Skip to comments.About the Washington Post Hit Piece on Free Republic Today
Posted on 06/28/2008 10:36:43 AM PDT by kristinn
The Washington Post published an article today in the Style section about researcher Danielle Allen's efforts to track down who is behind allegations that presumed Democratic presidential nominee Sen. Barack Hussein Obama (Illinois) is a Muslim. Allen is an Obama supporter who works for the Institute for Advanced Study.
The article was written by Matthew Mosk. A curious choice for The Post considering Mosk's involvement in the nefarious MD4Bush scandal in which Mosk claimed to have been given access to a Free Republic poster's account to expose a Maryland GOP government appointee who was alleged to have commented on rumors that a Maryland Democratic mayor was an adulterer.
Mosk displayed the same talent for exposing Freepers' identities in today's article that he did in the MD4Bush scandal. However, the only person he exposed then was the Republican. The person (or persons) behind the MD4Bush screen name was not reported by Mosk.
The article Mosk wrote today purports to be about efforts to track down where the 'Obama is a Muslim' allegations began. However, it is actually a warning shot across the bow to opponents of Obama that they will be tracked down and exposed for speaking ill of the Obamessiah.
Mosk even makes sure to let Obamaniacs know who is behind Free Republic and where he can be found:
Of the file folders that are spread in neat rows across Allen's desk, only one is bulging. It holds printouts of the reams of conversations about Obama's religion appearing on Free Republic. Since its start in 1996 by Jim Robinson of Fresno, Calif....
The effort by The Post to protect Obama from rumors is in stark contrast to how they promoted potentially candidacy-damaging rumors eight-years ago.
When George W. Bush ran for president in 1999, The Washington Post led the way in rumor-mongering about whether he used cocaine in his youth. Bush refused to deny cocaine use saying that denying rumors just leads to having to deny more and more rumors. No one ever came forward with allegatons that they had first-hand knowledge of Bush using cocaine, but that didn't stop The Post and the mainstream media as painting Bush as a cokehead. No reporter ever asked Bill Clinton about cocaine use, even though several people known to Clinton claimed to have first-hand knowledge of Clinton using the drug while in public office.
While Mosk ignores The Post's own rumor-mongering, he leaves the impression of Free Republic as the rumor mill of the right. A fair reporter would have noted that Freepers exposed the fraudulent Texas Air National Guard documents that CBS News used in its attempt to derail President Bush's reelection bid in 2004. Buckhead, the Freeper who called foul on the documents, was tracked down by the Los Angeles Times even though he did not post his name on Free Republic.
Mosk's article closes with Allen complaining that the Internet has become as influential as unions and political action committees (PACs) in elections. Unstated is that the political activities of unions and PACs are heavily regulated by the federal government.
Allen seriously misunderstands the right to anonymous political speech--equating political speech with the right of a citizen to face his accuser when charged with a crime by the government:
..."This kind of misinformation campaign short-circuits judgment. It also aggressively disregards the fundamental principle of free societies that one be able to debate one's accusers."
While Mosk and The Post are furiously protecting Obama from the Obama is a Muslim allegation, they steadfstly refuse to report on Obama's well-documented connection to the terrorist supporter and Osama bin Laden sympathizer, Jodie Evans, co-founder of the anti-American group Code Pink.
The Post article claims that the Internet's danger to politics is the ability to spread rumors anonymously. The real danger is the left's willingness to use the Internet to track down and destroy its perceived enemies. Allen and Mosk's teamwork exposing Freepers is one more example of that.
You underestimate them yourself...call them what they are...communists.
Exactly - why would they act as if it is a bad thing?
They publicly support muslims, terrorists, anti-America rhetoric, anti-military rhetoric.
Do they think we are that stupid?
When all you see in the media is anti-America, anti-military, anti-war, anti-Bush, anti-conservative, what is one to believe other than they are against America, against military, against war, against Bush, against conservatives.
Which is exactly why we are against Obama. He is the most liberal of all of them and will follow their agenda to the letter. Why would we believe any of their claims about Obama?
