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.
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
Kudos to this very rare Kos Kommie, who actually grasps cause and effect. He won't last long, lol.
I know, I was just trying to not be like them but still get my point across.
We’ll take one battle at a time.
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.
There’s no other way to spin-doctor this: kristinn stomped them into the dirt.
Nice work, kristinn.
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.
I wish I did know his email. Maybe a seach of his name in the state of Alaska will give it to you.
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.
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...
Perhaps you meant "libel"?
Great balls of fire!
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.
DUmmies with better PR ping
Thanks for the follow-up Kristinn. OutFreepin’Standing!
Yes, thank you
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