Skip to comments.Pioneer Behind Grass-Roots Conservative Web Site Gets Ready to Do Battle Again (Free Republic)
Posted on 11/19/2008 12:26:59 PM PST by kristinn
A Democrat is poised to take the reins of power in Washington, D.C., and Fresno resident Jim Robinson is feeling a sense of deja vu.
It was President Bill Clinton's 1992 election that sparked Robinson's political activism, driving him to create a Web site that made him a grass-roots leader among conservatives before Clinton's term was over.
This year, as Barack Obama prepares to sweep into office on another tide of Democratic votes, Robinson and denizens of that Web site, freerepublic.com, are preparing to do battle again.
"We'll double and redouble our efforts to fight for what is right," Robinson says. "We've got people just spitting nails."
Free Republic, founded by Robinson in September 1996, doesn't attract much attention from the national press and is not well-known among political experts. Many of its postings have a decidedly fringe feel.
But long before Red State, Daily Kos and Little Green Footballs arrived on the Internet political scene, Free Republic was building an audience -- and becoming a formidable political force among conservatives and libertarians that is admired even by some who disagree with its political philosophy.
In a study last month by the Internet ratings firm comScore, Free Republic ranked fifth among political blogs, just behind heavyweights The Huffington Post, Politico, Drudge Report and RealClearPolitics.
(Excerpt) Read more at stltoday.com ...
FR is more then a blog site. We hash existing news.
"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." - Manuel II Palelologus
Keep up the great work. We need this place now more than ever!!
Thanks all for all you do.
Woo hoo Hoo!
Or is that rehash? Whatever.
Thanks for posting this cool article.
I’m ready to spit nails. Just say the word.
Emerging from obscurity will have its good and bad effects.
Taken from the article:
“University of California at Santa Cruz psychology professor Anthony Pratkanis sees similarities in Free Republic and Daily Kos, though they come from different ends of the political spectrum. “Both put out the spin that their supporters want to hear; both either exaggerate facts or just plain make them up,” he said.”
University of California....need I say more!
From the excerpt seemed like a pretty fair article too, unlike say something Bill O’Rly would have put out on us.
A nice walk down memory lane. One very notable story was missing however....Rathergate.
Hail to the Chief! Chief Jim Robinson.
We post small-town local papers, and throw up breaking news for all the world to see before the lame-stream media covers it.
Imagine when freerepublic.com becomes a household name...
I am there!
The legacy grows. Now, more than ever, FR will be a major voice for freedom, truth, and investigative reporting and discussion.