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U.S. Military Report on Use of Blogs in Warfare Credits Free Republic
Tuesday, April 1, 2008 | Kristinn

Posted on 04/01/2008 7:04:03 PM PDT by kristinn

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To: FlingWingFlyer; mware

There was that picture of the Iraqi woman holding two fresh cartridges in her hand; the caption claimed that they had penetrated her home and caused whatever sort of havoc.


51 posted on 04/01/2008 10:25:41 PM PDT by wastedyears (The US Military is what goes Bump in the night.)
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To: kristinn

Bringing down those responsible for the faked National Guard story was fun back in 2004.

I’d say that the *power* of discussion forums is in their feedback loop...lots of people can get involved in a conversation quickly, and they can rapidly adjust to new information as it becomes known to the group.

It’s similar in that “feedback” quality to how capitalism sees markets adjust prices based upon feedback from producers (supply) and consumers (demand).

And anytime you can compare a new paradigm directly to the radical and uber-powerful force of capitalism, you’ve got yourself a new winner.


52 posted on 04/01/2008 10:34:36 PM PDT 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: Polybius

I’m proud to be part of it.

Dunno what I can contribute, but I’m happy.


53 posted on 04/01/2008 10:37:12 PM PDT by wastedyears (The US Military is what goes Bump in the night.)
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To: kristinn
Who has a link to the original FR thread that exposed Rather please link it here. :-)


So I can read my posts...

54 posted on 04/02/2008 12:07:12 AM PDT by Red Steel
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To: Old Sarge
I blogged from the war zone, right here on FR. All my posts were vetted.

I'm still doing it. There's a whole lot of stuff I don't say because it just wouldn't be cool.

So there. Come and get me, copper.

LOL!

BTW, so far, it's quiet this morning.

55 posted on 04/02/2008 12:36:15 AM PDT by Allegra (Tehran delenda est)
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To: Polybius

Well put. And the MSM doesn’t understand that, and probably is structurally and ideologically incapable of ever understanding that.


56 posted on 04/02/2008 3:31:55 AM PDT by FreedomPoster (<===Typical White American)
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To: Buckhead; Jim Robinson; SandRat

Additionally, reputable blogs not only fact-check the lazy or intentional misreporting of the drive-by’s but they fact check each other.

A reputable blog will correct and acknowlege any inaccuracies and provide all substantiating links.

FR bump!


57 posted on 04/02/2008 4:38:10 AM PDT by prairiebreeze (Too blessed to be stressed.)
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To: Red Steel
Who has a link to the original FR thread that exposed Rather please link it here. :-)

Documents Suggest Special Treatment for Bush in Guard [post 47]

58 posted on 04/02/2008 6:24:25 AM PDT by Polybius
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To: Polybius
What they fail to mention, however, is that Free Republic is not a "blog". It is a "Forum".

They do mention it. From the reports introduction:

Despite the fact that the initial questions about the CBS story were posted on a discussion forum instead of a blog,

59 posted on 04/02/2008 6:49:43 AM PDT by lowbridge ("I can't wait to see what he stands for." - Susan Sarandon on her support of Barack Obama)
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To: kristinn
As a result of these phenomena and CBS’ inability to authenticate the documents, several CBS employees, including producer Mary Mapes, were asked to resign. Within a month, Dan Rather announced his own retirement.

Those two sentences make me smile.

CBS executive Jonathan Klein said of the bloggers, “You couldn’t have a starker contrast between the multiple layers of checks and balances (at 60 Minutes) and a guy sitting in his living room in his pajamas writing.” 2

Pajama Patrol still trumps the [nonexistent] multiple layers of checks and balances at CBS.

60 posted on 04/02/2008 7:29:20 AM PDT by Arrowhead1952 (Just say "No" to BO.)
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To: GVnana
“The enemy aggressively ‘reads’ our open source and continues to exploit such information for use against our forces,” he wrote. “Some soldiers continue to post sensitive information to Internet Web sites and blogs. … Such OPSEC violations needlessly place lives at risk and degrade the effectiveness of our operations.” 6

A warning for many.

Personally, I think there are more traitors working for the New York Slimes and the Washington Compost or other print media exposing "sensitive information to the enemy" than all the US Military personnel.

61 posted on 04/02/2008 7:54:53 AM PDT by Arrowhead1952 (Just say "No" to BO.)
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To: RandallFlagg
Couric's clothing choices. She was in mourning in December '03.

When I saw those two pictures, my first thought was "Look at that &*^%$&^ bi+**."

62 posted on 04/02/2008 7:58:17 AM PDT by Arrowhead1952 (Just say "No" to BO.)
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To: Buckhead; r-q-tek86; Chode; prairiebreeze; 1COUNTER-MORTER-68; Jim Robinson; Obadiah; ...
They don’t need to run influence operations on bloggers - the bloggers have a position, and argue it every day, and this influences public debate. As if Wretchard and Bill Roggio and Michael Yon (1) needed prompting to support the war effort and (2) could be manipulated in any event.
Hear, Hear!

The perspective of Associated Press journalism is entirely predictable - journalism consistently promotes itself by criticizing and second guessing everyone who takes responsibility to get things done. That is why it so consistently undermines military, police, and business.

That leftist bias is why FR and conservative blogs are motivated to add perspective to the resulting information/disinformation stream. We are just not the place to look for someone to run a disinformation campaign; we aren't even able to do that. We are in fact a challenge to any disinformation program.


