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AIM to Honor People in Pajamas [Congratulations, Buckhead and TankerKC!]
Accuracy in Media (aim.org) ^ | November 4, 2005 | By Roger Aronoff

Posted on 11/04/2005 1:33:17 AM PST by Jim Robinson

Edited 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 Rathergate—Dan 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.


TOPICS: Announcements; Free Republic; News/Current Events; US: Alabama; US: District of Columbia; US: Georgia; US: Maryland; US: Virginia
KEYWORDS: aim; bloggers; buckhead; cbs; danrather; forgedmemos; lamestreammedia; marymapes; media; memogate; msm; newmedia; pajamahadeen; politicaljihad; post47; rathergate; tankerkc
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"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."
1 posted on 11/04/2005 1:33:18 AM PST by Jim Robinson
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To: Jim Robinson; Buckhead; TankerKC

Big Kudos.

Making a difference against the forces of evil! Way to go!


2 posted on 11/04/2005 1:37:45 AM PST by Tall_Texan (HOUSTON ASTROS - NATIONAL LEAGUE CHAMPIONS 2005)
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To: Buckhead; TankerKC; kristinn; Angelwood; tgslTakoma; Howlin
"...And most importantly, she said that "Accuracy must come first. Fair and objective will flow outward from that."

That was the message of AIM founder Reed Irvine. It's too bad that Dan Rather didn't take it to heart. Reed finished his time on earth with his head held high, a man of principle who told the truth. Rather is slinking away in disgrace."

3 posted on 11/04/2005 1:38:12 AM PST by Jim Robinson ("Rather is slinking away in disgrace.")
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To: Howlin

ping


4 posted on 11/04/2005 1:38:27 AM PST by Jet Jaguar
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To: Jim Robinson
I hope Mapes and Rather get invites to the big soiree.
5 posted on 11/04/2005 1:39:44 AM PST by carumba
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To: Buckhead; TankerKC
Congratulations Buckhead and TankerKC!!

Well done!
6 posted on 11/04/2005 1:41:05 AM PST by Jim Robinson ("Rather is slinking away in disgrace.")
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To: Jim Robinson; nutmeg; Buckhead; TankerKC
Congratulatons !!!!
7 posted on 11/04/2005 1:44:18 AM PST by Deetes (God Bless the Troops)
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To: Jim Robinson; TankerKC; Buckhead

8 posted on 11/04/2005 1:45:14 AM PST by Old Sarge (In a Hole in the Ground, there Lived a Fobbit...)
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To: Jim Robinson
It still amazes me that anyone would go to the length's that they did to forge documents and then be so sloppy. Any former officer could tell at a glance something was wrong due to the format and terminology that was used.

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.

9 posted on 11/04/2005 1:49:44 AM PST by RVN Airplane Driver (Freedom isn't Free....never has been...never will be)
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To: Jim Robinson
Huge Kudos to Buckhead, TankerKC, and
all FReepers that took part.

10 posted on 11/04/2005 1:50:48 AM PST by SeaBiscuit (God Bless all who defend America and Friends, the rest can go to hell.)
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To: Jim Robinson

Just think about it. If it weren't for Buckhead and TankerC, John Kerry might be President of the United States now. ((((shudders))))


11 posted on 11/04/2005 1:53:54 AM PST by advance_copy (Stand for life, or nothing at all)
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To: Jim Robinson; Buckhead; TankerKC; Howlin

AWARD time for our fearless and knowledgable FREEPERS, Buckhead and TankerKC! They and FreeRepublic deserve the credit for exposing this intellectual dishonesty.


12 posted on 11/04/2005 1:55:27 AM PST by Carolinamom (Weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning......Psalm 30:5)
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To: Jim Robinson

Joseph Pulitzer to his staff

"Accuracy! Accuracy is to a newspaper what virtue is to a woman."


13 posted on 11/04/2005 2:01:22 AM PST by Socratic (Liberal's motto: Capio ergo sum.)
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To: Jim Robinson

"Within a few minutes, I was online visiting Websites I had never heard of before: Free Republic, Little Green Footballs, Power Line," writes Mapes...

