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Transcript - FRN Chairman on Fox & Friends on April 1, 2003
Fox and Friends | April 1, 2003 | Fox News

Posted on 04/06/2003 9:46:17 PM PDT by The Shrew

Free Republic Chairman Scott Swett on Fox & Friends

Here is the transcript of Scott's appearance on April 1, 2003.

E.D. Hill: …but you know what? There is another side, and they’re picking up the pace.

Brian Kilmeade: Yep, Scott Swett is the chairman of the Free Republic Network; he joins us now from D.C. to explain. Welcome, Scott.

Scott Swett: Good morning, how are you.

Brian: Scott, what are you doing to counteract the huge, sometimes huge anti-war demonstrations?

Scott: Well, there are also huge numbers of people that support the troops and support what we’re doing in Iraq, and we’ve been working with grassroots organizations around the country. A couple of weekends ago, we had on our Web site which organizes some of these rallies at freeper.org, over 110 individual events that were attended by something like 150,000 people.

E.D.: Are you getting a lot of media coverage of that, because you know every time a protestor turns out, cameras seem to descend on the person.

Scott: The national media hasn’t really pulled all these local stories together. There’s quite a bit of local coverage, but as you say the national media tends to focus primarily on the peace riots.

E.D.: (laughs) Peace riots.

Steve Doocy: Yes, Scott, in fact we featured one of the massive demonstrations just south of the White House last week. It had seven protestors who were laying down in the street, so… interesting. Would you say that the people who are involved in your movement are just fed up with the anti-war protests and the spin that a lot of the mainstream media has given it?

Scott: Yeah, I think that’s a fair characterization. It takes quite a lot to get ordinary people to go out on the streets and attend rallies. It’s a very different thing than the anti-war movement, which relies on international funding from large socialist organizations and really has a cadre of professional protestors that they bus from site to site. Their objective is to obstruct things, to get in front of traffic, and they attract a lot of coverage that way.

E.D. There were a number of arrests – have any of your protestors been arrested?

Scott: To the best of my knowledge there have been no arrests at any of the pro-America rallies.

Brian: Scott, what’s the nature of the people that are involved with your movement that they don’t seem to have a need to demonstrate – for example, recent stats show that 70% of the country is in support of this movement, yet you don’t really see that out on the streets. Can you explain?

Scott: Well, we’re starting to see quite a bit of it out on the streets. As I said, it hasn’t gotten a great deal of national attention – until right about now. People are interested in making a stand and having their voices heard, and I think that’s going to continue. The support that you mention, the 70%, has been pretty constant since the start of the war, even during the periods of time when the media coverage turned pretty negative.

(start clip of anti-war demonstration)

Brian: All right, well here’s some of the anti-war people who are laying down in the street in New York City…,

E.D.: Nice color hair.

Steve: Yeah. Hey, Scott, you alluded to these people. Who is bankrolling these anti-war demonstrations?

Scott: Well, there’s quite a bit of evidence that international socialist organizations through domestic groups such as ANSWER are putting a lot of money behind it. Our own organization is purely volunteer, it’s grassroots in nature, and what we’re doing is attempting to provide tools and services to people, particularly at FreeRepublic.com, who wish to make their voices heard and get their side of the story out.

(end clip of anti-war demonstration)

E.D.: All right. You’ve got 50 different chapters and that’s how you can hook up with them. FreeRepublicNetwork.com.

Scott: Well actually there’s two groups. Our Web site where we’re organizing the rallies is Freeper.org, and FreeRepublic.com is the world’s largest political discussion site, and it’s at FREE REPUBLIC.COM

Brian: All right, Scott. Thanks very much.

Scott: Thanks very much.


TOPICS: Activism/Chapters; Announcements; Culture/Society; Free Republic; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: activism; foxandfriends; foxfriends; foxnews; frn; rallies
Here is the link to the previous thread:

FRN Chairman to appear on Fox and Friends

Regards,

TS

1 posted on 04/06/2003 9:46:18 PM PDT by The Shrew
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To: Interesting Times; Bob J; diotima; Skeet; Nick Danger; RonDog; Seeking the truth; MinuteGal; ...
Ping for a great transcript! You guys have to read this!

Regards,

TS

2 posted on 04/06/2003 9:48:39 PM PDT by The Shrew
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To: Bigun; Libertina; RonDog; anymouse; StarFan; RedWing9; FreeTheHostages
You guys have to see this!

Regards,

TS

3 posted on 04/06/2003 9:49:58 PM PDT by The Shrew
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To: jwalsh07; sauropod; Jhoffa_; jigsaw; Texas_Jarhead; JulieRNR21; abner
Ping for readers of the earlier thread!