Yes, and I totally ignored that email and sent to no-one - how wasteful of me and anti-patriotic. I will bet that has gone around 10 or more times. Good luck in getting all emails stopped.
They seem to forget, people are free, people think, people act. That shows you what they expect from the public - no thinking, no freedom, no action other than that designed by Obama.
Well - they are not there yet and there will always be patriots willing to fight for America rather than seeing America destroyed by marxists, communists, liberals, democrats. So what?
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Sure that's how it works.
My friend, please put me on your ping list when the firewords start to rise in your part of the world.
Think we will have to foil the system with disinformation, disinformation, disinformation.
We will have to protect our own identities in addition to any security provided by websites. Most of us post numerous places.
Watch your back. Asian assassins are cheap and the BHO monster has long testicles.
In 2004 the media (Viacom owned MTV included) ran a whisper campaign taht George W. Bush was going to bring back the draft.
MTV even interupted entertainment programming to provide “news” updates (like a breaking news item, not something aired at the commercial breaks).
The Democrats in the Senate and the House were the only sponsors of such measures. And later when their hands were forced they voted against their own bills.
It was a political rumor designed to appeal to the youth vote.
I overheard a woman at a restaurant talking about her teenaged daughter had learned that the whole “Bush’s draft” thing was a lie put out there by the Democrats. She came into the election with a bad feeling about Bush (because of the “Bush’s draft” smear) and then learned to distrust the Democrats because they alone sponsored the measure and lied to her. She said that she wasn’t going to vote at all because she “couldn’t trust EITHER party”.
Way to go. If they won’t vote Rat, get them to opt out altogther. < /sarcasm >
They’ve used the strategy before. They aren’t FOR democracy. They aren’t FOR the open exchange of ideas. They aren’t FOR debate or dissent. They are for POWER and nothing but. By any means necessary.
And Obama is as “chill” with that strategy as any Democrat. He knocked another Democrat out of a primary because her paperwork wasn’t all in order. The press took out a Republican by demanding to see his divorce proceedings paperwork.
The resistance to letting the public see his birth records and question his eligibility is downright hypocrisy considering how he got where he is today.
There are youths who TRUST Obama when he says he is a new kind of politician who does not engage in the political stunts of old. Doesn’t go negative. Blah blah blah.
Liar. If he turns of youth to the election altogether, it is nothing to him so long as they don’t vote McCain.
MAJOR spell check error, I meant tentacles!
I want a preemptive autograph. :)
Obama’s thugs have already come and seen me - I emailed Beckwith about it a few months back -
They didn’t try to shut FR down, they were protecting their copyrights as many other publications have done with FR by refusing to allow full article posting.
FR did end up settling after a failed lawsuit defense based on the fair use clause. Jim agreed to abide by their requests and they agreed to not pursue monetary damage claims. If they wanted to shut us down, they wouldn’t have done this.
Institute for Advanced Study
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In addition to the financial support provided by individual donors and private foundations, some of the Institute’s programs receive funding from the federal government, including the Department of Defense, the Department of Energy, the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities and the National Security Agency. The State of New Jersey has helped to fund the Institute’s work in theoretical computer science and the IAS/Park City Mathematics Institute. Also, some Members come to the Institute with support from foreign foundations and governments.
Danielle wonders why someone named Barack Hussein Obama, who was raised in Indonesia for awhile; would be scrutinized to a small degree about his background?
After all, he is only running to be President of the United States. Not a real important position.
If he was being selected for something important; say the editorial board of the Washington Post, then it would make sense to really dig into his background.
“Obamas thugs have already come and seen me - I emailed Beckwith about it a few months back -”
I have warned other Freepers to be careful. There is nothing that Obama and his Black Panthers, Nation of Islam and maybe worse friends wouldn’t do to get their thug elected.
I’m shocked that anyone could think a freeper capable of even suggesting that Obama is a Muslim...or that he hates America and wants to see it ruined, or that he isn’t really eligible to become president, or that he is a demon-spawned killer of babies and hates all guns and freedom, or...
