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FreeRepublic Featured in Newseum Exhibit on RatherGate
1 May 2008 | kburi

Posted on 05/01/2008 6:38:52 AM PDT by BufordP

On 4/11/08, The Newseum opened its new quarters in Washington, DC. I was specifically interested in an exhibit in the Internet, TV and Radio Gallery. The exhibit was "Bias at CBS" and it featured the September 2004 "60 Minutes II" Dan Rather report aimed at discrediting President Bush's service in the Air National Guard. This 9/04 report was meant to hurt Bush's re-election chances in November, 2004.

Comments among FReepers quickly exposed inconsistencies in the documents and led to bloggers on the internet exposing the report as deeply flawed, as well as using forged documents. These inconsistencies ultimately forced CBS to retract its story.

The exhibit describes "how conservative blogs flexed their muscle and played a most significant role in the 2004 election "by discrediting documents used in Rather's "60 Minutes II' report.

Below is a copy of Buckhead's famous post #47 which started the unraveling of Dan Rather's story. His post is displayed as part of the exhibit. The red text are working links.

NYTIMES ^ | 09/09/04 | KATHARINE Q. SEELYE and RALPH BLUMENTHAL

Posted on Wednesday, September 08, 2004 11:10:56 PM by Pikamax

WASHINGTON, Sept. 8 - President Bush's Vietnam-era service in the National Guard came under renewed scrutiny on Wednesday as newfound documents emerged ....

 


To: Howlin

Howlin, every single one of these memos to file is in a proportionally spaced font, probably Palatino or Times New Roman.

In 1972 people used typewriters for this sort of thing, and typewriters used monospaced fonts.

The use of proportionally spaced fonts did not come into common use for office memos until the introduction of laser printers, word processing software, and personal computers. They were not widespread until the mid to late 90's. Before then, you needed typesetting equipment, and that wasn't used for personal memos to file. Even the Wang systems that were dominant in the mid 80's used monospaced fonts.

I am saying these documents are forgeries, run through a copier for 15 generations to make them look old.

This should be pursued aggressively.

47 posted on Wednesday, September 08, 2004 11:59:43 PM by Buckhead





It was thrill to see the key role played by Free Republic in exposing a media lie against Bush at a pivotal moment right before the November election. The Newseum will draw a lot of tourists and many will see this.


TOPICS: Activism/Chapters; Free Republic; Front Page News; News/Current Events; US: District of Columbia
KEYWORDS: buckhead; cbsnews; newmedia; newseum; pajamahadeen; rathergate
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1 posted on 05/01/2008 6:38:52 AM PDT by BufordP
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To: 1 Olgoat; 103198; 10Ring; 11Bush; 1stbn27; 2ndClassCitizen; 2SterlingConservatives; 2yearlurker; ...

DC Chapter ping


2 posted on 05/01/2008 6:39:40 AM PDT by BufordP (Had Mexicans flown planes into the World Trade Center, Jorge Bush would have surrendered.)
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To: BufordP

Cool.


3 posted on 05/01/2008 6:42:54 AM PDT by gate2wire (Even when you know, you never know.)
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To: BufordP

Wow. A FR post in a museum.

That...is astounding.


4 posted on 05/01/2008 6:44:52 AM PDT by patton (cuiquam in sua arte credendum)
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To: Jim Robinson; kristinn; Buckhead

Congratulations to Jim Robinson, Buckhead and other FReepers for their great work in exposing this fraudulent report.


5 posted on 05/01/2008 6:45:02 AM PDT by kburi
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To: Jim Robinson
FReeRepublic is now enshrined. YooHoo.

[Mr] T

6 posted on 05/01/2008 6:46:33 AM PDT by trooprally (Never Give Up - Never Give In - Remember Our Troops)
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To: kburi
"Congratulations to Jim Robinson, Buckhead and other FReepers for their great work in exposing this fraudulent report.

Ditto!

