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Gore & the Need for a 'Counter-Media' (FR Credited With Gore's Decision to Not Run Again)
ConsortiumNews.com ^ | December 19, 2002 ( Clinton Impeachment Day!) | Editorial

Posted on 01/14/2003 11:02:46 PM PST by kristinn

consortiumnews.com

Gore & the Need for a 'Counter-Media'

Editorial

December 19, 2002

In deciding not to fight for the office that many Americans feel was stolen from him two years ago, Al Gore may have been surrendering to the inevitable – that the national news media and the Republican attack machine would never let him win the White House.

While understandable on a human level – who would want to go through what Gore did in 2000? – the former vice president's decision carries both short- and long-term dangers. For one, the national news media now can safely tuck away its responsibility for grossly mis-reporting that pivotal campaign. If not for the media's fabrication of quotes and distortion of Gore's personal history, George W. Bush never would have gotten close enough to win by having five Republican Supreme Court justices stop the counting of votes in Florida. [For details on the slanted media coverage, see Consortiumnews.com's “Protecting Bush-Cheney.”]

Another danger from Gore's decision is that liberals will now conclude that there is no need to do the hard work to challenge the deepening conservative bias in the national news media. Instead of investing in a media infrastructure to fight for honesty and fairness, liberals might buy into the comfortable hope that a new “fresh face” won’t get muddied up like Gore did.

Indeed, one of the fringe benefits of a Gore candidacy would have been the forcing of a long-overdue debate about the troubling state of the national news media. That debate was beginning in recent months with leading Democrats starting to challenge the conservative myth of a "liberal media." Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle, former President Bill Clinton and Gore himself commented about the national press corps' dramatic shift to the right.

With no Gore in 2004, the space for that debate has narrowed. It will be harder for Americans to demand that the news media admit how both conservative outlets, such as the Washington Times and Fox News, and mainstream ones, including the New York Times and the Washington Post, made up quotes for Gore and exaggerated stories about his supposed exaggerations to portray him as a delusional laughingstock in Campaign 2000.

The manufactured quotes -- that Gore had said he "invented the Internet" and had claimed that "I was the one that started" the Love Canal clean-up -- were milestones in the campaign, becoming excuses for the media to cite other alleged examples of Gore puffing up his resume. Remember, too, the beloved story line of Campaign 2000, how Gore was the liar who would do or say anything to get elected, while George W. Bush really didn’t care that much whether he won or not.

[For more details of the media’s mis-reporting of Election 2000, see Consortiumnews.com’s “Al Gore v. the Press” or turn to Bob Somerby’s DailyHowler.com. For a look at the consequences of that reporting, see Consortiumnews.com's "So Bush Did Steal the White House."]

Renewed Assault

This fall, the national media – from TV pundits to talk radio to op-ed pages of major newspapers – was gearing up for another assault on Gore. But simultaneously grassroots activists – operating mostly at a few under-funded Web sites – were developing their own sophisticated analysis of the American media.

These critics saw the national press corps divided roughly into two parts: a dedicated conservative media, and mainstream journalists who, out of fear or personal careerism, generally followed the lead of the conservative media. Gore had become the touchstone of this debate.

As soon as Gore stepped back onto the political stage, the conservative and mainstream pundits resumed the heckling.

In one rant, Washington Post columnist Michael Kelly wrote that Gore's critique of Bush's Iraq policy " was dishonest, cheap, low. It was hollow. It was bereft of policy, of solutions, of constructive ideas, very nearly of facts – bereft of anything other than taunts and jibes and embarrassingly obvious lies. It was breathtakingly hypocritical, a naked political assault delivered in tones of moral condescension from a man pretending to be superior to mere politics. It was wretched. It was vile. It was contemptible." [Washington Post, Sept. 25, 2002] [For more details on the conservative denunciations of Gore, see Consortiumnews.com’s "Politics of Preemption."]

Mainstream columnists also joined the assault, possibly to buy some protection from the epithet of “librul” often hurled by conservative press critics at mainstream journalists who step out of line. In an influential column, for instance, the New York Times Frank Rich ridiculed Gore as a phony and challenged Gore's insistence that he might not run again as just another Gore lie.

