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Pioneer Behind Grass-Roots Conservative Web Site Gets Ready to Do Battle Again (Free Republic)
AP via St. Louis Today ^ | Tuesday, November 18, 2008 | John Ellis

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 ...


TOPICS: Breaking News; Free Republic; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 111th; bho2008; faq; fightingback; fr; freerepublic; frinthenews; internet; jim; jimrobinson; johnrobinson; lookmaimadenizen; netroots; newmedia; obamanation; patriotism; preparefortrolls; robinson
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The Associated Press has picked up the Fresno Bee article published last week without editing it, as far as I can tell.

Congrats, Jim!

1 posted on 11/19/2008 12:27:00 PM PST by kristinn
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To: kristinn

FR is more then a blog site. We hash existing news.


2 posted on 11/19/2008 12:28:50 PM PST by TribalPrincess2U
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To: kristinn; Jim Robinson

Kudos, Jim!


3 posted on 11/19/2008 12:29:21 PM PST by TonyInOhio (The people have spoken, the bastards.)
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To: kristinn
Congrats Jim! Now get us the social network tools the Left has to organize conservatives on the Internet. We can't afford to outmanned and outorganized. EVER AGAIN!

"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

4 posted on 11/19/2008 12:29:26 PM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: kristinn

Keep up the great work. We need this place now more than ever!!


5 posted on 11/19/2008 12:29:28 PM PST by SueRae
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To: kristinn

Thanks all for all you do.


6 posted on 11/19/2008 12:29:41 PM PST by mdittmar (May God watch over those who serve,and have served,to keep us free)
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To: kristinn

Woo hoo Hoo!

Bump-er-oo!


7 posted on 11/19/2008 12:30:00 PM PST by roaddog727 (BS does not get bridges built - the funk you see is the funk you do)
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To: TribalPrincess2U

Or is that rehash? Whatever.

Congrats guys!


8 posted on 11/19/2008 12:30:17 PM PST by TribalPrincess2U
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To: kristinn; jimrob

Thanks for posting this cool article.

I’m ready to spit nails. Just say the word.


9 posted on 11/19/2008 12:30:21 PM PST by Kevmo (Palin/Hunter 2012)
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To: kristinn

Emerging from obscurity will have its good and bad effects.


10 posted on 11/19/2008 12:31:00 PM PST by AU72
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To: kristinn

Congrats Jim!!


11 posted on 11/19/2008 12:32:05 PM PST by LiberConservative (Typical white guy)
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To: kristinn

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!


12 posted on 11/19/2008 12:32:12 PM PST by mmanager (It's amazing to watch a 900# Moose drag a 3,000# RINO.)
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To: kristinn

From the excerpt seemed like a pretty fair article too, unlike say something Bill O’Rly would have put out on us.


13 posted on 11/19/2008 12:33:20 PM PST by Domandred (Hope is the first step on the road to disappointment.)
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To: kristinn

A nice walk down memory lane. One very notable story was missing however....Rathergate.


14 posted on 11/19/2008 12:33:23 PM PST by TheDon
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To: kristinn

Hail to the Chief! Chief Jim Robinson.


15 posted on 11/19/2008 12:33:33 PM PST by lilylangtree (Veni, Vidi, Vici)
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To: TribalPrincess2U; kristinn; 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...


16 posted on 11/19/2008 12:33:47 PM PST by wastedyears (Every FReeper is on Obama's Black List. He will try to have us all "taken care of." Mark my words)
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To: martin_fierro
Many of its postings have a decidedly fringe feel.

I am there!

17 posted on 11/19/2008 12:33:49 PM PST by Tijeras_Slim
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To: kristinn

The legacy grows. Now, more than ever, FR will be a major voice for freedom, truth, and investigative reporting and discussion.


