Skip to comments.Scandal Puts Focus On Role of Bloggers (WaPo on FR, NCPAC and MD4Bush)
Posted on 02/10/2005 10:41:44 PM PST by conservative in nyc
The Web site began as a sort of Internet boutique for like-minded conservatives and libertarians, suspicious of federal power and angry at President Bill Clinton.
Started in 1997 by a reclusive California conservative, freerepublic.com saw its membership blossom with Clinton's impeachment and the election of George W. Bush. Attention to the site reached a zenith last fall, when a "freeper" -- the group's moniker for its bloggers -- first discussed flaws in documents CBS News used in a report critical of Bush's National Guard service.
One participant working under the handle MD4BUSH, whose identity is unknown, drew Steffen into a private conversation and appeared to coax him to share more details about his role in spreading the rumor. Copies of those chat room e-mails were later provided to The Washington Post.
The Oct. 18 conversation began with MD4BUSH complimenting Steffen and saying how obvious it was that the rumors about the mayor were true. Steffen, writing under the name NCPAC, replied:
"I don't look for the MO'M [O'Malley] story to hit for a little bit yet. . . . However, a lot of what everyone knows about MO'M is because of work that has occurred. It's been a wild ride."
MD4BUSH later probed further:
"Your saying that my dentist knows [about the rumors] because of work you did? Wow, I must say, I'm impressed. I mean really, everyone knows -- how did that happen?"
(Excerpt) Read more at washingtonpost.com ...
Looks like the Washington Post somehow has NCPAC's Freepmail to MD4BUSH.
The Washington Post calls you "a reclusive California conservative", Jim.
The WaPo is populated entirely by half-wits who wouldn't know a blog from a forum if they both introduced themselves and then bit them on their pompous asses.
A 1 week old newbie used professional flattery to break NCPAC's back.
So how did the Washington Post get your email?
MD4BUSH is still here, and has posted as recently as last Tuesday.
MD4BUSH -- you're mentioned in today's Washington Post.
Rather beside the point.
A Rather by any other name . . .
Yay. We're all bloggers now! I still think wonkette is dumb though.
They are after Free Republic, They want to marginalize all of us as kooks and crazies who should be ignored. They are losing and we must expose them now for what they are
It looks to be an overall talking point in the MSM to push the blogs and political sites on both sides to the fringes. Freerepublic is the poster child for this round.
We are fulfilling the roles of the newspapers and pamphleteers of old.
If these were private "e-mails" (e.g. FR private mail messages) that were intercepted, there is a federal law called the "Electronic Communications Privacy Act" that may be relevant in this case.
If they were public messages on the web site, they weren't "e-mails" as the Washington Post calls them.
NOT that I am making any accusations, so don't go getting all wet hen.
170,000 now, zowee!!!
Sounds like this is the compost delivering a warning, that they can find comments buried on a website.
Well, here is a way to help in the battle with the MSM:
They are printing private emails now?
Nah. I'm not really active as a volunteer or anything But I read some of your comments about Keyes you said you work on a lot of campaigns and in MD doing special ops, reminded me of Rove. I agreed with the stuff you said about Keyes and Mike Steele. Shame that one nutcase doesn't get it. Anyway, just like bloggin away. We gotta be real about 2006 gonna be tough. Might need to play dirty. Most recent campaign activity: Me and my buddies went to the dem debate party at a bar in baltimore heckling Kerry, O'Malley and all the other dems kept giving us dirty looks, we just kept heckling like we were at an O's game.
26 posted on 10/15/2004 2:25:11 PM CDT by MD4Bush (Bush must win)
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Lesson. Unless you know the person stroking you, wear protection.
It seemed appropriate. Considering the results.
Steffen is a seasoned political pro, so he should have known better than to be charmed into giving away his own identity.
But there are quite a few amatuers on Free Republic who could benefit from your advice.
You may want to keep the "might want to play dirty" comments to private email exchanges! Anyway, what makes you think some of those things don't or haven't occurred?
Re: TIPP Tracking poll...
