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Freepers Owe [Rep.] Price Apology: Politico causes infighting
The Politico ^ | January 27, 2009 | Jonathan Martin

Posted on 01/28/2009 9:52:47 AM PST by Scarchin

Added today:

"Editor's note: An earlier version of this story incorrectly identified the GOP member as Rep. Tom Price. Politico regrets the error."

(Excerpt) Read more at politico.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: apology; sorry
Yesterday in this thread: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2172949/posts?page=279 several Freepers, angry about a news story, made some ugly comments about Rep. Price - implying he's gay, RINO etc.

I repeatedly posted (115) that the story was bogus, but the rants continued.

Folks, let's not let the MSM rope us into this nonsense.

1 posted on 01/28/2009 9:52:47 AM PST by Scarchin
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To: Scarchin

For any weaselly politicians, who’s linguini-spined, pansy-a$$ed selves who were offended by calling them a bunch of gutless sissies, I sincerely apologize if anyone took offense.


2 posted on 01/28/2009 9:56:29 AM PST by MuttTheHoople
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To: MuttTheHoople

Ummmmmmmm....what? Did you read the article and thread?


3 posted on 01/28/2009 9:58:29 AM PST by Scarchin (Withholding judgement)
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To: Scarchin
I saw him on television last nite capitulating to the democrats.

Perhaps part of your request is valid, but he and most other republicans are still trying to be friends with democrats instead of fighting their socialist agenda tooth and nail.

4 posted on 01/28/2009 9:58:30 AM PST by Syncro (Ti Ming -- Use Liberally)
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To: Syncro

AMEN!


5 posted on 01/28/2009 9:59:55 AM PST by DollyCali (Don't tell GOD how big your storm is -- Tell the storm how B-I-G your God is!)
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To: Scarchin
The politico article title...

“House GOP member to Rush: Back off”

Are these even the same stories? Wrong link or changed title?

6 posted on 01/28/2009 10:00:14 AM PST by Beagle8U (FreeRepublic -- One stop shopping ....... Its the Conservative Super WalMart for news .)
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To: Syncro

I think folks need to focus on my point.

A media outlet prints a falsehood and, in reaction, folks here get ugly before checking the facts.

All I’m saying is that we need to be careful.

I’m not excusing what Price may have done or is doing, but he certainly was smeared.


7 posted on 01/28/2009 10:01:43 AM PST by Scarchin (Withholding judgement)
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To: Beagle8U

Did you read my post and check the referenced thread?


8 posted on 01/28/2009 10:02:36 AM PST by Scarchin (Withholding judgement)
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To: Scarchin

Yes, thats where I got the article title.

I see no mention of FReepers in it anywhere.


9 posted on 01/28/2009 10:04:40 AM PST by Beagle8U (FreeRepublic -- One stop shopping ....... Its the Conservative Super WalMart for news .)
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To: Beagle8U

Sigh - read my post and the referenced thread.


10 posted on 01/28/2009 10:07:31 AM PST by Scarchin (Withholding judgement)
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To: Scarchin

As I posted yesterday, winning the election was not enough for the Media.

They want to destroy the Republican party and Conservatives.

“Divide, and conquer.”


11 posted on 01/28/2009 10:09:44 AM PST by rightinthemiddle (Without the Mainstream Media, the Left is Nothing.)
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To: Scarchin

Apologies to Tom Price.


12 posted on 01/28/2009 10:11:40 AM PST by rightinthemiddle (Without the Mainstream Media, the Left is Nothing.)
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To: Scarchin; Wolfstar

Sorry - But there ain’t gonna be no apology.

Not from Free Republic.

Wolfstar and I had some arguments on that thread yesterday. But one thing he and I agreed on:

He made repeated calls - pinged the moderators - to edit the story. They can easily do that. But they would not. They would not even comment as to why not.

Mods can do as the please ya know.

But if FReepers got PO’d at Rep. Price - then Polito is first to blame. Then the mods.

Just my 2 cents....


13 posted on 01/28/2009 10:13:18 AM PST by Responsibility2nd
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To: rightinthemiddle

Agree.

