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Blogger Who Faulted CBS Documents Is Conservative Activist (L.A Times RATS out Buckhead!)
L.A Times ^

Posted on 09/17/2004 3:55:38 PM PDT by Redcoat LI

WASHINGTON — It was the first public allegation that CBS News used forged memos in its report questioning President Bush's National Guard service — a highly technical explanation posted within hours of airtime citing proportional spacing and font styles.

But it did not come from an expert in typography or typewriter history as some first thought. Instead, it was the work of Harry W. MacDougald, an Atlanta lawyer with strong ties to conservative Republican causes who helped draft the petition urging the Arkansas Supreme Court to disbar President Clinton after the Monica Lewinsky scandal, the Times has found.

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To: Redcoat LI
Reached by telephone today, MacDougald, 46, confirmed that he is Buckhead, but declined to answer questions about his political background or how he knew so much about the CBS documents so fast.

You can ask the questions but I'm not going to answer them," he told The Times. "I'm just going to stick to doing no interviews."


This is about the stupidest answer he could have given. Any FReeper should know how the liberal media operates.
Now they're going to imply he's hiding something.

He should have just said "I have used both a typewriter and Microsoft Word, and I can tell the difference between the two. I'm quite suprised that so many journalists who have used both regularly in their daily work apparently could not."
51 posted on 09/17/2004 4:05:24 PM PDT by counterpunch (The CouNTeRPuNcH Collection - www.counterpunch.us)
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To: Redcoat LI; Buckhead

Buckhead I'm glad you didn't miss your appointment with destiny. Thank you for speaking up.


52 posted on 09/17/2004 4:05:34 PM PDT by swheats
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To: Redcoat LI

They forgot to mention he was wearing pajamas.


53 posted on 09/17/2004 4:05:54 PM PDT by Marse (A proud pajama clad idiot)
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To: CA Conservative; Buckhead
From the article: "Freepers collectively possess more analytical horsepower than the entire news division at CBS," he wrote in an e-mail, using the slang term for users of the freerepublic site

Looks like Buckhead is right on target!

54 posted on 09/17/2004 4:05:59 PM PDT by abner (http://www.swiftvets.com or http://www.wintersoldier.com)
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To: Redcoat LI; Buckhead
They're just pissed off that a lawyer (with brains for a change, not like Klintoon lawyers) is out there somewhere, keeping tabs on the 'Rats.

Go Buckhead! You are the man.

55 posted on 09/17/2004 4:06:00 PM PDT by Hank Rearden (Never allow anyone who could only get a government job attempt to tell you how to run your life.)
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To: JoJo Gunn

LOL! That's a great image.
Wish I had thought of it!


56 posted on 09/17/2004 4:06:19 PM PDT by counterpunch (The CouNTeRPuNcH Collection - www.counterpunch.us)
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To: wolf24

I would also like to know how they got Buckhead's name? Did he have a website on FR,or one he linked to? Maybe they just went back, read posts & made "educated" guesses.

Are WE sure they are correct?


57 posted on 09/17/2004 4:06:20 PM PDT by madison10 (Charter Member of the Freepin' Right Wing Pajama Party)
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To: Redcoat LI
But it did not come from an expert in typography or typewriter history as some first thought. Instead, it was the work of Harry W. MacDougald, an Atlanta lawyer with strong ties to conservative Republican causes who helped draft the petition urging the Arkansas Supreme Court to disbar President Clinton after the Monica Lewinsky scandal, the Times has found.

All this means is that conservative Republicans are as apt at spotting frauds and forgeries pushed by Democrats as Democrats are inept at distinguishing fiction from what they avidly want to be true.
58 posted on 09/17/2004 4:06:24 PM PDT by aruanan
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To: dfwgator
anyone who ever voted for a Republican is a conservative activist.

Wouldn't that be nice :-}

59 posted on 09/17/2004 4:06:28 PM PDT by snooker (French Fried Flip Flopper still Flouncing, be careful out there.)
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To: Deb

It's on their website.