“The new, post-wooden Gore is determined to be spontaneous if it kills him, and us,” Rich wrote. “But it took Katie Couric all of three minutes to uncover the old Al Gore lurking inside the latest model. When he protested that he wouldn’t really, really decide whether to run for president until after the holidays, she spoke for many viewers by responding, 'Why am I having a hard time believing that wholeheartedly?' "

Rich judged that Gore was lying about his hesitancy to run again. “People don’t change,” the pundit wrote. “Mr. Gore doesn’t let the chips fall where they may; you can still spot him counting each one before doling them out. And of course he is still running for president.” [NYT, Nov. 23, 2002] [For a review of Rich's column, go to Bob Somerby's Daily Howler.]

Limbaugh Photos

Beyond the media sarcasm, right-wing activists hounded Gore when he appeared in public, including demonstrating against his book signings.

On Dec. 7, outside an Olsson’s book store in Arlington, Va., demonstrators – sporting photos of Rush Limbaugh and carrying signs from the Web site FreeRepublic.com – shouted at people in line waiting to have Al and Tipper Gore sign copies of Joined at the Heart, their book about families in America. The demonstrators shouted slogans through a bull horn, accusing Gore of trying to steal the election in Florida two years ago.

So Gore may well have surveyed the political landscape and concluded that there was no feasible route for him to reach the White House, that another run would simply leave him carrying the blame for another Bush “victory.”

But Gore’s decision did not sit well with some Democrats who remain outraged over Bush’s hardball strategies in Florida, including the disenfranchisement of thousands of African-American voters. These Democrats felt that Gore owes a special debt to the country – and to history – to set matters right by defeating Bush in a rematch. There is some logic to this point.

As an experienced leader with well-defined ideas for addressing the nation’s economic and foreign policy challenges, Gore also may have stood the best chance -- however slim -- of unseating Bush.

But as we have noted in articles since 1999, the Democrats’ dilemma is much deeper than Al Gore’s supposed weaknesses as a campaigner. Any Democrat who presents a serious challenge to Bush can expect the same or worse from the existing national news media, as Sen. John Kerry is learning as he confronts silly stories about his hair cuts and his fingernails. The Republicans have a well-oiled media machine that can spew mud on each and every “fresh face” – and the Democrats are still in no position to do anything about it. [For a brief history of the Republican's media machine, see Consortiumnews.com’s “Democrats Dilemma.”]

Indeed, perhaps one of the most remarkable political facts in the two years since the Florida debacle is that the nation’s liberals have done next to nothing to build a  “counter-media” that can reach a sizable number of Americans. Grassroots Democrats have started a few Web sites, such as smirkingchimp.com, mediawhoresonline.com, democraticunderground.com, makethemaccountable.com and democrats.com. But liberals with major money have stayed on the sidelines.

Taking Hold

Still, even with limited financial backing, the “counter-media” analysis has begun to take hold. Even some center-left pundits, such as the Washington Post’s E.J. Dionne Jr., have come to recognize the truth.

“It’s time to revisit a matter on which the conventional wisdom is, roughly, 180 degrees off,” wrote Dionne. “You hear the conventional wisdom all the time from shrewd conservative commentators who understand that political pressure, relentlessly applied, usually achieves its purposes. They have sold the view that the media are dominated by liberals and that the news is skewed against conservatives. …

“But the continuing attacks on mainstream journalists have another effect. Because the drumbeat of conservative press criticism has been so steady, the establishment press has internalized it. Editors and network executives are far more likely to hear complaints from the right than from the left.”

Dionne noted that when Daschle made a legitimate complaint that “shrill” attacks from Limbaugh had contributed to physical threats against Democrats and their families, mainstream media commentators rallied to Limbaugh’s defense. The media could have examined Limbaugh’s use of inflammatory rhetoric that has included portraying Daschle and other Democrats as traitors or Satan’s allies. Daschle, after all, was the recipient of an envelope full of anthrax a year ago.

Instead, as Dionne noted, “the establishment commentary was mostly aimed against Daschle and picked up the conservative cry that he was ‘whining.’ Limbaugh was invited for lengthy and respectful interviews on CNN’s ‘Reliable Sources’ and Tim Russert’s show on CNBC.”

Dionne added, “Limbaugh’s new respectability is the surest sign that the conservative talk network is now bleeding into what passes for the mainstream media, just as the unapologetic conservatism of the Fox News Channel is now affecting the programming on the other cable networks. This shift to the right is occurring as cable becomes a steadily more important source of news.” [Washington Post, Dec. 6, 2002]

This new media reality, which has been evolving over the past quarter century and gaining powerful momentum in the past decade, was becoming an issue in the context of Gore’s potential candidacy. It is a debate that may be sidetracked following Gore’s decision to step aside.