"They were hard-core, politically angry, hyperconservative sites loaded with vitriol about Dan Rather and CBS."

"This was something else, something new and fundamentally frightening," Mapes writes. "I had never seen this kind of response to any story.

"It dawned on me that I was present at the birth of a political jihad."

Congratulations FReepers!


14 posted on 11/04/2005 2:08:32 AM PST by Wolverine (A Concerned Citizen)
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To: TankerKC; Buckhead

Congratulations. Yes, one man (well, in this case, two men) can make a difference.


15 posted on 11/04/2005 2:09:06 AM PST by Unknown Freeper (Doing my part...)
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To: Jim Robinson; Buckhead; TankerKC

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!


16 posted on 11/04/2005 2:10:22 AM PST by Americanwolf (Support the Minutemen Civil Defense Corp...Doing the Job our government won't !)
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To: King Prout; Darksheare

ping the crew for congrats to these great FReepers!?


17 posted on 11/04/2005 2:12:29 AM PST by Americanwolf (Support the Minutemen Civil Defense Corp...Doing the Job our government won't !)
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To: Buckhead; TankerKC

Oh my goodness, that's awesome! Congratulations!


18 posted on 11/04/2005 2:24:00 AM PST by BlessedBeGod (Benedict XVI = Terminator IV)
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To: Americanwolf; Neets; Darksheare; scott0347; timpad; Conspiracy Guy; NYC GOP Chick; MeekOneGOP; ...

Pinging the crew!


19 posted on 11/04/2005 2:32:24 AM PST by Jet Jaguar
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To: Jim Robinson

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~)


20 posted on 11/04/2005 2:32:48 AM PST by real saxophonist (The fact that you play tuba doesn't make you any less lethal. Semper Fi)
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To: Americanwolf

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)


21 posted on 11/04/2005 2:32:58 AM PST by Michael121 (An old soldier knows truth. Only a Dead Soldier knows peace.)
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To: Buckhead; TankerKC
Congratulations!

Image hosted by Photobucket.com Don't know the name of the Freeper who drew this - but it's beautiful and hilariously funny...

22 posted on 11/04/2005 2:35:48 AM PST by Fred Nerks (MAINSTREAM MEDIA ISN'T MAINSTREAM IT'S THE ENEMEDIA!)
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To: Fred Nerks; arasina
LMAO!

I love it.

Ping to comment#22.

:)

23 posted on 11/04/2005 3:18:14 AM PST by Do not dub me shapka broham
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To: Fred Nerks
Don't know the name of the Freeper

It's from the comedy blog: http://www.imao.us/

24 posted on 11/04/2005 3:22:07 AM PST by dinasour (Pajamahadeen)
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To: Jim Robinson; Buckhead; TankerKC
Congratulations, gentlemen!
25 posted on 11/04/2005 3:37:14 AM PST by airborne (Al-Queda can recruit on college campuses but the US military can't!)
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To: Jim Robinson
Kudos to Fred Nerks post #22. The creativity of the people who post on FR never ceases to amaze me. I had my first good chuckle this morning because of your drawing.

Conspiracy Theory:

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.

26 posted on 11/04/2005 4:05:51 AM PST by Texas Jack
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To: Jim Robinson

>>"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!


27 posted on 11/04/2005 4:07:25 AM PST by FreedomPoster
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To: Jim Robinson

CONGRATS!!!!!!!

Note to liberal media scum and other affiliated lowlifes:

WE ARE JUST GETTING WARMED UP!


28 posted on 11/04/2005 4:11:03 AM PST by rrrod
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To: Jim Robinson

Also thanks to the Freepers who donate to keep the lights on here.


29 posted on 11/04/2005 4:11:19 AM PST by don-o (Don't be a Freeploader. Do the right thing. Become a Monthly Donor!)
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To: dinasour

thanks for solving the mystery...


30 posted on 11/04/2005 4:18:56 AM PST by Fred Nerks (MAINSTREAM MEDIA ISN'T MAINSTREAM IT'S THE ENEMEDIA!)
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To: Fred Nerks
Heh, heh.

