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Digg Revolutionizes Internet News
But gives noisy debunkers the tools to bury meaningful reporting
Steve Watson
Infowars.net
Friday, February 23, 2007  

There is no doubt that the explosion of the social content website DIGG.com is helping us reach an audience that wouldn't normally read our material here at Infowars and Prisonplanet. However, it is also true that Digg provides debunkers a quick and easy way to "bury" our content should they choose to cling to their security blanket and dismiss what we report as fact.

Digg is a user driven social content website that has recently hit the top 100 websites on the internet. Everything on Digg is submitted by the Digg community. After digg users submit content, other people read their submissions and "Digg" what they like best. If the story rocks and receives enough "Diggs", it is promoted to the front page for the millions of visitors to see.

Recent Prisonplanet and Infowars material has made the HomePage of Digg.com, thus ensuring a readership of millions more than we would normally expect.

Whilst their have been many many positive comments and reactions to our reports, there have also been negative responses. This is fine in itself, everyone is entitled to an opinion, but more often than not the negative comments consist of baseless allegations that we are simply making things up and reporting them as news.

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Debunkers who refuse to look at the facts are therefore not only opting to use the "bury" function on the Digg site (a tool that decreases the popularity of a story) but have also begun to report our content as spam.

We are therefore required to defend our material as factual news content to digg users by citing and addressing the following examples of negative comments that have been posted.

Lets take three of our most recent articles on the new OKC Bombing revelations, which can be found at
New OKC Revelations Spotlight FBI Involvement In Bombing
Attorney: Ashcroft Gagged Nichols From Exposing McVeigh's OKC Bombing Conspirators

Nichols Fingers FBI Agent Directing McVeigh in OKC Bombing By Name

These articles, whilst attracting many positive comments also attracted the following denouncements:

  • Yeah but no credible sources to back those claims up.
  • When did digg become a speculation posting website. I am tired of getting "Report of possible scandle leading back to ....blah blah blah"
    Try using reputable sites for your source.
  • Wow, a conspiracy theory makes Digg front page while real news is ignored. Shocking.
  • Check your source. I'm sorry but Alex Jones is a f***ing kook...
  • There must be a sale on tin foil today.
  • Dude this isn't the f***ing Matrix, maybe one day when you enter the adult world, you'll figure things like this and 9/11 out. Bad things happen. It's not your job to make cheesy Matrix quotes and blame the government.

Whether these people like it or not these reports are based on facts not "speculation" or "conspiracy theories".

Here are two mainstream newspapers reporting the same stories:

Salt Lake Tribune
http://www.sltrib.com/news/ci_5271117

Utah Desert News
http://deseretnews.com/dn/view/0,1249,660197443,00.html

Are we making up the fact that Nichols has said McVeigh was under FBI control? No, he has ACTUALLY SAID IT, how can this be a "conspiracy theory" - whether you believe what Nichols says is a different matter and a claim that must be thoroughly researched, but to denounce our entire report as totally made up is lunacy.

Attorney: Ashcroft Gagged Nichols From Exposing McVeigh's OKC Bombing Conspirators - Once again are WE saying Ashcroft gagged Nichols? NO, Salt Lake City attorney Jesse Trentadue is saying it. Here is an MP3 of him saying it. So did WE make that up as well? Clearly not.

Whether the debunkers like it or not these things are newsworthy and are not simply the mad ravings of some kooky website. Once again they prove their inability to actually debate and disprove the facts presented to them by simply resorting to verbal attacks and foul language. No doubt they would rather see "real news" on Digg such as in depth reports on how messed up Britney Spears is.

Hopefully by reading this article on digg some of them may actually realise that what we are doing is presenting important and underreported news and encouraging further research into the topics covered.

But who am I kidding, the majority of those that leave such comments will most likely not have read this far down into the article and will have already left a comment declaring me as a raving lunatic that believes space aliens took Elvis and the moon is made of cheese. They are probably right now reading about how much money Spears' shaved hair has fetched on ebay.

The point is, those people now have the tools to exercise their ignorance and bury our reports. It is therefore vital that those who have an open mind, and wish to debate and further research the information presented, instead of clinging to the security of blind denial, counter these comments by voting up our articles on digg.

In order to counter the baseless debunkers we urge our readers to sign up for a free digg account and submit our reports by clicking on the digg icon to be found in the top right corner of all the original material we write.

For a more detailed description of what Digg is and how it works click here.

 

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