In explaining his decision not to run, Gore, like Bill Clinton before him, said elections must be about the future, not the past. But that political principle can prove dangerous if a focus on the future allows past corruption to go unattended and uncorrected.

That happened after the 1992 election when Clinton and other Democrats cut off investigations into Iran-contra and Iraqgate crimes so President George H.W. Bush could retreat into retirement with his dignity intact. The result was a false rendition of history – pretending that the senior Bush was innocent in schemes for arming Iran and Iraq. By not giving the American people the full story in 1992-93, the Democrats inadvertently made possible the Bush political dynasty's fierce comeback eight years later. [For more details, see Robert Parry’s Trick or Treason or his Lost History.]

Like Royalty 

So what can be done now?

Our view for years has been that Americans concerned about the growing right-wing dominance of the national news media must invest in a “counter-media” that will not treat the Bush family like royalty and will give American voters important information on other topics.

Like his father, George W. Bush has gotten the kid-gloves treatment. In part, that’s because the Bushes are protected by two powerful elements within the news media: the red-meat conservatives and the blue-blood establishment. This double layer of protection makes the Bushes almost unique in American politics, shielded both by aggressive right-wing activists and by the Georgetown social set.

The “counter-media” must challenge that, by taking a hard look at Bush’s mistakes while giving the American people the context for understanding the risks of his domestic and foreign policies. The “counter-media” also must counteract the kinds of media fabrications and distortions that were directed against Gore in Campaign 2000, effectively deciding the election.

In recent weeks, there has been some stirring of interest about creating syndicated content for radio stations that realize the market for conservative talk radio is saturated and that there is an untapped liberal market. The “counter-media” also could take the form of a television outlet on satellite or cable – giving the American people a station they could tune in to hear directly what Gore and other embattled liberals are saying, not just what comes through the media filter.

Elements of a “counter-media” can be built through donations to non-profit organizations, such as our own Consortium for Independent Journalism. Other parts can be created through investments in for-profit companies, especially in the areas of talk-radio and television. But none of these efforts can achieve critical mass without the investment of significant sums of money.

Lack of money for a "counter-media" has made the billions of dollars spent by conservatives, such as Rupert Murdoch and the Rev. Sun Myung Moon, even more decisive. For instance, our Web site, which produced original investigative journalism on a wide variety of topics including the Bush family, was forced to curtail its work and go part-time in early 2000 when our fund-raising ran dry.

At that time, potential donors didn’t grasp the political crisis that was looming. Some simply thought the problem of conservative bias in the national news media would solve itself. So, money will be crucial.

Principles

To be successful, the “counter-media” also must be guided by a set of principles, including:

--While learning lessons from the conservative media, the “counter-media” should not be a mirror image of Rush Limbaugh's talk radio shows, Murdoch's Fox News or Moon's Washington Times. Rather, it should reflect the best instincts of the American people. It should maintain a journalistic ethos of honesty and fairness.

--For maximum impact, the “counter-media” must be based in the Washington area or have a major presence in the nation’s capital. Too often, “alternative” media outlets have been located in cities off the beaten path, such as San Francisco or Boston, thus minimizing their influence over the national debate.

--The “counter-media” must turn to accomplished journalists who have proven a commitment to their profession by experiencing career reversals rather than joining with the dominant media pack. The temptation to turn to today’s “big name” journalists must be resisted because almost all of them became “big names” by compromising with the corruption of today's national news media. For a list of some journalists who could become a core of talent for the “counter-media,” look at the “Media in Exile” list maintained at the Web site, mediawhoresonline.com.

In short, today's crisis in American politics calls for nothing less than a Marshall Plan for building a strong “counter-media.” There must be both adequate resources and great energy invested in this enterprise.

Though this new media infrastructure would not come cheap, the cost of doing nothing – both to the future of democracy and to the future of the planet – would certainly be far greater.


TOPICS: Activism/Chapters; Free Republic; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: District of Columbia; US: Tennessee
KEYWORDS: 2000election; 2004election; albertgorejunior; algoreisnotmyprez; algorejunior; getoverit; soreloserman; waaaaaaaa; whineandcheese
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You need a whole lotta cheese to go with this whine.

