Sunday, February 20, 2005
Frank Rich Good, Ralph Blumenthal Bad
(Note - I originally posted a version of this post on a thread at Democratic Underground started by kohodog (Link), but I decided I should post it here as well especially after reading the post by John Aravosis at Americablog who I've kind of been feuding with - to put it mildly. Anyway, John raises many of the same points that I did...and though I still think he's done a misservice to this story by posting all those photos and making it a big part of his investigation...he does deserve credit for getting the MSM to listen to us bloggers...too bad I can't get the bloggers to listen to me. But...anyway...I'm going to stop dissing John about this. Markos, on the other hand, is still on my shit list...especially because he keeps putting his own sloppy, lazy, and inaccurate posts on the left of his blog instead of the more informed posts of his fellow Kossacks)
Yesterday someone from The New York Times paid a visit to my blog for at least 45 minutes. If it was either Frank Rich (my favorite NY Timeser) or Ralph Blumenthal...judging from both articles in the Sunday Times...I'm not sure Ralph Blumenthal has ever even been on the Internet...much less visited a blog...based on his sloppy, lazy, and inaccurate reporting (Sorry...but you have to register to read these articles: hack Blumenthal and must-read Rich).
This post is about the hack. Mr. Rich hardly ever writes anything that I find fault with. Did I happen to mention that I think Frank Rich is awesome? Oops...did it again.
Blumenthal - "Mr. Eberle said that in the two years that Mr. Guckert worked for him, he had not kept track of his volunteer reporter."
ummm...read the freeper threads, Mr. Blumenthal...Bobby keeps tight tracks of all of his volunteer reporters cause he hypes them up everywhere on the web. There's no way in hell that money never exchanged hands between the two either...(maybe eberle didn't write checks to Mr. GUCKERT but instead gave him cash plundered from baghdad)...
Blumenthal - "Still, he said, the backlash surprised him. "I had no reason to think he was not adhering to professional news standards."
ummmm....professional news standards...bobby's a plagiarizer so is his whole rotten staff...mr. professional news standards Eberle "I don't know if I actually asked about his background and training."
Blumenthal: "Mr. Guckert resigned soon after a news conference when he asked Mr. Bush: "How are you going to work with people who seem to have divorced themselves from reality?" referring to Senate Democrats. Mr. Eberle said it was not his idea of a proper question. "I would have phrased it differently[.]"
do some research, bloomie.
here...I'll help ya: freeper thread about gannon's question on february 2, 2004 (link: JEFF GANNON (Talon News): Since there have been so many questions about what the President was doing over 30 years ago, what is it that he did after his honorable discharge from the National Guard? Did he make speeches alongside Jane Fonda, denouncing America's racist war in Vietnam? Did he testify before Congress that American troops committed war crimes in Vietnam? And did he throw somebody else's medals at the White House to protest a war America was still fighting? What was he doing after he was honorably discharged?
Later...same thread: Who is this Jeff Gannon guy??? I say he's fired! Ha! Just kidding... Great job Jeff. Bobby Eberle
Blumenthal: "Mr. Eberle also said he had no inkling that Mr. Guckert had created pornographic Web sites or offered himself as a gay escort. Those revelations came in recent accounts in The Washington Post"
um no they didn't bloomie..did you even read those post articles...let alone the blogs that the info came from (not mine...I agree with Frank Rich: "If Mr. Guckert, the author of Talon News exclusives like "Kerry Could Become First Gay President," is yet another link in the boundless network of homophobic Republican closet cases, that's not without interest. But it shouldn't distract from the real question - that is, the real news - of how this fake newsman might be connected to a White House propaganda machine that grows curiouser by the day." I don't care about this aspect of the story...the bigger story is talon news/gopusa.com and its numerous links to the right).
Blumenthal: "Texas Republicans said he was not well known in the party."
ummm...they're lying...that's probably why they spoke off the record...Bobby's been involved and fronted tons of Republican Texan organizations...it was even listed on his bio at his websites..bloomie...he's well well known in the right wing blogosphere...and you've gotta be clueless to think that the party doesn't keep tabs on it's bloggers...just like our party does too
Blumenthal: "Mr. Eberle said he himself got temporary press credentials to attend a White House briefing. "I think I asked a question about a U.N. resolution on Iraq," Mr. Eberle said."
thanks, bloomie, you actually did dig something up new...of course..you useless waste of space...why didn't you take the time to find out what comment that was...im sure hundreds of bloggers are at work at that right now...(I'm about to search myself..won't take long for me...I have a good idea when that question was asked)
I'd like to add one thing...so far...i haven't found any articles in which jeff Gannon plagiarized from the mainstream press...but I've found numerous examples of plagiarism by Bobby Eberle and his other talon writer/volunteers....and here's the 500,000 member question: Why would bobby eberle take control of millions of americans if he wasn't making enough money to pay his "staff"?