Regards,

TS

4 posted on 04/06/2003 9:53:40 PM PDT by The Shrew
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To: The Shrew
I was watching when he came on. I was fired up! Thanks for the transcript post.
5 posted on 04/06/2003 9:53:57 PM PDT by peteram
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To: peteram; abner; zot
I thought the transcript was worth getting up. Just to document the "Peace Riots". Thanks and KUDOS to Abner for getting the great screen captures!

Regards,

TS

6 posted on 04/06/2003 9:56:23 PM PDT by The Shrew
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To: A Navy Vet; Illbay; EternalVigilance; DoughtyOne; Salvation; Berean; Drango
Ping for a transcript of last weeks show!

Regards,

TS

7 posted on 04/06/2003 9:58:16 PM PDT by The Shrew
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To: Jim Robinson; dittomom; Exit148; Taxman; kristinn; Badray; Dengar01
Ping for a great start to your week!

Regards,

TS

8 posted on 04/06/2003 10:00:42 PM PDT by The Shrew
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To: The Shrew; Interesting Times
Way to go guys!
9 posted on 04/06/2003 10:02:19 PM PDT by EternalVigilance
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To: EternalVigilance
Thanks! It keeps us off of the street!

Regards,

TS

10 posted on 04/06/2003 10:03:12 PM PDT by The Shrew
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To: floriduh voter; muggs; SerpentDove; Coleus; CyberCowboy777; Nick Danger; sweetliberty
Ping for a great transcript!

Regards,

TS

11 posted on 04/06/2003 10:11:53 PM PDT by The Shrew
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To: The Shrew
Thanks for the ping & bttt! Nice palace, saddam. (I've got Fox on). Oil for Food Program "hah"! Oil for marble is more like it.
12 posted on 04/06/2003 10:20:27 PM PDT by floriduh voter ("Pound that Rock" John Gruden, Super Bowl Night 2003)
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To: The Shrew
I'm impressed. No dancing around. We got to see E.D., Steve and Brian each interact with Scott. FYI: The Coachman Park Rally in Clearwater is on World Net Daily on Page 1... I believe the estimates are now from 18K to 20K. There were maybe a dozen in the designated demonstration area. But, then, again this is the home of Central Command.

Governor Jeb Bush is in WND's title. WND PICKED OUR RALLY!!! The thread's here on the front page of news activism.

13 posted on 04/06/2003 10:30:05 PM PDT by floriduh voter ("Pound that Rock" John Gruden, Super Bowl Night 2003)
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To: floriduh voter
That is such great news about the Florida Rally! This is amazing footage on Fox!

It's great news!

Regards,

TS

14 posted on 04/06/2003 10:32:10 PM PDT by The Shrew
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To: floriduh voter
That is such great news about the Florida Rally! This is amazing footage on Fox!

It's great news!

Regards,

TS

15 posted on 04/06/2003 10:32:11 PM PDT by The Shrew
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To: The Shrew
BTTT.
16 posted on 04/06/2003 10:32:51 PM PDT by floriduh voter ("Pound that Rock" John Gruden, Super Bowl Night 2003)
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To: The Shrew; Interesting Times
Good work! Great transcript! And pictures!
17 posted on 04/06/2003 10:56:00 PM PDT by zot
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To: zot
Glad you liked it! It's not going to get much attention because of what's going on but it is pretty cool!

Regards,

TS

18 posted on 04/06/2003 10:57:50 PM PDT by The Shrew
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To: The Shrew
Ty for posting this. I missed the interview (had to leave to go to work). Dave
19 posted on 04/07/2003 3:57:06 AM PDT by sauropod (I'm a man... But I can change... If I have to.... I guess...................)
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To: The Shrew
I loved the unintentional humor of the streamers under the photos!
20 posted on 04/07/2003 6:34:58 AM PDT by Redbob
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To: The Shrew; Interesting Times
Thanks for the ping. "Peace riots". I loved that line.

Great work, Scott.
21 posted on 04/07/2003 6:56:17 AM PDT by Badray (I won't be treated like a criminal until after they catch me and convict me.)
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To: The Shrew
Oh, wunderbar!!!!!!!! I've been waiting for this transcript!

I confess I was so excited when I saw our VERY OWN Free Republic Network chairman on national cable network that I didn't pick up each word uttered in the interview.

Scott, you're the greatest! And our ever-expanding army of chapters around this nation is a testimonial to the work of FRN which you so ably lead and represent.

Leni

22 posted on 04/07/2003 7:05:41 AM PDT by MinuteGal (THIS JUST IN ! Astonishing fare reduction for FReeps Ahoy Cruise! Check it out, pronto!)
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To: The Shrew
Great thread!
23 posted on 04/07/2003 7:09:01 AM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: The Shrew
I'm guessing that freerepublic.com saw a huge bump in the number of unique vistors. I saw the interview and was waiting for a Fox and Friend anchor to mention freerepublic.com by name. Scott finally did it himself.
24 posted on 04/07/2003 7:10:45 AM PDT by majordivit
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To: The Shrew
Thanks for posting the transcript and the screen shots. Good stuff!
25 posted on 04/07/2003 7:52:40 AM PDT by NautiNurse
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To: Interesting Times; The Shrew
Way to go IT. Eagles up!
26 posted on 04/07/2003 8:36:35 AM PDT by anymouse
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To: The Shrew
This is great. Thanks.
27 posted on 04/07/2003 9:02:13 AM PDT by freekitty
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To: Salvation
Thanks! Tell all your friends!