The D.C. Chapter's FReep at Olsson's that is credited with tipping the balance was reported via videostream and still photos on the front page of the website of The Washington Post seven straight days before Gore announced his decision not to run again for President, plus two days after.

Evidently, that FReep had an impact far beyond the patrons at Olsson's that day.

EAGLES UP !!!

1 posted on 01/14/2003 11:02:46 PM PST by kristinn
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To: Jim Robinson
Amazing, ain't it?

Thanks for all you do, America's a better place for it.

2 posted on 01/14/2003 11:05:34 PM PST by kristinn (Patriots Rally For America, Jan. 18 in D.C. Be There or Be Square!)
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To: kristinn
What a weenie....if one Freep scared him imagine what Saddam would do to him???? :o
3 posted on 01/14/2003 11:06:33 PM PST by BossLady
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To: kristinn
Geez. I wouldn't even know where to begin.
4 posted on 01/14/2003 11:10:20 PM PST by Fraulein
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To: kristinn
But Gore’s decision did not sit well with some Democrats who remain outraged over Bush’s hardball strategies in Florida, including the disenfranchisement of thousands of African-American voters.

And the race baiting continues... no mention of the disenfranchisement of the military votes, or the disenfranchisement of the counties NOT cherry picked for recounts... oh I could go on and on...

Much credit goes to the outstanding activism conducted by the patriots holding the front lines- the merry band of men and women from the DC Chapter of Free Republic.

Be forewarned: Surely the King will place a bounty on the heads of each of the minutemen and respectful ladies summoned to battle.

Outstanding and exemplary conduct my friend ! Eagles Up !

5 posted on 01/14/2003 11:15:37 PM PST by freepersup (Anybody been in the West Wing ?)
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To: kristinn; Jim Robinson
Concerned about FR?

Nah, Just concerned about foreign money being used to compromise my nation!

MESSAGE TO DNC: THANKS FOR NOTHING!


6 posted on 01/14/2003 11:16:03 PM PST by bonesmccoy (Defeat the terrorists... Vaccinate!)
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To: kristinn
Bwahahahahaha! Great job, Kristinn & Co.
7 posted on 01/14/2003 11:18:58 PM PST by Jim Robinson (FReepers are the GReatest!)
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To: kristinn; Angelwood; tgslTakoma
Excellent work once again, DC Chapter! Eagles up!

BossLady said it best in post #3... Gore = weenie.

8 posted on 01/14/2003 11:20:15 PM PST by nutmeg
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To: kristinn
Did we leave out one little itsy bitsy detail in this story? Like taking millions of dollars from the communist Chinese in 1996! For that Gore should not have even been allowed to run in 2000.

It can be easily said that Clinton and Gore took Dick Morris's advice even farther than Dick even imagined. If Clinton and Gore had not raised millions from the Chinese there is no way such a despicable duo could have ever won in 96. Plus if Clinton Gore had not totally controlled the Justice Department they both could and should be in jail!
9 posted on 01/14/2003 11:23:12 PM PST by big bad easter bunny
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To: Jim Robinson; Seeking the truth; Luke FReeman
It wouldn't have happened without you, Jim.

Those FReepers in Florida did a heckuva job, too.

10 posted on 01/14/2003 11:26:56 PM PST by kristinn (Patriots Rally For America, Jan. 18 in D.C. Be There or Be Square!)
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To: kristinn
Duty Honor Country Bump- Good point/s all!

11 posted on 01/14/2003 11:30:34 PM PST by freepersup (Anybody been in the West Wing ?)
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To: kristinn
Good stuff. That's a keeper.
12 posted on 01/14/2003 11:34:27 PM PST by Prodigal Son
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To: kristinn
Hmmmmmmm...bery bery eenteresteeng. "Counter-media" indeed.
13 posted on 01/14/2003 11:34:51 PM PST by CounterCounterCulture (I have already previewed or do not wish to preview this composition.)
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To: kristinn
Sheesh!!

...some center-left pundits (???!) such as...Dionne noted that when Daschle made a legitimate complaint that “shrill” attacks from Limbaugh had contributed to physical threats against Democrats and their families, mainstream media commentators rallied to Limbaugh’s defense.

Who, brokaw/rather/jennings? I must have missed those shows. When will they separate the editorials from the mainstream media?

14 posted on 01/14/2003 11:35:53 PM PST by lorrainer (Liberals get still have the best dope.)
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To: Fraulein
Geez. I wouldn't even know where to begin.

