Skip to comments.AOL Libels Free Republic; Web Giant Falsely Accuses Conservative Site of Hosting Child Porn
Posted on 09/22/2010 8:23:10 PM PDT by kristinn
The Internet giant AOL libeled Free Republic as "hosting child pornography" in an article published Wednesday, September 22, 2010, at their Daily Finance news site. The site's masthead reads: Daily Finance An AOL Money & Finance Site.
Authored by Daily Finance media columnist Jeff Bercovici, the article entitled Muzzled Reporter Says 'Maw of Yahoo' No Place for Journalism tells the story about John Cook's reasons for leaving Yahoo News and returning to his previous gig with Gawker. According to the article, Cook was the senior national affairs reporter for Yahoo's The Upshot news blog. Bercovici notes that he and Cook are friends and former colleagues.
In the article, Bercovici writes that among Cook's reasons for leaving Yahoo News was that he was not allowed to write about Free Republic:
"But Cook offers a different interpretation of his move, saying that Yahoo's corporate conservatism repeatedly got in the way of his attempts to report the news. In one instance, Cook was forced to bowdlerize a quotation from New York Times reporter James Risen; he was told that referring to masturbation, even euphemistically, was unacceptable. On similar grounds, he was prohibited from writing about the conservative website Free Republic hosting child pornography. Most glaringly, he was told that a proposed story on the Obama Administration raising the salary of White House staffers by 9% lacked the necessary balance; it was killed."
The original paragraph includes a link to a Salon.com article about a scammer creating a user account at Free Republic and posting a link to an alleged child porn site on his home page.(Salon reports it did not directly verify the link.)
The article explicitly exonerates Free Republic of "hosting child pornography" and instead cites the site as being "lax" in its registration process:
"Now FreeRepublic.com is not hosting or even "condoning" child pornography. It's just that it's so ridiculously easy to set up a profile and get your own FreeRepublic page that apparently anyone can and will do it. Theoretically, someone could do this at Kos or OpenSalon. (But, as far as we know, no one has.)"
"...Free Republic appears to delete profiles started for spamming purposes (unless user "freehoodia" was "banned or suspended" for some other reason, like supporting TARP), so, again, all we're accusing it of is being somewhat lax in its moderation of the user registration process."
AOL's Daily Finance presents itself as a professional journalistic enterprise with a full editorial staff overseeing their reporters.
Yet even with a link to the article that flatly refutes AOL's claim that Free Republic hosts child pornography, AOL printed the libel anyway.
Corrective action will be sought.
We will not go silently into the night.
So who is really behind this...Soros? Who is willing to offer aol as a sacrifice? This really means that FR has become broadly respected and somebody feels their agenda is threatened.
Like 20 years worth!
Is than an Apple?
Is than an Apple?
Is >that< an Apple?
I would say- Go after Wiki too. That crosses the line.
‘He is sort of an internet version of Jayson Blair.’
This is unfair to Blair. He wrote about real things — he just made up the interesting details.
Yea AOL sucked so bad i had to cancel a checking account to get them to stop charging me for something i hadn’t used in over 2 years.
Phone calls didn’t work.
Jim, perhaps you didn't know this, but the boys and I have been buying and storing barrels of whoop-a$$.
You let us know when you're in the mood for a keggar.
I can barely keep myself from putting on the toga as it is.
Anything they can do we can do better.... We can do anything better than them.... (sing it! lol)
Who wants to check how lax DU is?
Yep, I found an Islamic site hidden under one of our links..
contacted the moderators and they were on it in a heart beat.
I just hope they spelled our name correctly and posted our url as a HOT link. Let all our NEW readers be the judge.
By the way, got a phone call from some pansy ass liberal the other day complaining about all the violence on FR. I eventually had to hang up on him to get him off the line, but then he starts dialing back every couple of minutes. I’d call that form of harassment “verbal violence.” Not very lady-like at all.
“We will not vanish without a fight! We’re going to live on! We’re going to survive!”
I got yer back, pal.
Not I said the chick. There’s only so much crazy a person can handle.
This is what Cook considers news...
