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PC World: Top 10 Internet Scandals of All Time (Free Republic & Rathergate)
via MSNBC ^ | 6 FEB 2007 | Dan Tynan, PC World

Posted on 02/06/2007 4:37:21 PM PST by Polybius

The Web is a great way to deliver information, but it's also a great way to expose, spread, or jump-start a scandal.

SNIP

The Net's biggest scandals are nothing if not democratic, touching everyone from the most ordinary individuals to the highest office in the land. Not everyone deserved the notoriety. Some were hapless victims of privacy breaches; others were exposed by hackers or misguided crusaders. But in almost every case, somebody ended up getting fired, sued, or mortally embarrassed.

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3. Dan Rather Bids a Font Farewell

They were supposed to be the smoking gun the Bush Administration was desperate to conceal: four documents, dating from the early 1970s, that allegedly proved that powerful friends of our current president pulled strings to keep him out of Vietnam and put him into the National Guard. But shortly after 60 Minutes host Dan Rather revealed the documents' existence in September 2004, the gun blew up in his face. Conservative blogs Free Republic, Little Green Footballs, and Power Line questioned the authenticity of the documents--specifically, whether a 1970s-era typewriter could produce the superscript th and curly apostrophes found in the four memos.

Instead of focusing on where W actually was when he was supposed to be serving with the National Guard in 1972, political bloggers immersed themselves in the arcana of typewriter fonts--and the mainstream media followed suit. Twelve days after airing the segment, Dan Rather publicly apologized for the story, saying he could not vouch for the documents' authenticity. A few months later, he quietly left CBS--with the inevitable "gate" permanently appended to his name.

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Free Republic and Rathergate make it to Number 3 in the Top 10 Internet Scandals of All Time as ranked by PC World
1 posted on 02/06/2007 4:37:23 PM PST by Polybius
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To: Buckhead; Howlin; Jim Robinson

Ping!


2 posted on 02/06/2007 4:38:33 PM PST by Petronski (Who am I and why am I here?)
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To: Polybius

ALL HAIL BUCKHEAD!!!!!!!!!!!


3 posted on 02/06/2007 4:39:45 PM PST by cmsgop ( How do we know he's NOT Mel Torme?)
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To: Polybius
Thanks for posting..what we really need is a thread rankign the top 10 scandals ON Free Republic..

Anyone remember "Deep in the Heurtgen Forrest?" LOL

4 posted on 02/06/2007 4:39:50 PM PST by ken5050
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To: Polybius

BTTT !!!


5 posted on 02/06/2007 4:40:42 PM PST by musicman
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To: Polybius

Global warming make it? How about Bill's impeachment was all about sex?

Off to read the article.


6 posted on 02/06/2007 4:40:50 PM PST by listenhillary (You can lead a man to reason, but you can't make him think)
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To: ken5050

"Coke is It"....


7 posted on 02/06/2007 4:41:28 PM PST by musicman
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To: Polybius; Buckhead
It was exciting to watch history unfold that night in the blogosphere. It was one of those "I remember where I was when..." moments. Supreme kudos to FReeper Buckhead.
8 posted on 02/06/2007 4:45:57 PM PST by Unmarked Package (Amazing surprises await us under cover of a humble exterior.)
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To: Polybius
he quietly left CBS--with the inevitable "gate" permanently appended to his name

How appropriate. Rather and Nixon, together in infamy.

9 posted on 02/06/2007 4:46:12 PM PST by My2Cents ("I support the right-ward most candidate who has a legitimate chance to win." -- W.F. Buckley)
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To: Polybius

Dan Rather Statement On Memos
Newsman No Longer Has Confidence In Authenticity Of Bush Guard Documents

NEW YORK, Sept. 20, 2004



Dan Rather (CBS)



(CBS) Below is the text of CBS News Anchor Dan Rather's statement on the documents purportedly written by President Bush's National Guard commander:

Last week, amid increasing questions about the authenticity of documents used in support of a "60 Minutes Wednesday" story about President Bush's time in the Texas Air National Guard, CBS News vowed to re-examine the documents in question-and their source-vigorously. And we promised that we would let the American public know what this examination turned up, whatever the outcome.

