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AJC: Blogger Sheds No Tears For Rather (Free Republic mentioned)
That Atlanta Journal and Constitution ^ | 3/10/05 | Marlon Manuel

Posted on 03/09/2005 9:35:35 PM PST by Doctor Freeze

Photo by Billy Smith III

Blogger sheds no tears for Rather

By MARLON MANUEL The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Published on: 03/10/05

Amid the wafting smells of spicy meatballs and wine, in front of a Sony projection TV in Sandy Springs, Harry MacDougald clutched a Samuel Adams in his left hand Wednesday night as Dan Rather bid adieu after 24 years at the anchor of the "CBS Evening News."

But MacDougald did not cry in his beer.

Along with 50 guests, including many prominent Fulton County Republicans, the Atlanta attorney cheered the final night of Rather's anchor reign in a basement entertainment room usually used to watch Georgia Bulldog football games.

MacDougald is better known to Web aficionados as "Buckhead," the conservative blogger who first noticed that Rather used forged documents in a Sept. 8 "60 Minutes" story that questioned President Bush's Air National Guard service during the Vietnam War.

"For conservatives, he's been a black beast," MacDougald said Wednesday as a coat-and-tie crowd circulated around a GOP hero. "In conservative circles, Dan Rather has been viewed as an enemy."

Which is why on the night of Sept. 8 — at 11:59:43 — MacDougald clicked the submit button on the iMac in his bedroom and posted a message questioning the documents Rather used, ostensibly from the 1970s.

He noted that the proportional spacing and typeface of the documents could not have been produced by a '70s-era typewriter, but must have come from a modern-day word-processing program.

Shortly after his post to Free Republic, a hub of conservative viewpoints, other bloggers and news organizations also impugned the authenticity of the documents. Rather, though, defended his reporting — a stubbornness that helped lead to his exit from the anchor's chair. The network, and Rather, eventually apologized for the blunder.

"It's satisfying to have been part of a movement to defeat a smear based on a forged document," said MacDougald, 46, an Atlanta native and civil litigation attorney who once defended whistle-blowers in the administration of former Mayor Bill Campbell.

He also helped draft the petition urging the Arkansas Supreme Court to disbar President Bill Clinton after the Monica Lewinsky scandal.

Cary Ichter, whose law firm represents Gov. Sonny Perdue, offered his home as the Rather farewell spot at the urging of mutual friend Phil Kent, former president of the conservative-tilted Southeast Legal Foundation.

Ichter said he typically watches Georgia football games or boxing in his entertainment room. Wednesday, his guests watched a knockout of a different kind — the toppling of a news icon for nearly a quarter-century.

"It was a triumph over the left-leaning media agenda," Ichter said.

Despite the controversy, Rather has had a storied career. The anchor who considered himself a reporter first has been on the scene for big stories ranging from the Kennedy assassination to the Iraqi elections last month.

Ken Auletta, who interviewed Rather for an article in the New Yorker, said his work should stand the test of time, particularly as one of the most aggressive TV reporters covering Watergate.

But none of that mattered to the partygoers, including former Fulton County GOP Chairman Jack Winter and Fulton County Superior Court Judge Michael Johnson — who munched hors d'oeuvres on napkins and paper plates decorated like the American flag.

"Congratulations, fella," Winter told MacDougald as he entered the party.

MacDougald sees himself and other bloggers as part of band of citizen journalists who have upset the order of corporate media giants.

"The information oligarchy that TV had, that's gone," MacDougald said. "They'll never be as powerful as network anchors once were."

As Rather signed off, the crowed filed out — MacDougald with them.

Said MacDougald, "The wicked witch is dead."

— News services contributed to this article.

TOPICS: Editorial; Free Republic; US: Georgia
KEYWORDS: blathergate; buckhead; courage; danrather; danratherday; fr; oldmedia; rather; rathergate
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To: Buckhead

Way to go, Buckhead. I think you owe it to El CommentDante to send a congratulatory e-mail to CBS News for keeping a leftwing fraud in their prestigious anchor chair long after his ratings sunk faster than an Oldsmobile at Chappaquiddick, proving once and for all that CBS News cared more about propaganda than ratings.

And getting the Urinal-Constipation to run this article should make it doubly sweet.

41 posted on 03/09/2005 11:01:01 PM PST by Tall_Texan (If you can think 180-degrees apart from reality, you might be a Democrat.)
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To: Destro
You might want to read This and check out this stat:

Since Dan rather was always one of the lowest rated of anchormen

Rather was on top of his game til about 5 yrs ago, when CBS went to #3 rating for network news.

If you had been watching these progressions for long, you would be better informed.

