And the clips of the Saddam statues being toppled? And the headlines "Clinton Impeached"?
I started reading Powerline just before the Guard memos were invented. People should think of all these modes of communication as part of a whole. FR is my favorite for many different reasons, but Powerline and other blogsites are focused on fewer topics. Therefore, the blogsites are easier to read and follow in some ways. FR is enhanced by the blogsites. I know there are very sharp people posting on FR. It is good that their insights are getting around, whether via Drudge or blogsites.
When the memos were being discussed, I routinely went to Little Green Footbals, Powerline, and a few other sites. No one can read them all. I think the blogs gave a lot more power to FR.
Discovering the facts is one thing. Getting the message out is another problem altogether.
By the way, my favorite new site is The Diplomad at
Try it for tsunami/UN coverage.
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