My sentiments exactly.

15 posted on 01/14/2003 11:55:13 PM PST by Dan Day
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To: JamesParmelee; Dave Dilegge; BufordP; ironman; Tolerance Sucks Rocks; leadpenny; FreeTheHostages; ..
D.C. Chapter ping. Y'all done good!
16 posted on 01/15/2003 12:11:57 AM PST by kristinn (Patriots Rally For America, Jan. 18 in D.C. Be There or Be Square!)
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To: kristinn
In one rant, Washington Post columnist Michael Kelly wrote that Gore's critique of Bush's Iraq policy " was dishonest, cheap, low. It was hollow. ..." [SNIP] [Washington Post, Sept. 25, 2002] [For more details on the conservative denunciations of Gore, see xonsortiumnews.com’s "Politics of Preemption."]

Mainstream columnists also joined the assault,

I find this hilarious. Since when is the WashPost a conservative, non-mainstream outlet?

17 posted on 01/15/2003 12:14:24 AM PST by bootless (I want to be a Troublemaker when I grow up!)
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To: kristinn
The writer of this piece is flat out delusional.

What can this 'counter-media' possibly do that the mainstream hasn't been doing for 30+ years?

Who can the 'counter-media' recruit that is not currently in the mainstream?

I'd say the answers are nothing and nobody.

18 posted on 01/15/2003 12:32:11 AM PST by Ken H
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To: kristinn
OOOOOOOHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH... I'm flattered. And Algore will always be SoreLoserman!!!! Kudos to Free Republic and our adversaries don't really give us vast right wing conspiracy nuts enough credit. hehehe
19 posted on 01/15/2003 12:34:10 AM PST by goldstategop
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To: kristinn
This piece is all pure fantasy. Gore's problem was simply that he was, and is, a goof.
20 posted on 01/15/2003 12:37:37 AM PST by RLK
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To: bootless
In all actuality, it was the dems that told Al to take his ball and go home.

Kerry and Edwards also have criticized Bush's Iraq policy... but they are the chosen ones.

Lieberman, Gephardt and Dean will bow out before too long. The dems want someone “different”.

21 posted on 01/15/2003 12:52:22 AM PST by johnny7 (OK Kerry, you can be prez... but HILLARY is VP. Take it or leave it!)
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To: kristinn
I think it was the, "You're out of Cheney's House, You're out of Cheney's House!" cheer as he was leaving Olsson's Books that turned the tide.

It just hurt his sensitive 'widdle' eardrums.

22 posted on 01/15/2003 1:00:36 AM PST by leadpenny (Patriot's Rally in DC - 18 January)
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To: kristinn

23 posted on 01/15/2003 2:44:26 AM PST by backhoe (Has that Clinton "legacy" made you feel safer yet?)
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To: kristinn

24 posted on 01/15/2003 4:56:58 AM PST by TaRaRaBoomDeAyGoreLostToday!
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To: kristinn
"This double layer of protection makes the Bushes almost unique in American politics, shielded both by aggressive right-wing activists and by the Georgetown social set."

The Georgetown social set..yeah, right! They're too busy being angry that the president's in bed at 10 every night to act as his "shield".

This author is a fool!

25 posted on 01/15/2003 5:39:20 AM PST by Right_in_Virginia
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To: kristinn
It should be a very satisfying feeling to know that Gore's mental stability has been compromised by the actions of the DC Chapter. (imagine the nightmares he must have...) :-)
26 posted on 01/15/2003 6:32:37 AM PST by mr.sarcastic (March For Life, January 22nd, Washington DC. Save the baby humans.)
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To: kristinn
These critics saw the national press corps divided roughly into two parts: a dedicated conservative media, and mainstream journalists who, out of fear or personal careerism, generally followed the lead of the conservative media. Gore had become the touchstone of this debate.

"Mainstream" New York Times! LOL!

psychosis [sy.KO.sis] (n).

“The inability to distinguish between what is real and what is imaginary. Psychosis is a term used to describe a severe mental illness. Psychotics are characterized by a variety of symptoms that most people consider abnormal. These include experiencing delusions, such as the notion that one is being persecuted or conspired against. Psychotics may see things which don't actually exist and hear Voices (i.e. God) when no one is around. They often exhibit compulsive, irrational, ritualized behavior, esp. when such behavior serves no purpose or is even harmful or disruptive to those around them. They show no concern for others but may exhibit total self-centered behavior. Includes sociopathy, schizophrenia.”