63 posted on 04/02/2008 8:05:03 AM PDT by conservatism_IS_compassion (The Democratic Party is only a front for the political establishment in America - Big Journalism.)
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To: conservatism_IS_compassion

BTTT


64 posted on 04/02/2008 8:17:00 AM PDT by E.G.C.
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To: Arrowhead1952

Agreed and bump.


65 posted on 04/02/2008 8:22:08 AM PDT by txhurl
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To: conservatism_IS_compassion; kristinn; All

Thanks very much for the ping c_I_c. Thanks to all posters.

OUTSTANDING THREAD!

BUMP-TO-THE-TRUTH!


66 posted on 04/02/2008 8:29:14 AM PDT by PGalt
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To: txflake
It's almost a sad fact when I see

Loose lips sink ships.

before I post a comment, and the DBM can and does say anything they want that the ememy can use against us. Maybe they should have the same warning.

67 posted on 04/02/2008 8:34:20 AM PDT by Arrowhead1952 (Just say "No" to BO.)
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To: Alia
Of course Academic Lefties will howl in outrage.

Foreigners may expect as much after paying a fair amount of bribes to academia.
68 posted on 04/02/2008 8:45:12 AM PDT by Milhous (Gn 22:17 your descendants shall take possession of the gates of their enemies)
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To: kristinn

This is a great article. Big Media is dead, but...they simply do no know it yet.

Like a chicken with its head cut off, they lumber around and give the appearance of animation, all the while oblivious to their fate.

They want to change with the times, but will be unable to, in my opinion.

(BTW...good to see you last week...keep up the good work!)


69 posted on 04/02/2008 8:48:50 AM PDT by rlmorel (Liberals: If the Truth would help them, they would use it.)
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70 posted on 04/02/2008 8:51:40 AM PDT by Milhous (Gn 22:17 your descendants shall take possession of the gates of their enemies)
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To: Polybius
"...The "multiple layers of checks and balances at 60 Minutes" amount to what? A couple of dozen staffers?"

And obsequious ones at that, who tend to give those above them what they want to hear. Some check and balance.

71 posted on 04/02/2008 8:52:28 AM PDT by rlmorel (Liberals: If the Truth would help them, they would use it.)
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To: Polybius

THAT is an excellent observation. Good job.


72 posted on 04/02/2008 9:00:02 AM PDT by rlmorel (Liberals: If the Truth would help them, they would use it.)
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To: kristinn
The report also discusses the feasibility of "clandestinely recruiting or hiring prominent bloggers" for information warfare and of the reticence the military has toward using the Internet for disinformation campaigns.

Sounds spooky!

73 posted on 04/02/2008 9:05:36 AM PDT by McGruff (Support Rush's Operation CHAOS - Crush Hillary And Obama Simultaneously)
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To: RandallFlagg
Great juxtaposition of photos capturing Couric's reaction. Regarding fake Beirut photos:
The Israeli-Hezbollah War of 2006: The Media as a Weapon in Asymmetrical Conflict
By Marvin Kalb

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The upshot is a new kind of populist journalism, which strongly influences the story that is being covered. Indeed, the journalist or, in this new age, the commentator, often becomes part of the story.

During the Lebanon War, for example, the bloggers had more influence over the flow of the story than they had had during any other war. Ravi Nessman, the senior Jerusalem correspondent of the Associated Press, thought the influence of the bloggers, especially in the United States, was "unprecedented." When the bloggers [in the U.S.] discovered that photographs had been doctored, "the credibility of the bloggers ... skyrocketed and our credibility plummeted." Nessman added, "After that everything that we did was suspect. And that makes it very difficult to cover a war, to have honest people who are trying, who are not doctoring photographs, who are not taking one side or the other, but who are trying to present the truth of what is going on there, and have everything we say be examined, which is fair, but basically be questioned as a lie, and starting with that premise that the media is lying."

74 posted on 04/02/2008 9:26:02 AM PDT by Milhous (Gn 22:17 your descendants shall take possession of the gates of their enemies)
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To: Arrowhead1952

No doubt.


75 posted on 04/02/2008 9:36:09 AM PDT by GVnana ("They're still analyzing the first guy. What do I have to worry about?" - GWB)
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To: PhilDragoo; kristinn

We’ll never forget this!!

Good graphic Phil.


76 posted on 04/02/2008 10:44:10 AM PDT by potlatch
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To: Polybius
Thanks for the link. It was the other one that was posted by Howlin I was looking for, which Buckhead cross linked it. It's the thread that hyperlinked the PDF files of the forgeries.

THE "New" CBS BUSH DOCUMENTS: Let's do some investigating

77 posted on 04/02/2008 1:46:44 PM PDT by Red Steel
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To: conservatism_IS_compassion
Image hosted by Photobucket.com bingo...
78 posted on 04/02/2008 3:15:44 PM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist )
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To: Polybius

You nailed who we are quite nicely..


79 posted on 04/02/2008 7:07:31 PM PDT by Dog
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To: Squantos
Great thread folks.......sorry for the mass ping but figured ya’ll might enjoy this.......

This is the source list of over 1100 MilBlogs I generally use for a quick search when I'm after one. There are a couple of other good compilations, several specific by service, locale or activity/MOS, and numerous blogs not listed or spring up or dying out with new deployments, but it's a real good starting point.

80 posted on 04/04/2008 11:17:20 AM PDT by archy (Et Thybrim multo spumantem sanguine cerno. [from Virgil's *Aeneid*.])
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