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Scandal Puts Focus On Role of Bloggers (WaPo on FR, NCPAC and MD4Bush)
Washington Post ^ | 02/11/05 | David Snyder and Matthew Mosk

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.

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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 ...


TOPICS: Extended News; Free Republic; News/Current Events; US: Maryland
KEYWORDS: compost; ecpa; freerepublic; gannon; kristinn; md4bush; media; mediabias; msm; ncpac; odoherty; omalley; ryanodoherty
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Looks like the Washington Post somehow has NCPAC's Freepmail to MD4BUSH.

1 posted on 02/10/2005 10:41:44 PM PST by conservative in nyc
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To: Jim Robinson; NCPAC; kristinn

PING.

The Washington Post calls you "a reclusive California conservative", Jim.


2 posted on 02/10/2005 10:43:16 PM PST by conservative in nyc
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To: conservative in nyc
We are not and have never been 'bloggers'.

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.

L

3 posted on 02/10/2005 10:45:13 PM PST by Lurker ("We're all sinners, but jerks revel in their sins. " P.J. O'Rourke)
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To: conservative in nyc; Howlin
"The Oct. 18 conversation began with [newbie] MD4BUSH complimenting Steffen..."

A 1 week old newbie used professional flattery to break NCPAC's back.

4 posted on 02/10/2005 10:46:43 PM PST by Southack (Media Bias means that Castro won't be punished for Cuban war crimes against Black Angolans in Africa)
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To: MD4Bush

So how did the Washington Post get your email?


5 posted on 02/10/2005 10:48:10 PM PST by HAL9000
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To: Southack; MD4Bush

MD4BUSH is still here, and has posted as recently as last Tuesday.

MD4BUSH -- you're mentioned in today's Washington Post.


6 posted on 02/10/2005 10:50:05 PM PST by conservative in nyc
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To: conservative in nyc

BTTT!!!


7 posted on 02/10/2005 10:50:47 PM PST by Bradís Gramma (aitch tee tee pea colon 2 slashes dubya dubya dubya dot proud patriots dot org)
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To: Lurker
"We are not and have never been 'bloggers'."

Rather beside the point.

A Rather by any other name . . .

8 posted on 02/10/2005 10:52:00 PM PST by alcuin ( I apologize for not being clear.getridofthateffinlooselipssinkshipsgesture)
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To: conservative in nyc
when a "freeper" -- the group's moniker for its bloggers

Yay. We're all bloggers now! I still think wonkette is dumb though.

9 posted on 02/10/2005 10:52:19 PM PST by RabidBartender
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To: conservative in nyc

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


10 posted on 02/10/2005 10:52:27 PM PST by MJY1288
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To: Southack; All
I wonder how many other Freepers are agents for the Dark Side?

Considering some of the things I've seen posted, I can guarantee there are quite a few.

Lesson. Unless you know the person stroking you, wear protection.
11 posted on 02/10/2005 10:55:21 PM PST by Dr.Zoidberg (Children classics updated for Islam, "If you're happy and you know it, go Kaboom!")
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To: conservative in nyc
Crosslink
12 posted on 02/10/2005 10:56:11 PM PST by nunya bidness
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To: MJY1288

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.


13 posted on 02/10/2005 10:56:14 PM PST by Pikamax
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To: MJY1288
So what if we are KOOKs (Keepers of Odd Knowledge) why should it bother the the lames stream press.

We are fulfilling the roles of the newspapers and pamphleteers of old.

14 posted on 02/10/2005 10:56:40 PM PST by dts32041 (When did the Democratic party stop being the political arm of the KKK?)
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To: HAL9000
Copies of those chat room e-mails were later provided to The Washington Post.

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.

15 posted on 02/10/2005 10:57:53 PM PST by HAL9000
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To: Dr.Zoidberg

NOT that I am making any accusations, so don't go getting all wet hen.


16 posted on 02/10/2005 10:58:06 PM PST by Dr.Zoidberg (Children classics updated for Islam, "If you're happy and you know it, go Kaboom!")
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To: conservative in nyc
The Free Republic Web site, which group spokesman Kristinn Taylor said has 170,000 registered accounts, is unadorned with advertising and is regularly updated with news items taken from mainstream publications and other sources.

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:

Easongate Petition is Online ( request that... CNN, release a transcript of his remarks )

17 posted on 02/10/2005 10:58:07 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach (A Proud member of Free Republic ~~The New Face of the Fourth Estate since 1996.)
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To: conservative in nyc
. Copies of those chat room e-mails were later provided to The Washington Post.

They are printing private emails now?

18 posted on 02/10/2005 10:58:56 PM PST by Mo1 (Question to Liberals .. When did supporting and defending Freedom become a bad thing??)
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To: Southack

To: NCPAC
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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19 posted on 02/10/2005 10:59:03 PM PST by MEG33 (GOD BLESS OUR ARMED FORCES)
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To: Dr.Zoidberg
Lesson. Unless you know the person stroking you, wear protection.
Excellent choice of words. They bear (bare?) repeating.

20 posted on 02/10/2005 10:59:08 PM PST by AnnaZ (HELP STOP A MURDER! ::: http://terrisfight.org/)
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