I’m as angry and frustrated as anyone, but we’ve got to hold fire on some things.

When I called Price’s office last night, I was calm but angry. The poor girl answering the phone sounded exasperated. Now I know why.

I don’t remember who it was, but someone posted a picture of Price and made a comment that he “looked gay.”

We can’t become Daily Kos.


14 posted on 01/28/2009 10:14:45 AM PST by Scarchin (Withholding judgement)
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To: Responsibility2nd

Wolfstar is a she (and a pretty one)


15 posted on 01/28/2009 10:15:19 AM PST by DollyCali (Don't tell GOD how big your storm is -- Tell the storm how B-I-G your God is!)
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To: Responsibility2nd

My 2 cents is not to trust the media in the first place and to do some research before jumping ugly.


16 posted on 01/28/2009 10:15:57 AM PST by Scarchin (Withholding judgement)
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To: Scarchin

Hot link

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2172949/posts

BTW. The correction was not added today. It was added yesterday. Within a hour or so of the first posting of the article.


17 posted on 01/28/2009 10:17:02 AM PST by Responsibility2nd
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To: Scarchin

I said he was a doctor and therefore, thinks he’s smarter than everyone else.

Of course, if you know most doctors, they may still be true. :-)


18 posted on 01/28/2009 10:17:51 AM PST by rightinthemiddle (Without the Mainstream Media, the Left is Nothing.)
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To: DollyCali; Wolfstar

Really?

(panting hard)

pics please!!!

(Wolfie - I’m just kidding!)


19 posted on 01/28/2009 10:18:13 AM PST by Responsibility2nd
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To: Responsibility2nd

Thanks!!


20 posted on 01/28/2009 10:19:01 AM PST by Scarchin (Withholding judgement)
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To: DollyCali
Wolfstar is a she (and a pretty one)

Hi Dolly. You're so kind. Thank you. :)

21 posted on 01/28/2009 10:32:34 AM PST by Wolfstar (Some day when we meet up yonder, we'll stroll hand in hand again, in a land that knows no parting)
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To: Scarchin
My 2 cents is not to trust the media in the first place and to do some research before jumping ugly.

In other words, you think for yourself instead of letting any media source, liberal or conservative, lead you around by the nose. I applaud you and wish there were more like you.

22 posted on 01/28/2009 10:34:36 AM PST by Wolfstar (Some day when we meet up yonder, we'll stroll hand in hand again, in a land that knows no parting)
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To: Scarchin

"I repeatedly posted (115) that the story was bogus, but the rants continued. Folks, let's not let the MSM rope us into this nonsense. "

I noted myself that the headline did not match the article. Also, note that the journalist was trying to do the 'wedge' thing of getting Republicans to say something negative about another, then trying to get a 'reaction'. phoooey.

New Rule for Freepers: DO NOT BLAST AWAY AT A GOP LEADER ON THE BASIS OF AN UNVERIFIED MSM REPORT. It's the old 'divide and conquer' by the liberals.

23 posted on 01/28/2009 10:37:34 AM PST by WOSG (Oppose the bailouts, boondoggles, big Government -)
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To: Scarchin
I admire the effort and good luck. Unfortunately over the last ten years it seems like FR has gone from the smooth ride to the squeaky wheel to the shrieking bearing. Many use this board as their whipping post to let out their frustrations without adding anything relevant, intelligent or substantive to the conversation.

And they drive the non-shriekers away or into silence.

24 posted on 01/28/2009 11:12:43 AM PST by Bob J ("For every 1000 hacking at the branches of evil, one strikes at it's root.")
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To: Scarchin; DollyCali
True, Scarchin.

Plus I heard him this morning on CBS Radio saying that the stimulus package SHOULD NOT be passed and all republicans should vote against it.

It looks like he read the writing on the wall since yesterday.

The fact of the matter is that ALL republicans need to vote against this democrat vote buying boondoggle.

Every Republican voted against Clinton's socialist budget in the nineties, so the democrats had to take the blame.

And then the Republicans took over congress in the next midterm election.

Unfortunately they didn't notice they won.

