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.
Come and get me
Why do they act as if being accused of being muslim is a bad thing?
‘the rumor mill of the right’
When and where was Barack Obama baptised and confirmed?
” Be careful Freepers. But don’t back down. “
AND, armed to the teeth :-)
If Islam is so peaceful and soothing, I would think that Obama would embrace the religion instead of denying it.
I don't know if I can send out a zillion e-mails a day - as Ms. Allens claims we Freepers are doing - but I'll do my best.
Hmmm . . .
Father was Islamic.
Middle name Hussein.
Attended Madras as a child.
Later ‘Christian’ schooling records identify his religion as Muslim.
Brother identifies him as a Muslim.
Accepted by Muslim groups as ‘the’ candidate of Islamic choice.
Endorsed by radical Islamic terrorist fronts.
Denies being Muslim, claims to be a Christian and yet attends a decidedly anti-Christian church.
Nothing above gives me any trouble. I accept the man on the basis of his word . . . and tomorrow I’ll accept him on the basis of his redacted words.
If Obama's media is lashing out against Free Republic, then that means these forums are being read by more people than they initially imagined.
If we were insignificant, then why would they go after us?
Guilt by association.
"Are you now or have you ever been a member of the FreeRepublic website?
I loathe the socialists on the left who DENIED Soviet Communist alliances on the Left in academia, entertainment, and government. And now they go after their own political purge of those on the right.
Thank Heavens for the Castle Law.
You know we’re over the target because of all the flak we’re getting!
You weren’t expecting facts. We’re you?
You weren’t expecting facts. Were you?
The Jordan River. Around 30 AD.
Oh wait. That was the OTHER Messiah.
The quote from Kristinn is accurate.
More mush from the ever expanding (circulation) Washington Post.
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