8 posted on 05/01/2008 6:48:20 AM PDT by Enterprise ((Those who "betray us" also "Betray U.S." They're called DEMOCRATS!))
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To: kburi
Damn, you beat me by 30 seconds.

But THANK YOU for taking time out and visiting the Newseum and getting the pics.

[Mr] T

9 posted on 05/01/2008 6:48:38 AM PDT by trooprally (Never Give Up - Never Give In - Remember Our Troops)
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To: BufordP
Good for Buckhead--and good for the country that Mr. JimRob has given us an outlet to expose the bias in media that we see on a daily basis.

In this one instance alone, history was made.

10 posted on 05/01/2008 6:49:39 AM PDT by basil (Support the Second Amendment--buy another gun today!)
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To: BufordP

Very neat to see!

I’m still pretty skeptical about the Newseum - $20/ticket is awfully high, especially since all the ads about it seem to highlight their multiple movies screens.


11 posted on 05/01/2008 6:50:02 AM PDT by Hoodlum91 (I support global warming.)
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To: BufordP

A moment in history that will live for a long time...


12 posted on 05/01/2008 6:54:41 AM PDT by Psycho_Bunny
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To: BufordP

This kind of stuff makes me proud to be a FReeper!

(even a lesser FReeper!)


13 posted on 05/01/2008 6:55:12 AM PDT by netmilsmom (I am very mad at Disney. Give me my James Marsden song!!!!!)
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To: BufordP

Bump


14 posted on 05/01/2008 6:58:50 AM PDT by mnehring
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To: BufordP

History was made... and nothing will ever be the same.


15 posted on 05/01/2008 6:58:55 AM PDT by GOPJ
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To: silent_jonny; conservativebabe; Miss Didi; peggybac; rock_lobsta

Check this out!


17 posted on 05/01/2008 7:00:39 AM PDT by retrokitten ("You said you meant to make brownies! Any other lies???" Bart Simpson)
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To: BufordP

18 posted on 05/01/2008 7:01:00 AM PDT by ASA Vet (Do we really want Huma answering the White House phone at 3 AM?)
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To: BufordP; TankerKC; kpp_kpp
I hope the museum does justice to the way things unfolded here on FR. One must experience a "live thread" to truly understand the power of the Internet, especially FR. You have an eclectic gathering of subject-matter experts recording their observations in near real-time. That is what's extraordinary about the live thread experience.

As important as Buckhead's expert opinion turned out to be, look first at TankerKC's instant inkling that something about the form just wasn't right. It all snowballed from there.

Here's the best link I've found for the way it unfolded, kudos to kpp_kpp for the summary: Bloggers Run Rings Around The Partisan, Lazy Old Media

"And that's the way it was," Walter, on that day in history.

19 posted on 05/01/2008 7:01:22 AM PDT by NonValueAdded (Who Would Montgomery Brewster Choose?)
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To: Buckhead; Howlin

You done good.


20 posted on 05/01/2008 7:01:50 AM PDT by Petronski (When there's no more room in hell, the dead will walk the earth, voting for Hillary.)
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To: BufordP; All
to all: JimRob is "going under the knife" today.

PRAY for him BY NAME! (PRAYERS WORK!)

free dixie,sw

21 posted on 05/01/2008 7:02:56 AM PDT by stand watie (Resistance to TYRANTS is OBEDIENCE to God. T. Jefferson, 1804)
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To: BufordP

Fantastic!

Don’t you have to pay to get in the Newseum now? It used to be free.


22 posted on 05/01/2008 7:03:44 AM PDT by Cathy
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To: Disco Dave; kburi; Jim Robinson; Buckhead; All
You all need to give kburi credit for authoring the thread. I only posted it. Tried helping him through the HTML so he could post it himself. But through a lot of rending of clothes and gnashing of teeth, I ended up posting it.