From NCPAC | 10/18/2004 7:14:44 AM PDT new Most people who write on this site are cool. However, a lot of lurkers peek in to see what the Right is saying. Especially after "Rathergate," FreeRepublic is one of the most watched blog/political sites in the world. As for MO'M, his day is coming. A lot of the reason that everyone knows his history is because of what has gone on beneath the surface.
Re: TIPP Tracking poll..
From NCPAC | 10/18/2004 9:15:03 AM PDT replied FreeRepublic is the site that actually broke the "Rathergate" story. The first person to openly state the memos concerning GWB were forgeries was an FR poster named (I think) Buckhead.
Anyone can lurk on these boards and read what everyone is writing - except in private emails. Private emails are private.
I don't look for the MO'M story to hit for a little bit yet. Chances are Duncan will bring that hammer out when they start beating the hell out of one another in the Dem primary for Governor. However, a lot of what everyone knows about MO'M is because of work that has occurred. It's been a wild ride.
Re: TIPP Tracking poll
From NCPAC | 10/19/2004 3:44:04 AM PDT replied A few folks put in a lot of effort to ensure the MO'M story got some real float.
Did not see the story about the vet suing Sinclair. I'm not surprised to hear it's happening, though. There's always a patsy somewhere willing to do the BS work for the wrong side.
I do forsee Duncan and MO'M beating each other to a pulp. Hell, at this point I hope it's MO'M who wins the primary.
Re: TIPP Tracking poll
From NCPAC | 10/19/2004 3:41:51 PM PDT replied The MO'M story still does have float - so much so that at the premier of "Engine 49" in Baltimore, MO'M and Katie (his wife) were walking around telling the Governor and anyone who would listen that they were "Still together." That's all they'd say - the 'happy couple' would walk up to whomever and say "We're still together."
Further, certain reporters have the story and are holding it - at least for now.
I saw Lieberman got canned. Then I heard (don't know whether it's true) that Sinclair caved under pressure and are not mandating that their stations air "Stolen Honor." Sinclair's Mark Hyman is a protege of MD Governor Ehrlich. Ehrlich helped Hyman land the job at Sinclair.
Could they be anymore obvious?
Boy, they sure tidied that up.
Yes, something stinks.
MD4BUSH stinks. He has even posted the private emails so that they could easily be found by others.
In case anybody needs reminding: not all FReepers are your friend. There are not only trolls on this board, but plants, as well.
that sure looks like a set up to me
Posting private freepmails is a no no
History will record these times as the downfall of the Democrat Party
Sure smells like it
|O'Malley Blames GOP Plot For Rumors (MD GOVERNOR'S AID FIRED FOR FREE REPUBLIC POSTS)
|Posted by crushkerry
On News/Activism 02/08/2005 11:34:15 PM EST · 376 replies · 19,190+ views
Washington Post ^ | 2/9/05 | Matthew Mosk
Baltimore Mayor Martin O'Malley yesterday accused agents of Maryland Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.'s administration of spreading false rumors that he had an extramarital affair, and Ehrlich responded hours later by dismissing a longtime employee. The mayor, a Democrat considering a bid for governor in 2006, said he believes that the widespread and persistent rumors were part of a "concerted and orchestrated and sustained" effort and called on the Republican governor to apologize to his wife and children. "I don't think any of us run for office expecting that this sort of hurt will be heaped on our kids or...
I do believe he might be dirty.
Well we now know who NCAP can sue.
These fools will lose
Great tag. Personal experience?
They have a histroy of it :-)
...and the slap-down of a biased mainstream press who no longer represent the beliefs and values of regular folks.
Here's what his/her home page (created about one month before last year's election) states:
I hate John Kerry and I'm sick of his lies. This is the most important election in history and George bush must win. If not the Islamic Terrorists will win, there will be more attacks on the states.
Sounds like someone trying to establish "instant FR street cred" with some lines straight out of the "Bob Boudelang" feature on DU.
Same thing, when you think about it :-)
MD4Bush is a WaComPost plant, obviously.
(adjusts tinfoil) .
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