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On Nightline Tonight: Dixie Chicks vs. Free Republic 10/26/06 (Will Air Tomorrow Night)
Thursday, October 26, 2006 | Kristinn

Posted on 10/26/2006 7:18:40 PM PDT by kristinn

Nightline contacted me Tuesday looking to interview Jim about a story they were working on about the Dixie Chicks. Jim declined as is his wont and he said I could do it if I felt like it. I informed ABC of Jim's decision. They did a pre-interview with me by phone Tuesday afternoon. Yesterday they called back and scheduled the inteview for late this afternoon. They asked if I had an office they could film the interview at. I laughed and said, no, so we set it up for the ABC News D.C. bureau on DeSales St.

This morning, they asked if they could move the interview up to mid-day. I said sure and arrived at the bureau promptly at 2:30, accompanied by Nofel al Jazairi, an Iraqi friend who has spoken at many of the D.C. Chapter's support the troops and their mission rallies over the past four years. Nofel and I had a meeting on Capitol Hill planned for this afternoon.

We were met downstairs by a waiting Nightline producer who took us upstairs to the Nightline offices. She offered us coffee and tea, which we glady accepted. Another woman brought us to the studio where the interview would be conducted. However, it wasn't exactly a studio. It was the office of Nightline co-anchor Terry Moran. I guess they were intent on not using a sterile set for the interview.

They applied no make-up to me, but they did have me wipe my forehead to ease some of the shine reflecting off my ever receding hairline.

I introduced Nofel to the producer who would be doing the interview off-camera. She said she had been to Iraq at the beginning of the war. We spoke about Iraq for a few minutes before we got down to business. Nofel sat on a couch off-camera while I sat on a chair in front of Moran's desk.

The producer told me she didn't really know that much about the blogosphere and would be interested in meeting later to learn more about it ( When she said that, I thought back to Mary Mapes' crash course on the Internet the day after Rathergate broke.) I told her she should, because we were driving her profession out of business. I didn't mean that in a snarky way, but it's a fact that even ABC's political director Mark Halperin has been sounding the alarm about.

The interview went on for what seemed liked thirty miinutes, but it was probably shorter. It was a decent interview, question wise. One thing that threw me for a bit of a loop was when she read back a quote by one of the Dixie Chicks from the interview they did for the show this morning. The gist of it was they were blaming Free Republic for creating an atmosphere of hate that led to death threats. I answered by saying, "Don't lay that at our door" and spoke about the death threats that conservatives get on a regular basis and about the new Bush assassination film and the similarly themed books and plays, and Air America host who called for Bush's assassination. I asked where's the outrage for that.

I also said that if Natalie Maines had made her remark in Iraq about Saddam Hussein at that time, that she would have been kidnapped, raped, tortured, mutilated and her body dumped ina canal or buried in the desert and that her family would never hear about her again.

The producer began the interview by asking about Free Republic. I gave the usual answer, "It's a conservative news, analysis and activism forum..."

We got in to the London incident and what role Free Republic played in the downfall of the Dixie Chicks. We spoke about the film and certain scenes in it. She wanted to know how we felt about our 'victory' over the Dixie Chicks. I tried to put it in context with other efforts that received less acknowledgement, like Freepers helping to get President Clinton impeached and later instigating a boycott of Morgan Stanley for having Clinton speak at a meeting shortly after Clinton left the White House in disgrace. I was reluctant to claim complete responsibility for the 'victory' as it was more than the reaction of Freepers that laid the Dixie Chicks low. Freepers played a visible and effective role, but we weren't the only ones outraged by the Dixie Chicks back then.

There were more questions and discussions, but I don't have a detailed recollection because.....a few minutes after the interview ended the producer came over to me with some bad news. The audio recording was blemished by static. She asked if I could do the interview over. I said sure. Nofel, who has a background in broadcasting, told me he had a feeling there was a problem with the sound, but he didn't say anything as he assumed the professionals had it under control.

The sound engineer explained later that the piece of equipment he was using is twenty years old and is designed so you can only moniter the sound from the mic to the recorder and not the output.

We had planned to go outside and film a shot of me walking about a tiny park. It's a much used, but much denigrated in the business technique for B-Roll that can be used with a voiceover by the reporter. Thankfully, that went out the window with the botched first interview. Nofel went outside any way after having witnessed the magic of network television firsthand. Once was enough.

Terry Moran was not put out by his office being tied up for a while longer. We ended up speaking for about five minutes while they reset the camera and lights. Despite how surly he came off when he was dealing with Scott McClellan, we had a decent conversation about the the foundering mainstream news business. He was flabbergasted when I told him Katie Couric was down to a 1.1. in Los Angeles.

