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Open Letter to Dick Morris
ChronWatch ^ | 23 August 2003 | Doc Farmer

Posted on 08/22/2003 11:26:45 PM PDT by DocFarmer

"Open Letter to Dick Morris"

Posted by Doc Farmer Saturday, August 23, 2003

Dear Dick Morris,

I recently read your article regarding media bias (see link at the bottom) and found it quite interesting. Granted, I’ve been aware of media bias for a long time now. Accuracy in Media (AIM) and the Media Research Centre have been telling folks about the leftist slant in the news for years. Bernard Goldberg’s ''Bias'' was a well-written eye opener regarding just the kind of shenanigans that really go on in the newsroom. I understand how censorship works, and you did a very good job of exposing the hypocrisy of the mainstream media.

However, you should perhaps check your own glass house. There’s a bit of bias going on in your own organization, Specifically, in the discussion board area.

I’ve been a poster on for a couple of years now. It’s an enjoyable experience, most of the time. You can get into some really good debates. And sometimes those debates get a bit, well, intense. Sometimes they just devolve into schoolyard taunts and juvenile exchanges. And I’m here to admit that I’ve done some slinging of my own there. But I’d get as good as I’d give, and vice versa, and nobody seemed to mind.

Oh, there were occasions when some folks would go too far. One guy threatened the President, and he was subsequently banned. Another perennial idiot would register under several names and use vile language and blasphemous statements meant to shock and insult. He finally got bored and left after being nuked several times. But for the most part, folks would accept that this was a free discussion area and they’d participate nonetheless.

However, all that seems to have changed. There is a bias growing at A decidedly left-leaning bias. Not from the users, but from your own staff.

Pot. Kettle. Black.

In the past you had a Chief Technology Officer (CTO) who would axe the just worst offenders, and then only after taking time to give them fair warning. He’s left your employ and you’ve hired a new guy. And his take on how, when and whom to ban is a bit less than even-handed. He banned me once, but we worked things out and I held no ill will toward his actions. But he’s banned a few others, all conservatives or libertarians, because they did an awful thing. They were politically incorrect (see also: honest).

The latest case happened just before I wrote this article. One of my fellow debaters was warned by your CTO to not use the term ''sodomite'' or ''sodomist'' to (accurately) describe the actions of homosexuals. This is a legal term, and is described in the dictionary. It is not an overtly offensive word, except perhaps to those who practice sodomy. The so-called ''gay'' people (a term coined by the media years ago to make homosexuality more acceptable to the public). Some of the sodomists on the board then took it upon themselves to call this user all manner of foul names, told base lies, assaulted his character and besmirched his name. When this user contacted the CTO to inform him of this, however, the CTO took action against him, not the folks who attacked him.

Why? Because does have an editorial bias. A bias to the left. A bias enforced by your own staff.

If the man who was punished by your CTO had been telling lies, others on the discussion boards could counter them with the truth. Instead, he had been telling the truth, albeit an uncomfortable one, and was rewarded with censure. Your organization, for all its declaration of impartiality, is taking the same left turn that has occurred in the new media that you excoriated in your article.

I understand fully that freedom of speech does not mean license. However, I also understand that all must be given a voice, or no true voice is heard. If you want your site to be a vox populi, then you must allow all populi to vox things that even when true are sometimes hurtful to a small minority of the overly sensitive (see also: lib/dem/soc/commies). When things are lies, however, such as the lib/dem/soc/commie penchant to refer to conservatives as ''nazis'' (where in fact that political ideology is much more far left wing than right), these should be challenged.

I would ask you, as the founder of, to help correct the situation brewing in your own organization. You can establish a board of users, from every political spectrum, to determine when and how a user should be punished for offences. You can allow more internal control over board administration, to ensure that staff are accountable for their actions. You can provide better and more descriptive terms and conditions on what is and is not acceptable on your board.

Or you can do nothing. And let’s discussion area devolve into another, where all dissent is punished by banishment.

The choice is yours, sir. I hope you’ll make the right one.

Many thanks, Doc Farmer

Dick Morris' article on media bias, can be read at: Doc Farmer currently resides in Doha, Qatar. He receives e-mail at:

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1 posted on 08/22/2003 11:26:46 PM PDT by DocFarmer
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To: DocFarmer
My Open Letter to Dick Morris would go something like this:

Dear Toe-sucking freak,

Are the ho's charging you more since you got the Fox News gig?

Stock Ayatollah
2 posted on 08/23/2003 12:04:06 AM PDT by StockAyatollah
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To: StockAyatollah
I think he gave up the hookers and toe-sucking. Last I heard he found God and is trying to get back together with his wife.
3 posted on 08/23/2003 12:52:23 AM PDT by DocFarmer
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To: StockAyatollah

I like your version mo' bettah.
4 posted on 08/23/2003 3:51:14 AM PDT by martin_fierro (A v v n c v l v s M a x i m v s)
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To: DocFarmer
Dick Morris has some fascinating articles, and he never uses name calling in them.
5 posted on 08/23/2003 5:46:02 AM PDT by tkathy
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To: DocFarmer
What a pleasure to read your post. There are so many well thought out points, it's just refreshing. I hope that Mr. Morris will ponder your concerns. I believe it would be well worth his time.
6 posted on 08/23/2003 8:41:18 AM PDT by spirit_free (How many Congressional Democrats belong to the Socialist Party of America ..... lots!)
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To: DocFarmer
really? Where did he find him? ; )

And how are you, doc? Did you get things straightened out okay? Being unemployed overseas tends to suck eggs.

7 posted on 08/24/2003 7:35:46 AM PDT by jedwardtremlett
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To: jedwardtremlett
Check out - that's a general idea of how things are going. I'm flying back to the US on Thursday. Be home Friday night.
8 posted on 08/24/2003 11:09:11 PM PDT by DocFarmer
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To: DocFarmer
Okay! Have a safe trip, and Goddess bless. : )

9 posted on 08/25/2003 7:26:22 AM PDT by jedwardtremlett
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