Monday, December 13

I Try

From our friends at CBS:

Internet blogs are providing a new and unregulated medium for politically motivated attacks.
So CBS is now for so kind of "regulation?" But when they have a striper at the half time show of the Super Bowl, it's some kind of fascism when they get fined, and what kind of "politically motivated attacks" are they talking about? Like say if I forged documents in an attempt to defeat a sitting President in a time of war. Is that the kind of attack we're talking about here?
At minimum, the role of blogs in the Daschle-Thune race is a telling harbinger for 2006 and 2008. Some blogs could become new vehicles for the old political dirty tricks.

Like all media, blogs hold the potential for abuse. Experts point out that blogs' unregulated status makes them particularly attractive outlets for political attack.
There is not a better example then blogs to show us why the government should keep it's grubby fingers off. We all understand that most political bloggers have an agenda. I do, but if I thought any blogs that I read were simply making stories to defeat a political candidate, I would stop reading them immediately. Your reputation in this business is everything. People aren't going to waste their time reading lies.

Eugene Volokh sums it up nicely:
"He [a blogger in the story] is perfectly free to write the blog. You can criticize him for it but he had a perfect Constitutional right to do what he did," said Eugene Volokh, who teaches free speech law at UCLA Law School and authors his own blog, the Volokh Conspiracy.

"People are free to say whatever they want to say and not reveal any financial inducements and not reveal in whose pay they are...