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The Web Gets a Scoop (Congratulations, Free Republic!)
Wall Street Journal ^ | Feb. 2, 2003 | James Taranto

Posted on 02/02/2003 10:59:59 AM PST by conservativegirl

Edited on 04/23/2004 12:05:11 AM PDT by Jim Robinson. [history]

Free Republic mentioned in Best of the Web. Way to go Freepers! (Sorry if this is already posted - didn't see it).


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To: conservativegirl
We made WSJ??? Kick a$$!
101 posted on 02/02/2003 3:48:11 PM PST by maxwell (Well I'm sure I'd feel much worse if I weren't under such heavy sedation...)
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To: LowOiL
BUMP
102 posted on 02/02/2003 3:55:04 PM PST by TLBSHOW (God Speed as Angels trending upward dare to fly Tribute to the Risk Takers)
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To: Grampa Dave
I also learned about the crisis here. About 9:20 to be exact. I was here sifting thru piles of E-Mail and saw a ping to a "lost contact" thread. I really didn't think anything of it, kinda early and the coffee was jsut hitting me. After finding what I wanted I saw at least 10 pings to Shuttle blows up threads.

I didn't even turn on the TV to confirm until close to 10AM.

We'll see how somber they get when the AZ board comes online tuesday.

The Site, http://www.azfire.org , is up and the press release along with an image of the artwork are posted there.

Gonna start another fund raiser on tuesday too.

FRegards,
EB
103 posted on 02/02/2003 3:57:05 PM PST by EBUCK (....reloading....praparing to FIRE!!!)
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To: LowOiL
Perhaps the reason for the upswing is the recent dearth of pro-drug threads to turn normal people away.
104 posted on 02/02/2003 4:11:17 PM PST by Cultural Jihad
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To: HighWheeler; LowOiL
Odd to see the 24 month version, apparently September 2001 is the earliest this link will go. Hence you can see FreeRepublic's post-911 spike, and probably trace out the big news events of the day in the past year or so.


105 posted on 02/02/2003 4:27:13 PM PST by Cultural Jihad
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To: Jim Robinson
Congratulations on the well-deserved media attention. Just sad that it had to happen w/ this awful tragedy. FreeRepublic has covered countless other events just as well -- most notably, the Clinton scandals.

You do good work, Jim Robinson, and so do those you assist you.

106 posted on 02/02/2003 4:28:04 PM PST by solzhenitsyn ("Live Not By Lies")
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To: agitator
Where is the Radio FreeRepublic chat room? Do you have a link?
107 posted on 02/02/2003 4:30:56 PM PST by my_pointy_head_is_sharp
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To: RobFromGa
do you really think that the shuttle tragedy would have been discussed and reported better within a "Generic Daily Discussion Thread"?

I beg to differ; that is EXACTLY what leadpenny's thread was. A thread you see on here thousands of times with ordinary people discussing an ongoing event.

108 posted on 02/02/2003 5:53:17 PM PST by Howlin
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To: LowOiL
I do, too. We must never forget.
109 posted on 02/02/2003 5:54:55 PM PST by Howlin
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To: antaresequity
LOL.........well done!
110 posted on 02/02/2003 5:56:25 PM PST by Howlin
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To: Dog
This site is cutting edge.

Yes it is. But only, apparently, because it has the right stuff: a leader who has vision, and a moderator force to clean up the garbage.

111 posted on 02/02/2003 6:02:42 PM PST by Dec31,1999 (France and Germany: The Axis of Weasel)
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To: July 4th
--We ARE a wire service! --

With as many Freepers out there as there are we are far better than a wire service. If it happens in the US or abroad if you are on FReeRepublic at the time you should know about it.
I was reading about the shuttle as is happened on FR yesterday and was proud and sad all at the same time.

My family always gets on me for hanging out here.It was kinda like I was exonerated

Regards
RB
112 posted on 02/02/2003 6:08:22 PM PST by Rightly Biased (<><)
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To: my_pointy_head_is_sharp
http://chat.agitator.dynip.com/
113 posted on 02/02/2003 6:14:30 PM PST by carenot
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To: LowOiL
Great graph! Thanks for posting it.