CREDS FOR THE THREAD GO TO KBURI

CREDS FOR PUTTING FREEREPUBLIC IN THE NEWSEUM GO TO JR AND BUCKHEAD

23 posted on 05/01/2008 7:04:26 AM PDT by BufordP (Had Mexicans flown planes into the World Trade Center, Jorge Bush would have surrendered.)
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To: stand watie

Prayers offered


24 posted on 05/01/2008 7:04:54 AM PDT by do the dhue (They've got us surrounded again. The poor bastards. General Creighton Abrams)
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To: Disco Dave
BTW...is Buckhead still posting?

http://www.freerepublic.com/tag/by:buckhead/index?tab=comments;brevity=full;options=no-change

Last post was yesterday morning.

25 posted on 05/01/2008 7:05:13 AM PDT by KarlInOhio (Pray for Rattendaemmerung: the final mutually destructive battle between Obama and Hillary in Denver)
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To: Cathy

This is beautiful. Its probably the first thing Dan Rather thinks about when he gets out of bed in the morning.


26 posted on 05/01/2008 7:06:27 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: Cathy

Yes. Click on the Newseum link above for details.


27 posted on 05/01/2008 7:07:08 AM PDT by BufordP (Had Mexicans flown planes into the World Trade Center, Jorge Bush would have surrendered.)
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To: stand watie; Brad's Gramma; trussell; Kitty Mittens; kitkat; SE Mom; snugs; daisyscarlett; ...

Sending prayers for Jim .. may our Dear Lord
guide his medical team with wisdom and skill
and provide Jim with His healing and relief
from pain and discomfort. God bless you and be
with you, Jim.


28 posted on 05/01/2008 7:11:29 AM PDT by STARWISE (They (Dims) think of this WOT as Bush's war, not America's war-RichardMiniter, respected OBL author)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks
Its probably the first thing Dan Rather thinks about when he gets out of bed in the morning.

Dan Rather is a DemonRAT, why would you believe he "thinks?"

29 posted on 05/01/2008 7:11:32 AM PDT by ASA Vet (Do we really want Huma answering the White House phone at 3 AM?)
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To: STARWISE

BTTT


30 posted on 05/01/2008 7:12:00 AM PDT by E.G.C.
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To: BufordP; Buckhead
Image hosted by Photobucket.com HELL YEAH!!!
31 posted on 05/01/2008 7:12:07 AM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist ©®)
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To: Buckhead; Jim Robinson

Where credit is due, it is given. Congrats. And thanks Jim for this special and historic place...


32 posted on 05/01/2008 7:14:19 AM PDT by eureka! (McCain....I guess.)
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To: BufordP

Thanks for posting, BufordP.


33 posted on 05/01/2008 7:14:34 AM PDT by YourAdHere (Ramos and Compean are guilty.)
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To: BufordP; SE Mom; Bahbah; kcvl; Laverne; rodguy911; MNJohnnie; Lancey Howard; Enchante; ...

~~AWESOME!


34 posted on 05/01/2008 7:14:46 AM PDT by STARWISE (They (Dims) think of this WOT as Bush's war, not America's war-RichardMiniter, respected OBL author)
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To: Cindy; jveritas; AliVeritas

Prayer ping


35 posted on 05/01/2008 7:15:28 AM PDT by STARWISE (They (Dims) think of this WOT as Bush's war, not America's war-RichardMiniter, respected OBL author)
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To: TankerKC

BTTT


36 posted on 05/01/2008 7:16:39 AM PDT by STARWISE (They (Dims) think of this WOT as Bush's war, not America's war-RichardMiniter, respected OBL author)
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To: STARWISE

Well now, that is just beyond cool :)


37 posted on 05/01/2008 7:19:05 AM PDT by Bahbah (Typical white person)
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To: STARWISE

Amen, Dear Starwise, and I’m Praying for Jim with my Whole Heart.


