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News forum that caught CBS fake National Guard documents shines light on another media blunder
GoGov.com ^ | February 3, 2004 | Russell Betts

Posted on 02/03/2005 9:23:28 AM PST by BJungNan

News forum that caught CBS fake National Guard documents shines light on another media blunder

"I need you all to look at this photo and tell me if you think the vest is what is being issued and worn in Iraq. Also does the M-16 shown look small?" - posted on 02/01/2005 11:26:05 AM PST by Dog

"Ok, some things I'd like to point out... first, that vest, and those boots, they aren't military issue, if they are I've never seen em. Next, the mag in the M4 isn't issued I believe, it looks like a mag you would buy for civilian use." - posted on 02/01/2005 11:27:15 AM PST by BladeLWS

"Is this a hoax? The 'captured soldier' suspiciously looks like a doll for sale on the internet." - posted on 02/01/2005 11:27:22 AM PST by BlackRain

"Did you ever consider becoming an investigative journalist? You just broke this story wide open." - posted on 02/01/2005 11:29:45 AM PST by 1LongTimeLurker

" I can't take any credit for the find. These guys deserve the credit - MilitaryPhotos.net - posted on 02/01/2005 11:35:09 AM PST by BlackRain

"hee hee ....how embarrassing for AP." - posted on 02/01/2005 11:35:35 AM PST by Gator101

So goes a thread on the internet news forum Free Republic as a story about a toy soldier being held hostage was still being reported as a real hostage situation by the mainstream news media.

As noted in the thread reposted above, in this case Free Republic was not the first to discover the doll become "hostage" story - MilitaryPhotos.net was - but as the most popular political news forum on the internet, it was first to amplify the mainstream media mistake. And it was way ahead of that media in getting the story out.

It was the same news forum that first broke the CBS fake National Guard documents story. And so it has been on many other stories on a daily basis. Free Republic with its tens of thousands of citizen reporters, and commentators - albeit most of them amateur has become an influential source of news.

In this age of the communications revolution, two way news has become a reality. Free Republic has taken that revolution a step further.

And for fact checking - with those same tens of thousands of forum participants having expertise in a variety of fields and professions, you can find no better fact checking source for finding out a GI hostage was really a GI Joe.

Give credit where credit is due.


TOPICS: Editorial; Free Republic; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: actionfigure; barkbark; ccrm; cody; freerepublic; hoax; lamebrains; msm; pajamahadeen
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1 posted on 02/03/2005 9:23:29 AM PST by BJungNan
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To: Dog
You're a star!
2 posted on 02/03/2005 9:24:28 AM PST by b4its2late (The Lord made man before woman to give him time to think of an answer for her first question.)
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To: BJungNan

Very proud Bump-Doodily-ump!


3 posted on 02/03/2005 9:25:52 AM PST by StrictTime (Who's the only one here who knows the illegal ninja moves from the government?)
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To: BJungNan

cool


4 posted on 02/03/2005 9:26:38 AM PST by Flightdeck (Liberals see Saddam's mass graves as half full. I prefer to see them as half empty.)
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To: Jim Robinson

"Credit where credit is due" ping!


5 posted on 02/03/2005 9:28:36 AM PST by MizSterious (First, the journalists, THEN the lawyers.)
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To: BJungNan
two way news has become a reality. Free Republic has taken that revolution a step further.

Free Republic ROCKS!!!

6 posted on 02/03/2005 9:30:13 AM PST by MamaTexan (I am NOT a 'legal entity'!)
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To: BJungNan; mhking; MeekOneGOP; SJackson; 68-69TonkinGulfYatchClub; SAMWolf; BlackRain; ...
PING!
Click the Graphic J

7 posted on 02/03/2005 9:31:40 AM PST by Fiddlstix (This Tagline for sale. (Presented by TagLines R US))
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To: MamaTexan

Any major story, you can bet Freepers heard about it first here, before the major media picks up the story. Even the Tsunami in Asia, A Freeper pointed out the earthquake hours before the story broke in the media. I suspect many media outlets secretly monitor FR for breaking news.


8 posted on 02/03/2005 9:32:09 AM PST by dfwgator (It's sad that the news media treats Michael Jackson better than our military.)
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To: MizSterious
They for got to mention it was one of the funniest threads ever published on the Internet. :-)

Credit where credit is due I almost died of laughter in that thread

9 posted on 02/03/2005 9:32:25 AM PST by Kelly_2000
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To: BJungNan
but as the most popular political news forum on the internet

There are others?

