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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