61 posted on 09/17/2004 4:06:41 PM PDT by Redcoat LI ("I am the great and powerful Kerry! Look at my medals!")
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To: Redcoat LI
The implication is that perhaps the memos were a "plant" by the RNC or Rove. To buy off on this silly notion, one must completely forget that CBS ignored their own experts and published the document over the expert warnings.

Occam's razor says that simple explanations are usually the correct one. Which is simpler: That the RNC or Rove based the entire gimmick on the idea that CBS would not vet the memo and run it no matter what anyone said, or that the note was handed to CBS by a partisan Hack who thought there would be no way anyone could discover the truth. Simple risk analysis makes it pretty plain that the cost to payoff ratio would be way too high given the dynamics of the race at that time.

The MSM just does not seem to get it...
62 posted on 09/17/2004 4:07:16 PM PDT by Truth Table
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To: Redcoat LI
This isn't looking good, why would a conservative be posting on FreeRepublic?
63 posted on 09/17/2004 4:07:19 PM PDT by fso301
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To: Redcoat LI; Buckhead

Jinkies! The jig is up! Blast those meddlin FRammies!


64 posted on 09/17/2004 4:07:56 PM PDT by Maigrey (Member of the semi-naked blogger Political Operative Brigade. To H#ll with pajamas!)
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To: Redcoat LI

It's great to see conservatives taking the gloves off and firing back. It was so dispiriting in past elections to see our side flail away and go meekly into the night. This election is proving to be different than in the past. It's usually the Dems who control the political debate and dominate the GOP. Now the shoe's on the other foot, and it's driving them absolutely nuts. I guess conservatives have finally learned how to play hardball in the game of presidential politics.


65 posted on 09/17/2004 4:08:02 PM PDT by midftfan
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To: Redcoat LI

Gee...Buckhead waited for someone at DU or from the Kerry campaign to dig right in and prove those memos were frauds, but AMAZINGLY they just seemed to show no interest in doing it. [sheesh]


66 posted on 09/17/2004 4:08:03 PM PDT by Route66 (America's Mainstreet)
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To: Redcoat LI

Gasp...a conserative you say! And he's an activist. Double gasp!


67 posted on 09/17/2004 4:08:21 PM PDT by Drango (What's the Font, Kenneth?)
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To: Redcoat LI

Hmmmm. Maybe it will be in tomorrow's paper...where no one will see it.


68 posted on 09/17/2004 4:08:23 PM PDT by Deb (A Democrat Stole My Sweater!!!)
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To: P-Marlowe

You mean Buckhead didn't like Clinton? Now isn't that a surprise-not! What did they expect, a democrat? Mrs PD


69 posted on 09/17/2004 4:08:30 PM PDT by pepperdog
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To: fso301

Conservatives on Free Republic, Human sacrifice, dogs and cats, living together... mass hysteria!


70 posted on 09/17/2004 4:08:34 PM PDT by dfwgator (It's sad that the news media treats Michael Jackson better than our military.)
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To: Redcoat LI
And your point is?

So9

72 posted on 09/17/2004 4:09:02 PM PDT by Servant of the 9 (We are the Hegemon. We can do anything we damned well please.)
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To: Redcoat LI; Buckhead
If the MSM spent as much time and effort into trying to figure out who forged the documents as they did in trying to figure out who it was the figured out that the documents were forged, they would have found the culprit last week. Instead they spend all this time and effort working out clues to Buckhead's identity.

Typical.

73 posted on 09/17/2004 4:09:14 PM PDT by P-Marlowe
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To: NavySEAL F-16
What I am amazed about is that the LAT absolutely sees no bias in their headline

Great point. How classic of LA Times to broadcast their liberalism with that headline...Nevermind cBS & memogate, let's talk about those conservatives.

74 posted on 09/17/2004 4:09:20 PM PDT by Rise of South Park Republicans (The Founding Fathers wanted disagreements as long as we all agree America kicks as* - Eric Cartman)
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To: Smogger

Yeah, and if you remember, the scum over at D.U was trying to figure out who he was.