Funny thing is that some of the hits on DU are from us! LOL

114 posted on 02/02/2003 6:34:37 PM PST by dixiechick2000 (Maybe the hokey pokey IS what it's all about...)
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To: my_pointy_head_is_sharp
This is the link to the Radio FreeRepublic chat room:

http://chat.agitator.dynip.com

This chat server uses either a Java based client or any IRC compliant client like mIRC, see that page for details.

115 posted on 02/02/2003 6:37:39 PM PST by agitator
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To: Grampa Dave; leadpenny; All
Thanks for the ping, Gramps. I'm reading the thread now.

As I was reading that thread yesterday morning, my goosebumps had goosebumps! It was very chilling.

To leadpenny, Gramps, and everyone on Free Republic I send you all a big ol'

^5

116 posted on 02/02/2003 6:48:05 PM PST by dixiechick2000 (Maybe the hokey pokey IS what it's all about...)
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To: aruanan
So who spelled "descent" as "decent"? It doesn't sound as though a writer for the WSJ would do so, but sounds all too like a typical poster here. Too bad FR has to show its illiterate side to the world at the same time as getting accolades for being quick.

Don't get series on us; weir not all loosers.

117 posted on 02/02/2003 7:07:56 PM PST by Old Professer
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To: Old Professer
shirley you dont speek fro everyon hear.
118 posted on 02/02/2003 7:31:55 PM PST by glock rocks (dern spelchucker)
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To: Old Professer
Don't get series on us; weir not all loosers.

Only on the loosers.
119 posted on 02/02/2003 7:34:41 PM PST by aruanan
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To: Bob
Other Freepers joined in, describing the view of the descending shuttle from the West Coast--then gradually realizing something was amiss. Someone asks at 8:58 a.m. EST, "Was it glowing at all?" The first clear sign of trouble comes in a post at 9:05 a.m. We won't quote any more than this, because you really have to read the full thread to appreciate the drama.

If anyone comes to FR to read this thread, will they also follow the links to what the DUmmies were saying? Let's all hope so! It wasn't pretty!

120 posted on 02/02/2003 8:01:57 PM PST by concerned about politics (Stop supporting terrorism!!! ....... Drill ANWAR!)
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To: LowOiL
Geez, what happened to DU around January 10th in the graphic you posted? Did their gerbils die?
121 posted on 02/02/2003 8:22:29 PM PST by Tall_Texan (Where liberals lead, misery follows.)
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To: conservativegirl
I have news for you.

Rush claims his show to be news prep for the networks.

But guess where Rush gets al lot of hs stuff?

He will never admit it but he and his staff read free republic DAILY.

122 posted on 02/02/2003 9:41:26 PM PST by Kay Soze
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To: Kay Soze
Rush, Sean, Michael Savage and probably every local conservative and semi conservative talk show host get their material from Free Republic.
123 posted on 02/02/2003 9:50:35 PM PST by Grampa Dave (Stamp out Freepathons! Stop being a Freep Loader! Become a monthly donor!)
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To: Bob
The WSJ writer was directly quoting the thread itself. He probably should have put in a [sic] after the misspelling. While I agree that it's unfortunate there was the typo, I don't think it significantly detracts from the thread.

Point taken.

But maybe the writer was pointing indirectly that ordinary middle class Americans don't have to spell as well as a news service copy writer in order to scoop the Associated Press with a compelling live news account.

The misspelling gives the account a flavor of authenticity, of just ordinary people typing in their comments informally, people who like aerospace and watched it via the net together and then realizing something had gone horribly wrong.

I don't think a misspelling detracts from our report thread on bit. It represents FR very nicely just as it is.
124 posted on 02/02/2003 10:13:25 PM PST by George W. Bush
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To: Nick Danger; Bob J; diotima
He didn't just acknowledge it. Note the phrase "Other Freepers joined in..."