10 posted on 02/03/2005 9:33:46 AM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: Kelly_2000
Credit where credit is due I almost died of laughter in that thread
I'm still dealing with the residual giggles.

11 posted on 02/03/2005 9:35:51 AM PST by AnnaZ
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To: BJungNan

Link to the thread?


12 posted on 02/03/2005 9:39:13 AM PST by Atlas Sneezed (Your Friendly Freeper Patent Attorney)
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To: AnnaZ

LOL me too, one of those comments I think the one with the Mr T doll saying " I pity the poor fool who thinks this is a soldier" made me spew my drink everywhere. I was beating the floor with tears in my eyes by the end of the thread begging them to stop LOL :-)


13 posted on 02/03/2005 9:39:47 AM PST by Kelly_2000
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To: BJungNan

The pajamahadeen strike again! Way to go Freepers!


14 posted on 02/03/2005 9:40:17 AM PST by Rummyfan
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To: dfwgator
I learned a few years ago, if you want breaking news first, monitor FR.

Now, what that says about us, I really don't want to know. :)

15 posted on 02/03/2005 9:41:10 AM PST by colorado tanker (The People Have Spoken)
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To: BJungNan
Free Republic with its tens of thousands of citizen reporters, and commentators - albeit most of them amateur has become an influential source of news.

Just for comparison:

Noah's Ark was built by an amateur - The Titanic was built by professionals.

16 posted on 02/03/2005 9:41:21 AM PST by N. Theknow (Yust an old salty seadog, pumpin' up da birden.)
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To: dfwgator
I suspect many media outlets secretly monitor FR for breaking news.

LOL! They do. I've heard several *FReeperisums* in the MSM - usually less than a couple of days after I read them here!

17 posted on 02/03/2005 9:41:40 AM PST by MamaTexan (I am NOT a 'legal entity'!)
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To: Jim Robinson

Thank You Brother


18 posted on 02/03/2005 9:42:14 AM PST by 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub (Free Republic, where you get the REAL stories that the media refuses to carry!)
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To: Jim Robinson

changing the world

BTTT


19 posted on 02/03/2005 9:43:26 AM PST by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: BJungNan

This is why I click here for all my news!!!!


20 posted on 02/03/2005 9:43:37 AM PST by US_MilitaryRules (W 1, Now he's been inaugurated, Get Over It Already !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)
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To: BJungNan

YEP!!!!!


21 posted on 02/03/2005 9:43:55 AM PST by R. Scott (Humanity i love you because when you're hard up you pawn your Intelligence to buy a drink.)
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To: Beelzebubba
GI JOE Thread
22 posted on 02/03/2005 9:44:23 AM PST by Daus
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To: BJungNan

Future of media bump. Well done Freepers!


23 posted on 02/03/2005 9:44:34 AM PST by Antoninus (In hoc sign, vinces )
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To: BJungNan

FReepers rule!!!!!!!!!


24 posted on 02/03/2005 9:45:25 AM PST by sweetiepiezer ((((((((((((((MARINES))))))))))))))
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To: BJungNan

They forgot to mention that FR was the first to report problems with the Columbia shuttle.


25 posted on 02/03/2005 9:46:13 AM PST by Arkie2
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To: Dog; Peach

You made the big time!!!!!

Way cool.....FR strikes again!!!!


26 posted on 02/03/2005 9:46:51 AM PST by Howlin (It's a great day to be an American -- and a Bush Republican!!!!)
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To: BJungNan

ah, I see that you remember John Adam ;)


27 posted on 02/03/2005 9:47:44 AM PST by King Prout (Remember John Adam!)
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To: BJungNan

Ah, to be the bane of every leftist. Aint life grand!


28 posted on 02/03/2005 9:48:48 AM PST by vpintheak (Liberal = The antithesis of Freedom and Patriotism)
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To: Fiddlstix; Happy2BMe; devolve; PhilDragoo
Excellent! FreeRepublic.com bustin' the Media left and right!

29 posted on 02/03/2005 9:49:59 AM PST by MeekOneGOP (There is only one GOOD 'RAT: one that has been voted OUT of POWER !! Straight ticket GOP!)
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To: Kelly_2000
Two follow-up articles have been hysterical as well:
 
Special Forces Sent in to Rescue 'Soldier'
 
and
 
Toy Soldiers
 
Go, Special Ops Cody, GO!

30 posted on 02/03/2005 9:50:44 AM PST by AnnaZ
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To: b4its2late; Buckhead; TankerKC; Mo1; kcvl; onyx
but as the most popular political news forum on the internet, it was first to amplify the mainstream media mistake. And it was way ahead of that media in getting the story out.

