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Free Republic Sows Chaos at Daily Kos Over Huffington Post Palin 'Retardation' Article
Sunday, July 5, 2009 | Kristinn

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.

SNIP

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-)

Recommended by:Clem Yeobright, JVolvo

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.


TOPICS: Free Republic; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; Your Opinion/Questions
KEYWORDS: dailykos; downsyndrome; erikseannelson; freerepublic; huffingtonpost; huffpo; sarahpalin
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Woo hoo!
1 posted on 07/05/2009 10:43:03 AM PDT by kristinn
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To: kristinn

Great news!


2 posted on 07/05/2009 10:45:50 AM PDT by Islaminaction
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To: kristinn

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


3 posted on 07/05/2009 10:46:33 AM PDT by pennboricua
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To: 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! )


4 posted on 07/05/2009 10:47:57 AM PDT by sam_paine (X .................................)
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To: kristinn
Another outstanding job, kristinn! :-)
5 posted on 07/05/2009 10:48:30 AM PDT by GOP_Lady
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To: kristinn

Another HuffPo sissy forced back under the bridge. Gotta love it.


6 posted on 07/05/2009 10:48:46 AM PDT by appleseed
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To: kristinn

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


7 posted on 07/05/2009 10:49:07 AM PDT by Sarah Barracuda
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To: kristinn

Oh how they are squirming


8 posted on 07/05/2009 10:49:11 AM PDT by BornToBeAmerican (We the people, ..... never)
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To: kristinn

They are pathetic.


9 posted on 07/05/2009 10:49:27 AM PDT by SolidWood (Palin isn't retreating, but taking the fight in another direction.)
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To: kristinn
Kossacks

What an interesting word, almost sounds Russian/Marxist/Communist.

Does that mean that the site is dedicated to Marxism/Communism?

Just wondering.

10 posted on 07/05/2009 10:49:31 AM PDT by Dustbunny ("Government does not solve problems; it subsidizes them. " Ronald Reagan)
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To: kristinn

Kudos, Kristinn!


11 posted on 07/05/2009 10:50:14 AM PDT by Navy Patriot (The Golden Goose doesn't exist that Marxists can't kill.)
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To: Sarah Barracuda
Ditto that!!!!
12 posted on 07/05/2009 10:50:45 AM PDT by Dustbunny ("Government does not solve problems; it subsidizes them. " Ronald Reagan)
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To: kristinn
Forget politics, any class of people who can pick on, and ridicule, a mom for having a down syndrome child is just plain sick. Any class of people who can pick on, and ridicule, a child for having down syndrome is just plain sick.
13 posted on 07/05/2009 10:51:14 AM PDT by avacado
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To: kristinn
Thank you!
I missed out on this battle, just now found out about it.

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.

14 posted on 07/05/2009 10:52:12 AM PDT by Kansas58
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To: kristinn

I want to thank Erik Nelson for ensuring the world knew his apology was insincere. There is no cure for that kind of malignancy.


15 posted on 07/05/2009 10:52:22 AM PDT by NonValueAdded ("I've conquered my goddam willpower." Don Marquis)
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To: avacado

Liberalism IS sick.


16 posted on 07/05/2009 10:52:23 AM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps !"~~)
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To: kristinn

Folks be listnin’ to kristinn!


17 posted on 07/05/2009 10:52:26 AM PDT by paulycy (Liberal DOUBLE-STANDARDS are HATE crimes.)
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To: Dustbunny

They all are.


18 posted on 07/05/2009 10:52:57 AM PDT by darkangel82 (I don't have a superiority complex, I'm just better than you.)
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To: kristinn

Poll on the issue...

http://the-sheeping-of-america.dailykos.com/


19 posted on 07/05/2009 10:52:58 AM PDT by TLI ( ITINERIS IMPENDEO VALHALLA)
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To: kristinn
Also, I did not mean for any Kossacks to feel under attack

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.)

20 posted on 07/05/2009 10:54:13 AM PDT by Tanniker Smith (The sun glinted off chiseled pectorals sculpted during four weight-lifting sessions each week and...)
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To: Dustbunny

If anyone out there knows the email address of Sarah’s attorney please post it here. Later on today, I am planning on collecting a list of every news organization, web site, and media outlet who has defamed Sarah Palin so that her attorney can be made aware of it and pursue legal action. This is how we are gonna bring these bastards down. We are gonna do to THEM what they have been doing to HER for the past 7 months. I don’t care if you agree with Sarah’s politics or not, she is a fellow Republican, and it’s about time we stand up and fight


21 posted on 07/05/2009 10:54:18 AM PDT by Sarah Barracuda
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To: kristinn
The Freepers will quote from this and accuse us all of being whining little apologists who can't stand by our convictions.

Kudos to this very rare Kos Kommie, who actually grasps cause and effect. He won't last long, lol.

22 posted on 07/05/2009 10:54:27 AM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: kristinn
Wait until the flow of court papers starts to these Cretins.
23 posted on 07/05/2009 10:54:32 AM PDT by Cheetahcat (Zero the Wright kind of Racist! We are in a state of War with Democrats)
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To: darkangel82

I know, I was just trying to not be like them but still get my point across.


24 posted on 07/05/2009 10:55:24 AM PDT by Dustbunny ("Government does not solve problems; it subsidizes them. " Ronald Reagan)
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To: kristinn

We’ll take one battle at a time.


25 posted on 07/05/2009 10:55:29 AM PDT by b4its2late (Ignorance allows liberalism to prosper.)
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To: kristinn

Guy should still have to cut his guts out and fall over. Articles like his have no place in the polite world of civil discourse ~ he used his chance and should not be given any more opportunities to be crass and filthy.