Mr. Taranto (a) knows to call us "Freepers," and (b) doesn't feel he needs to explain the term to his readers.

Those were my thoughts exactly.

;^)

125 posted on 02/02/2003 10:22:44 PM PST by AnnaZ
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To: My Favorite Headache
... we assume control.

Like the priests of the temple at Cyrinx?

126 posted on 02/02/2003 10:42:42 PM PST by spodefly ( ... only Rush fans will get this.)
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To: Howlin
Thanks for posting the excerpt!
127 posted on 02/02/2003 10:54:27 PM PST by Freedom2specul8
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To: Bob; conservativegirl
Thank you for posting the info!
128 posted on 02/02/2003 10:55:36 PM PST by Freedom2specul8
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To: conservativegirl
"Free Republic scooped the AP by at least 11 minutes--which is an eternity in the competitive world of wire-service reporting."

Now, why does that not surprise me!

129 posted on 02/02/2003 10:57:33 PM PST by Happy2BMe (It's All About You - It's All About Me - It's All About Being Free!)
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To: George W. Bush
FR is consistently on the leading edge of breaking news if it remains judiciously unfettered.

The media in the past has breathed a great deal of blab and "prop-agenda" at important times while Freepers local to the matter at hand can report from local radio and eye witness experience what is really going down.

I agree with "George W. Bush" poster that misspelling is not significant especially at times of heightened duress. I hope that we support the freedom of those who would like to but do not spell or write that well to post here.

We don't need to manifest an elitist attitude even if FreeRepublic is an elite corps. Elitist attitudes belong on that other website where the word only applies to their attitude and not to their substance.
130 posted on 02/02/2003 11:16:40 PM PST by Spirited
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To: scouse
For fun someone should post a picture of our FR Devil suit guy. That would really tweek her out.
131 posted on 02/02/2003 11:18:27 PM PST by oceanperch
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To: A CA Guy
"I think FR beats the press on a gazillion other issues and stories as well"

I can think of several! Like when the thing with the snipers was coming to a head, there were at least 3 major threads going and it soon became obvious that we were feeding stuff to Fox news. And then there was the up close and personal FR version of the tropical storm, Alison, in the Houston area a year and a half ago, and the Alice Donovan case from South Carolina....it was FReepers putting info together and getting it out, even to law enforcement, and of course, 9/11. That's just to name a few. Some things we see not only minutes and hours ahead of other sources, but sometimes days! I am very proud to be a part of Free Republic and I am glad we are gaining wider and well deserved acclaim!

Way to go FReepers!!

132 posted on 02/02/2003 11:58:04 PM PST by sweetliberty (FReepers rule!)
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To: Nick Danger
"Mr. Taranto (a) knows to call us "Freepers," and (b) doesn't feel he needs to explain the term to his readers."

I noticed that too.

133 posted on 02/03/2003 12:01:55 AM PST by sweetliberty (FReepers rule!)
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To: apackof2; Jim Robinson; John Robinson; Admin Moderator
"This is really BIG in the world of wire-service reporting AND a link back to FR!"

I wonder of we got a significant number of hits as a result.

134 posted on 02/03/2003 12:07:16 AM PST by sweetliberty (FReepers rule!)
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To: Mo1
I can just imagine Hillary waking up nights in a cold sweat shouting, "FReepers! I see FReepers! My God, they're everywhere!" ROTFL!
135 posted on 02/03/2003 12:15:14 AM PST by sweetliberty (FReepers rule!)
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To: LowOiL
"Notice how FreeRepublic has now entered the top 1000 web sites on the www. Now at 813 I believe, and climbing fast. That is over a 300% gain this week alone."

WOW! That IS fast.

