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Free Republic - Website Overview, Social Organization and Events, Controversial Aspects

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Free Republic was founded in 1996 and became popular following the Clinton controversies of the late 1990s. A number of people were introduced to the site through the Drudge Report as well as through participation in a rally calling for the impeachment of President Clinton. This rally was called the “March for Justice” and was attended by well-known anti-Clinton speakers like Bob Barr, Larry Klayman, and Alan Keyes. Several Free Republic demonstrations have been televised by C-SPAN throughout the years.

Social Organization and Events

Fans of the website call themselves “Freepers.” They are organized into local chapters within the site and use e-mail and other methods to keep in touch with each other. Freepers have held counter-protests at anti-war demonstrations. They also cover presidential happenings, focus on principles of conservatism, and organize protests called “Freeps.” Some Freepers paid to be part of a conference where conservative politicians spoke in regards to issues they support as well as those they oppose. The night came to an end following a speech given by Jim Miles, the South Carolina Secretary of State who supported the flying of a Confederate flag outside of the South Carolina statehouse. Another speaker, Bob Johnson, spoke on the topic of spearheading the Free Republic Network. In 2005, the Free Republic staged a counter-protest in Washington, D.C., in support of American troops who were recovering in the Walter Reed Army Hospital. The Freepers were in opposition against anti-war protesters.

Controversial Aspects

Ivor Tossell of the Canadian Globe has said that the Free Republic is “the worst site on the Web, a political-rhetoric division” and “an exercise in extremism that…keeps popping up…in the mainstream.” Free Republic has been criticized for the actions of a number of its members. Some members posted death threats against former President Bill Clinton as well as death threats against the restaurant owners who told authorities when an underage Jenna Bush tried to buy liquor at the premises. Jeff Stein, owner of salon.com, has refuted this and similar statements and claim they are nothing more than an attempt to villianize the website. The website has a policy against violent statements being made, but some say that the site does little to deter these statements form being posted. Threats and similar posts that violate the policies of Free Republic have been taken off by webmasters in the past, though some say such efforts are few and far between. The Fee Republic has since altered its policies for registration, making new registrants subject to having their first posts moderated. Still, those who have registered prior to these new policies being put into place are not subject to these reviews. Some continue to use this loophole to violate anti-violence policies.

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