The second interview was shorter. I got the feeling, having been an interviewer myself, that the producer had a more precise idea of what would work for the segment after having gone through the first round.

Some of the questions were the same, like the Dixie Chicks accusing FR of inciting hatred, and some were different. I was a bit fatigued for the second try. The producer had to remind me a few times to look up when I was speaking because I was lowering my eyes while I was thinking back to how I responded the first time the question was asked.

After it was over, she said told me that she thought this round was better than the first. "The first one was good," she said, "but the second was great!"

I laughed and said, "You say that to all the interviewees."

She said she meant it but I had my doubts because I felt like I needed an espresso after the two go-rounds.

The sound engineer agreed with the producer, saying, "You had some great (sound) bites in this one."

All I can say is, we'll all be able to find out later tonight. 11:30 eastern, 10:30 Central and after your late local news in the Mountain and Western time zones.


TOPICS: Breaking News; Culture/Society; Free Republic; Front Page News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: abc; dixiechicks; freerepublic; nightline
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EAGLES UP !!! (I hope....)
1 posted on 10/26/2006 7:18:42 PM PDT by kristinn
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To: Jim Robinson

Thank you, Jim. Hope I did okay by FR.


2 posted on 10/26/2006 7:20:00 PM PDT by kristinn
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To: kristinn

I'll have to TIVO it, kristinn!! :)


3 posted on 10/26/2006 7:23:00 PM PDT by Recovering_Democrat (I am SO glad to no longer be associated with the party of "dependence on government"!)
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To: kristinn

Well done.


4 posted on 10/26/2006 7:23:12 PM PDT by Nachum
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To: kristinn

I'll set the DVR


5 posted on 10/26/2006 7:23:18 PM PDT by cmsgop ( Try Miracle Grow, with New and Improved Uterus Growing Power, endorsed by Cindy Sheehan)
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To: kristinn

Is Nats as easy as she looks?


6 posted on 10/26/2006 7:23:32 PM PDT by Doctor Raoul (Difference between the CIA and the Free Clinic is that the Free Clinic knows how to stop a leak.)
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To: kristinn
"Don't lay that at our door" and spoke about the death threats that conservatives get on a regular basis and about the new Bush assassination film and the similarly themed books and plays, and Air America host who called for Bush's assassination

Excellent! Hope this made it into the 2nd interview as well.

I don't have TV but if I did you can bet I'd tune in.

7 posted on 10/26/2006 7:24:36 PM PDT by Siena Dreaming
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To: kristinn

They want an open war against Free Republic, they will get one, and they will lose big.


8 posted on 10/26/2006 7:24:51 PM PDT by jveritas (Support The Commander in Chief in Times of War)
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To: kristinn

Great work! Way to represent! I'm sure you'll make us proud!


9 posted on 10/26/2006 7:24:54 PM PDT by airborne (If Democrats win in November, America will suffer.)
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To: kristinn
Way to go, Kristinn!

If FReepers have so much power to tank the Chicksie Dix, can they get me a promotion?

10 posted on 10/26/2006 7:25:17 PM PDT by Sisku Hanne (*Support DIANA IREY for US Congress!* Send "Cut-n-Run" Murtha packing: HIT THE ROAD, JACK!)
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To: kristinn

I'm sure you'll do us proud, kristinn. Thanks for representing us well.


11 posted on 10/26/2006 7:25:23 PM PDT by Faith
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To: kristinn; Jim Robinson

Their manager tried to blame Freepers tonight on H&C, Sean ripped into him and defended our right to speak out just as Natalie spoke out.. It was 1/2 way through the show for anyone who missed it.


12 posted on 10/26/2006 7:25:30 PM PDT by Arizona Carolyn
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To: kristinn

I will watch Nightline tonight, the first time in years.


13 posted on 10/26/2006 7:25:36 PM PDT by JRochelle (You can believe what you want, but you can't have your own facts!)
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To: kristinn

Excellent!!


14 posted on 10/26/2006 7:25:45 PM PDT by vetvetdoug
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To: kristinn

I'm sure you did great Kristinn, looking forward to seeing you in the interview!


15 posted on 10/26/2006 7:26:39 PM PDT by RobFromGa (The GOP will retain the Senate and House in 2006- Let's Do Something With It!)
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To: kristinn

Kristinn, you have been heroic in the amount of time and effort you have put into this over so many years.

It sounds as if you should have made a good impression on the people in the studio, which never hurts. Now we'll see what they keep and what they cut.

But no matter how much they cut or spin, I think it's a big plus for FR. I first learned about FR and Drudge through a hit piece in the New York Times Magazine Section. Not their intention at all, but it called these sites to my attention.