The bottom line is (although I do feel for Dottie and Toto) that it is quite a big deal to have the NBCABCCBS lose their lead in news reporting and to see their house of cards fall.

I do think it is funny to see how important an episode in a movie is that it trumps reality...:>)

42 posted on 03/09/2005 11:01:30 PM PST by Syncro
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To: Doctor Freeze; GeorgiaYankee

Great! Thanks for posting this.

The link below provided by GeorgiaYankee is a great one minute summation of that famous night up to tonight re Rather.

43 posted on 03/09/2005 11:02:03 PM PST by Grampa Dave (The MSM has been a WMD, Weapon of Mass Disinformation for the Rats for at least 4 decades.)
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To: Syncro


Deep Breast.....BAAAAAWAAAA!

44 posted on 03/09/2005 11:08:58 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach (This tagline no longer operative....floated away in the flood of 2005 ,)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
I read it twice before I uploaded it.

Now you made me look at my URL to see if I typo-ed beast into what your mind saw...LOL

You need to get out more...

45 posted on 03/09/2005 11:24:50 PM PST by Syncro
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To: Syncro

Well....either way , it's still a laffer...

46 posted on 03/09/2005 11:31:48 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach (This tagline no longer operative....floated away in the flood of 2005 ,)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach


47 posted on 03/09/2005 11:41:58 PM PST by Syncro
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To: Paleo Conservative

Nah, couldn't take the pay cut

48 posted on 03/09/2005 11:50:07 PM PST by Citizen Soldier
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To: Doctor Freeze

49 posted on 03/09/2005 11:51:19 PM PST by BJungNan (Junk mail is killing email. Don't buy from spam emails!!!)
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To: Doctor Freeze

Just Damn - a lawyer I can respect.

50 posted on 03/10/2005 12:19:59 AM PST by Ben Chad
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To: linear

Dinosaurs never do understand mammals.

51 posted on 03/10/2005 12:20:05 AM PST by thoughtomator
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To: Doctor Freeze

Hail Buckhead! One down, many more to go.

52 posted on 03/10/2005 12:22:42 AM PST by PJBlogger (BEWARE :: HILLARY and her HINO want to take back YOUR COUNTRY !)
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To: Buckhead

You go, guy!

53 posted on 03/10/2005 2:28:05 AM PST by sauropod (Heaven for the climate and Hell for the company - Mark Twain)
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To: Doctor Freeze

God, I love this place.

I've been a lurker since 97 or earlier, and never posted till ought four. I'm glad I came out of the closet.

54 posted on 03/10/2005 2:29:35 AM PST by Santiago de la Vega (El hijo del Zorro)
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To: beyond the sea
Buckhead for the US Supreme Court!
Howlin for Senator

RaceBannon for Lunch!

55 posted on 03/10/2005 3:05:59 AM PST by RaceBannon ((Prov 28:1 KJV) The wicked flee when no man pursueth: but the righteous are bold as a lion.)
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To: conservative in nyc; linear
It seems to be a shorthand way of describing anyone who posts on the Internet.

Well, now cut them some slack. What is Free Republic if not a time-stamped posting log. The story itself points to the magic timestamp.

So you've got a log (albeit multiple posters) and it's on the web. Weblog.

FR is a 'blog.

There. I've said it! Flamesuit!

56 posted on 03/10/2005 3:55:30 AM PST by sam_paine (X .................................)
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To: Doctor Freeze


57 posted on 03/10/2005 4:25:05 AM PST by beaureguard
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To: RobFromGa; Vigilantcitizen; doodad

A few GA FReeper pings.

58 posted on 03/10/2005 4:34:37 AM PST by FreedomPoster (This space intentionally blank)
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To: FreedomPoster

Thanks, I saw this on the front cover of the AJC this morning and couldn't believe it. It was great to meet Buckhead at the W2 ball! (see my Profile page)

Hope all is well for you FP.

59 posted on 03/10/2005 4:43:00 AM PST by RobFromGa (Bush Needs to Stay Aggressive in Term 2)
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To: linear; Doctor Freeze; Buckhead
Its just somewhat ironic to me that the MSM couldn't even get this story quite straight.

Hey, this is the Atlanta "newspaper".

It's a wonder ol' Marlon (a) spelled ANYbody's name right; (b) managed to find his way to the party; (c) wrote an even vaguely accurate article. Usually the AJC (besides getting in the obligatory digs versus Bush, conservatives, and Republicans) will insert all sorts of irrelevant character assassination. This is a remarkably even-handed article for that amazingly biased paper.

60 posted on 03/10/2005 4:49:27 AM PST by AnAmericanMother (. . . Ministrix of ye Chace (recess appointment), TTGC Ladies' Auxiliary . . .)
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