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Bloggers' counter-revolution [Buckhead and Free Republic credited]
Washington Times ^ | January 14, 2005 | By Phil Kent

Posted on 01/14/2005 2:30:43 AM PST by Jim Robinson

What's the newest word getting into the dictionary for the new year? Miriam Webster's editors announce it is "blog" — defined as "a Web site that contains an online personal journal with reflections, comments, and often hyperlinks provided by the writer."

So hoist a glass to toast perhaps the most famous "blogger" of 2004 — a brilliant Atlanta lawyer nicknamed "Buckhead." He's the pajama-clad fellow, along with a follow-up host of other Internet truth seekers, who struck a telling blow at anchor Dan Rather and his CBS TV "60 Minutes II" by quickly analyzing and questioning the proportionally spaced fonts used in the so-called National Guard records of George W. Bush.

"Buckhead" — who's real name is Harry MacDougal — spends many a wee hour on his computer surfing the "blogosphere." The Georgian first challenged CBS in a posting on the FreeRepublic.com Web site. "I am saying these documents are forgeries, run through a copier for 15 generations to make them look old," he wrote barely four hours after Mr. Rather's Sept. 8 show unveiled its "scoop." Within minutes, other bloggers were using their Internet superhighway to further analyze the typefaces — not known to have been used in 1972 typewriters — to reinforce my friend's suspicions and to tweak aggressive news outlets into doing some investigative reporting.

A few days later, as establishment media experts were finally weighing in against a smug and defiant Mr. Rather (who apologized 14 days later), one exultant FreeRepublic.com groupie declared in a succinct posting: "Buckhead for the U.S. Supreme Court."

(Excerpt) Read more at washingtontimes.com ...


TOPICS: Extended News; Free Republic; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: buckhead; danrather; forgeries; freerepublic; rathergate
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1 posted on 01/14/2005 2:30:44 AM PST by Jim Robinson
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To: Jim Robinson; All
-Pajamahadeen Rule... rise of the New Media--
2 posted on 01/14/2005 2:32:57 AM PST by backhoe (-30-)
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To: Jim Robinson

You must feel like a proud parent when you read articles like this one.


3 posted on 01/14/2005 2:33:32 AM PST by Finalapproach29er (I can no longer discern reality from satire on this site. America is losing her common sense.)
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To: Jim Robinson
I Like it.

I love it.

I want so more of it

4 posted on 01/14/2005 2:34:13 AM PST by Mad Dawgg (French: old Europe word meaning surrender)
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To: Jim Robinson

Wow, I knew this site was special years go. There really are some very smart people here. I love learning and sharing. Thanks again to Jim Robinson.


5 posted on 01/14/2005 2:39:04 AM PST by mgist
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To: Jim Robinson
So hoist a glass to toast perhaps the most famous "blogger" of 2004 — a brilliant Atlanta lawyer nicknamed "Buckhead."

Figured this was worth repeating.

6 posted on 01/14/2005 2:41:11 AM PST by Caipirabob (Democrats.. Socialists..Commies..Traitors...Who can tell the difference?)
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To: Jim Robinson

Kudos to JimRob, Buckhead, and all of US, every last keyboard commando out here in blogger land that pass the info along! We have the enemy on the run!

BRAVO ZULU!


7 posted on 01/14/2005 2:45:38 AM PST by HMFIC (The Peace Symbol is the FOOTPRINT of the American CHICKEN!)
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To: Jim Robinson

BTTT


8 posted on 01/14/2005 2:49:02 AM PST by kattracks
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To: Buckhead; TankerKC; Howlin

ping


9 posted on 01/14/2005 2:50:35 AM PST by Jim Robinson
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To: Jim Robinson

Another famous freeper. Kewl


10 posted on 01/14/2005 2:53:31 AM PST by The Raven
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To: Jim Robinson
That started my day on a high note!
11 posted on 01/14/2005 2:57:35 AM PST by humblegunner (And who knows what else?)
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To: Mad Dawgg
We are getting it. It has become a commonplace to observe that the alternative media is now in a position to keep the MSM honest, or at least to expose their more egregious declensions but now we are debunking the rascals in real time. I note that even before Kennedy had finished his recent speech to the National Press Club assigning them their authorized versions of the elections, Limbaugh was on air satirizing him.

