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AOL Owned Daily Finance Retracts Passage That Libeled Free Republic Over Child Pornography
Thursday, September 23, 2010 | Kristinn

Posted on 09/23/2010 9:36:38 AM PDT by kristinn

The AOL-owned site Daily Finance this morning retracted a passage in an article that falsely stated Free Republic hosted child pornography.

The article was about reporter John Cook leaving Yahoo News to return to Gawker. Included in Cook's reasons for leaving, according to Daily Finance reporter Jeff Bercovici, was that Yahoo would not allow him to write about Free Republic "hosting child pornography." The Salon.com article that was linked to support that claim actually stated that Free Republic did not host child pornography.

The offending Daily Finance passage now reads:

"... On similar grounds, he was prohibited from writing about the conservative website Free Republic being used to promote child pornography*..."

A correction added to the end of the article states:

CORRECTION: Originally, this story said Free Republic was hosting child pornography. According to the Salon article that I linked to, Free Republic was not hosting it but being used to direct readers to an outside site that hosted it."

Link to article exposing AOL's libel of FR posted last night.

Howard Kurtz of the Washington Post, who picked up the Daily Finance story last night, posted a clarification this morning. A request for a correction has been made to Nicholas Carlson at the Business Insider who also repeated the false statement by the AOL's Daily Finance.


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1 posted on 09/23/2010 9:36:39 AM PDT by kristinn
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To: kristinn

Too late. Someone owes Jim Robinson about $20 million.


2 posted on 09/23/2010 9:39:00 AM PDT by subterfuge (BUILD MORE NUCLEAR POWER PLANTS NOW!!!)
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To: kristinn

That’s a retraction? More like reiterating with a nuance.


3 posted on 09/23/2010 9:39:21 AM PDT by kevkrom (De-fund Obamacare in 2011, repeal in 2013!)
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To: kristinn
Not much of a retraction. It makes it sound like Freerepublic is a conduit for child porn.
4 posted on 09/23/2010 9:40:11 AM PDT by avacado
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To: kristinn

“Free Republic was not hosting it but being used to direct readers to an outside site that hosted it.”

Huh?


5 posted on 09/23/2010 9:41:23 AM PDT by nodumbblonde ("The ladder of success is best climbed by stepping on the rungs of opportunity." - Ayn Rand)
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To: kristinn
CORRECTION: Originally, this story said Free Republic was hosting child pornography.

It still says that, the way I read it.

6 posted on 09/23/2010 9:41:53 AM PDT by houeto (Get drinking water from your ditch - http://www.junglebucket.com/)
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To: subterfuge

“Someone owes Jim Robinson about $20 million.”

Plus expenses.


7 posted on 09/23/2010 9:42:08 AM PDT by MichaelCorleone
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To: kristinn

Pretty weak ‘clarifications’ if you ask me. They still leave one wondering what happened and don’t explain that the guy admitted that he was trying to smear Free Republic by posting the filth. Especially the WP ‘clarification’.


8 posted on 09/23/2010 9:42:18 AM PDT by penelopesire ('Obama's Wars' are with our own military..Bush's Wars were with our enemies!)
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To: subterfuge

I agree.


9 posted on 09/23/2010 9:42:38 AM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: kristinn

Anyone pinged Jim Robinson about this? Is he aware of it? This is beyond the pale.


10 posted on 09/23/2010 9:42:53 AM PDT by piytar (There is evil. There is no such thing as moderate evil. Never forget.)
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To: subterfuge
“Too late. Someone owes Jim Robinson about $20 million.”

AMEN TO THAT! These days a mere unsubstantiated rumor of child porn or sexual impropriety is more than enough to forever besmirch a person's reputation. I say go get them Jim and make them PAY!!

11 posted on 09/23/2010 9:43:24 AM PDT by Kartographer (".. we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor.")
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To: kristinn

Any way to trace the posted link back to whoever posted it? John Cook maybe?


12 posted on 09/23/2010 9:43:38 AM PDT by RetiredNavy ("Only accurate firearms are interesting")
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To: kristinn

Not good enough.