DSM-IV


27 posted on 01/15/2003 8:01:21 AM PST by pabianice
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To: kristinn
But Gore’s decision did not sit well with some Democrats who remain outraged over Bush’s hardball strategies in Florida, including the disenfranchisement of thousands of African-American voters.

This is a lie -- many key Democratic blocs are simply too stupid to use a voting machine. What is true, but never spoken by the far-Left, is their attempt to throw-out all absentee votes from servicemen and -women, as contemptable an act as has ever occured in American history.

28 posted on 01/15/2003 8:05:01 AM PST by pabianice
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To: kristinn
The Republicans have a well-oiled media machine that can spew mud on each and every “fresh face” – and the Democrats are still in no position to do anything about it.

Oh? Like spreading rumors about a candidate's 20-year-old DUI three days before an election?

29 posted on 01/15/2003 8:06:45 AM PST by pabianice
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To: kristinn
"On Dec. 7, outside an Olsson’s book store in Arlington, Va., demonstrators – sporting photos of Rush Limbaugh and carrying signs from the Web site FreeRepublic.com – shouted at people in line waiting to have Al and Tipper Gore sign copies of Joined at the Heart, their book about families in America. The demonstrators shouted slogans through a bull horn, accusing Gore of trying to steal the election in Florida two years ago.

So Gore may well have surveyed the political landscape and concluded that there was no feasible route for him to reach the White House, that another run would simply leave him carrying the blame for another Bush “victory.”

Loveley!

Thank you Freepers.

30 posted on 01/15/2003 8:13:30 AM PST by Happy2BMe
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To: kristinn; Jim Robinson
On Dec. 7, outside an Olsson’s book store in Arlington, Va., demonstrators – sporting photos of Rush Limbaugh and carrying signs from the Web site FreeRepublic.com – shouted at people in line waiting to have Al and Tipper Gore sign copies of Joined at the Heart, their book about families in America. The demonstrators shouted slogans through a bull horn, accusing Gore of trying to steal the election in Florida two years ago.

Ladies and gentlemen I think we should have some form of recognition for these folks at the Book Store Freep!

Is it possible to have some king of Honors or Awards Page set up and maybe some medals made up for all who participated? I will gladly contribute to costs and I am sure we can get many volunteers to contribute!

31 posted on 01/15/2003 8:22:29 AM PST by Mad Dawgg (Damn the Liberals, Full Freep Ahead!)
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To: kristinn
Our view for years has been that Americans concerned about the growing right-wing dominance of the national news media must invest in a “counter-media” that will not treat the Bush family like royalty and will give American voters important information on other topics.

It is so typical of a socialist to fail to recognize that it's the MARKET for news that has changed, not the news delivering organizations. What was Salon if not an idiotic investment and an attempt to force the market?

There is a new reality, folks, a new dynamic created by the eight years of Clinton lies and the corresponding loss of CREDIBILITY on the part of the left leaning media.

The dems don't realize it, and it's just beginning to dawn on the media moguls. Ain't life grand!

32 posted on 01/15/2003 8:22:52 AM PST by wayoverontheright
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To: Mad Dawgg
Err king = kind.

Doh

33 posted on 01/15/2003 8:24:56 AM PST by Mad Dawgg (Damn the Liberals, Full Freep Ahead!)
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To: kristinn
For all these many years we had to use fists, sticks and stones against the leftist media's guns and artillery.

Now that we have a few guns and artillery pieces they cry foul. - Tom

34 posted on 01/15/2003 8:38:37 AM PST by Capt. Tom
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To: kristinn
You need a whole lotta cheese to go with this whine.

And this:
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35 posted on 01/15/2003 8:39:28 AM PST by Fiddlstix (Tag Line Service Center: FREE Tag Line with Every Monthly Donation to FR. Get Yours. Inquire Within)
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To: kristinn
Unbelievable, these guys bitch and moan about lil ole Free Republic and one Freep, but seem to forget about the huge Talibanapalooza Festival they are about to have in DC and other places.
36 posted on 01/15/2003 9:05:58 AM PST by finnman69
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To: kristinn
Evidently, that FReep had an impact far beyond the patrons at Olsson's that day....which is EXACTLY what I was surmising to you last Friday, Kristinn!

