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Thursday, March 03, 2005


The coming crackdown on blogging

Bradley Smith says that the freewheeling days of political blogging and online punditry are over.

In just a few months, he warns, bloggers and news organizations could risk the wrath of the federal government if they improperly link to a campaign's Web site. Even forwarding a political candidate's press release to a mailing list, depending on the details, could be punished by fines.

Q: What rules will apply to the Internet that did not before?

A: The commission has generally been hands-off on the Internet. We've said, "If you advertise on the Internet, that's an expenditure of money--much like if you were advertising on television or the newspaper."

The real question is: Would a link to a candidate's page be a problem? If someone sets up a home page and links to their favorite politician, is that a contribution? This is a big deal, if someone has already contributed the legal maximum, or if they're at the disclosure threshold and additional expenditures have to be disclosed under federal law.

HELLO????? What if I have a Bush/Cheney sticker on my car?

Why wouldn't the news exemption cover bloggers and online media?

Because the statute refers to periodicals or broadcast, and it's not clear the Internet is either of those. Second, because there's no standard for being a blogger, anyone can claim to be one, and we're back to the deregulated Internet that the judge objected to. Also I think some of my colleagues on the commission would be uncomfortable with that kind of blanket exemption.

I'm sorry...... Are we implying that the media has standards? Like Dan Rather, or New York Times, or CNN (Eason Jordan)????? Not sure if I should laugh or puke....

Read the whole thing......

Free Speech for the LLL's on college campus, in the media, on the TV, porn, etc......... but not for the everyday American? The "common folk?" Boy they have missed the whole point... not to mention- they are to regulate public air waves that are FREE and owned by the public! Don't know about you-- but I pay for my Internet Service Provisions..............

Let them try and muzzle me, I'm a woman- can't be done! (Bigger and better men have tried!)


  • If the United States Supreme Court had thrown out McCain-Feingold as a patent violation of Freedom of Speech as it should have, this issue would not even exist.
    It's like George Orwell said in Animal Farm, "ALL ANIMALS ARE EQUAL, BUT SOME ARE MORE EQUAL THAN OTHERS" Chapter 10, pg. 112

    By Blogger Right Wing Nut Job, at 6:14 PM  

  • - I smell "Liberal" all over this, and its a problem for them. Because many in the Dem party are vehemently against anything that smacks of internet or media censorship. But. The movers and the shakers, the leadership on the left, are going to come down on the side of trying to effect controls. They are trully afraid of the Conservative portion of the blogsphere after things like
    Rathergate, as well as knowing that to a large extent, the exposure of bloggers had a lot to do with Kerry's demise. The good news is it will never happen. The Internet is a world wide interpise and beyond that sort of big brother regulation....

    By Blogger - Hunter, at 9:33 PM  

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