Now, after extensive additional interviews, I no longer have the confidence in these documents that would allow us to continue vouching for them journalistically. I find we have been misled on the key question of how our source for the documents came into possession of these papers. That, combined with some of the questions that have been raised in public and in the press, leads me to a point where-if I knew then what I know now-I would not have gone ahead with the story as it was aired, and I certainly would not have used the documents in question.

But we did use the documents. We made a mistake in judgment, and for that I am sorry. It was an error that was made, however, in good faith and in the spirit of trying to carry on a CBS News tradition of investigative reporting without fear or favoritism.

Please know that nothing is more important to us than people's trust in our ability and our commitment to report fairly and truthfully.


He's sorry that they made a mistake in judgment.That's what he's sorry for. Nothing else.


10 posted on 02/06/2007 4:46:30 PM PST by COUNTrecount
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To: Polybius
Instead of focusing on where W actually was when he was supposed to be serving with the National Guard in 1972, political bloggers immersed themselves in the arcana of typewriter fonts--and the mainstream media followed suit.

Still had to get their digs in on Dubya, though.

11 posted on 02/06/2007 4:46:32 PM PST by Yo-Yo (USAF, TAC, 12th AF, 366 TFW, 366 MG, 366 CRS, Mtn Home AFB, 1978-81)
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To: Polybius
even a technical writer can't help himself...Instead of focusing on where W actually was when he was supposed to be serving with the National Guard in 1972
12 posted on 02/06/2007 4:46:34 PM PST by Hildy (RUDY IN 2008)
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To: Unmarked Package; Buckhead

Kudos again to Buckhead..the "font" of all wisdom...(G)


13 posted on 02/06/2007 4:47:11 PM PST by ken5050
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To: ken5050
I've heard "Classy Green Eyed Blonde" turned into something of a scandal when someone found out she was a he.
14 posted on 02/06/2007 4:48:05 PM PST by Caipirabob (Communists... Socialists... Democrats...Traitors... Who can tell the difference?)
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To: Jim Robinson

Take a bow, Jim. Proud to be a supporter!


15 posted on 02/06/2007 4:48:31 PM PST by don-o (Duncan Hunter for President. Inform yourself. You won't have to hold your nose!)
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To: ken5050

Or "ClassyGreenEyedBlonde"?


16 posted on 02/06/2007 4:49:32 PM PST by Blueflag (Res ipsa loquitor)
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To: Polybius

bump


17 posted on 02/06/2007 4:49:44 PM PST by processing please hold (Duncan Hunter '08) (ROP and Open Borders-a terrorist marriage and hell's coming with them)
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To: ken5050
"Kudos again to Buckhead..the "font" of all wisdom...(G)"

Ohhhh, [groan] LOL!

18 posted on 02/06/2007 4:53:55 PM PST by Unmarked Package (Amazing surprises await us under cover of a humble exterior.)
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To: Yo-Yo
Instead of focusing on where W actually was when he was supposed to be serving with the National Guard in 1972, political bloggers immersed themselves in the arcana of typewriter fonts--and the mainstream media followed suit.

Free Republic focused on whether CBS was using forged documents to advance their anti-Bush political agenda.

CBS was doing just that.

THAT is the story.

19 posted on 02/06/2007 4:55:34 PM PST by Polybius
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To: Caipirabob; Blueflag

LOL..I remember that one...


20 posted on 02/06/2007 4:55:43 PM PST by ken5050
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To: Unmarked Package

Hey..I thought that wasn't half bad..cut me some slack..(G)


21 posted on 02/06/2007 4:56:32 PM PST by ken5050
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To: Polybius
Instead of focusing on where W actually was when he was supposed to be serving with the National Guard in 1972, political bloggers immersed themselves in the arcana of typewriter fonts

"Instead of focusing on the allegations, the bloggers focused only on the facts."

22 posted on 02/06/2007 4:56:38 PM PST by Mr. Brightside
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To: Yo-Yo

I noticed that, too.


