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RichardPoe.com (Poe's Blog) ^ | October 10, 2003 | Richard Poe

Posted on 10/10/2003 2:57:03 PM PDT by Richard Poe

Democratic presidential hopeful Howard Dean has been -- and I quote -- "paying `bloggers' or professional Internet surfers to keep the enthusiasm up on his website," according to The Hill, a newspaper which reports on the U.S. Congress. The shocking revelation appeared in an October 8 article titled, "Dem Presidential Rivals Suffer `Growth Pains' Chasing Dean."

James Taranto of the Wall Street Journal's online Best of the Web page comments:

We're all for free enterprise, but this does point up an advantage of "old media" over bloggers. Professional journalists may have their biases, but those of us who work for big-media outfits are bound by codes of ethics under which taking money in exchange for favorable coverage would be a huge no-no. Many bloggers, of course, genuinely are independent commentators, but there's no easy way of knowing which ones are on the take.

Taranto displays a somewhat rosier view of Big Media ethics than the facts seem to warrant, but he is nonetheless to be congratulated for spotting this damning report of Dean's blog payoffs, which The Hill's editors cunningly buried deep in the 20th paragraph of a 25-graph article topped by a deadly dull headline.

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Richard Poe is a New-York-Times bestselling author and cyberjournalist. His book The Seven Myths of Gun Control was just released in paperback. Poe’s forthcoming book, The New Underground: How Conservatives Conquered the Internet, will be available soon.


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1 posted on 10/10/2003 2:57:04 PM PDT by Richard Poe
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To: PhiKapMom; Miss Marple; Howlin; okie01
A DANG ping...
2 posted on 10/10/2003 2:59:33 PM PDT by dirtboy (Cure Arnold of groping - throw him into a dark closet with Janet Reno and shut the door.)
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3 posted on 10/10/2003 3:00:21 PM PDT by Support Free Republic (Your support keeps Free Republic going strong!)
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To: Richard Poe
'splains a lot. Makes you wonder about all those "internet donations", too. eh?
4 posted on 10/10/2003 3:01:01 PM PDT by gov_bean_ counter
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To: Richard Poe
Dean pays shills?

What did Dean know, and when did he know it ?

5 posted on 10/10/2003 3:01:34 PM PDT by ChadGore (Kakkate Koi!)
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To: Richard Poe
There have been people paid to post on FreeRepublic before. For instance, some of the people who promoted the Fair Tax have been paid.
6 posted on 10/10/2003 3:04:39 PM PDT by Always Right
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To: Richard Poe
Dean pays shills? I demand a full inquiry. What is Dean hiding ? These 'commrade' deals are not LEGAL! FULL DISCLOSURE NOW!
7 posted on 10/10/2003 3:05:02 PM PDT by ChadGore (Kakkate Koi!)
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To: ChadGore
If he didn't pay shills, how else would he keep up the enthusiasm for his campaign?

What a loser.
8 posted on 10/10/2003 3:05:10 PM PDT by mvpel (Michael Pelletier)
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To: Richard Poe
You're right. I read all the way through the Hill article and couldn't find what you were talking about. I actually had to do a search for the word "paying," which turned up that little nugget you quote. They certainly did a good job burying the most interesting piece of information they had to report.

When is a blogger not a blogger? When he's a hired gun?
9 posted on 10/10/2003 3:05:23 PM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: Richard Poe
How novel, PAID volunteers.

Sad when the only way democrats can force their message is to pay the listener.

BTW would not see new clooney poodle movie if they paid me.
10 posted on 10/10/2003 3:07:25 PM PDT by longtermmemmory (Vote!)
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To: Always Right
Re: There have been people . .

Not being payed by by a presidential candidate with the expressed purpose of getting the person to shill for the candidate.

By FEC rules, this is electioneering, and needs to be fully disclosed. We demand transparency ! What's Dean hiding ?

11 posted on 10/10/2003 3:07:51 PM PDT by ChadGore (Kakkate Koi!)
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To: Richard Poe
What did dead know, and when did he know it ?
12 posted on 10/10/2003 3:09:11 PM PDT by ChadGore (Kakkate Koi!)
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To: Always Right
There have been people paid to post on FreeRepublic before.

And there are certainly some suspicious characters on some of the tech threads.

13 posted on 10/10/2003 3:10:23 PM PDT by Snuffington
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To: Snuffington
And there are certainly some suspicious characters on some of the tech threads.

Some of the doom and gloom gold bugs also come to mind.

14 posted on 10/10/2003 3:11:29 PM PDT by Always Right
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To: Richard Poe
It's not just Bloggers. In fact, it's **much** worse than that. Columnists and Editors are now DIRECTLY financing Democratic campaigns...

Contributor

Occupation

Date

Amount

Recipient

TALBOT, DAVID
SAN FRANCISCO,CA 94110

SALON MEDIA GROUP/EDITOR

4/7/2003

$500

Dean, Howard

 

Contributor

Occupation

Date

Amount

Recipient

SCHEER, ROBERT
SANTA MONICA,CA 90403

COLUMNIST

10/30/2000

$1,000

Kucinich, Dennis J

http://www.opensecrets.org/indivs/search.asp?NumOfThou=0&txtName=talbot%2C+d&txtState=CA&txtZip=&txtEmploy=&txtCand=&txt2004=Y&txt2002=Y&txt2000=Y&Order=N

15 posted on 10/10/2003 3:11:55 PM PDT by Southack (Media bias means that Castro won't be punished for Cuban war crimes against Black Angolans in Africa)
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To: Richard Poe
This is nothing new. Op-ed columnists in almost every major newspaper in this country have been getting paid for years to write their columns with a certain slant and write "opinion" columns that reflect nothing more than the opinion of the person or entity that was paying the fee.

16 posted on 10/10/2003 3:12:15 PM PDT by Alberta's Child ("To freedom, Alberta, horses . . . and women!")
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To: Richard Poe
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17 posted on 10/10/2003 3:13:27 PM PDT by OXENinFLA
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To: Doug Thompson; William McKinley; holdonnow; Perlstein; Howlin
c#15
18 posted on 10/10/2003 3:16:28 PM PDT by Southack (Media bias means that Castro won't be punished for Cuban war crimes against Black Angolans in Africa)
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To: longtermmemmory
How novel, PAID volunteers.

Not really.

"Volunteers" you pay for

19 posted on 10/10/2003 3:17:35 PM PDT by StriperSniper (Rush is mainlining THERA-GESIC® ;-)
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To: Richard Poe
Blogs are not news organizations. They are sources for finding stories by the real media. The exceptions are things like Dean Blogs-- reports on Dean for America activities. Anyone who thinks those reports are fair and balanced is retarded. It's totally partisan-- which is the opposite of "old media" journalism is supposed to be. Bush bloggers are just the same way-- partisan reports on Bush's re-election and the Dem challengers and commentary on news articles written by traditional journalists.

This is a dumb "story" by The Hill.
20 posted on 10/10/2003 3:31:24 PM PDT by GraniteStateConservative ("We happy because when we switch on the TV you never see Saddam Hussein. That's a big happy.")
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