16 posted on 10/26/2006 7:27:03 PM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: kristinn

I'm sure you'll make us proud! I'll finally watch Nighline, which I have banned from my tv for the last few years.


17 posted on 10/26/2006 7:27:10 PM PDT by RDTF (Iraq: terrorist flypaper)
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To: kristinn
What part of:

Opinions expressed on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Free Republic or its operators.

Does Nightline and the Dixie Chicks not understand?

18 posted on 10/26/2006 7:27:14 PM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist
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To: kristinn

Thank you.


19 posted on 10/26/2006 7:27:21 PM PDT by CheneyChick
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To: kristinn
Terry Moran was not put out by his office being tied up for a while longer.

You could have let him retrieve his binky...you mean old Freeper.

20 posted on 10/26/2006 7:28:06 PM PDT by Doctor Raoul (Difference between the CIA and the Free Clinic is that the Free Clinic knows how to stop a leak.)
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To: kristinn
Great job! BTW, I can't believe that the Chix are acknowledging that they've had a "downfall". I thought things were still great for them.........
21 posted on 10/26/2006 7:28:48 PM PDT by I_like_good_things_too
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To: kristinn

I know you did a great job! I'm also going to tape it. I'm so glad you mentioned the constant harassment and hatred that conservatives get all the time from the left! I hope they keep that in!


22 posted on 10/26/2006 7:28:56 PM PDT by Bush gal in LA
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To: kristinn
Wheee! Got to love it when your enemies give you all this free publicity.
23 posted on 10/26/2006 7:28:58 PM PDT by MNJohnnie (EeevilCon, Snowflake, Conservative Fundamentalist Gun Owning Bush Bot Dittohead reporting for duty!)
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To: kristinn

BTW, the Dixie Chicks weren't even a blip on the FR radar, when you consider all the important topics and issues over the last eight or so years.


24 posted on 10/26/2006 7:29:14 PM PDT by CheneyChick
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To: kristinn

Simply superb, Kristinn.

And, btw, you don't need any make up. :)


25 posted on 10/26/2006 7:30:09 PM PDT by sageb1 (This is the Final Crusade. There are only 2 sides. Pick one.)
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To: kristinn; Jim Robinson; All

Excellent! I guess I am compelled to stay up for another hour now so I can tune in and watch you represent FR on the tube again.

Don't worry about your hairline; you're cute as is and you can shave your head if you choose to. Bald is so in.


26 posted on 10/26/2006 7:30:15 PM PDT by Donna Lee Nardo (DEATH TO ISLAMIC TERRORISTS AND ANIMAL AND CHILD ABUSERS.)
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To: Cicero
I heard about Free Republic in a hit piece by the Minneapolis Star Trib on the Support the Troops movement. Wonder how many other Freepers got their start by the Junk Media bad mouthing Free Republic?
27 posted on 10/26/2006 7:30:36 PM PDT by MNJohnnie (EeevilCon, Snowflake, Conservative Fundamentalist Gun Owning Bush Bot Dittohead reporting for duty!)
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To: Doctor Raoul

You are so bad!


28 posted on 10/26/2006 7:31:17 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: kristinn

Thank you, Kristinn! Great job!!


29 posted on 10/26/2006 7:31:28 PM PDT by Jim Robinson
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To: kristinn
TiVo at the ready, and lookin' forward to more of your best stuff.

Thanks for speakin' up for us - all!!

30 posted on 10/26/2006 7:32:22 PM PDT by harpu ( "...it's better to be hated for who you are than loved for someone you're not!")
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To: JRochelle

Me, too. Tonight we'll be amid enemy territory.


31 posted on 10/26/2006 7:32:28 PM PDT by Donna Lee Nardo (DEATH TO ISLAMIC TERRORISTS AND ANIMAL AND CHILD ABUSERS.)
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To: kristinn

Good job! Next time throw out the "ask Dan Rather" in response to how effective do you think FR really is. LOL


32 posted on 10/26/2006 7:32:39 PM PDT by icwhatudo (The rino borg...is resistance futile?)
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To: kristinn

One question-- Is Nightline a TV show? They still have those? I thought they had all been replaced by blogsites.


33 posted on 10/26/2006 7:33:09 PM PDT by RobFromGa (The GOP will retain the Senate and House in 2006- Let's Do Something With It!)
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To: jveritas
They want an open war against Free Republic

Out of all the conservative sites on the Web and they came after FR?

Yea .. something smells

34 posted on 10/26/2006 7:33:15 PM PDT by Mo1 (GET OUT AND VOTE - SAY NO TO DEMOCRATS)
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To: kristinn
Excellent!

I hope they edit your answers fairly and don't make you appear "extreme" shall we say.

