Skip to comments.As the blog world turns (Joe Trippi) As the blog world turns (Joe Trippi)
Posted on 09/17/2004 8:04:02 PM PDT by okiegop
It turns out that the 60 Minutes story that made the case that George Bush had not fulfilled his National Guard duty wasnt even over yet when the first question about the documents Dan Rather had cited was raised. Not surprisingly, a poster with the online nickname TankerKC at one of the most conservative web bulletin boards on the Internet, www.freerepublic.com wanted to know if someone could take a look at the memos. TankerKC had served in the U.S. Air Force and something didnt seem right about the style of the memos CBS was using to validate its report. Well the Blog world started to turn. Another Freeper (thats what a poster at Freerepublic is called) with the online nickname of Buckhead posted the first real critic of why the CBS documents could be forgeries. 60 Minutes had only been off the air for a few hours and a firestorm was raging from web bulletin boards, to blogs to the Drudge Report and in less than 12 hours to the mainstream media.
(Excerpt) Read more at msnbc.msn.com ...
Hey MSM, that's 'critique'
Yes he did. He posted just 19 minutes after 60 Minutes II started.
Didn't seem like a firestorm to me at all. More like "the swarm" going into action and taking the story apart, piece by piece.
I thought the time was supposedly PDT??
I salute you for your heads up, clear thinking "catch".
Uh-oh, they'll be going after TankerKC now.
LOL I wonder if MSNBC knows that Freerepublic has more members than they have viewers ??....:-)
It depends on how you set up your settings on your preferences page. If you haven't set your preferences, the default is Pacific Time, because the server is in California where Jim Robinson lives. Of course anyone who is just lurking can't change the defaults, because he isn't logged in. The journalist from ABC who first mentioned Buckhead's post in the MSM was probably from the east coast, and didn't know that anyone used anything other than eastern time. That's why he originally mistakenly attributed that comment as occurring just before the program left the air at 8:59 EDT rather than three hours after the program went off the air.
"Raced like a wildfire ... "? Dunno 'bout that. It was about the longest 38 hours I ever spent glued to the 'puter ... just going out to the kitchen to fix a sandwich and brew up some fresh coffee put me hundreds of posts behind. Last time I recall anything similar was a late January Sunday/Monday a few years back, glued to a decidedly technogeek usenet board watching developments resulting from an expected, but very unexpectedly effective countermove on the part of a satellite TV outfit set on foiling signal pirates. My interest, of course, was purely academic.
For about two weeks.
No, Trippi's actually right on this. I appreciate that he got his facts straight.
man, these freepers sound like a bunch of right-wing nuts. i think john edwards should SUE them, and terAYZA should tell them to shove it!!!! and then jfk should vote for them and then vote against them! and rather should get some forged documents about them! that should take care of this blog problem.
Joe Trippi doesn't understand the Pajamahadeen insurgency. :)
Okay, thanks for reminding me about the time setting preferences. I assume that the segment on Bush and the TANG aired first on that episode of 60', if they break it into 1/3's? And TankerKC posted at 19' into it? I just want to be sure I have it down correct in case I hear misinformation being spread about.
That is correct. I was on the live thread about the program. We were watching the show and commenting on it, and Tanker posted just after the segment ended.
Thanks. I have a feeling that many folks who are familiar with USAF memo formats knew they were fake.
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