And those were some of the most disgusting things I have ever seen. Brrrrrr
MONDAY, AUGUST 30, 2010 Curtis Lu, Time Warner Inc. under investigation by the SEC, the Department of Justice, the FBI ,the US Patent Office for Criminal Activities Surrounding the Hiding of Details of massive fraud that will Cost the Shareholders of Time Warner Inc. , AOL and Warner Bros. Billions of Dollars.
. Re: Official Formal Complaint sent by Official SEC Email and Official Email Addresses to Other Investigatory Agencies and Committees addressed herein, Against Warner Bros. Entertainment, Inc., AOL Inc. and Time Warner, regarding Trillion Dollar alleged fraud on Shareholders; FASB No. 5 and other SEC, accounting violations and Violations of State, Federal and International Laws; Rescissory rights of Shareholders; Evidence and Important Information for the SEC regarding ongoing SEC Investigations of Bernard L. Madoff, Marc S. Dreier, Allen Stanford, Proskauer Rose, Galleon Enron Broadband, Enron, Arthur Andersen, and more.
. AOL, Inc. Chairman and CEO: Tim Armstrong; General Counsel and Executive Vice President, Corporate Development: Ira Parker; Assistant General Counsel - Patent Litigation, Prosecution, and Licensing: Christopher Day; Executive Escalation Team: Jerry McKinley
I imagine those IP addresses are archived somewhere in FR servers.
That doesn't mean that the WaPo hosted it, does it? It means that somebody is a sick individual who needs to be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.
I’ve seen repulsive pics also, but apparently FR is ok with posting Michelle Obama pics, so we’re stuck with them...
Well, I have written about Mohammad’s relationship with Aisha. But that was more about child molestation and not pornographic.
Your memory is not faulty, that Burger King is a few miles from my house.
Scott Ritter is a low life. The cops cut him a confidential deal for his first offense, then they caught him on his own webcam “shaking hands with the sheriff”.
I saw him at the horse track (Saratoga) this summer before the first race. I’m think’in...hmmm, this is a realively uninhibited crowd and they’re drinking...this could get really interesting. Anyway, he was gone before the second race. I didn’t get to see someone pick a fight or get to join in.
We need more out of work journalists. :)
Nail these bastards.
Well, I think the mods are doing a great job of monitoring as I have never seen any porn pics here.
Yummy! A slam dunk! Cook their a$$es!
Not only was FR slandered, but all of us long-term FReepers. I think a class action suit is warranted. I could sure use $2-3 mil. of AOL’s ill-gotten gains...
Take em to the cleaners
I’ve been here since 2000...and I’ll tell you, if any site keeps porn OFF of it, or even the illusion of such, it’s this one.
Get ‘em, JR...
I'm very glad to hear that. I feel like we regular users/posters have also been slandered. I'm surely not the only one who has acquaintances who don't share my political views, don't read FR, and are aware that I'm a contributing member here. These same people are more likely to read something like AOL's Daily Finance or the Washington Post repeat of this slander. I now expect to field questions about why I support a website that hosts child pornogaphy. Unreal.
This is easy enough to counter:
Go to Yahoo News and re-post a full article from the Las Vegas Review-Journal. Then drop a dime to Righthaven and you’ll have exacted your revenge.
Oops. I mean, AOL, not Yahoo.
I actually remember the week that poster was here.
It was a scammer who was posting links to scammer websites “selling” hoodia, cialis, viagra and maybe a few other things.
It was probably a semi-automated attack... lots of new identities created and started spamming lots of threads simultaneously.
Was the week or so before Memorial Day.
Once JR owns AOL, will he try to fix it, or just throw it on the trash heap where it’s always belonged?
Do we really want the kind of readers who would be attracted to FR based on the claim that we host child pornography? I think that’s just another layer of damage.
AOL still exists? Who knew...?
“You’ve got Mail!”.............
>>Is than an Apple?
That is a Commodore 64.
Commodore also made some serious scientific calculators *way* back in the day (late 70s). Serious enough to compete with the high-end TI and HP models.
I have lurked since 99 and have never seen any porn.
Aw H*ll no! Go Get them for that!
Can you find it and send me the link?
Do you remember the subject?
Mail me and i’ll look around.
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