Skip to comments.AIM to Honor People in Pajamas [Congratulations, Buckhead and TankerKC!]
Posted on 11/04/2005 1:33:17 AM PST by Jim RobinsonEdited on 11/04/2005 1:51:15 AM PST by Jim Robinson. [history]
"The scandal at CBS involved the use of phony documents to make charges against President Bush regarding his Air National Guard service that were not only unsubstantiated, but contradicted by evidence and information known to CBS at the time."
In memory of Reed Irvine, founder of Accuracy in Media, AIM is awarding its first annual Reed Irvine Investigative Journalism award to two of the bloggers responsible for exposing RathergateDan Rather's use of forged documents to smear President Bush. This episode was a milestone in the history of journalism.
Former CBS and current CNN executive Jonathan Klein derided the bloggers as people "sitting in his living room in his pajamas writing." No matter what they wore, however, they did the research that Rather didn't. They made Rather, the "veteran" journalist, look like a fool.
One is an Atlanta lawyer, Harry MacDougald, who writes under the name "Buckhead" on FreeRepublic.com. He was the first to raise questions about the authenticity of the documents that CBS posted on its website the night of Dan Rather's report on 60 Minutes Wednesday two months before the presidential election last year. From having read a manual explaining the computer program Microsoft Word shortly after it came out and was acquired by his law firm, he knew that the CBS documents couldn't have been typed back in 1972, the year they were purported to have been written, because typewriters from that time weren't capable of proportional spacing the way Microsoft Word does it automatically.
The other award winner is Paul Boley, an active Air Force officer from Montgomery, Alabama, who went by the handle "TankerKC." He had the very first web-post attacking the memos while the 60 Minutes II program was still going on.
Making a difference against the forces of evil! Way to go!
BTW, what has happened to any follow up on identifying the perp's who tried this feeble stunt. If we can spend millions over this phony plame leak it would seem that folks trying to influence an election by lying should have some very serious ramifications.
Just think about it. If it weren't for Buckhead and TankerC, John Kerry might be President of the United States now. ((((shudders))))
AWARD time for our fearless and knowledgable FREEPERS, Buckhead and TankerKC! They and FreeRepublic deserve the credit for exposing this intellectual dishonesty.
Joseph Pulitzer to his staff
"Accuracy! Accuracy is to a newspaper what virtue is to a woman."
Congratulations. Yes, one man (well, in this case, two men) can make a difference.
Congrats all... you have made history...brought down a media icon... an most of all made sure that the truth came out... thanks for being great!
ping the crew for congrats to these great FReepers!?
Oh my goodness, that's awesome! Congratulations!
Pinging the crew!
That's good to go. Used to listen to Media Monitor with Reed Irvine and Cliff Kincaid all the time.
And dated a girl who lived in Buckhead. 8~)
It's pretty sad, but great also, that 2 people can bring down a media empire in less than an hour. Just goes to show that truth wins no matter how hard the liars push back.
Blogs, and Forums on the internet allow "we the people" to get info we NEVER get from the MSM.
Kudos to the "Pajama Posse" hehehe hey at least we don't wear goofy sweaters well okay maybe some of you do. :o)
Don't know the name of the Freeper who drew this - but it's beautiful and hilariously funny...
I love it.
Ping to comment#22.
It's from the comedy blog: http://www.imao.us/
I just finished reading on Newsmax that Patrick Fitzgerald was supposed to deliver an indictment of White House staff last November. It was supposed to be demoRats "November Surprise."
Democrats are lamenting the fact that Special Counsel Patrick Fitzgerald wasn't able to indict Lewis "Scooter" Libby on Leakgate charges a month before last year's presidential election - a move that Fitzgerald acknowledged was his original plan last Friday.
"I wish the truth had come out one year ago," said Bob Shrum - campaign manager to presidential loser John Kerry - on MSNBC's "Hardball" Thursday night. "Because as Patrick Fitzgerald said, he would have indicted in October of 2004, and you wouldn't have a [second] Bush administration."