23 posted on 02/06/2007 4:58:21 PM PST by Howlin (Honk if you like Fred Thompson!!!)
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To: Polybius
Without the exposure of the fraud we would be saying President Kerry right now, exactly what CBS and Rather's intended.
24 posted on 02/06/2007 4:58:50 PM PST by tobyhill (The War on Terrorism is not for the weak.)
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To: Mr. Brightside

LOL!


25 posted on 02/06/2007 4:59:17 PM PST by Howlin (Honk if you like Fred Thompson!!!)
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To: Petronski

FOR THE RECORD: CBS Memos Controversy on Free Republic

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1220090/posts


26 posted on 02/06/2007 5:00:50 PM PST by Howlin (Honk if you like Fred Thompson!!!)
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To: Polybius
Conservative blogs Free Republic...

You'd think that PCWorld would know the difference between a blog and a forum.

27 posted on 02/06/2007 5:00:54 PM PST by Plutarch
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To: Caipirabob

Something FR can easily forget.


28 posted on 02/06/2007 5:02:07 PM PST by brivette
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To: ken5050
"Anyone remember "Deep in the Heurtgen Forrest?" LOL"

I remember him well. He sure had people going for quite awhile.

29 posted on 02/06/2007 5:02:32 PM PST by Spunky ("Everyone has a freedom of choice, but not of consequences.")
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To: Polybius
Free Republic focused on whether CBS was using forged documents to advance their anti-Bush political agenda.

CBS was doing just that.

Exactly. And the media continue to use falsified and non-existant evidence, sources, and stories to advance their far left agenda. Fortunately, there are places like Free Republic where this sort of deceit can be exposed.

30 posted on 02/06/2007 5:02:41 PM PST by centurion316 (Democrats - Supporting Al Qaida Worldwide)
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To: Polybius
Instead of focusing on where W actually was when he was supposed to be serving with the National Guard in 1972, political bloggers immersed themselves in the arcana of typewriter fonts--and the mainstream media followed suit

The mainstream media was forced to look at the freakin' facts. REGRETFULLY.

This smacks of "accurate but false."

31 posted on 02/06/2007 5:04:48 PM PST by bannie
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To: TankerKC; cmsgop; Petronski
Don't forget TankerKC's role in the fraud detection.

Here's the historical record: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1212057/posts?page=36#36

32 posted on 02/06/2007 5:06:28 PM PST by NonValueAdded (Pelosi, the call was for Comity, not Comedy. But thanks for the laughs. StarKisses, NVA.)
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To: Polybius
Looking at the other scandals. No one has ever taken an accounting of the Foley follies. This story did impact the election and all for what ended up to be a series of chats between consenting adults. Republicans got mired in this "pseudo-scandal" for weeks and lost momentum and control of the congress in the contrails of this.

At the time, it was known that this was timed like the Rathergate plot to have just this effect. Yet there still hasn't been consequences to those who plotted this and carried it out.

The soft underbelly of the conservative movement is that it has no mechanism to deal with the double standard of the left and no stomach to make the left live by the same rules. We just shrug it off and decide thats how the game is played.

Rush has been trying to change this ground, but till we find the way to deal with these situations without becoming the slimy slicks on the left, we cannot win against this sort of slime attack. Tom DeLay still languishes due to false charges, and the cost of this folly is incalculable.

33 posted on 02/06/2007 5:08:21 PM PST by dalight
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To: bannie

Indeed ... and perhaps if they said bloggers jump on plot to take down a sitting President it would be far closer to what really happened.


34 posted on 02/06/2007 5:11:04 PM PST by NonValueAdded (Pelosi, the call was for Comity, not Comedy. But thanks for the laughs. StarKisses, NVA.)
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To: Polybius

Allrghty!!!!!


35 posted on 02/06/2007 5:11:15 PM PST by armymarinemom (My sons freed Iraqi and Afghan Honor Roll students.)
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To: Polybius

I'd put last summer's "fautography" escapades on that list somewhere too. That was 100% driven by the internet.