38 posted on 05/01/2008 7:19:53 AM PDT by Kitty Mittens (To God Be All Excellent Praise!!)
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To: do the dhue
prayer WORKS!

free dixie,sw

39 posted on 05/01/2008 7:21:54 AM PDT by stand watie (Resistance to TYRANTS is OBEDIENCE to God. T. Jefferson, 1804)
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To: STARWISE
well said.

free dixie,sw

40 posted on 05/01/2008 7:22:28 AM PDT by stand watie (Resistance to TYRANTS is OBEDIENCE to God. T. Jefferson, 1804)
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To: STARWISE; Jim Robinson

Prayers for successful surgery and complete recovery...


41 posted on 05/01/2008 7:28:27 AM PDT by SE Mom (Proud mom of an Iraq war combat vet)
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To: BufordP; All

Congrats to all involved!


42 posted on 05/01/2008 7:29:14 AM PDT by ConservativeMind
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To: BufordP; kburi; Jim Robinson; Buckhead

Kudo Creds to JR and Buckhead a part of American history.


43 posted on 05/01/2008 7:30:46 AM PDT by Jimmy Valentine's brother (Democrat, a synonym for Traitor)
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To: Hoodlum91
I’m still pretty skeptical about the Newseum - $20/ticket is awfully high, especially since all the ads about it seem to highlight their multiple movies screens.

I don’t know that $20 is all that outrageous. Admission to the International Spy Museum runs at $18 for adult admission. DC is a major metropolitan city like NYC and prices there are pretty high for hotels rooms and restaurants compared to some other cities. On my last trip to DC, I paid about $20 for a lunch for a simple spinach salad and iced tea at a downtown restaurant.

http://www.spymuseum.org/plan/ticketing.php

I went to the International Spy Museum a few years ago and it was really cool and I’d highly recommend it for anyone planning a visit. There were a lot movie screens and displays behind glass, but also a lot of interactive exhibits and hands on displays. For instance, at the beginning of the tour, everyone was given a dossier of their “spy identity”, name, place of birth, profession, etc. and at the end of the tour you had to answer questions about your “assumed” identity to see how much you remembered about your dossier. There was also an exhibit that showed photos of what on the surface appeared to be common street scenes and you were asked to identify on a touch screen what you though appeared to be suspicious in the photos. I did really good at that one like pointing out two people in the photo carrying identical brief cases, a neatly folded paper bag sitting on top of a trash can and a car with a book sitting on its dashboard and keys left in the ignition.

Living in Baltimore, I am pretty close to DC and make at least one annual day trip to DC. And a lot of museums like the Smithsonian, the National Gallery of Art, the National Achieves, etc. don’t charge any admission.

But I would be willing to pay $20 to go to the Newseum just to check it out.
44 posted on 05/01/2008 7:32:55 AM PDT by Caramelgal (Rely on the spirit and meaning of the teachings, not on the words or superficial interpretations)
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ping


45 posted on 05/01/2008 7:32:58 AM PDT by abb (Organized Journalism: Marxist-style collectivism applied to information sharing)
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To: Cathy

Yes, it $20 for a ticket. kburi went opening day cause it was free. Newsies claim that they don’t want to take Fed money in order to maintain independance. Fed money always comes with conditions.


46 posted on 05/01/2008 7:33:55 AM PDT by Jimmy Valentine's brother (Democrat, a synonym for Traitor)
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To: BufordP
A considerably more detailed account can be found here:

Rather's Ruin and the Rise of the Pajamahadeen

47 posted on 05/01/2008 7:38:19 AM PDT by Interesting Times (Swiftboating, you say? Check out ToSetTheRecordStraight.com)
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To: Caramelgal

I love the SpyMuseum, and I’m looking forward to the opening of the National Museum of Crime and Punishment

http://www.crimemuseum.org/

But you’re right, the prices are a bit comparable. My difference has been the exhibits. I guess I’ve been less than impressed with the ads for the Newseum. I’m sure you’ve heard them - all they talk about is having a news helicopter and several floors of movie screens and TVs. I’m sure it must have more, but everytime I hear an ad, I think I’m not paying $20 to watch TV.


49 posted on 05/01/2008 7:40:21 AM PDT by Hoodlum91 (I support global warming.)
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