I have never seen any credible evidence that Obama is (a) not a Muslim, and (b) a Christian.
I think anyone who is thoughtful has to come to that conclusion; after all, is professing Christianity and then suckling at the teat of racists like Obama did evidence of being a Christian? Hardly.
Just a minor quibble. It was a self-admission.
There is also a consensus by all four schools of Sunni Islamic jurisprudence (i.e., Maliki, Hanbali, Hanafi, and Shafii), as well as Shiite jurists, that apostates from Islam must be put to death. Averroes (d. 1198), the renowned philosopher and scholar of the natural sciences, who was also an important Maliki jurist, provided this typical Muslim legal opinion on the punishment for apostasy (vol. 2, p. 552):than he does from anything FReepers might say...
"An apostate is to be executed by agreement in the case of a man, because of the words of the Prophet, Slay those who change their din [religion] Asking the apostate to repent was stipulated as a condition prior to his execution."The contemporary (i.e., 1991) Al-Azhar (Cairo) Islamic Research Academy-endorsed Shafii manual of Islamic Law, Umdat al-Salik (pp. 595-96) states:
"Leaving Islam is the ugliest form of unbelief (kufr) and the worst When a person who has reached puberty and is sane voluntarily apostasizes from Islam, he deserves to be killed. In such a case, it is obligatory to ask him to repent and return to Islam. If he does it is accepted from him, but if he refuses, he is immediately killed."
Finally, Warraq (p.19) summarizes the means by which convicted apostates have been killed, typically by the sword (i.e., beheading)
" though there are examples of apostates tortured to death, or strangled, burned, drowned, impaled, or flayed. The Caliph Umar [d. 644] used to tie them to a post and had lances thrust into their hearts, and the [Mameluke] Sultan Baybars II (1308-09) made [their] torture legal."
TB —like your list but your forgot to list the Pentagon bombing in 2001. Also, because I live in the area, I remember someone bombing/attacking the CIA building in Fairfax, VA sometime in the late ‘80’s? Someone...help me with the dates. I believe the fellow convicted was a Muzzie —
Both of you : add the word *thugs*.
I have had up close and personal encounters with these people and they would not hesitate to physically assault a 5’3’ 60-year-old woman (who just happened to be accompanied by two 6’3’ soldiers), nor would they shy away from lying through their teeth about anyone who disagrees with them in public, including attempts to destroy the opponents’ businesses.
THUGS. That includes the women.
Over a period of 45 years, they have earned my complete opposition and contempt.
“allen and mosk’s teamwork exposing freepers is one more example of that.”
teamwork exposing freepers?
sounds like the future secret police hunting out enemies of the state.
(heil obama and hillary!!!)
MacArthur Foundation, which doles out as much as $500,000 to individuals like Danielle Allen, a Classics professor at University of Chicago, to help her write about Thucydides, Aristotle, and Hobbes.
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No conversation in the United Statesor anywhere in the world, for that matter, since skin color seems to be a universal indicator of statusis as charged and complex as the one about race. It is, among other things, quite personalwhat MacArthur Fellow Danielle Allen calls racial distrust is deeply ingrained, and every person brings to these matters his or her sense of pride, principle, and hurt. The consequences of past and continuing discrimination affect virtually every matter that OSI deals with, for there can be no truly open society where access and opportunities are limited by race.
personally, I’d have been more afraid of the guy in post # 157
Widely known for her work on justice and citizenship in ancient Athens and its application to modern America, Danielle Allen is the author of The World of Prometheus: The Politics of Punishing in Democratic Athens (2000) and Talking to Strangers: Anxieties of Citizenship Since Brown vs. the Board of Education (2004).
In 2002 she was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship for her ability to combine “the classicist’s careful attention to texts and language with the political theorist’s sophisticated and informed engagement.”
Allen’s plans for future work include a theoretical study of politics and change; an historical study of Platonic political thought; an examination of the concept of equality; and a theoretical study of democracy, knowledge and higher education.