75 posted on 09/17/2004 4:09:30 PM PDT by Redcoat LI ("I am the great and powerful Kerry! Look at my medals!")
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To: Crazieman

Wow! Imagine a conservative hanging out on a conservative bulletin board. What an amazing revelation, the LA times is just brilliant. Why tomorrow they will probably tell that the sun will rise....


76 posted on 09/17/2004 4:09:50 PM PDT by ARCADIA (Abuse of power comes as no surprise)
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To: Redcoat LI
From the article: Buckhead:

'"Freepers collectively possess more analytical horsepower than the entire news division at CBS," he wrote in an e-mail, using the slang term for users of the freerepublic site.'

77 posted on 09/17/2004 4:09:59 PM PDT by Revolting cat! ("In the end, nothing explains anything!")
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To: counterpunch
Thanks. Pass it around.
78 posted on 09/17/2004 4:10:09 PM PDT by JoJo Gunn (Help control the Leftist population - have them spayed or neutered.)
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To: Smogger

What the hell!?! I registered here at Freerepublic almost two weeks ago and I haven’t got one single call from Carl Rove or anybody at the right wing conspiracy headquarters. I am really starting to feel left out… are ya’ll sure ya’ll wrote my number down right???


79 posted on 09/17/2004 4:10:22 PM PDT by txroadkill (The hamster was TRYING TO DIE)
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To: Redcoat LI

Anyone realize that the LA Times just spent enormous manpower reading years worth of Buckhead's posts to determine if he's some sort of sinister Rovian(tm) plot, rather than investigate the legitimacy of the memos as a physical entity.


80 posted on 09/17/2004 4:10:43 PM PDT by Crazieman (Hanoi John Effin Kerry. War Criminal. Traitor. Democrat.)
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To: AHerald; Buckhead
I'm with AHerald, it must be a total biyatch to be under bare-bulbed scrutiny, just because your post tossed the pebble that caused the landslide.

I just want to say, that you should be very proud of your instrumental (and initial) part in uncovering this subversion to our electoral process.

81 posted on 09/17/2004 4:10:47 PM PDT by bikepacker67 (Sandy wasn't stuffing his socks, he was stuffing A sock.)
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To: Redcoat LI
Jeez, next thing you know we'll find out he's not voting for Kerry...

Could be trouble here.

RED ALERT!


82 posted on 09/17/2004 4:11:05 PM PDT by Caipirabob (Democrats.. Socialists..Commies..Traitors...Who can tell the difference?)
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To: Redcoat LI

Sure, but was he wrong? No? Then shut up.


83 posted on 09/17/2004 4:11:15 PM PDT by ElkGroveDan (Santorum 2008)
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To: Redcoat LI
I have no technical background in computers but saw Buckhead's post #47 come on-line and instantly understood he was right. Hence, CBS surely had to have known these were bogus documents but ran them anyway. How much time and effort did the Slimes put into hacking FR, and why??

Interesting that the MSM is already getting back to water-boy duty for the DNC and, in the bargain, trying to nose around and cow us Freepers. Here's a big bad MOO for Buckhead!

By the way, has the Slimes mentioned that Barnes is a big-time Kerry bagman and all the rest? Nope? Didn't think so.

84 posted on 09/17/2004 4:11:18 PM PDT by dodger
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To: Right Wing Professor
It's tantamount to an admission of complete ignorance about his trade.

It's tantamount to an admission of complete ignorance about his trade.

There ya go, Professor. (w!)

:^)

85 posted on 09/17/2004 4:11:20 PM PDT by SAJ (Write SFV 7700 puts on any decent dip. Might get a chance to write the 7600 puts...much better.)
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To: madison10

I think he confirmed it in a telephone call it said in the interview. Good point, though, regarding his name.


86 posted on 09/17/2004 4:11:30 PM PDT by wolf24
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To: wolf24
"How did they get Buckhead's name?"

I suspect Joe Wilson or his CIA undercover wife Valerie Plame. What's the chance we'll see them frog-marched off to jail?