13 posted on 09/23/2010 9:44:16 AM PDT by BykrBayb (Somewhere, my flower is there. ~ Þ)
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To: subterfuge

I’d say they owe Jim one Hell of a lot more than that. Twenty Mil is about what they owe each of us associated with this site as they are accusing/associating us individually with child pornography as well, and I want my share of that anus orifice that lied about us.


14 posted on 09/23/2010 9:44:36 AM PDT by rockinqsranch (Dems, Libs, Socialists, call 'em what you will, they ALL have fairies livin' in their trees.)
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To: Jim Robinson

FYI.


15 posted on 09/23/2010 9:44:36 AM PDT by kristinn (Lowering the IQ on FR since Jul 31, 1998)
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To: kristinn

Trolls can make posts on FR containing links to anything they please (including kiddie porn) and it generally depends on eagle eyed readers to submit a complaint to the moderator about the post. But can’t this trick be played on almost any board open to public comments?


16 posted on 09/23/2010 9:46:05 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (I am in America but not of America (per bible: am in the world but not of it))
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To: kristinn
AOL Owned Daily Finance Retracts Passage That Libeled Free Republic Over Child Pornography

________________________________________

 
Nevermind!


17 posted on 09/23/2010 9:46:45 AM PDT by Responsibility2nd (Yes, as a matter of fact, what you do in your bedroom IS my business.)
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To: MichaelCorleone
subterfuge ~ Someone owes Jim Robinson about $20 million.

MichaelCorleone ~ Plus expenses.

Plus exemplary and punitive damages.

18 posted on 09/23/2010 9:47:00 AM PDT by null and void (We are now in day 611 of our national holiday from reality. - 0bama really isn't one of US.)
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To: subterfuge

Make it $ 200 million ......


19 posted on 09/23/2010 9:47:38 AM PDT by American Constitutionalist (The fool has said in his heart, " there is no GOD " ..)
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To: subterfuge; kristinn; Jim Robinson

New redundant Mega-Super Servers for FR and No more Freepathons... YEA!!!

LOL


20 posted on 09/23/2010 9:47:39 AM PDT by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country! What else needs said?)
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To: kristinn
Looks like they replaced one lie with another.

Sue the bastards!

21 posted on 09/23/2010 9:47:42 AM PDT by airborne (Why is it we won't allow the Bible in school, but we will in prison? Think about it.)
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To: rockinqsranch; Kartographer; freekitty

You’re right. Lets up that to $200 million.


22 posted on 09/23/2010 9:48:15 AM PDT by subterfuge (BUILD MORE NUCLEAR POWER PLANTS NOW!!!)
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*


23 posted on 09/23/2010 9:48:21 AM PDT by potlatch
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To: kristinn

What, they finally exhausted their quota of the word “allegedly”? IMHO their retraction is not good enough. Using their standard, all of the commentary on AOL must surely put them in the same status of temporarily having a message point at something illegal, immoral, or fattening for the brief period of time it takes for a moderator to moderate.


24 posted on 09/23/2010 9:48:27 AM PDT by NonValueAdded ("It's amazing, A man who has such large ears could be so tone deaf" Rush Limbaugh 9/8/10)
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To: airborne
$ 300 Million
25 posted on 09/23/2010 9:50:50 AM PDT by American Constitutionalist (The fool has said in his heart, " there is no GOD " ..)
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To: BykrBayb

Somebody wrote this comment on the Business Insider story:

“This guy [John Cook] is pretty slimy. He admitted in his Daily KOS journal he added kiddie porn links to profile pages on the website ‘Free Republic’ to play a game and test how long they would last. He then wrote an article accusing the site of hosting those links.. Real slimy fella.”


26 posted on 09/23/2010 9:51:00 AM PDT by Demian
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To: rockinqsranch
"Twenty Mil is about what they owe each of us associated with this site as they are accusing/associating us individually with child pornography as well"

GOOD POINT! I never thought of that. What if any one of you decide or is running for public office and you opponent printed a story that you are a member of an on line group with reported ties to child porn, what would be a serious and potentially candidate killing situation!
27 posted on 09/23/2010 9:51:29 AM PDT by Kartographer (".. we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor.")
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To: null and void

“subterfuge ~ Someone owes Jim Robinson about $20 million.
MichaelCorleone ~ Plus expenses.
Plus exemplary and punitive damages.”

