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December 17, 2004

Powerline: SwiftVets' Had "Reach" Thanks to Alternative Media

I suppose it's not a controversial point in most quarters, but Mary Beth Cahill of the Kerry campaign doesn't seem to get it.

She thinks the SwiftVets had "reach" due to the mainstream media's enthusiasm for the story (suppress your giggles). In fact, the mainstream media attempted to embargo the story for as long as possible, until the alternative media forced them to cover it.

In the end, it seems the MSM's -- and the Kerry campaign's -- strategy of embargo backfired. By the time they deigned to refute the charges made by decorated war veterans who honorably served with Lieutenant Kerry, the story was fairly well publicized.

Need I say-- ten years ago, the embargo strategy would have worked?

No more. Sorry, MSM/DNC Continuum. You're passionate defenders of free expression, so long as that franchise is kept as narrow and exlcusive as possible, restricted to the sort of people you think should be allowed to share their opinions with the world. No more. The franchise is now much broadened, and it will be broadened still further.

You'll always have the advantage. But you'll no longer have a monopoly.


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