18 posted on 11/19/2008 12:34:04 PM PST by BlueStateBlues (Blue State for business, Red State at heart..)
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To: TribalPrincess2U
I'm feeling kind of fringed...
19 posted on 11/19/2008 12:34:30 PM PST by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: kristinn

bump


20 posted on 11/19/2008 12:34:39 PM PST by VOA
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To: Tijeras_Slim

Did you get that longarm from the Pirates of the Caribbean ride?

=)


21 posted on 11/19/2008 12:35:07 PM PST by wastedyears (Every FReeper is on Obama's Black List. He will try to have us all "taken care of." Mark my words)
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To: kristinn; Jim Robinson

I see this bringing in new blood. The Viking Kitties are going to be working overtime. :)


22 posted on 11/19/2008 12:35:07 PM PST by MarineBrat (You can only find truth with logic if you have already found truth without it.)
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To: mmanager

Spin from FR? B.S. Don’t let the truth jump up and bite them in the butt!!


23 posted on 11/19/2008 12:35:08 PM PST by Grams A (The Sun will rise in the East in the morning and God is still on his throne.)
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To: kristinn

Huff is a heavyweight?????


24 posted on 11/19/2008 12:35:13 PM PST by RaceBannon (We have sown the wind, but we will reap the whirlwind. NObama. Not my president.)
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To: kristinn

BTTT!


25 posted on 11/19/2008 12:35:17 PM PST by houeto
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To: kristinn

We are not a blog. If we were a blog, the articles would all come from Jim. We are a forum.


26 posted on 11/19/2008 12:35:24 PM PST by AppyPappy (If you aren't part of the solution, there is good money to be made prolonging the problem.)
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To: kristinn

Congrats Jim. Get the kitties on alert for the incoming trolls.


27 posted on 11/19/2008 12:35:36 PM PST by Jen (The original point and click interface was a Smith & Wesson.)
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To: kristinn

Praise the Lord and pass the ammunition!!


28 posted on 11/19/2008 12:35:58 PM PST by DTogo (I haven't left the GOP, the GOP left me.)
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To: kristinn

Actually not a bad article. But in the search for FR’s notability surrounding high-profile events, it should have included exposing the fake Rather memos.


29 posted on 11/19/2008 12:36:12 PM PST by antiRepublicrat
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To: kristinn

[Many of its postings have a decidedly fringe feel.]

Huh? I guess I’ll take that as a compliment, considering what the media defines as “mainstream.”


30 posted on 11/19/2008 12:36:54 PM PST by KansasGirl (Don't Blame Me, I Voted for Sarah!)
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To: kristinn

Yeah they always say “blogosphere” without ever really knowing the difference between a “blog” and a “message board” and whatever else happens to be out there. There’s a lot of clueless people out there.


31 posted on 11/19/2008 12:37:11 PM PST by 2 Kool 2 Be 4-Gotten
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Horray!!!! Horray!!!!
This is by far the best conservative spot anywhere!
I think Free Republic IS NUMBER ONE though!!
Polly.... who has been here since 2000


32 posted on 11/19/2008 12:38:22 PM PST by pollywog (I will lift mine eyes to the hills from whence cometh my help. My help comes from the Lord...Ps 121)
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To: Jim Robinson; kristinn
Many of its postings have a decidedly fringe feel.
They say that like it's a bad thing.
33 posted on 11/19/2008 12:38:59 PM PST by SmithL (Drill Dammit!)
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To: kristinn
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

Yet no political hack worth his or her salt doesn't monitor FR daily.

34 posted on 11/19/2008 12:39:06 PM PST by umgud (I'm really happy I wasn't aborted)
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To: kristinn

>> Many of its postings have a decidedly fringe feel.

Welcome to the edge of tomorrow. Christ and our Founding Fathers were fringe in their day too.


35 posted on 11/19/2008 12:40:33 PM PST by Gene Eric
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Awesome site, awesome job from all on FR. They made a few digs in the article, but all in all it was ok. I suppose considering the election results, we are a fringe group......oh, well, that can change.


