|May 3, 2000--Free Republic [ http://www.freerepublic.com
] claims to
be an "online gathering place for independent, grass-roots
conservatism on the web. We're working to roll back decades of
governmental largesse, to root out political fraud and corruption
Free Republic boasts its dedication to the principles embodied in
Bill of Rights, most prominently the First Amendment and the right
free speech; it presents itself as an Internet alternative to the
But Free Republic is merely FAKE Internet opposition to the controlled
media. Evidence: Free Republic revoked my posting privileges,
hours after I posted an expose of another "fake opposition" Internet
journalist- Matt Drudge.
On May 2, I sent out an article entitled "Do You Take Matt Drudge
Seriously?" to my personal mailing list. Shortly after 12
posted it to Free Republic. It attracted a lot of attention,
hundreds of people read it shortly after I put it up.
Someone on my mailing list who received the article like it, so
posted it on Free Republic, too, not realizing I had already done
Sometime in the late afternoon, after 932 people had read my original
post, it was removed from the Free Republic board. The second
was also removed, after 132 people had read it. Several hours
the article was reposted a third time. This time the article
111 hits before it was removed. All in all, 1,273 people
I wrote to the man in charge of Free Republic, Jim Robinson
("JimRob"), to ask him why the article had been taken down.
response was: "Stay off my website." Allow me to repeat his
"STAY OFF MY WEBSITE."
I have included Jim Robinson's e-mail to me below, with full headers.
Should you read/contribute to Free Republic, "JimRob," has a cute
for you: You are a "FReeper." If you go to
you will see a list of prominent "FReepers." One of those
FReepers is none other than--MATT DRUDGE. That's right--Drudge
No doubt abut it, the molders of public opinion do not want citizen
journalists who speak truth to be heard. The Usenet newsgroups
potentially wonderful forums for these independent researchers
writers. So in order silence news and debate, spooks troll
newsgroups, savaging posters and making Usenet unsafe for all but
most hearty. We can think of these spooks as sharks trolling
Holding tanks are then created for those who wish to get away from
sharks. Let us call these tanks holding tanks for guppies.
Republic is one of these guppy holding tanks. Your posts
there as long as they don't step on *really* important toes, or
contain *too* much truth. Truth that cuts too deep is not
Specialty mail lists or listservers are also created for feeding
guppies and providing a "safe environment" (read: rubber room).
Moderators can quickly isolate trouble makers and kick them off,
as "JimRob" of Free Republic kicked me off.
Molders of pubic opinion want people who are new to the Internet
diverted from the Usenet newsgroups quickly. They want the
relegated to their proper holding tanks where they can be fed approved
food pellets. It won't do to have the guppies exposed to
ideas. The controlled environment must be maintained at all
How can we handle this? Deluge the guppy rubber rooms with
truth, or bypass them completely? Use the Usenet newsgroups
more? Don't like those strategies? Then implement your
Bottom line: To hell with the torpedoes, full steam ahead!
Now for "JimRob's" e-mail, and a copy of the article that so offended
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Stay off my website.
"Carol A. Valentine" wrote:
> Mr. Robinson:
> I posted "Do You Take Matt Drudge Seriously?" to Free Republic
on May 2,
> shortly after 12 noon, after sending it out to my personal mailing
> Some hours later, a person on my mailing list, Hugh Turley, read
> article in his in-box and liked it. Not realizing I had
> it on FR, Hugh sent it up again.
> But surely you did not remove MY original post because Hugh posted
> again? Wouldn't that be a great way for people to have
> posts censored?
> I can't imagine why my original posting disappeared. Can
you help me
> out on this?
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======The Matt Drudge posting that "JimRob" didn't like ====
"Do You Take Matt Drudge Seriously?"
Seriously, do you take Matt Drudge seriously? The people who
Go to the Drudge Report [ http://www.drudgereport.com ] and click
"Drudge Says Goodbye to Clinton At White House Dinner":
[ http://www.drudgereport.com/he.htm ]
and read about Drudge's conversations with the glitterati at the
House Correspondents' Association Dinner at the Washington Hilton
Saturday night, April 29, 2000.
It was a black tie event. Among the guests were President
Madeleine Albright, Jamie Rubin, William Cohen, and Janet Reno.
this age of terrorism paranoia, can you imagine the security at
Yet Drudge asks us to believe that he--dressed conspicuously in
Elian T-shirt while the others were in black tie--slipped into
party without the consent of the Secret Service and successfully
gatecrashed the event. How likely is that?
Drudge tells us about his conversation at the event with Jamie Rubin
of the State Department and Christiane Amanpour of CNN. Obviously
they know Drudge and are not surprised to see him. The conversation
between the three is familiar and jocular. It sounds like
Drudge is a
regular at these events.
Wearing his Elian T-shirt, Drudge also manages to address President
Clinton. All without being thrown out.
How likely is it Matt Drudge poses any threat to those who run the
show in this country? They treat him like their household
Perhaps there's a lesson in that for the rest of us.