I swear Obama has expropriated Frank Sinatra’s style. He’s doing a Sinatra album cover without the tie and hat.
ANDY MARTIN RESPONDS TO WASHINGTON POST ARTICLE NAMING MARTIN AS THE SOURCE OF COMMENTS ABOUT OBAMA’S RELIGIOUS ROOTS
Ms. Allen has been using tax exempt facilities to conduct her political research. Once again, an Obama supporter is caught apparently violating the law (by using tax-exempt facilities to do Obama campaign research).
neither Mosk nor Allen disclose any contacts Allen had with the Obama campaign, perhaps because of the sensitivity of using tax exempt facilities to conduct political research for Obama’s campaign. How could Mosk write an article and leave out a question about Allen’s contact with Obama’s campaign?
“Ms. Allen’s role is left hanging. She literally appears out of thin air. She claims to have accumulated masses of information, done research, and yet had no visible impact on the campaign until Mosk identified her on June 28th. Very, very strange. What impact has she had to justify her sudden appearance in the Post?
“How did Mosk find Allen if she had no public record of any involvement? Obviously he was steered to her by the Obama campaign, a fact Mosk neglects to disclose. I would suggest that if Mosk was steered to her by the Obama campaign Mr. Mosk needs to write a follow-up story and disclose his own research record; it raises serious suspicions.
“The article says Allen met Obama as a ‘dean,’ but Obama had stopped teaching at the law school by the time Allen became a dean somewhere else in the university. There is an inconsistency here.
Their next plan (after Obeymao is elected) will be to have schoolchildren turn in their parents to “the authorities” whenever they hear them saying anything negative about Tsar Obama, the benevolent.
Is there a card or a special mark, handshake, etc or anything that a person may use to verify their religious beliefs?
Probably because it didn’t work with Bush either.
Right on! Could there even be 100,000 voters who’ll switch their votes from Obama to McCain based upon fears that he is Muslim, or the knowledge that his father’s family is?
In any event, it couldn’t be more clear that he is totally irreligious. Not only does he have no true religious conviction, he thinks religion is sufficiently unimportant that faking religious conviction is perfectly acceptable. (It is for that reason it would also insults atheists and agnostics to call him either: atheists and agnostics regard religion as sufficiently important to take a stand for their beliefs.)
Any affection Obama has or had for Islam is going to be either innocuous pride in heritage, or (typical) manifestation of a radical’s embrace of anything which they see as an alternative to the American establishment and traditional values. It certainly will have zero to do with an actual belief that the Quran is the true word of God as given to Mohammed.
They're nervous. After all, FR got their guru Dan Rather out of journalism after 50 years.
They'll mention us, but it will never be anything positive.
But they know they have to respond, because this website is consistently accurate in revealing the ugliness of the liberals, socialists and Democrats.
Yes, that is very available for most. If nothing else church records, but most keep their own records of these matters.
Oppression of the truth and silencing of the dissenters is a muslim tactic, and the democrats and communists use it all the time as well.
Frankly, I'm glad that Obama and the WaPo are scared. It makes me proud to be a member of this website. FReepers are making a difference and helping keep this country free of closet Muslim/Marxists like Obama, and frauds like John Kerry.
Thank you Jim Robinson for making it all possible.
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I’ve got news for these turkeys. Whether Obama is or is not a Muslim is not just being discussed on Free Republic. I get e-mails all the time from people who never even heard of Free Republic (yes, it’s hard to believe but there are those out there) who are sending me “Obama Is A Muslim” e-mails. My e-mail mailbox is full of them.
I cannot imagine how bad it would be without online forums like Free Republic.
Sean Hannity and Rush Limbaugh certainly do help me find peace of mind as well, because I know their reports would never be broadcast by the devious goons in the MSM.
Obama will go after brave men like Jim, Rush and Sean if he gets into office. I really do believe that.
Let's just hope and pray that McCain doesn't blow it before November gets here.