BTW, I would have brought along my own portable tape recorder so that context can be verified.

35 posted on 10/26/2006 7:33:17 PM PDT by DCPatriot ("It aint what you don't know that kills you. It's what you know that aint so" Theodore Sturgeon)
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To: kristinn

Wow Kristinn, I'm actually gonna stay up until midnight and watch ABC. Life is truly amazing sometimes!


36 posted on 10/26/2006 7:33:53 PM PDT by pbear8 (Which senators were recruited by the KGB in the 1970's???)
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To: kristinn

Did you wear pajamas to the interview?


37 posted on 10/26/2006 7:33:58 PM PDT by RobFromGa (The GOP will retain the Senate and House in 2006- Let's Do Something With It!)
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To: kristinn
HUGE HUGE HUGE Thank yous, krisinn! Eagles up, NO DOUBT!!!

BUMP BUMP BUMP!

38 posted on 10/26/2006 7:34:01 PM PDT by Miss Behave (You can't negotiate with people who want to kill you more than they want to live. ~Caller to Hannity)
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To: MNJohnnie

I heard about Freerepublic through...you!! Remember when independent.co.uk had a discussion board? Anyways I think it was you, and I cant thank you enough.


39 posted on 10/26/2006 7:34:05 PM PDT by aft_lizard (born conservative...I chose to be a republican)
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To: kristinn

The problem with the chicks is that they blew whatever chance they had of having me listen to them. I lose my ability to daydream over the music of someone like the Chicks, when I'm busy thinking about how I disagree with them so much.


40 posted on 10/26/2006 7:34:12 PM PDT by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain and proud of it! Supporting our troops means praying for them to WIN!)
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To: kristinn

I had to search, because I didn't even know Nightline was still on! But I have it Tivo'd! Can't wait!!!


41 posted on 10/26/2006 7:34:31 PM PDT by Hildy (Some are born to sweet delight; some are born to endless night.)
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To: kristinn

Good luck with what they broadcast. You should have recorded it yourself to be able to refute their distortions.

They are masters of selective editing..


42 posted on 10/26/2006 7:34:35 PM PDT by TASMANIANRED (The Internet is the samizdat of liberty..)
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To: Peach; Txsleuth; hegemony; Knitting A Conundrum

ping


43 posted on 10/26/2006 7:35:02 PM PDT by RDTF (Iraq: terrorist flypaper)
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To: kristinn

I Great job, Kristinn! I hope there sound bites though arent a cut andedit hack job to make you and FR look worse.


44 posted on 10/26/2006 7:35:12 PM PDT by aft_lizard (born conservative...I chose to be a republican)
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To: kristinn
Tonight on Hannity and whats his name, Sean gave a short plug to Free Republic. He mentioned he and his "Freeper Friends" during a segment discussing the current election in Missouri. He had Pat Caddell on, a former Democrat pollster that is one of the few honest ones. Caddell is somewhat in the mold of Zell Miller and is the "honorable opposition." There is no place for Zell and Pat in the Democrat Party now.

PS
Thank You Kristinn for the herculean work you do for Free Republic.
45 posted on 10/26/2006 7:35:13 PM PDT by cpdiii (Oil Field Trash and proud of it, Geologist, Pilot, Pharmacist, Iconoclast)
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To: Mo1

I think FR is the most powerful and the largest conservative website on the net.


46 posted on 10/26/2006 7:35:27 PM PDT by jveritas (Support The Commander in Chief in Times of War)
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To: kristinn

Outstanding I will certainly watch.


47 posted on 10/26/2006 7:35:28 PM PDT by justshutupandtakeit (If you believe ANYTHING in the Treason Media you are a fool.)
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To: kristinn
The gist of it was they were blaming Free Republic for creating an atmosphere of hate that led to death threats. I answered by saying, "Don't lay that at our door" and spoke about the death threats that conservatives get on a regular basis and about the new Bush assassination film and the similarly themed books and plays, and Air America host who called for Bush's assassination. I asked where's the outrage for that.

BTTT

48 posted on 10/26/2006 7:35:59 PM PDT by No Blue States
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To: kristinn

Great Job Kristinn,

I'll be sure to stay up and watch it.

Thanks for all your continued great work. We all appreciate it.

Take care,
Sonar5
Joe


49 posted on 10/26/2006 7:36:16 PM PDT by Sonar5 (62 Million+ have Spoken Clearly - "We Want Our Country Back")
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To: Jim Robinson

Damn I am sorry it wasn't you Jim. Though I am sure it will be great.


50 posted on 10/26/2006 7:36:41 PM PDT by justshutupandtakeit (If you believe ANYTHING in the Treason Media you are a fool.)
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