I have seen Freepers utterly deconstruct fatuous New York Times editorials within 18 minutes of their electronic publication. Howard Freeman has run up the white flag. We are indeed winning -for now and until some issue comes along which will enable the MSM to rationalize another jihad.

12 posted on 01/14/2005 2:58:25 AM PST by nathanbedford
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To: Jim Robinson; TankerKC; Howlin

Garsh.


13 posted on 01/14/2005 3:00:59 AM PST by Buckhead (Family Motto: "Often wrong, but never in doubt.")
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To: Jim Robinson

Great article, best so far. But i had thought Buckheads post was only about 20 minutes after the show aired, not four hours.


14 posted on 01/14/2005 3:04:42 AM PST by Always Right
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To: Jim Robinson
OTOH, the dictionary people (and the pundits) may be still off the mark a bit with their understanding of what a 'blog' is.  It may have once meant "web log" but I'd argue that the Freerepublic has become the standard.   Namely, a blog is an online opinion posted for discussion, and not a web 'journal'.

Bottom line-- congratulations Jim ;-).

15 posted on 01/14/2005 3:06:03 AM PST by expat_panama
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To: Buckhead; TankerKC; Howlin; Jim Robinson

Some well deserved recognition! Thanks, Jim, for providing the place where history was made!!!


16 posted on 01/14/2005 3:15:45 AM PST by Carolinamom
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To: Jim Robinson
God bless you Jim, and FR.

Imagine what you have done on a shoestring budget compared to this:


17 posted on 01/14/2005 3:20:11 AM PST by SkyPilot
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To: Jim Robinson; Buckhead

January 20 is going to be a fabulous day...Thank you for all you've done to help make this happen.


18 posted on 01/14/2005 3:20:23 AM PST by Right_in_Virginia
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To: Always Right
"Great article, best so far. But i had thought Buckheads post was only about 20 minutes after the show aired, not four hours."

If memory serves, there was some confusion involving time zones and such. In fact I recall several conspiracy theory threads over at DUh (I'm sorry but Shadenfruede with DUhers as the subject is a guilty pleasure of mine.) where they tried to show Buckhead posted BEFORE the piece even aired. Someone finally figured out the time zone thing and then the threads got really weird.

19 posted on 01/14/2005 3:28:24 AM PST by Mad Dawgg (French: old Europe word meaning surrender)
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To: Buckhead

Kudos, Buckhead!!! And, FreeRepublic!


20 posted on 01/14/2005 3:35:36 AM PST by blondee123 (Proud Member of the FR Pajama Blogger Brigade - New Sheriffs in Town!)
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To: Always Right
But i had thought Buckheads post was only about 20 minutes after the show aired, not four hours.

The famous post #47

It was posted just before midnight EDT, a few hours after 60 Minutes in the east.

I wonder if CBS has learned the wrong lesson from this to not post the source documents on the internet to be reviewed by pajama-clad amateurs?

21 posted on 01/14/2005 3:36:13 AM PST by KarlInOhio (Blackwell for Governor 2006: hated by the 'Rats, feared by the RINOs.)
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To: expat_panama

< Namely, a blog is an online opinion posted for discussion, and not a web 'journal'. >

Au contraire. I think this article is the first to "get" the distinction between blog and website. It's nice to finally see something reported correctly.


22 posted on 01/14/2005 3:41:12 AM PST by GOP_Proud (Those who proclaim tolerance have the least for my views.)
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To: Jim Robinson; Buckhead; TankerKC; Howlin
The truly dark side of modern liberalism can be seen in the rise of a "politically correct" news media. It has not been receptive to political conservatives and our traditional Judeo-Christian culture — and it has gone out of its way in recent years to condone and even glorify everything from drug use to same-sex marriage. Since the culturally corrosive Woodstock era, the "old media" led by CBS and the New York Times increasingly mocked traditional values and lifestyles as outmoded, racist and intolerant. Their unofficial motto evolved from that 1969 rock/drug/sex festival — "If it feels good, do it."

In 2004 the "Buckheads" of America pushed back in a counter-revolution.
Well done, Jim, Buckhead, TankerKC, and Howlin.
23 posted on 01/14/2005 3:57:24 AM PST by brityank (The more I learn about the Constitution, the more I realise this Government is UNconstitutional.)
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To: Jim Robinson

When the sun rises and the street lights go off, the world will be seen as a better place! Thanks to you!