87 posted on 09/17/2004 4:11:49 PM PDT by mass55th (It's the superscript, stupid!!!!)
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To: wolf24

In a related story it appears that the conservative activist had accessed a highly right wing radical republican website also frequented by one of the "authors" of the so-called "book", Unfit for Command"


88 posted on 09/17/2004 4:12:00 PM PDT by johnb838 (Let them all go naked for a while, at least the kids - Maria Theresa Somoes Feirra Heinz Kerry)
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To: Redcoat LI; Buckhead
"...a highly technical explanation posted within hours of airtime citing proportional spacing and font styles."

LOL. I suppose it does take a highly trained technical mind to recognize a Word document vs a military document pecked out on an old typewriter, or at least a sharp eye.

Congratulations Buckhead! Great job!!

You are a hero to us all!!

Wonder if Rather is still stonewalling on this? Going down for the count.

89 posted on 09/17/2004 4:12:09 PM PDT by Jim Robinson
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To: dfwgator

This is a tragedy! Now, the MSM knows that FREEPers are conservative!! What will we do? What will we do?


90 posted on 09/17/2004 4:12:43 PM PDT by ColoCdn (Only after all journalists wear pajamas will we be safe!))
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To: txroadkill
Sorry, must must have missed the FReepmail... ; )

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91 posted on 09/17/2004 4:12:57 PM PDT by Caipirabob (Democrats.. Socialists..Commies..Traitors...Who can tell the difference?)
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To: Redcoat LI
I wish these organizations would apply the same unlimited time and resources that they used in identifying Buckhead to investigating CBS.

Anyway - If I ever needed a lawyer, I'd want Buckhead!

92 posted on 09/17/2004 4:13:19 PM PDT by jporcus
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To: Redcoat LI
This really angers me. They act as if there's something sinister in realizing something was hinky about the documents so quickly. As soon as I saw the docs, and looked at the font type, I knew something was up as well.

Anyhow, they act like there's something sinister in an activist Republican posting here. Duh, it's a conservative website! And the question should not be "how did Buckhead figure this out," the question should be "how did Dan Rather think he could get away with these forged documents."

93 posted on 09/17/2004 4:13:20 PM PDT by NYCVirago
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To: Redcoat LI
I am BuckHead.


94 posted on 09/17/2004 4:13:24 PM PDT by FredZarguna (Wearing BLACK Pajamas, in honor of Hanoi John)
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To: Redcoat LI

What a shocker! I thought Buckhead was an ultra-liberal Kerry supporter.


95 posted on 09/17/2004 4:13:40 PM PDT by Jenya (Buy Unfit for Command. Donate to Swiftvets.com. It's your American duty.)
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To: txroadkill

"What the hell!?! I registered here at Freerepublic almost two weeks ago and I haven’t got one single call from Carl Rove or anybody at the right wing conspiracy headquarters. I am really starting to feel left out… are ya’ll sure ya’ll wrote my number down right???"

Did you remember to register with the VWRC headquarters? Once you do, you will get the decoder ring, learn the secret handshake and only then will you be contacted...


96 posted on 09/17/2004 4:13:42 PM PDT by Trampled by Lambs ("Making Al Gore regret inventing the internet, one post at a time")
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To: Jim Robinson

So the L.A Times forces us to excerpt, yet they feel free to raid our archives?


97 posted on 09/17/2004 4:13:57 PM PDT by Redcoat LI ("I am the great and powerful Kerry! Look at my medals!")
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To: dfwgator

"user: slashdot
password: slashdot"

bump


98 posted on 09/17/2004 4:14:00 PM PDT by AMDG&BVMH (Proudly served in the National Guard)
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To: Redcoat LI

So the LA Slimes wanted the man to be an independent or perhaps a RAT?? The Slimes are so far left they are sinking fast into the La Brea Tar Pits, where they belong with all other extinct fossils.


99 posted on 09/17/2004 4:14:01 PM PDT by Paulus Invictus
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To: ColoCdn
This is a tragedy! Now, the MSM knows that FREEPers are conservative!! What will we do? What will we do?

"Road trip."

100 posted on 09/17/2004 4:14:07 PM PDT by dfwgator (It's sad that the news media treats Michael Jackson better than our military.)
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