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Scandal Puts Focus On Role of Bloggers (WaPo on FR, NCPAC and MD4Bush)
Washington Post ^ | 02/11/05 | David Snyder and Matthew Mosk

Posted on 02/10/2005 10:41:44 PM PST by conservative in nyc

The Web site began as a sort of Internet boutique for like-minded conservatives and libertarians, suspicious of federal power and angry at President Bill Clinton.

Started in 1997 by a reclusive California conservative, freerepublic.com saw its membership blossom with Clinton's impeachment and the election of George W. Bush. Attention to the site reached a zenith last fall, when a "freeper" -- the group's moniker for its bloggers -- first discussed flaws in documents CBS News used in a report critical of Bush's National Guard service.

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One participant working under the handle MD4BUSH, whose identity is unknown, drew Steffen into a private conversation and appeared to coax him to share more details about his role in spreading the rumor. Copies of those chat room e-mails were later provided to The Washington Post.

The Oct. 18 conversation began with MD4BUSH complimenting Steffen and saying how obvious it was that the rumors about the mayor were true. Steffen, writing under the name NCPAC, replied:

"I don't look for the MO'M [O'Malley] story to hit for a little bit yet. . . . However, a lot of what everyone knows about MO'M is because of work that has occurred. It's been a wild ride."

MD4BUSH later probed further:

"Your saying that my dentist knows [about the rumors] because of work you did? Wow, I must say, I'm impressed. I mean really, everyone knows -- how did that happen?"

(Excerpt) Read more at washingtonpost.com ...


TOPICS: Extended News; Free Republic; News/Current Events; US: Maryland
KEYWORDS: compost; ecpa; freerepublic; gannon; kristinn; md4bush; media; mediabias; msm; ncpac; odoherty; omalley; ryanodoherty
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To: Danae
Why is it that when ever the MSM mentions us, they call us Bloggers?

The same reason they refer to themselves as "journalists".

521 posted on 02/11/2005 7:55:25 AM PST by VisualizeSmallerGovernment (Question Liberal Authority)
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To: beyond the sea; Alia

So now we are Freeping without the cover of our pajamas?


522 posted on 02/11/2005 7:56:09 AM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach (A Proud member of Free Republic ~~The New Face of the Fourth Estate since 1996.)
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To: conservative in nyc

I've confirmed that Yahoo uses Pacific time in their search results. That means the WaPo story was published at the same time as MD4's 2/8 post. Now for a cliche: "Coincidence? I think not."


523 posted on 02/11/2005 7:56:28 AM PST by advance_copy
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To: nicmarlo
"considering how "closetted" homo reporters have been covering for their "out" political and religious buddies who get themselves into trouble, the angle might be worth investigating."

Good idea....can devote a thread to such a topic, as well. I'd be very interested in such, myself, either helping or being pinged. Some other friends of mine might also be interested in that, as well.


When Bishop Hubbard of Albany was having his problems last year (being accused as a homo-pedophile and possibly complicit in the suspicious suicide of Fr. Minkler), a number of newspapers immediately began running puff-pieces on Hubbard, lauding him and demeaning his critics. I did some research on some of the 'reporters' who wrote these articles at the time. You'd be amazed at how many of them had connections in the activist homo groups....
524 posted on 02/11/2005 7:57:07 AM PST by Antoninus (In hoc sign, vinces )
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To: advance_copy
How do you know it's 8:05PM Pacific, not Eastern? This Yahoo! news story page gives me the story times in Eastern Time. As my screen name suggests, I'm on the East Coast.
525 posted on 02/11/2005 7:57:07 AM PST by conservative in nyc
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To: conservative in nyc

A Bit part of me would like to see the Wash Post sued over violating our copyright!!! Treasonous idiots.


526 posted on 02/11/2005 7:58:16 AM PST by Quix (HAVING A FORM of GODLINESS but DENYING IT'S POWER. 2 TIM 3:5)
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To: conservative in nyc

A Bit part of me would like to see the Wash Post sued over violating our copyright!!! Treasonous idiots.


527 posted on 02/11/2005 7:58:21 AM PST by Quix (HAVING A FORM of GODLINESS but DENYING IT'S POWER. 2 TIM 3:5)
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To: AFPhys

Right on!