25 posted on 01/28/2009 11:24:06 AM PST by Syncro (Ti Ming -- Use Liberally)
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To: Responsibility2nd
... pinged the moderators - to edit the story. They can easily do that. But they would not. They would not even comment as to why not.

The news source made a horrible headline, and then changed it.

The original thread with the original headline should stay to document the MSM's heavy leftist bias.

FR people are smart enough to keep up on stories like this and correct them without deleting the original liberal smearing.

It also shows that they will change something and never admit they did if it isn't documented.

26 posted on 01/28/2009 11:38:30 AM PST by Syncro (Ti Ming -- Use Liberally)
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To: Bob J
Many use this board as their whipping post to let out their frustrations without adding anything relevant, intelligent or substantive to the conversation. And they drive the non-shriekers away or into silence.

I know what you mean. Here's a perfect example.

27 posted on 01/28/2009 12:22:56 PM PST by TigersEye (This is the age of the death of reason.)
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To: TigersEye

Thanks for the juice...


28 posted on 01/28/2009 2:01:44 PM PST by Bob J ("For every 1000 hacking at the branches of evil, one strikes at it's root.")
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To: Scarchin

Everyone needs to READ THIS.

Gingrey (NOT PRICE) got ‘played’ by the Politico journalist, and it turned into statements that were reported in a way (out of context with a headline that was misleading) that cause a huge (over)reaction. Worse, Politico reported it as from a whole other COngressman making it worse. Rep Gingrey has apologized for it. see Hot Air:

http://hotair.com/archives/2009/01/28/gingrey-to-rush-im-sorry-so-sorry/

Yesterday, Rep. Phil Gingrey (R-GA) made headlines when he criticized Rush Limbaugh for hammering Republican leadership for their pliability on massive Democratic spending plans. He scoffed at the idea that Rush provides leadership, telling Politico that Rush and other commentators were merely “living well” and not having to worry about what was best for the party. Today, Gingrey is singing another tune entirely, attempting to clear up the “misunderstanding”:

Because of the high volume of phone calls and correspondence received by my office since the Politico article ran, I wanted to take a moment to speak directly to grassroots conservatives. Let me assure you, I am one of you. I believe I was sent to Washington to fight for and defend our traditional values of smaller government, lower taxes, a strong national defense, and the lives of the unborn. In my six years in Washington, I have led the charge on many of these issues. In fact, in 2008 The National Journal ranked me the #1 most conservative Member of the House of Representatives.

As long as I am in the Congress, I will continue to fight for and defend our sacred values. I have actively opposed every bailout, every rebate check, every so called “stimulus.” And on so many of these things, I see eye-to-eye with Rush Limbaugh. Regardless of what yesterday’s headline may have read, I never told Rush to back off. I regret and apologize for the fact that my comments have offended and upset my fellow conservatives—that was not my intent. I am also sorry to see that my comments in defense of our Republican Leadership read much harsher than they actually were intended, but I recognize it is my responsibility to clarify my own comments.

Now more than ever, we need to articulate a clear conservative message that distinguishes our values and our approach from those of liberal Democrats who are seeking to move our nation in the wrong direction. Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Newt Gingrich, and other conservative giants are the voices of the conservative movement’s conscience. Everyday, millions and millions of Americans—myself included—turn on their radios and televisions to listen to what they have to say, and we are inspired by their words and by their determination. At the end of the day, every member of the conservative movement, from our political commentators and thinkers to our elected officials, share an important and common purpose in advancing the cause of liberty, reigning in a bloated federal government, and defending our traditional family values.


29 posted on 01/28/2009 2:21:24 PM PST by WOSG (Oppose the bailouts, boondoggles, big Government -)
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To: WOSG

Gingrey sent me an email apologizing for the politico statements, and I accept it, He’s been a good conservative so far and trying to hold the line...

BUT when he or someone else steps out of line we can’t hesitate to call them out on it, use the ‘ole carrot and stick.

I’ll be calling his office tomorrow thanking him for his vote against the PORCULUS bill today and his apology to Rush.


30 posted on 01/28/2009 5:25:05 PM PST by AvOrdVet ("Put the wagons in a circle for all the good it'll do")
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