Yep, we bad, we bad!

And so it has been on many other stories on a daily basis.

OH GAD! Here come the newbies!!!!

31 posted on 02/03/2005 9:51:44 AM PST by Howlin (It's a great day to be an American -- and a Bush Republican!!!!)
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To: dfwgator
Any major story, you can bet Freepers heard about it first here . . .

You got that right!

Mr. RightField's metamorphosis from liberal Democrat to conservative Republican has come about in no small measure because of FreeRepublic.

32 posted on 02/03/2005 9:52:05 AM PST by RightField (The older you get ... the older "old" is !)
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To: AnnaZ
Go, Special Ops Cody, GO!

Shhhhhh! I'm on special assignment..."


33 posted on 02/03/2005 9:54:09 AM PST by add925 (The Left = Xenophobes in Denial)
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To: 1stMarylandRegiment; 1Mike; 3catsanadog; ~Vor~; ~Kim4VRWC's~; A CA Guy; A Citizen Reporter; ...

Again!!!


34 posted on 02/03/2005 9:55:12 AM PST by Howlin (It's a great day to be an American -- and a Bush Republican!!!!)
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To: BJungNan

Two words:

Boo Yah!


35 posted on 02/03/2005 9:55:26 AM PST by dfwright (What you say!!)
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To: AnnaZ
hahahah yes i saw the "Special Forces Sent in to Rescue 'Soldier'" thread that was also good. I must look at the "Toy soldier" also thanks for the links :-)
36 posted on 02/03/2005 9:55:31 AM PST by Kelly_2000
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To: BJungNan

Ok... man your pajamas!


37 posted on 02/03/2005 9:55:47 AM PST by woofie
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To: add925

LOL - Tourist Guy needs to find another line of work - here comes Cody!


38 posted on 02/03/2005 9:55:56 AM PST by CFC__VRWC
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To: BJungNan

Oh yeah! Way to go FReepers!!!!!!!


39 posted on 02/03/2005 9:56:20 AM PST by RushCrush (If it takes a bloodbath, let's get it over with. No more appeasement. - Reagan)
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To: N. Theknow
Noah's Ark was built by an amateur - The Titanic was built by professionals.

LOL, very good comparison.

40 posted on 02/03/2005 9:56:22 AM PST by Mark17
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To: thackney

"changing the world"..

... one post at a time

:-)


41 posted on 02/03/2005 9:56:42 AM PST by roaddog727 (The marginal propensity to save is 1 minus the marginal propensity to consume.)
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To: BJungNan
Don't forget about this important breaking news scoop on Free Republic
42 posted on 02/03/2005 9:57:39 AM PST by Lazamataz (Proudly Posting Without Reading the Article Since 1999!)
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To: BJungNan; Dog; BlackRain

WOO HOO!


43 posted on 02/03/2005 9:58:59 AM PST by MEG33 (GOD BLESS OUR ARMED FORCES)
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To: Howlin
OH GAD! Here come the newbies!!!!

That's the only down side to fame .. *L*

44 posted on 02/03/2005 9:59:03 AM PST by Mo1 (Question to Liberals .. When did supporting and defending Freedom become a bad thing??)
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To: BJungNan

does anyone notice something strange about this picture of Chirac?

45 posted on 02/03/2005 9:59:06 AM PST by woofie
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To: add925

Cody has the 1000-yard stare, man. A Marine gets it after he's been in the sh*t for too long. It's like you've really seen...beyond. I got it. All field Marines got it. You'll have it, too.


46 posted on 02/03/2005 9:59:40 AM PST by Lazamataz (Proudly Posting Without Reading the Article Since 1999!)
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To: b4its2late

Good job you guys!


47 posted on 02/03/2005 9:59:52 AM PST by pnz1
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To: Mo1

Just when we get the last batch whipped into shape......LOL.


48 posted on 02/03/2005 10:00:31 AM PST by Howlin (It's a great day to be an American -- and a Bush Republican!!!!)
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To: woofie

He doesn't have on makeup?


49 posted on 02/03/2005 10:01:11 AM PST by Howlin (It's a great day to be an American -- and a Bush Republican!!!!)
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To: woofie
does anyone notice something strange about this picture of Chirac?

He doesn't have both hands in the air, i.e. the French Salute?

50 posted on 02/03/2005 10:01:19 AM PST by Jonah Hex (A Freeper is the real man a liberal's girlfriend wishes she had.)
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