Announcing the Libby indictment on Friday, Fitzgerald made it clear that he wanted to spring his Leakgate October Surprise a year earlier - at the eleventh hour of the 2004 presidential campaign:
"I would have wished nothing better that, when the subpoenas were issued in August 2004, [that] witnesses testified then, and we would have been here in October 2004 instead of October 2005," he told reporters.
When the demoRats realized that they were not going to have a Fitzgerald indictment to use as political fodder against President Bush, they hastily rushed into the forged National Guard debacle. They simply didn't have time to do all of the proper checking to safeguard against detection.
It might be time to start an investigation of Mr. Fitzgerald to determine if his intentions really are impartial and legal.
>>"As AIM goes forward with our awards, there is some evidence that CBS may be coming to grips with the scandal. It's about time."
Recent statements by Rather indicate he darn sure hasn't. What a clueless fool.
Congrats to Buckhead and TankerKC, you make us proud!
Note to liberal media scum and other affiliated lowlifes:
WE ARE JUST GETTING WARMED UP!
Also thanks to the Freepers who donate to keep the lights on here.
thanks for solving the mystery...
Dan Rather wearing a dunce cap.
Mapes calls it "political jihad" - you call it the TRUTH.
Matt Drudge, Speech to the National Press Club, 6/2/98
We have entered an era vibrating with the din of small voices. Every citizen can be a reporter, can take on the powers that be. The difference between the Internet, television and radio, magazines, newspapers is the two-way communication. The Net gives as much voice to a 13-year-old computer geek like me as to a CEO or speaker of the House. We all become equal.
And you would be amazed what the ordinary guy knows.
On the Net, you said what you meant and had better be ready to explain your position and how you'd arrived at it. Mouthing platitudes guaranteed that you would be challenged. Nothing was accepted at face value, or taken for granted. Everything was subject to question, revision, re-implementation, parody whether it was an algorithm, a political philosophy or, God help you, an advertisement.Chapter 1, Cluetrain Manifesto, "Internet Apocalypso"
While the outcome of these debates did not invariably constitute wisdom for the ages, the process by which they took place was honing a razor-sharp sense of collective potential. The conversation was not only engaging, interesting, exciting it was effective. Tools and techniques emerged with a speed that broke all precedents. As would soon become obvious, the Net was a powerful multiplier for intellectual capital.
Good news all round. Good work, gentlemen.
That drawing is one of my all-time faves. That person draws like Bob Dylan sings. Not very well, yet incredibly fantastic at the same time.
It is not "something new", Ms. Mapes.
Yes, "fundamentally frightening" to those that push lies.
You have never seen "this kind of response" before because you had you head buried up the posteriors of your liberal,lying ,partners of distortion!
Congrats men.......outstanding work!
I hope they get the technical details right. This was a highly technical argument, and I don't want any peripheral font nonsense associated with this.
Also, the real coffin nails came from guys outside FR who knew the history of computer fonts, even people from Adobe. Not to mention someone who dragged an IBM Composer out of storage -- the only machine from 1970 the could do proportional spacing.
We should also remember all the FReepers who provided analysis of the documents' content and style.
After last Sunday's "60 Minutes", I don't think so.
Heavenly Father, we return to thank You for all who gather here under the banner of FreeRepublic ... You truly have blessed this site with talents committed to upholding all that is noble and good in our beloved country. Thank You for the hearts of patriots ... the sacrifices of our defenders ... the skills of our worldwide citizens ... the prayers of Your children ... the vision of one and the contributions of many. May Your hand ever be upon those who seek the truth and who speak the truth, that we might continue to breathe free. In the Name of Jesus we pray, Amen ...
Great job spotting those peripheral fonts! ; > )
I have good peripheral vision.
BUMP and a Ping
Congratulations to Buckhead and Tanker KC.
What happened here made my little $/day donation to Free Republic look like one of the best investments I have ever made for my wife's, sons's and grandchildren's future.
As the Plame/Wilson bs starts to get hot, we need a strong Free Republic to counter the lies and spins from the MSM and the rats in congress.
Thanks for this important ping.
I am proud of you, Buckhead and TankerKC, and proud to be a Freeper!