And about a pound of live flesh!!


28 posted on 09/23/2010 9:53:26 AM PDT by Kartographer (".. we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor.")
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To: kristinn

A troll could certainly do this, I remember the “tub girl” troll a few years ago that posted porn pics all over the site.

However, the story makes it sound like that link stood there permanently.

If they had the server logs of this posting they could show where the porno links were removed shortly after they were posted.

Perhaps this is enough of shading of the truth that could be disproved by the server logs that it would have a chance of standing up in court?


29 posted on 09/23/2010 9:53:40 AM PDT by Brett66 (Where government advances, and it advances relentlessly , freedom is imperiled -Janice Rogers Brown)
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To: kristinn

This, about a website that has a well deserved reputation for avoiding profanity.


30 posted on 09/23/2010 9:54:43 AM PDT by rlmorel (Puritianism is the fear someone is having fun. Liberalism is the fear someone is making money...)
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To: kristinn

The “correction” suggests that FR and its participants condone and willingly facilitate access to child pornography.

I’m so disgusted.

These are the same people who tell us we need journalism degrees to have credibility in reporting.


31 posted on 09/23/2010 9:54:46 AM PDT by Nickname
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To: SandRat
'New redundant Mega-Super Servers for FR and No more Freepathons... YEA!!!'

You're the 'long lost' relative who shows up at the door when someone wins the lottery. LOL

"But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: for men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away, for his name is Obama."

32 posted on 09/23/2010 9:55:07 AM PDT by Viking2002 (2010 - NO PRISONERS! NO QUARTER!)
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To: kristinn

First step in cleaning their clock, to the tune of minimum 25 mil. What a pathetic and well concealed non-correction.


33 posted on 09/23/2010 9:55:38 AM PDT by Marty62 (marty60)
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To: American Constitutionalist
Whatever the amount, they should be made to pay!

BIG TIME!

34 posted on 09/23/2010 9:56:00 AM PDT by airborne (Why is it we won't allow the Bible in school, but we will in prison? Think about it.)
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To: kristinn

By all means sue them for hundreds of millions.

But if you really want to punish them, let them in on the fact that their entire ideology is so worthless it can only be perpetrated through fraud and deceit such as this.


35 posted on 09/23/2010 9:56:58 AM PDT by reasonisfaith (Rules will never work for radicals (liberals) because they seek chaos. And don't even know it.)
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To: kristinn

Not good enough, imho. The harm has already been done.


36 posted on 09/23/2010 9:59:28 AM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: kristinn

Free Republic could end up owning everybody repeating this bald-faced lie.


37 posted on 09/23/2010 10:00:04 AM PDT by alancarp (Please don't tell Obama what comes after "trillion")
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To: kristinn; Jim Robinson

Sue em Jim.
They would do the same for us.


38 posted on 09/23/2010 10:03:28 AM PDT by Artemis Webb
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To: kristinn

That is still a smear.


39 posted on 09/23/2010 10:04:05 AM PDT by dforest
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To: Kartographer
These days a mere unsubstantiated rumor of child porn or sexual impropriety is more than enough to forever besmirch a person's reputation.

Look for a lot of the enemies of the state to go through this.

I'd venture that a sufficiently motivated persecutor prosecutor can "find" child porn on any computer ever used anywhere.

Even if they can't prove it to a jury, they can tar and feather on the front page, and retract on page B-22, below the fold, inside edge, left hand side six months later.

40 posted on 09/23/2010 10:04:21 AM PDT by null and void (We are now in day 611 of our national holiday from reality. - 0bama really isn't one of US.)
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To: kristinn

Not much of a correction, never mind retraction. IMO.

The way they write it, FreeRepublic is a conduit/aggregator of porn. What a joke!