Dan Rather wearing a dunce cap.

How appropriate.

:)

31 posted on 11/04/2005 4:22:32 AM PST by Do not dub me shapka broham
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To: Jim Robinson; Buckhead; TankerKC

Mapes calls it "political jihad" - you call it the TRUTH.
Congratulations!


32 posted on 11/04/2005 4:30:54 AM PST by pieces of time
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To: Jim Robinson

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.

Matt Drudge, Speech to the National Press Club, 6/2/98

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.

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.

Chapter 1, Cluetrain Manifesto, "Internet Apocalypso"
33 posted on 11/04/2005 4:33:50 AM PST by Buckhead
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How appropriate that this should be announced today. A brand-new award is given to two fine gentlemen who are at the cutting edge of the new media. And it happens on the very day that the WashPost is up against the wall because others at FreeRepublic have caught them, like y'all caught CBS.

Good news all round. Good work, gentlemen.

Congressman Billybob

Latest column: "Democrat Official Outed as 'Sleaze' Source on Mayor O'Malley; Washington Post Ignored Story it Had (Updated)"

34 posted on 11/04/2005 4:34:54 AM PST by Congressman Billybob (Do you think Fitzpatrick resembled Captain Queeg, coming apart on the witness stand?)
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To: Fred Nerks

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.


35 posted on 11/04/2005 4:36:26 AM PST by Buckhead
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To: Wolverine
"This was something else, something new and fundamentally frightening," Mapes writes. "I had never seen this kind of response to any story.

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!

36 posted on 11/04/2005 4:37:25 AM PST by sausageseller (Look out for the jackbooted spelling police. There! Everywhere!(revised cause the "man" accosted me!)
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To: Jim Robinson

Congrats men.......outstanding work!

Semper Fi'


37 posted on 11/04/2005 4:37:30 AM PST by Buffettfan
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To: Jim Robinson

38 posted on 11/04/2005 4:38:39 AM PST by bmwcyle (We broke Pink's Code and found a terrorist message)
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To: Jim Robinson

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.


39 posted on 11/04/2005 4:43:22 AM PST by js1138 (Great is the power of steady misrepresentation.)
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To: Jim Robinson

After last Sunday's "60 Minutes", I don't think so.


40 posted on 11/04/2005 4:50:07 AM PST by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: Jim Robinson; Buckhead; TankerKC; All

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 ...


41 posted on 11/04/2005 5:08:57 AM PST by Pegita ('Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus, just to take Him at His Word ...)
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To: Buckhead; TankerKC

Great job spotting those peripheral fonts! ; > )


42 posted on 11/04/2005 5:13:56 AM PST by Ben Hecks
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To: Ben Hecks

I have good peripheral vision.


43 posted on 11/04/2005 5:19:09 AM PST by Buckhead
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To: Jim Robinson

Very cool!


44 posted on 11/04/2005 5:39:37 AM PST by GVnana
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To: Jim Robinson; Buckhead; TankerKC
Thank you for your service gentlemen.


45 posted on 11/04/2005 5:44:07 AM PST by McGruff (There are rogue elements within the CIA who at war with the Bush administration.)
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To: Buckhead
To lift a line from an old blues song,
"...something is happening,
and you don't know what it is,
do you, Mr. Jones."
46 posted on 11/04/2005 5:47:01 AM PST by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: Jim Robinson; shezza

BUMP and a Ping


47 posted on 11/04/2005 5:47:49 AM PST by N8VTXNinWV
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To: Jim Robinson; Buckhead; TankerKC

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.


48 posted on 11/04/2005 5:51:44 AM PST by Grampa Dave (MSM pseudo reporters use "could, may, and might" when they are lying and spinning.)
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To: Jet Jaguar

Thanks for this important ping.


49 posted on 11/04/2005 5:52:21 AM PST by Grampa Dave (MSM pseudo reporters use "could, may, and might" when they are lying and spinning.)
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To: Jim Robinson

I am proud of you, Buckhead and TankerKC, and proud to be a Freeper!


50 posted on 11/04/2005 5:56:13 AM PST by EnquiringMind
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