528 posted on 02/11/2005 7:58:26 AM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach (A Proud member of Free Republic ~~The New Face of the Fourth Estate since 1996.)
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To: Rokke; lightingguy

And on his second day too. Interesting.


529 posted on 02/11/2005 8:00:44 AM PST by agrace (Life cures liberalism.)
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To: Liberty Valance
Mark Steyn coming up on Laura Ingraham's radio program....shortly. I've read his columns...never heard him live.

If you can get Hugh Hewitt's radio show where you are Steyn appears once a week (Tuesday? others may know for sure--I don't listen as often as I should as late afternoon isn't my usual talk radio time) for about 15 minutes or so.

530 posted on 02/11/2005 8:00:46 AM PST by cyncooper
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To: conservative in nyc
"As my screen name suggests, I'm on the East Coast."

Uh oh. Now you're in trouble. It shouldn't be too hard to find out your true identity. Conservative. In NYC. That narrows it down to about 3 people. Watch out. The NYTs is probably already hot on your trail.

531 posted on 02/11/2005 8:01:21 AM PST by Rokke
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To: Antoninus

Bingo. You can bet the next Democrat to win the governorship will be involved in trying to push gay marriage through.


532 posted on 02/11/2005 8:02:00 AM PST by HowlinglyMind-BendingAbsurdity
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To: maggiefluffs
Lee Marshal=MD4Bush+WaPo

Interesting thesis!

533 posted on 02/11/2005 8:02:43 AM PST by Cold Heat (What are fears but voices awry?Whispering harm where harm is not and deluding the unwary. Wordsworth)
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To: jellybean
He's not banned now - as of a minute ago I can access his home page -


MD4Bush
Since Oct 7, 2004

view home page, enter name:

I hate John Kerry and I'm sick of his lies. This is the most important election in history and George bush must win. If not the Islamic Terrorists will win, there will be more attacks on the states.


534 posted on 02/11/2005 8:03:10 AM PST by agrace (Life cures liberalism.)
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To: nicmarlo

Very interesting. Thanks for the ping.


535 posted on 02/11/2005 8:03:22 AM PST by scripter (Tens of thousands have left the homosexual lifestyle)
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bump


536 posted on 02/11/2005 8:04:16 AM PST by P_A_I
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To: Antoninus; little jeremiah; scripter; EdReform; MeekOneGOP; Ernest_at_the_Beach; Squantos

"a number of newspapers immediately began running puff-pieces on Hubbard, lauding him and demeaning his critics. I did some research on some of the 'reporters' who wrote these articles at the time. You'd be amazed at how many of them had connections in the activist homo groups...."

Actually, I'm not surprised.

Whenever, I see an article, oped, or something from a news service blasting GW, Rummy, Conservatives, Christians, Republicans, and our military, I run a Yahoo search on the author's name with Gay added. The classic result was Tom Hays, AP, maggot, who wrote the lie about people cheering about Clintoon going into the hospital.

Most of these maggots have years of documentation of pushing the gay agenda, pro gay articles and often admission to being gay.

Try it sometime.


537 posted on 02/11/2005 8:05:06 AM PST by Grampa Dave (The MSM has been a WMD, Weapon of Mass Disinformation for the Rats for at least 4 decades.)
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To: conservative in nyc
When I clicked on one of the stories from a Baltimore TV station (in the same search results), the posted time stamp was three hours later than the Yahoo timestamp. You can do this too. Just hit the story immediately below the WaPo smear article. WBAL shows a time stamp 3 hours later than Yahoo.
538 posted on 02/11/2005 8:06:40 AM PST by advance_copy
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To: Antoninus

"or someone there hacked NCPAC's private e-mail."

Coincidence??? I think not. Out of all the thousands of FReepmails someone decided to hack into NCPAC's FReepmail???
Naahhhh.

Me thinks your first scenario more likely.


539 posted on 02/11/2005 8:06:58 AM PST by clyde260 (Public Enemy #1: Network News!)
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To: Antoninus; scripter
You'd be amazed at how many of them had connections in the activist homo groups....

Well, I probably would be, but somewhat wouldn't be....it's becoming more and more obvious that many are aligned with the pro-homosexual activists. As I said, I'd be very interested in any efforts to "out" these types of reporters.

540 posted on 02/11/2005 8:08:13 AM PST by nicmarlo
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