36 posted on 02/06/2007 5:11:45 PM PST by jiggyboy (Ten per cent of poll respondents are either lying or insane)
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To: ken5050
Anyone remember "Deep in the Heurtgen Forrest?" LOL

Oh yeah - - but my favorite was quidam. "Trust Starr". Remember all his cryptic posts about "the turtle"?

37 posted on 02/06/2007 5:12:10 PM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: dalight

Great point.


38 posted on 02/06/2007 5:14:21 PM PST by I_like_good_things_too (Don't make perfect the enemy of the good)
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To: Plutarch

I agree! It bugs the crap out of me as well! If one of the meida idiots actually visited this site, they would see...it is obviously NOT a blog... (rolling eyes)


39 posted on 02/06/2007 5:17:37 PM PST by BossLady ("People will do anything, no matter how absurd, in order to avoid facing their own soul" - Carl Jung)
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To: Polybius
While Buckhead and KCTanker sure deserve all honor and respect, I am personally hurt that my report on the Welstone Memorial Party that I overheard on the Acela Express between Route 128 Station and Grand Central Station wasn't included.

Listening to that Clinton sycophant talking to Clinton and also to his secretary was a real eye-opener, especially when he trashed the RAT governor candidate from Mass. And then several of the FR faithful tried to discredit my report, even though it happened just as I heard and reported! I reported verbatum what that empty suit from Iowa blathered in his speech!

And a little-known factoid...when I got off of the train, my bag, sitting on my roll-behind, fell off...and guess who courteously put it back on for me? You guessed it...the Clinton mouthpiece! :-)

40 posted on 02/06/2007 5:17:53 PM PST by Redleg Duke (Heaven is home...I am just TDY here!)
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To: Yo-Yo
Instead of focusing on where W actually was when he was supposed to be serving with the National Guard in 1972, political bloggers immersed themselves in the arcana of typewriter fonts--and the mainstream media followed suit.

Ah, the old fake but accurate angle.

41 posted on 02/06/2007 5:18:07 PM PST by alnick
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To: Blueflag; Caipirabob
Yeah, he/she/it is still registered, believe it or not. Her(?) posts were fairly innocuous, and I don't know if there was any agenda there, but clearly she was a goofball.
42 posted on 02/06/2007 5:19:03 PM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: ken5050
"Deep in the Heurtgen Forrest?"

DITHF. A mnemonic that will live in infamy ...

43 posted on 02/06/2007 5:26:05 PM PST by IronJack (=)
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To: Lancey Howard
quidam was definitely the most entertaining. I would say we (not all, but most of us) were willing consumers of such enticing puzzlements. Quidam would be laughed off the web today, but back then, there was this strange, naive hope that he actually knew more than us.

As for me, I could use a good ***ASH ALERT!!***

44 posted on 02/06/2007 5:29:27 PM PST by Mr. Bird
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To: Howlin; Buckhead; TankerKC

Truth is on the march BUMP!


45 posted on 02/06/2007 5:36:56 PM PST by PGalt
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To: Mr. Bird

The Tsunami is coming! ;-)


46 posted on 02/06/2007 5:38:29 PM PST by Marie Antoinette (Proud Clinton-hater since 1998. Sporkweasels Up!)
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To: Marie Antoinette

Thailand?


47 posted on 02/06/2007 5:58:15 PM PST by Shermy
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To: Polybius

BFLR


48 posted on 02/06/2007 6:08:02 PM PST by Kevmo (Duncan Hunter just needs one jump-the-shark Verrücktenfreude moment by Hillary Clinton in 2007)
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To: Polybius
Bringing down Dan Rather in Rathergate along with his MSM machine was a LOT bigger scandal than Mark Foley.
49 posted on 02/06/2007 6:30:52 PM PST by pyx (Rule#1.The LEFT lies.Rule#2.See Rule#1. IF THE LEFT CONTROLS THE LANGUAGE, IT CONTROLS THE ARGUMENT.)
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To: Mr. Brightside
Typewriter fonts are not arcana, one of my favorites is on the D model executive IBM. I only have 5 old manual typewriter so I an only a novice collector.
50 posted on 02/06/2007 6:47:16 PM PST by ThomasThomas (I just can't say Democrat with out the ick)
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