Internet Rally on the Media - Tomorrow (12/7/1999)greenspun.com : LUSENET : TimeBomb 2000 (Y2000) : One Thread
Don't forget to visit Y2KNewswire tomorrow to send the message to the media that we want the truth about Y2K.
Listen to Y2K News Radio all this week for more information re: Con. Steve Horn and his displeasure with the media coverage of Y2K
Tuesday: Pearl Harbor Day -- Join us for an Internet Rally on the media Wednesday: Challenge America Day -- Join us in challenging corporate America's Y2K compliance claims, backed by a $50,000 reward! Thursday: Prepare America Day -- Join us in a fax and e-mail rally on Washington!
-- Ryker (email@example.com), December 06, 1999
XXXXX DRUDGE REPORT XXXXX DECEMBER 07, 1999 13:09:44 ET XXXXX
WASH POST, AP REPORTERS FURIOUS AT 'Y2K RALLY' WEBSITE
Main media outlets are furious at a website that organized a grassroots Internet Rally designed to draw awareness to the possible Y2K computer glitch.
Thousands of Y2K-concerned citizens from across the country rallied on the Internet this week to raise awareness in the media and to pledge the donation of Year 2000 preparedness supplies to their communities and Red Cross chapters.
But Y2KNEWSWIRE.COM, the web site organizing the rally, found itself in the middle of controversy after it received complaints from angry reporters at the WASHINGTON POST and the ASSOCIATED PRESS -- reporters that were listed on the website's media contact list.
"This event demonstrates that people preparing for Y2K are community-friendly, thoughtful, outreaching individuals who sincerely care about their neighbors," said Mike Adams, founder of Y2K Newswire and organizer of the event. "But with just 34560 minutes to go until Y2K, reaction from some in the media has been disturbing."
Adams quickly posted transcripts of conversation that he's had with WASH POST and AP reporters.
WASHINGTON POST digital beat star Rajiv Chandrasekaran blasted Y2KNEWSWIRE.COM, calling e-mails from the site's readers "spam".
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS declared: "No more feedback wanted!"
On Tuesday, Adams said he would not be discouraged, and vowed to redouble his efforts.
Y2KNEWSWIRE.COM's trouble is just the latest example of the new media growing pains.
Last month the White House began blocking thousands of e-mails originating from former Clinton adviser Dick Morris's new website, VOTE.COM. White House officials accused Morris of "spamming" the Executive Branch. Morris countered that it was simply new technology at work. "Direct communication with those in positions of power has arrived," said Morris.
-- uh oh (firstname.lastname@example.org), December 07, 1999.