24 posted on 01/14/2005 3:59:20 AM PST by Bushbacker1
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To: GOP_Proud
Words –especially new words- are fluid. I've searched blogs and forums for what could replace the Freerepublic, (and I've looked) ----there ain't nottin'.  That's why I'd say it's not the Freerepublic becoming a blog, it's ' blog' becoming the Freerepublic.
25 posted on 01/14/2005 4:00:52 AM PST by expat_panama
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To: Jim Robinson; Buckhead; All

From a longtime lurker (Feb. of 1998) and very infrequent poster, many thanks.


26 posted on 01/14/2005 4:26:41 AM PST by Grandma Pam
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To: SkyPilot; Jim Robinson; Buckhead; TankerKC; Howlin; All
" God bless you Jim, and FR. Imagine what you have done on a shoestring budget compared to this: "

It just shows that god given intelligence is better than 65 million dollars of belly button lint between the ears of a cute face.

Thanks guys and ladies.

27 posted on 01/14/2005 4:26:50 AM PST by carlr
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To: Jim Robinson; Buckhead

Damn, Buckhead, pretty soon you're gonna hafta hire a manager. I volunteer to be the first of your entourage. ;P


28 posted on 01/14/2005 4:27:04 AM PST by wasp69 ("You're done, Rather! No more 'Divine Right of Kings'!" - Oliver "Buckhead" Cromwell (sorta)
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To: Buckhead

Dear Buckhead ... were you contacted as part of the SeeBs probe - or perhaps did they finally realize that your post stood on its own with no further need of explanation, despite the best efforts of MSM to impugn your motives?


29 posted on 01/14/2005 4:38:56 AM PST by NonValueAdded ("We're going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good" HRC 6/28/2004)
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To: nathanbedford

The only thing keeping the MSM alive now is the very, very old (who do not access the web) and the very out of it types who never will access the web. When they are gone, the web will have all the focus. It will be interesting. The MSM can stay where they are to sell Chevrolets or something.


30 posted on 01/14/2005 4:39:12 AM PST by SMARTY ("Stay together, pay the soldiers and forget everything else." Lucius Septimus Severus to his sons)
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To: Always Right

I remember posting on that famous thread that night and reading "Buckhead's" famous analysis. Is the thread still on file in the archives of FR anywhere?


31 posted on 01/14/2005 4:54:40 AM PST by Twinkie
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To: KarlInOhio

Tanker appox. four hours earlier than Buckhead.

"We need to see those memos"

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1210516/posts?page=107#107


32 posted on 01/14/2005 5:01:04 AM PST by Smartaleck
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To: KarlInOhio

Karl, that IS a good question. I'm sure they're not going to help the bloggers out like that again. However, if they refused to make their so-called hard "evidence" available for scrutiny, their motives would certainly be under a great deal more suspicion. . and the "evidence", if hidden, would collapse under the sheer weight of their scrutiny avoidance. They can't win at that game, which they know, if they've thought it through.


33 posted on 01/14/2005 5:01:42 AM PST by Twinkie
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To: Jim Robinson

It is not a blog. It is much much more.


34 posted on 01/14/2005 5:03:21 AM PST by kk22tt
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To: expat_panama

I disagree.


35 posted on 01/14/2005 5:20:51 AM PST by GOP_Proud (Those who proclaim tolerance have the least for my views.)
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To: Jim Robinson; Buckhead

Has the Smithsonian asked for the pajamas yet?


36 posted on 01/14/2005 5:26:51 AM PST by ken5050
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To: ken5050
Has the Smithsonian asked for the pajamas yet?

That should be comming up real soon now with the Inaugural Ball. 

First Ladies Gowns
Jackie Kennedy's gown
 
Jackie Kennedy
 Lady Bird Johnson's gown

Lady Bird Johnson

Pat Nixon's gown

Pat Nixon

Elizabeth Ford's gown

Elizabeth Ford

Famous Bloggers Pajamas

Buckhead

 

 

 

Jim

?

 

 

 

 


38 posted on 01/14/2005 5:58:16 AM PST by expat_panama
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To: Buckhead
...a brilliant Atlanta lawyer nicknamed "Buckhead."

"Garsh."

Garsh?!   This from "a brilliant Atlanta lawyer?!"   Garsh?!

LOL!   Your reponse has made my morning!

Buckhead, you humble soul you, thanks for making America a better place!