41 posted on 09/23/2010 10:04:38 AM PDT by nhwingut (Palin/Bachmann '12)
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To: Demian

You’re correct. Here are the comments thus far:

mantratx on Sep 22, 7:57 PM said:
This guy is pretty slimy. He admitted in his Daily KOS journal he added kiddie porn links to profile pages on the website “Free Republic” to play a game and test how long they would last. He then wrote an article accusing the site of hosting those links.. Real slimy fella.

mantratx on Sep 22, 8:07 PM said:
@mantratx:
At that, not only did he admit creating the account, in an article on Salon.com he documented with screen shots how he created accounts like “sexxlolitatweengirls” and added the links, again, all as a ‘test’. Slime ball to the max.

DebraMaxOne on Sep 22, 10:12 PM said:
@mantratx:
It was Salon.com not the Daily Kos, but other than that, I remember this.

Candace on Sep 22, 11:01 PM said:
@DebraMaxOne:
That article was written by Alex Parene. He noted that some one touting their porn site had been using the site for many years, that’s when he decided to register to see if the administrator would notice if some one tried to register with what looked like a blatant kiddie porn site. apparently the administrator did not notice.

The article was noting the irony of a site that intends to monitor morality, not monitoring the commenters on it’s own site.

http://www.businessinsider.com/john-cook-left-yahoo-because-they-wouldnt-let-him-write-about-masturbation-big-white-house-salaries-and-the-free-republics-child-porn-problem-2010-9


42 posted on 09/23/2010 10:04:45 AM PDT by Nickname
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To: kristinn
By osmosis I'm suffering extreme emotional distress over this attack on FR.....maybe a little painful neck whiplash, also.

How about a class action suit filed by all of us against these arrogant AOL libtard moguls?

Class will always win out!

Leni

43 posted on 09/23/2010 10:07:12 AM PDT by MinuteGal (Are any Americans better off than they were 4 trillion dollars ago?)
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To: Demian; John Robinson; Jim Robinson
“This guy [John Cook] is pretty slimy. He admitted in his Daily KOS journal he added kiddie porn links to profile pages on the website ‘Free Republic’ to play a game and test how long they would last. He then wrote an article accusing the site of hosting those links.. Real slimy fella.”

Oh??????

Jim Thompson should know this...

44 posted on 09/23/2010 10:07:44 AM PDT by null and void (We are now in day 611 of our national holiday from reality. - 0bama really isn't one of US.)
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To: null and void

” they can tar and feather on the front page, and retract on page B-22, below the fold, inside edge, left hand side six months later.”

On the same page as the zoning notices? ;-)


45 posted on 09/23/2010 10:07:47 AM PDT by Kartographer (".. we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor.")
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To: Kartographer; rockinqsranch
What if any one of you decide or is running for public office and you opponent printed a story that you are a member of an on line group with reported ties to child porn, what would be a serious and potentially candidate killing situation!

Absolutely! I hope Jim sues them for everything they've got.

46 posted on 09/23/2010 10:09:06 AM PDT by proud American in Canada (my former tagline "We can, and we will prevail" doesn't fit with the usurper's goals.)
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To: kristinn

If Jim’s legal team pursues this, FR may not have to host any fund drives for a good long while...............


47 posted on 09/23/2010 10:10:26 AM PDT by OB1kNOb (When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice; When a wicked man rules, the people groan.)
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To: kristinn

Kristinn,
Over the years, especially in the early years, Jim was great at getiing rid of the trolls and scammers.
This is not a retraction. Maybe it’s time to hire a bunch of Sharks to feed on these libelers?
M


48 posted on 09/23/2010 10:10:28 AM PDT by Marty62 (marty60)
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To: MinuteGal

Elizabeth honey, I'm sitt'n on a gold mine!"
49 posted on 09/23/2010 10:10:41 AM PDT by Kartographer (".. we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor.")
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To: kristinn
That was NOT a retraction.

That was simply a different lie.

50 posted on 09/23/2010 10:10:48 AM PDT by Lazamataz (The battle lines are drawn: On one side, are Dems and Repubs. On the other, the Tea Party (us).)
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