Skip to comments.The 25 Most Powerful Websites [FR cheated of Rathergate credit]
Posted on 09/24/2013 1:14:08 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows
24. Power Line
From practically the day they sprang into existence, blogs have been denigrated as trivial, inaccurate, and derivative. Untrained writers could never match the accuracy and depth of newspapers and network news. Power Line, a scrappy right-wing blog, turned that perception on its ear when it took down one of old medias most venerable figures: Dan Rather.
In September 2004, Rather and CBS News aired an explosive story about George W. Bushs service in the Texas Air National Guard. The report used military documents to show that Bush had received preferential treatment and performed poorly while failing to meet his service obligations. Just two months before Bush came up for reelection, the report was a bombshell.
Or it would have been, except the documents werent authentic. Power Line cofounder Scott W. Johnson thought something seemed fishy, and, thanks to tips from Power Line readers, it took him only a few hours to expose the critical documents as forgeries. The Internets self-taught experts had proved to be more reliable fact-checkers than the traditional elite in CBSs news department. As the scandal erupted, Rather resigned from CBS, and even stalwarts like Time hailed Power Lines meticulous work. Score one for new media.
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Been freeping for 15.7 years and THAT IS A TOTAL LIE..!
What was his handle, our guy..?
WE WERE ROBBED.
What is Power Line? Never heard of it before.
Now that is just not right.
Who wrote this lie???
Whoops, forgot to ping him.
Both Hinderaker and Johnson are fellows of the Claremont Institute. Their articles have appeared in National Review, The Weekly Standard, The New York Times, and newspapers from Florida to California. The Claremont Institute has archived many of their articles here. http://www.claremont.org/scholars/scholarID.392/scholar.asp Johnson lives with his family in St. Paul, Minnesota. He is a graduate of Dartmouth College and the University of Minnesota Law School. He can be reached by phone at (612)414-6464
This is Scott Johnson.
Is THIS our Buckhead..?
Mental Floss. That explains it.
God,seems like yesterday. I happened to be logged onto FR when his post went up. I understood very little of it but never imagined it would have the impact it did have.
I doubt it. Buckhead lives in Georgia.
That a forum was developed to facilitate this communication should also be credited, but in a supplementary role.
The entire stupid list has sites I don’t think anyone have heard of but geeks.
Ah, so maybe Scott Johnson is also a SEAL...?
And he, too, ran from scary SNIPER FIRE when he flew into Yugoslavia?
And maybe Guam will capsize?
He sounds like DeepInTheHurtgerenForest, I’d say.
What a freaking LIAR.
cat:"...let's get to the bottom of this"..
I believe that Powerline and Hindraker, who did a lot of good work in those days, picked it up. But, of course, it was Buckhead who first figured it out, and FreeRepublic deserves the credit.
I wouldn’t knock Powerline just because this guy has gotten it wrong.
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