136 posted on 02/03/2003 12:17:02 AM PST by sweetliberty (FReepers rule!)
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To: sweetliberty
Jim Robinson is also a modern day hero for America in his forum here.
What is so special for America is that there is a solid place for conservative views at FR. We even have grass roots efforts of families going out to meet the leftist hippies on the protest lines. ( An act no liberal ever thought would be challenged)

Jim has brought together a huge amount of people who want to know the real news and not have it re-invented or spun to us by the press or political hacks.
Using the internet, Jim's forum has become a home for the truth in news and getting our news at the earliest time possible.

This FREE REPUBLIC is the best inoculation against false information and spin this country could have ever hoped for.

I will go so far to say Jim Robinson is a total blessing not only to us, but absolutely to this country and my admiration and respect for him is as high as any of our military or any American hero that ever lived.

I think he is very humble for one who has accomplished so much.

May God bless Free Republic, Jim Robinson, Jim's family and all the Freepers here.
137 posted on 02/03/2003 12:18:10 AM PST by A CA Guy (God Bless America, God bless and keep safe our fighting men and women.)
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To: Redcloak
"Of course FR scooped the rest of the world; that's why I ran to the 'puter and dialed up FR when I saw that something was amiss"

I had just gotten up and was fixing some oatmeal. I had turned on Fox news. It was just before 8 (CST). As soon as they said that NASA had lost contact with the shuttle, I got on FR.

138 posted on 02/03/2003 12:21:13 AM PST by sweetliberty (FReepers rule!)
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To: conservativegirl
I have always thought that Taranto had to be an FR lurker, if not a full-fledged secret Freeper. Unfortunately, people who have to protect their professional reputations are most likely loathe to admit Freepership because of the the few who can't control their language and/or behavior.

I have mixed feelings about threads like this. A scoop is a scoop, and it's nice to see FR get some positive attention. But when we all start back-slapping about a tragedy, it's really kind of morbid.

I believe that I was the first to post on the Internet (after the word came from a local S.F. newscast) that Peanuts creator Charles Schulz had passed away February 12, 2000, a hour before the Sunday morning the final Peanuts strip was set to run. Matt Drudge will never admit this, but he was lurking, and minutes later posted the same headline as the thread I authored ("Charles Schultz [sic] Dies On Eve of Final Strip") on his home page. Both occurrences preceded the official AP story 12 minutes after my thread.

I didn't feel all that good about that one, because I was a fan of Peanuts. I am more proud of being the only one who has published -- print or otherwise -- that President Clinton committed perjury in written responses to House Judiciary Committee chairman Henry Hyde's questions about the issues regarding his deposition in the Paula Jones trial, and my exclusive discovery in the HTML code of an MSN entertainment site's story about the Dr. Laura TV show how biased they were against her.

139 posted on 02/03/2003 12:22:07 AM PST by L.N. Smithee ("OK, everybody! Look Polish!" -- T. Servo)
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To: A CA Guy
Amen to what you said.
140 posted on 02/03/2003 12:27:27 AM PST by sweetliberty (FReepers rule!)
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To: Grampa Dave
"every local conservative and semi conservative talk show host get their material from Free Republic"

Not only that, but by reading through the threads they can get every possible angle from which to approach it.

141 posted on 02/03/2003 12:33:25 AM PST by sweetliberty (FReepers rule!)
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To: aruanan
So who spelled "descent" as "decent"? It doesn't sound as though a writer for the WSJ would do so, but sounds all too like a typical poster here. Too bad FR has to show its illiterate side to the world at the same time as getting accolades for being quick.

02/02/2003 2:36 PM EST

___________________

There you are!

I did that just to irritate and embarrass you. Thank goodness it worked.

It took so long for you to catch the unforgivable error, I thought you may have missed it.

142 posted on 02/03/2003 1:06:02 AM PST by leadpenny
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To: aruanan
Too bad FR has to show its illiterate side to the world at the same time as getting accolades for being quick.

I don't know who spelled a word wrong, but I typed "Folks, I'm fear the worst has happened."

My fingers were shaking and my pulse was at about 300.

