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eXiled Alert! / Tea Party / April 16, 2009
By Mark Ames and Yasha Levine


We’ve been getting a lot of letters from our readers complaining to us about a case of journalistic theft: one after another, the liberal media is ripping off our 6-week-old scoop exposing the Tea Party-FreedomWorks AstroTurfing connections, and they’re not citing us as the source. Yes, even the crunchy do-gooders can behave like sleazy little vultures. We just want all our readers out there to know that we’re aware of the situation, we’re on top of it, our people have been debriefed, and we are taking appropriate measures that we cannot comment on at this time. Plagiarists and literary thieves should know that eXiled Online does not take your plagiarism and sleaze lightly. Ask the Guardian newspaper, which was forced to post this humiliating admission and apology at the TOP of an article that their correspondent stole from us; or ask James Frey, who was first outted by John Dolan as a fraud months before Frey was forced to apologize on Oprah. So, readers, we appreciate your letters, which we’re publishing below. Keep vigilant, kids! Like McGruff says, let’s take a bite out of journalistic slime!

This one is from a reader named Philip:

I hope Paul Krugman isn’t the next Luke Harding…

Last but not least: it turns out that the tea parties don’t represent a spontaneous outpouring of public sentiment. They’re AstroTurf (fake grass roots) events, manufactured by the usual suspects. In particular, a key role is being played by FreedomWorks, an organization run by Richard Armey, the former House majority leader, and supported by the usual group of right-wing billionaires. And the parties are, of course, being promoted heavily by Fox News.

One from a reader named T:

The New York Times is copying your fucking articles, badly.  If nothing else, please point and laugh publicly.



Reader N writes:

Goddammit, where is the self-satisfied gloating article about  how Paul Krugman and a bunch of the MSM have written about Santelli and the tea bag astro-turfing this week?  I have been impressing friends/acquaintances for weeks with that tidbit I gleaned from here, and it deserves a thorough “I told you so….”

Well, we noticed this ourselves, and the New York Times isn’t the only one shamelessly taking credit for our investigation.

Check back for more soon.

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  • 1. az  |  April 16th, 2009 at 1:13 pm

    Well this is America, the land of Bill O’Reilly and other assholes that don’t apologize for plagiarism and factual mistakes, not pussy-whipped Brits at the Guardian. Here if you want to point that out, you’ll have to do it the hard way.

  • 2. Kavuye Toon  |  April 16th, 2009 at 1:34 pm

    Fuck those lazy cunts

  • 3. Napoleonkaramazov  |  April 16th, 2009 at 2:07 pm

    Yo dudes, I see you rail at the guardian.
    Well just yesterday they published an article with rather similar themes, check it out-
    Perhaps you’d like to check that for potential plagiarism.

    I added my own comments which linked into your article, so more people get to know about you guys and your work.


  • 4. Going Postal Fan  |  April 16th, 2009 at 2:29 pm

    Goddamn, that Guardian apology is HILARIOUS! That shit needs to be framed.

  • 5. Leviaman  |  April 16th, 2009 at 3:15 pm

    horse sperm pie to the face, por favor.

  • 6. geo8rge  |  April 16th, 2009 at 4:48 pm

    Hate to tell you this but there is no grass roots politics, it is all astro turfing.

  • 7. rick  |  April 16th, 2009 at 6:09 pm

    That really was quite a preemptive rape, considering the whole point, theoretically, was the grassroots spontaneity. Santelli bowed out sheerly because of Google researching concerns. Blowing up the foundations was nice. You wish these rich funder fucks had something to really worry about, though. They hurt,though, you can damage them. “If it bleeds, we can kill it.”

  • 8. Armen  |  April 16th, 2009 at 9:49 pm

    Nothing. They steal, at the same time they smile.


  • 9. Tam  |  April 17th, 2009 at 7:27 am

    If you really crave recognition from the world of political journalism then maybe you ought to consider doing things like laying off from making your witticisms about dead babies in your ‘what you should know’ column for a while. Humour is an oddly subjective thing and not everyone finds that stuff as hiliarious as you clearly do.

    Important journalists, (or even Luke Harding) are hardly going to point their readers to a site that’s liable to offend them.

  • 10. weldon rumproast  |  April 17th, 2009 at 12:36 pm

    @ Tam:
    …says the person who reads the exiled…

  • 11. aleke  |  April 18th, 2009 at 1:52 pm

    Well, it’s American capitalism, you know? Steal and profit! You’re just going to have to find out how to outwit the successful formula America was built on.

  • 12. CTD  |  April 19th, 2009 at 12:06 am

    “Important journalists, (or even Luke Harding) are hardly going to point their readers to a site that’s liable to offend them.”

    Maybe the problem is that America is infested with Puritan scum that scream at the sight of the pair of breast.

  • 13. rick  |  April 19th, 2009 at 9:09 am

    The editorial standards of literary culture are stuck in 1903. It’s time to start chopping the rotted wood, not roll over to a dying industry and its dying, boring sensibilities.

    It’s only shocking since people aren’t used to seeing heresies and immorality in editorial voices. People are accustomed to seeing them in every single other medium, however. Let the old newspaper hacks see how useful their boring-assed shtick is in ten years. You don’t look so proud about having to be scrounging for your next fucking meals, motherfuckers! How does it feel, anyway?

    Matt Taibbi’s already the most popular guy on that new journo web site. And lesbians on the Rachel Maddow show were sure having real fun with those teabagging jokes that woulda horrified brainwashed PC lesbians ten years ago. The voice of reason and dead baby jokes is small, but it is persistent.

  • 14. pedant  |  April 19th, 2009 at 11:11 am

    Plagiarism is when they borrow your words, not your scoop, so this isn’t like the Luke Harding business. Which I’m sure the Exile folks know. They’re just funnin’.

  • 15. Tony  |  April 20th, 2009 at 2:57 pm

    @pedant Plagiarism can involve either: stealing your words or your scoop.

  • 16. bob breen  |  April 21st, 2009 at 4:08 pm

    i think you guys are being a bit hard on, what’s his name? Oh yeah bush. what did he do wrong? He did what his dad (or his people) told him to do didn’t he. well what the hell is wrong with that? I want my boy to do what i tell him to do? Doesn’t the bible say’, do what your mom or dad tells you to do’? cut the guy some slack. I mean its not like he put the country in the toilet or something. geeez

  • 17. Clarity  |  April 21st, 2009 at 7:14 pm

    The eXiled shares a byline with former
    eXile-er Zaitchik, who wrote the best anti-
    Twitter piece EVER, and NOW the eXiled
    announces it’s on Twitter?!!! Whatever for?

    Sigh … I can’t take you guys seriously

  • 18. captain america  |  April 21st, 2009 at 8:27 pm

    @12: it depends on the pair.

  • 19. bob breen  |  April 22nd, 2009 at 1:39 am

    sorry, wrong article.

  • 20. Roy42  |  October 22nd, 2009 at 12:30 pm

    Perhaps society needs to go further and actively promote birth control and more active rewards for moving in the direction of middle class values of delayed parenthood, two parent families, and a more traditional lifestyle. ,

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