Skip to comments.NY Post Deletes Free Republic Mention in Malkin's New Column (Fox News Fallout?)
Posted on 10/10/2007 6:18:01 AM PDT by kristinn
This morning, while researching stories following icwhatudo's article about the Frost family and S-CHIP, I noted a curious edit in Michelle Malkin's syndicated column in the New York Post. The credit given to posters at FreeRepublic.com for breaking the story was edited from the Post's version of the column.
A check of other outlets publishing Malkin's column today showed that the Free Republic mention was not edited out by her other publishers.
The syndicated version:
After 12-year-old Graeme Frost delivered the Democrat radio address, which was penned for him by Senate staffers, conservatives on the FreeRepublic.com forum and across the Internet asked the questions the mainstream media wouldn't ask about the family's financial situation. The couple claims a combined annual income of about $45,000. Neither the Democrats nor the Baltimore Sun indicates how they verified that assertion before circulating it.
The NY Post version:
After 12-year-old Graeme Frost delivered the Democratic radio address, which was penned for him by Senate staffers, conservatives across the Internet asked the questions the mainstream media wouldn't ask about the family's financial situation. The couple claims an annual income of about $45,000. Neither the Democrats nor the Baltimore Sun indicates how they verified that assertion before circulating it.
As many Freepers know, the NY Post is owned by News Corp, which also owns Fox News. Fox News recently smeared Free Republic on the O'Reilly Factor and in a report aired by Fox's Washington, D.C. affiliate.
Has the word gone out to News Corp properties to banish mentions of one of the most popular and influential political websites?
That might explain Bill O'Reilly's reticence at naming Free Republic when he alluded to FR on his radio show last month:
There is no corresponding level of this kind of vitriol on the right. Now, the worst one we came up with was some website out of California, the right-wing thing, and we had them in and they're bad but they're not that bad. I mean, I'm not justifying them. I don't like them....
This is speculation on my part, but it does seem plausible.
Perhaps Michelle Malkin should look into it.
O’Liely is bad and he is that bad.
A little censorship going on there.
Makes me shake my head.
They had limited space therefore had to edit the article to fit what space they had. /s
Yes, I would like to hear what Michelle has to say about this.
oops... more coffee, please. One too many “has” in that one.
Have you seen any coverage on Fox about this, even though ABC, CBS & CNN-HLN (even NYT today) covered it.
So, better question is - what 's happening @ Fox?
Good food for thought. Doesn’t Murdock support Hillary?
..no harm no foul, the message sent and understood by conservatives. Michele has a large following and shes read by many other bloggers on other sites
And their deliberate attempt to obscure FreeRepublic's role in exposing this story as something of a fraud is pretty much par for the course.
News Corporation, or whoever made the decision at the NYP to redact the specific source, is not doing good journalism.
After the way you were minimalized and FR was attacked by BOR, kristinn, nothing surprises me. Thanks for all that you do. Great post. Telling.
I wonder if they are even allowed to edit columnists under their contract.
Probably sounded too much like an advertisement for the FR.
If having gossips make them term a tabloid, no problem. But the writers list is impressive, than any paper in this Country.
He was playing the other side of the fence just in case she got elected. The news business does makes you kiss ugly butt sometimes.
Murdoch doesn’t like competition!
None of them can be trusted.
I wonder if this is a half hearted effort to direct traffic to some kind of FNC “forum”.
We usually disect their stories quite well. (like wondering why wasn’t FNC on top of the Frost financial story)
Good summary of the whole Frost thing.
No mention yet of the NYP's deletion.
It meets my definition of a "tabloid" not just because of the gossip columns, but because of its large number of X-rated advertisers and its outright sensationalism in covering the news.
I stopped reading that rag after two specific incidents in the last couple of years: 1) their series of radical anti-gun articles (including one compelling "news story" about a child who had been killed by a stray bullet in a random shooting TWO YEARS EARLIER); and 2) their clear (right-wing) propagandizing back in the spring of 2004 when they plastered sports stories all over both their sports AND general news sections to hide their coverage of a particularly dark day in Iraq for U.S. military forces.
I think the non-support of Guiliani has alot to do with it.
So the solution is folks, we need to work overtime to bump up the hits of the phrase “freerepublic.com” so more people find us.
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Murdoch’s also donated to Pubbies/RINOs, but his two most recent donations were to Hilliary and Harold Ford. Go figure.
...chalk up another couple of grand to Hillie's campaign this past June.
This is all about Rudy. We must not take it personally. It’s NY cut throat politics.
Newscorp execs give to Democrat presidential scampaigns. They aren’t interested in pointing conservatives to action.
In that case they could donate to either Hillery or Rudy.
I’m not surprised, we’re stuck with the NY media and it appears we’re going to be stuck with a NY Liberal as President.
OReilly's grip aint that big or far-reaching.
True. But expect O'Reilly to attack FR & the President on some point on other on Leno tomorrow to promote his book.
The more their true colors fly...
The more people will know what they really think.. (and intend!)...
And the forces and ideas they represent at the core level...
All bad for America.... IMHO
Salutations to all the pajama patrollers and street-theatre specialists from the DC chapter...
I suspect Free Republic is seen as an anti-Giuliani site, and the Murdoch empire is shilling for Giuliani.
You know, I think it’s much simpler than that. I think when people can get their news fix from an angle that agrees with their political viewpoint they’re going to do it. I remember back to the 2000 election when I only had dial up. I NEEDED to hear the news from Rush. I couldn’t take the smug just below the surface celebratory tone from the MSM whenever it looked like Gore would be able to sue himself into the presidency. I still like Rush, but there is no longer any instance where I need to get my news from him. Thanks to FR, I can get my news when I feel like it and it’s convenient for me. I think a lot of NY Post readers fall into that same category. It just doesn’t make good economic sense for the NY Post to be giving FreeRepublic free publicity.
Nothing is that simple in politics, low level economics maybe.
Censorship by the NY Post!
They also had limited space to run a full page General Betray Us Ad, so they cut one or two lines out of every other article.
Now there is a FR exclusive and headline...If someone takes the time to write it up. I don't have time or I would to it myself.
Conservatives as a whole will be mightily pissed if this catches their eye.
No it isn't censorship. It is willful mis-perfomance of the job they are being paid to do. The MSM has been doing this for decades and now, thanks mostly to the Internet, are finding themselves in a hole. And they keep digging.
I'd offer to loan them a shovel but they'd break it, lose it or pawn it.