Regards,

TS

28 posted on 04/07/2003 9:06:33 AM PDT by The Shrew
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To: anymouse; freekitty
Glad you guys liked it!

Tell all your friends!

Regards,

TS

29 posted on 04/07/2003 9:07:15 AM PDT by The Shrew
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To: Interesting Times
Isn't it time for you to step in here and take a bow for some really, really, good work!

Regards,

TS

30 posted on 04/07/2003 9:09:35 AM PDT by The Shrew
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To: The Shrew
< Elvis > Thankyew. Thankyew very much. < /Elvis >

Fox News had a pretty good segment last night featuring the pro-America rallies, including some standup reports on-site. I think we just need to keep getting out the word about these events, and about how popular they really are -- that hundreds of thousands of Americans are hitting the streets to support the troops and to support Operation Iraqi Freedom.

This time, we're not going to stand by while the leftists help the bad guys win.

31 posted on 04/07/2003 9:33:20 AM PDT by Interesting Times (Eagles Up! Join the Rally for America...)
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To: Interesting Times
This time, we're not going to stand by while the leftists help the bad guys win.

You really are good at this spokesperson thing ya know!

Regards,

TS

32 posted on 04/07/2003 9:57:08 AM PDT by The Shrew
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To: Interesting Times
Scott you were wonderful! It was so exciting to see you on Fox and know that us mainstream Americans still have a voice. My (formally liberal) sister called me ,yelling "Free Republic is on Fox now!"...haha, another convert ... and I've also caught my other (formally liberal) sister checking out FR when she wants breaking news :) Even my (formally liberal) mother is hiding her "Liberal and proud" t-shirt! Love you guys, keep up the good work!

PS, maybe they dont see as many of us pro-war people because, unlike the peaceniks--we have jobs!
33 posted on 04/07/2003 10:00:26 AM PDT by RBurke (Proud Freeper)
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To: RBurke
PS, maybe they dont see as many of us pro-war people because, unlike the peaceniks--we have jobs!

Exactly. I had that line in my pocket, but didn't quite get to it.

34 posted on 04/07/2003 10:02:56 AM PDT by Interesting Times (Eagles Up! Join the Rally for America...)
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To: The Shrew
Great work Scott! KUDOS to the FRN!
35 posted on 04/07/2003 11:31:54 AM PDT by Bob J
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To: Interesting Times
Great job, Scott! Bravo Zulu!
36 posted on 04/07/2003 12:00:51 PM PDT by Taxman
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To: Bob J; Taxman
Thanks, guys.

I figure it all adds up -- a Fox interview here, a USA Today article there, good coverage of individual events in local media outlets. Now national camera crews are starting to show up at the pro-America rallies.

Little by little we're getting the message out.

37 posted on 04/07/2003 12:20:30 PM PDT by Interesting Times (Eagles Up! Join the Rally for America...)
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To: The Shrew
Excellent work by Scott.
38 posted on 04/07/2003 12:55:39 PM PDT by Mr. Silverback (We're opening a can of MOAB on Saddam.)
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To: Mr. Silverback
Yup! We're pretty proud of him!

Regards,

TS

39 posted on 04/07/2003 3:13:17 PM PDT by The Shrew
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To: Interesting Times
Wonderful job! Thanks.
40 posted on 04/07/2003 3:21:14 PM PDT by Cool Guy (In God We Trust.)
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To: The Shrew; dittomom; LinnieBeth; conniew; Entropy Squared; bert; calypgin; Peacerose; Bryan; ...
ping!!
41 posted on 04/07/2003 8:56:15 PM PDT by diotima (FR/FRN SUPPORTS OUR TROOPS!!!!!!!!)
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To: diotima
Ventura County Bump!
42 posted on 04/07/2003 9:04:34 PM PDT by Rabid Dog
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To: diotima; All
FRN Chapter Leaders and Members of the FRN Leadership Council!

Great work guys & gals!

This is some serious pay off for lots and lots of work around this country! Just some great, great work!

Regards,

TS

43 posted on 04/07/2003 9:04:51 PM PDT by The Shrew
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To: lowbridge
bump
44 posted on 04/08/2003 8:32:32 AM PDT by lowbridge
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To: The Shrew; Interesting Times
Great job!

Thank G*d for FOX!

45 posted on 04/08/2003 2:28:23 PM PDT by SeenTheLight
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