143 posted on 02/03/2003 4:32:27 AM PST by don-o
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To: Howlin
Free Republic scooped the AP by at least 11 minutes--which is an eternity in the competitive world of wire-service reporting.

Saturday morning I was stuck in a hotel room in San Antonio. We had a few cable stations, and no internet. :-( We did have FOX news and CNN. While AP may not have reported the news immediately, to be honest, CNN went to live and constant coverage from the time communication had been lost for 2 minutes, long before AP picked it up. I'd say that the main lesson of this article is that AP is S-L-O-W.

144 posted on 02/03/2003 4:56:06 AM PST by nepdap
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To: nicmarlo; maxwell; All
Wow ! Excellent ! Thanks for the ping. Sorry it took me so long to get back to ya. I was out much of yesterday and I'm playin' Ketchup...again...as usual...lol !

It's said that journalism is the first draft of history. If so, the Internet sometimes affords us a glimpse at history's rough outline. At 8:38 a.m. EST yesterday, a reader of the Free Republic Web site started a discussion thread for shuttle enthusiasts:

Space Shuttle Columbia is in a decent for the Kennedy Space Center in Florida and will pass over the San Francisco Area around 6:00 AM Pacific Time. Route will take the Shuttle over Las Vegas, Flagstaff, etc. NASA has still not decided which runway will be used. Landing will be at 9:16 AM Eastern.

Other Freepers joined in, describing the view of the descending shuttle from the West Coast--then gradually realizing something was amiss. Someone asks at 8:58 a.m. EST, "Was it glowing at all?" The first clear sign of trouble comes in a post at 9:05 a.m. We won't quote any more than this, because you really have to read the full thread to appreciate the drama. But it's worth noting that the first word of trouble didn't come across the Associated Press wire until 9:16, the scheduled landing time. Free Republic scooped the AP by at least 11 minutes--which is an eternity in the competitive world of wire-service reporting.


145 posted on 02/03/2003 6:01:08 AM PST by MeekOneGOP (9 out of 10 Republicans agree: Bush IS a Genius !!)
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To: sweetliberty
Absolutely! There are so many different slices and dices of the news from all angles by Freepers which would be a lot of road maps for a talk show host to follow. He or she can pick the one that suits their personality and conservative style.
146 posted on 02/03/2003 6:37:15 AM PST by Grampa Dave (Stamp out Freepathons! Stop being a Freep Loader! Become a monthly donor!)
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To: All; Grampa Dave; glock rocks; Mo1
"One can only imaging the power of FR if we had 100,000+ active freepers sharing their time, talent and 17 cents per day of their treasure or a simple $5/month donation to Free Republic. One can only imagine what Jim and John Robinson could do to make Free Republic even more of a PIA for the left wing."

Needs to be repeated

147 posted on 02/03/2003 7:18:28 AM PST by EdReform (Eat More Mussel - www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/829652/posts)
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To: EdReform
Thanks here is a bump and a repeat:

"One can only imaging the power of FR if we had 100,000+ active freepers sharing their time, talent and 17 cents per day of their treasure or a simple $5/month donation to Free Republic. One can only imagine what Jim and John Robinson could do to make Free Republic even more of a PIA for the left wing."

148 posted on 02/03/2003 7:24:01 AM PST by Grampa Dave (Stamp out Freepathons! Stop being a Freep Loader! Become a monthly donor!)
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To: conservativegirl
Sorry. There's a bad link for my exclusive story about Clinton's further perjury responding to Henry Hyde:

L.N. SMITHEE WORLD EXCLUSIVE!!! WHITE HOUSE WEB SITE CONTRADICTS CLINTON'S ANSWER TO HYDE!!!

149 posted on 02/03/2003 8:17:33 AM PST by L.N. Smithee ("Careful, sir. Don't step in the Howard Stern!")
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To: ladyinred
YOU GOT IT AGAIN! :)
150 posted on 02/03/2003 10:16:31 AM PST by skinkinthegrass (Just be because your paranoid,doesn't mean they aren't out to get you. :)
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