39 posted on 01/14/2005 6:27:24 AM PST by jigsaw (God Bless Our Troops.)
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To: Jim Robinson

Sweet. What is great is that the "New Media" is only getting stronger and more credible, the reverse being true for the lamestream presstitution racket. Even better: it is only going to get worse for the latter. Think dinosaurs. Hehehehe....


40 posted on 01/14/2005 7:14:14 AM PST by eureka! (It will not be safe to vote Democrat for a long, long, time...)
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To: brityank
The truly dark side of modern liberalism can be seen in the rise of a "politically correct" news media. It has not been receptive to political conservatives and our traditional Judeo-Christian culture — and it has gone out of its way in recent years to condone and even glorify everything from drug use to same-sex marriage. Since the culturally corrosive Woodstock era, the "old media" led by CBS and the New York Times increasingly mocked traditional values and lifestyles as outmoded, racist and intolerant. Their unofficial motto evolved from that 1969 rock/drug/sex festival — "If it feels good, do it."

I also picked out this very paragraph for highlighting. It is so true and can be seen on most every hourly news update and on my local 10 p.m. news.

41 posted on 01/14/2005 7:38:32 AM PST by CedarDave (I have a new puppy; unlike the Dems he will quit whining when he grows up.)
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To: Jim Robinson
God Bless You for what you have given us Jim.

Without your perseverance and dedication, Free Republic would not exist and there would likely be no other forum to expose the brazen deceit of the left.

42 posted on 01/14/2005 11:24:19 AM PST by wagglebee (Memo to sKerry: the only thing Bush F'ed up was your career)
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To: Jim Robinson

We'll be CELEBRATING 2 VICTORIES next week, how sweet it is :^)...rto


43 posted on 01/14/2005 12:44:38 PM PST by visitor (...and the dems wonder why they lost and will continue to lose, good riddance)
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To: KarlInOhio
I wonder if CBS has learned the wrong lesson from this to not post the source documents on the internet to be reviewed by pajama-clad amateurs?

I took a walk down memory lane by linking to famous post 47 by Buckhead, then following the link to CBS.com and the 'originals' of the faked memos (if that makes any sense!).

CBiaS amazingly still has the link up; however it's amazing how the original posted story is loaded with subsequent mea culpas now. Lots of fun enjoying the schadenfreud!

44 posted on 01/14/2005 4:14:13 PM PST by IonImplantGuru (PhD, School of Hard Knocks)
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To: Twinkie
"I remember posting on that famous thread that night and reading "Buckhead's" famous analysis. Is the thread still on file in the archives of FR anywhere?"

See post #21 for a link; it's still there!

45 posted on 01/14/2005 4:18:15 PM PST by IonImplantGuru (PhD, School of Hard Knocks)
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To: IonImplantGuru

All things being otherwise the same, I believe if Buckhead and the others had not exposed this lie and/or the Swiftboat Vets had not been so thoughtful and persistent with the truth, this country would have been inaugurating John F.Kerry on January 20. So from the depths of my heart I want to thank Buckhead,Jim,John O'Neall, and the other freepers who love this country more than we can know. Free Republic changed the course of history. Free Republic may be responsible for allowing a George Bush rather than a John Kerry to appoint 3-5 Supreme Court justices and give direction to this country for the next 40-50 years. We will never know the degree to which Free Republic has managed to keep this Republic Free.


46 posted on 01/14/2005 4:34:56 PM PST by Texas Songwriter (p)
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To: Jim Robinson

So now we're "groupies" ??


47 posted on 01/14/2005 4:37:30 PM PST by GretchenM (It remains to be seen what God will do through a person who gives Him all the glory.)
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To: expat_panama
It takes an odd sense of style to emphasize cuffs as the most important item on formal wear.


48 posted on 01/14/2005 4:39:34 PM PST by GretchenM (It remains to be seen what God will do through a person who gives Him all the glory.)
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To: Twinkie; KarlInOhio

Screen captures work for most things, even if the "news" source doesn't post the goods online.


49 posted on 01/14/2005 4:47:39 PM PST by GretchenM (It remains to be seen what God will do through a person who gives Him all the glory.)
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To: Buckhead; Howlin; TankerKC; sweetliberty; Mo1; Darksheare; Lakeshark; Brad's Gramma; MeekOneGOP; ...
Liars and biased reporters: Beware of the pajamahadeen!!

Congrats, again, to Buckhead, Howlin and Tanker!

50 posted on 01/14/2005 4:51:02 PM PST by nicmarlo
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