36 posted on 11/19/2008 12:41:14 PM PST by tioga
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To: kristinn

Drudge is an old-style news aggregator, with no feedback mechanism for readers that I am aware. Politico and RCP are blogs. Not sure how to categorize Puff Ho. Free Republic is a forum in the old bbs tradition, the granddaddy of them all. Long may it prosper.


37 posted on 11/19/2008 12:42:05 PM PST by RegulatorCountry
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To: kristinn

Count down to new trolls 10.... 9.... 8.... 7

Congratulations Jim! And Thank You!


38 posted on 11/19/2008 12:42:12 PM PST by GloriaJane (http://www.download.com/gloriajane)
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To: mmanager

Except for vanities, our threads mostly come from news sites, with plenty of AP posts.

But, at least it’s nice the AP admits their stuff is made up.


39 posted on 11/19/2008 12:42:25 PM PST by ConservativeMind (Obama is bringing in every crook and bumbler he can to assure consistency in his message.)
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To: Tijeras_Slim
To the well indoctrinated liberals, things which were decidedly normal only a few decades ago -- -- have somehow become "fringe".
40 posted on 11/19/2008 12:43:14 PM PST by BenLurkin
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To: Tijeras_Slim
Many of its postings have a decidedly french feel.

I SO disagree.

Except for the whine and cheese threads.

41 posted on 11/19/2008 12:43:39 PM PST by Responsibility2nd
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To: kristinn

Now, if we can just keep it up and running. *8>)


42 posted on 11/19/2008 12:43:52 PM PST by wolfcreek (I see miles and miles of Texas....let's keep it that way.)
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To: Jim Robinson; kristinn
It is better to light one candle than to sit and curse the darkness.

Thank You Sir

43 posted on 11/19/2008 12:44:29 PM PST by TYVets
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To: kristinn

FR’s the best site on the web, and provides me with free therapy in these troubled times. God bless Jim!


44 posted on 11/19/2008 12:45:01 PM PST by mainerforglobalwarming
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To: kristinn; All
'Many of its postings have a decidedly fringe feel.'

Who, me? SADDLE UP!


45 posted on 11/19/2008 12:46:16 PM PST by Viking2002 (Let's be proactive and start the impeachment NOW.)
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To: kristinn

John Who? was he born day before yesterday?


46 posted on 11/19/2008 12:46:20 PM PST by bert (K.E. N.P. +12 . Save America......... put out lots of waferin)
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To: kristinn
Bravo, Jim. This is the home for people who spot a problem, carefully look at options and then quickly promote the best solution.

When the Somali pirates started taking boats, I turned to FR to find possible solutions and then found the best solution: allow the U.S. Navy to do its job.
47 posted on 11/19/2008 12:46:31 PM PST by Falconspeed ("Keep your fears to yourself, but share your courage with others." Robert Louis Stevenson)
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To: Jim Robinson; All

There is a reason that this is the main site I go to for info. Seems to me like FR has news way before a lot of other sites do. There are so many brilliant people on this forum that really impress me with their knowledge and I really enjoy learning from them. Oh, by the way, which Freeper do I thank for my Sore/Loserman bumper sticker? I use it for a book mark now and laugh every time I see it.


48 posted on 11/19/2008 12:47:20 PM PST by NellieMae (Here...... common sense,common sense,common sense,where'd ya go... common sense......)
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To: kristinn

This means we are on the Obama “enemies list”


49 posted on 11/19/2008 12:47:38 PM PST by NCBraveheart (OBAMA/STALIN 2012...CHANGE YOU WILL SUBMIT TO!!!!)
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To: TribalPrincess2U
Correction:

"FR is more then a blog site. We hash existing disprove mainstream 'news'."

50 posted on 11/19/2008 12:52:19 PM PST by Uncle Miltie (SARAH *** JOE *** 2012!)
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