26 posted on 07/05/2009 10:56:08 AM PDT by muawiyah
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To: kristinn

There’s no other way to spin-doctor this: kristinn stomped them into the dirt.

Nice work, kristinn.


27 posted on 07/05/2009 10:56:42 AM PDT by Philo1962 (Iraq is terrorist flypaper. They go there to die.)
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To: Kansas58
I have a disabled grand daughter and I am honestly worried about nationalized health care, for her own safety.

I'm going to get tinfoiled for this, but start quietly searching for off-grid care for her, because it's coming, imho, sad to say.

28 posted on 07/05/2009 10:57:43 AM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: Sarah Barracuda

I wish I did know his email. Maybe a seach of his name in the state of Alaska will give it to you.


29 posted on 07/05/2009 10:58:13 AM PDT by Dustbunny ("Government does not solve problems; it subsidizes them. " Ronald Reagan)
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To: kristinn
I love the sight of liberals squirming in the morning. It looks like...justice.
30 posted on 07/05/2009 10:59:53 AM PDT by Yardstick
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To: Kansas58
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.

On a similar note, the recent attentions of the Obama Administration seem to be focused on the fact that 30% of our health care dollars are spent on people during the last year of their lives. They may be contemplating a cutoff of health care for the terminally ill, after they gain control of all health care, because it isn't cost-effective.

31 posted on 07/05/2009 11:00:04 AM PDT by Philo1962 (Iraq is terrorist flypaper. They go there to die.)
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To: Kansas58

Yep. People like Erik Nelson are Nazis plain and simple. Denying the “infirm” the right to life. Ironically enough looking at Erik’s photo he doesn’t strike me as a healthy human specimen...


32 posted on 07/05/2009 11:00:07 AM PDT by SolidWood (Palin isn't retreating, but taking the fight in another direction.)
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To: Sarah Barracuda
". It doesn’t matter if she is a Governor or a private citizen, when you defame someone you can sue for liable."

Perhaps you meant "libel"?

33 posted on 07/05/2009 11:01:32 AM PDT by Redbob (W.W.J.B.D.: "What Would Jack Bauer Do?")
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To: kristinn

Great balls of fire!


34 posted on 07/05/2009 11:03:23 AM PDT by Nachum (The complete Obama list at www.nachumlist.com)
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To: Philo1962

You are right on target!
What else could they mean?
Since it is often not possible to know who will live, and for how long that person might live, after a serious diagnosis -—
I think we will be judged based on our “usefulness” to the state, rather than any medical rationale.


35 posted on 07/05/2009 11:03:55 AM PDT by Kansas58
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To: kristinn; PJ-Comix

DUmmies with better PR ping


36 posted on 07/05/2009 11:04:29 AM PDT by Incorrigible (If I lead, follow me; If I pause, push me; If I retreat, kill me.)
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To: kristinn

Thanks for the follow-up Kristinn. OutFreepin’Standing!


37 posted on 07/05/2009 11:06:13 AM PDT by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: Redbob

Yes, thank you


38 posted on 07/05/2009 11:08:46 AM PDT by Sarah Barracuda
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To: kristinn
The diary was never meant to offend anyone or pit Huffington Post against Free Republic, because of course Huffington Post would win every time.

ROFLOL @ Huffington Post would win every time.
39 posted on 07/05/2009 11:10:32 AM PDT by Paige ("All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing," Edmund Burke)
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To: Dustbunny

Actually, “Kossacks” has Czarist connotations.

Make of that what you will.


41 posted on 07/05/2009 11:17:49 AM PDT by NYIslander
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To: kristinn

LOVE IT


42 posted on 07/05/2009 11:18:54 AM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote.)
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To: Sarah Barracuda
"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"

I am sure Sarah's attorney is making a long list of those who will be soon be looking at a court date to appear for a liable suit! GO SARAH!!

43 posted on 07/05/2009 11:18:58 AM PDT by seekthetruth
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To: NYIslander

Yes, this is true but that meaning has been lost to history. My family background has a few of them.


44 posted on 07/05/2009 11:19:57 AM PDT by Dustbunny ("Government does not solve problems; it subsidizes them. " Ronald Reagan)
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To: seekthetruth

I already have her attorney’s phone number, I found it on his official site, but I can’t find an email address..if anyone has it here please post it. Oh I can imagine he already has a huge list going, but he can’t be aware of every single vile thing being said, so it’s up to us to find everything that is considered defaming and she can sue their asses


45 posted on 07/05/2009 11:21:57 AM PDT by Sarah Barracuda
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To: Sarah Barracuda

This has been a long time coming and I am so glad to see that Republicans are not going to take it anymore. We need to see that this constant flow of vitroil can not go unchallenged. The attacks on the Palins went beyond what is acceptable and into the realm of a terrorist campaign. They are throwing out whatever charges, no matter how outrageous or untrue, just to terrorize the Palins.

It must be stopped. And we all can do are part. I have been going on political sites and responding to the critics. So please put me on your list and I will do what I can.

This politics of personal destruction that the Dems used to try to destroy Republicans like Bork, Quayle, Newt, Ashcroft, Clarence Thomas, and it goes on and on, must be addressed in public forums and challenged.

Enough is enough!


46 posted on 07/05/2009 11:24:13 AM PDT by AquariusStar22
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Not that its a surprise, but wow, what a bunch of butt-hurt female dogs those koskiddies seem to be.

Oh noes, we don’t want to hear the truth..it burns, it burns!!!1!


47 posted on 07/05/2009 11:30:25 AM PDT by catbertz
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To: WKUHilltopper

This place sounds more like the DUmp all the time. Do you actually eat with that mouth?


50 posted on 07/05/2009 11:39:12 AM PDT by Mom MD (Jesus is the Light of the world!)
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