BUMP for your great work with the DC Chapter.

37 posted on 01/15/2003 11:03:40 AM PST by Xthe17th (FREE THE STATES. Repudiate the 17th amendment!)
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To: pabianice
I heard LIEberman on GMA this morning say "I will always believe in my heart that the voters of Florida intended to eletc Al Gore and Myself..."
38 posted on 01/15/2003 11:44:59 AM PST by johnb838 (deconstruct the left)
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To: kristinn
I found that entire article to be biased. They linked to all the liberal sites, but not to FR. Hmmmmm, I wonder why.
39 posted on 01/15/2003 12:41:30 PM PST by Feiny
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To: johnb838
I heard LIEberman on GMA this morning say "I will always believe in my heart that the voters of Florida intended to elect Al Gore and Myself..."


40 posted on 01/15/2003 12:45:18 PM PST by archy
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To: kristinn
Good God Man, give me a BARF ALERT before one of these Liberal spewings! :^ )

Thanks to you and to the rest of the D.C. chapter too.

41 posted on 01/15/2003 1:09:29 PM PST by Charlie OK
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To: kristinn
I don't understand why anyone CARES what Gore thinks. The press doesn't print innumerable stories by other failed presidential candidates, and they don't print vanity pieces by ex-vice presidents (Yeah, I'll wait for the headline "Quayle supports War").

Why do they think we care what Gore is up to?
42 posted on 01/15/2003 5:37:36 PM PST by LaraCroft ('Bout time)
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To: kristinn; All
This article is missing something...

...it needs some pictures.

Rush Sent Me

Is that Rush Limbaugh?

Schmuckers Sour Grapes Jelly

Cheaties!

Proof positive that Rush and the right wing are conspiring to defeat the Democrats

Al Gore put the VICE in Vice President

A Vast Rush Limbaugh Conspiracy

Hey, Al's the one who brought up the false accusation about Rush Limbaugh being behind the VRWC, so we just decided to play along.

43 posted on 01/15/2003 6:10:09 PM PST by tgslTakoma (SUPPORT THE TROOPS RALLY: January 18, 2003 - Washington, DC)
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To: kristinn
Congratulations to the DC Chapter!
44 posted on 01/15/2003 7:28:32 PM PST by Bob J
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To: kristinn; Jim Robinson
BRAVO....DC Chapter!

I hope you can 'discourage' Hillary just as as you did Gore!


45 posted on 01/15/2003 7:40:54 PM PST by JulieRNR21 (Take W-04........Across America!)
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To: kristinn
...the Republican attack machine would never let him win the White House.... we just laugh at them, that's all!

wonder what al's father would say if he could see his son now? !!!

46 posted on 01/15/2003 7:50:50 PM PST by koax
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To: kristinn
the Republican attack machine


47 posted on 01/15/2003 7:54:00 PM PST by Nick Danger (I'll have the Glenmiller)
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To: kristinn
oh, dear God...
The way-the-hell-too-far-to-the-left tinfoil-hat-wearing weasels are tying to negate the growing regognition among the American People that the "mainstream" media are dominated by not-quite-so-way-the-hell-too-far-to-the-left pimps for the DNC by labelling the iota of difference away from leftist extremism that said media might (sometimes, mayyyyybe) display as "a massive swing to the right"???
I would be busting a gut laughing, if this issue wasn't so damned serious.
This ploy might work.
Remember the "Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy"?
Wasn't it Goebbels who formulated it? "Repeat a lie often enough, loudly enough, and it becomes the truth."
48 posted on 01/15/2003 8:11:29 PM PST by demosthenes the elder (I gloat... hear me gloat!)
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To: kristinn
Beyond the media sarcasm, right-wing activists hounded Gore when he appeared in public, including demonstrating against his book signings.

He couldn't run for president because some folks exercised their free speech rights. Ha!

The Left just can't stand it when conservatives take to the streets. That's their territory, but we've co-opted it with so much more class, humor, originality and verve.

49 posted on 01/15/2003 8:22:16 PM PST by Calpublican
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To: tgslTakoma
Thanks for the memories -- it was fun freeping Algore and Tipper!

It was cold that day with snow still on the ground. Good training for this Saturday's rally!
50 posted on 01/15/2003 8:30:19 PM PST by Angelwood (Join the DC Chapter and MOVEOUT at the Patriots Rally III on 1/18/03 -- FReep On!)
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