Skip to comments.Free Republic Sows Chaos at Daily Kos Over Huffington Post Palin 'Retardation' Article
Posted on 07/05/2009 10:43:03 AM PDT by kristinn
File this under: It ain't braggin' if it's true.
This weekend, Free Republic won a battle in the political and cultural wars over Sarah Palin by exposing an article published by the Huffington Post that mockingly attacked the Alaska governor and her infant son Trig over Trig being born with Down syndrome.
The exposure by Free Republic went viral to Twitter, Newsbusters and Hot Air (includes screen grab) as well as numerous blogs. The Huffington Post pulled the article within hours and issued an apology. The author of the piece of work, Erik Sean Nelson, issued his own apology via e-mail and on the Huffington Post. His claim that he pulled the article himself within ten minutes of it being posted at 6 p.m. EDT Friday, July 3, 2009, is belied by the Huffington Post editor who said it was pulled by HuffPo editors after they became aware of the brewing controversy and by an advocate for the disabled, Patricia E. Bauer, who wrote of seeing the offending article on the Huffington Post at 6:52 p.m. EDT.
A diarist at the Daily Kos wrote an entry late Friday evening Pacific Time with an accurate headline, Huffington Post gives in to Free Republic over Palin article, that provoked chaos at the Daily Kos all weekend.
Here's an excerpt of the piece as originally posted Friday evening:
by The Sheeping of America
Huffington Post gives in to Free Republic over Palin article
Fri Jul 03, 2009 at 09:59:34 PM PDT
On this one article it seems like Huffington Post pulled the piece because of Free Republic.
Palin Will Run in '12 on More Retardation Platform
Freepers state that they forced Huffington Post to take down and article by Erik Sean Nelson titled "Palin Will Run in '12 on More Retardation Platform"
Now I did not see the article but when you go to the link for the article, there is no article at all.
Freepers are happy that they were able to get Huffington Post to take this article down. Sorry to link to Freepers site
That posting resulted in over a hundred comment, many of them attacking the poster and demanding he pull his article down immediately.
The Sheeping of America or a Daily Kos moderator later changed the title to Huffington Post, Free Republic and a Palin article.
On Saturday, The Sheeping of America posted a groveling apology of his own to the Daily Kos over his article about Free Republic forcing the Huffington Post to pull that offensive article:
I just wanted to apologize to any Kossacks that were offended by the diary that I posted yesterday.
There were a lot of calls to delete the diary and perhaps I should have deleted it right away.
The diary was never meant to offend anyone or pit Huffington Post against Free Republic, because of course Huffington Post would win every time.
Also, I did not mean for any Kossacks to feel under attack or believe that the diary would be used against the Kos community. This was my error and I apologize.
(Well, too late for that....) The apology goes on to talk about how "strong" the Kossacks are and concludes (I kid you not) with You Tube videos of Anita Baker singing "I Apologize" and Elton John singing "Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word".
Of course this posting prompted a call for the apology to be taken down:
DELETE THIS DIARY (2+ / 0-)
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This is going to destroy Daily Kos.
The Freepers will quote from this and accuse us all of being whining little apologists who can't stand by our convictions.
Delete it now I tell you.
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by KingOneEye on Sun Jul 05, 2009 at 12:51:14 AM PDT
Well, he got that right.
first Letterman now the odious Huffington Post, I believe we are mad as hell and will not continue to take it anymore!
Thank You Kristinn
Cool! Let us know when King One Eye points back to this post as an “I told you so” to his brethren!
(We appreciate that you do the KOSter Diving for us! )
Another HuffPo sissy forced back under the bridge. Gotta love it.
Save what that idiot wrote so that we can send it to Sarah’s attorney. I want all these bastards to get their asses sued. It doesn’t matter if she is a Governor or a private citizen, when you defame someone you can sue for liable. The libs are scared now because they know Sarah can come after them and I hope she does. Finally a Republican who has the guts to stand up and fight
Oh how they are squirming
They are pathetic.
What an interesting word, almost sounds Russian/Marxist/Communist.
Does that mean that the site is dedicated to Marxism/Communism?
However, with all the Socialized Medicine and Obamacare talk, we should understand that these Eugenics minded libs will KILL OFF the “useless eaters” if they get a chance.
I have a disabled grand daughter and I am honestly worried about nationalized health care, for her own safety.
I want to thank Erik Nelson for ensuring the world knew his apology was insincere. There is no cure for that kind of malignancy.
Liberalism IS sick.
Folks be listnin’ to kristinn!
They all are.
Poll on the issue...
Seriously, they call themselves "Kossacks"??
I thought that was some kind of derogatory joke people who don't like them use.
(Then again, I derided Michael Savage by calling him "Doc Savage" and posting images of old pulp covers-- until I found out that his fans actually liked that.)