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.
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.
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