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Tuesday, April 12, 2005

Daily Kos has it wrong - completely

Daily Kos: "(Incidentally, I'm not a Feingold supporter for president. Anyone who attempts to regulate blogs -- like he has -- is instantly on my s*** list). "

What Feingold has said...

(from different statements and testimony)

"For example, last week the charge was made that McCain-Feingold would go after bloggers. Nothing could be further from the truth, as you know."


There is simply no reason - none - to think that the FEC should or intends to regulate blogs or other Internet communications by private citizens. Suggestions to the contrary are simply the latest attempt by opponents of reform to whip up baseless fears.


The FEC must tread carefully in the area of political communications on the Internet. Political news and commentary on the Internet are important, even vital, to our democracy, and becoming more so. For starters, the FEC should provide adequate protection for legitimate online journalists. Online journalists should be treated the same as other legitimate broadcast media, newspapers, etc. and, at this point, I don't see any reason why the FEC shouldn't include legitimate online journalists and bloggers in the "media exemption" rule.


I see the major problem with McCain-Feingold - is that hardly anyone understands it. But clearly the bill author's intent is not to "regulate" blogs - for Kos to be claiming that is nonsense, and dare I say fearmongering.


Blogger Jerry Troiano said...

first, i'm glad comments are enabled now.

second, i second that idea about the bcra being misunderstood by too many people. it's turning into an internet legend.

i venture to guess that 99% of the people outraged by these imaginary restrictions on "bloggers" haven't even read the bill (after all, it is 90 something pages).

if any entity should feel the wrath of bloggers, it should be the FEC--they're the ones proposing rules based on their interpretation of the bill.

2:35 PM  
Anonymous David said...

I read the bill, notice actually, and find it troublesome. I imagine when McCain-Feingold was proposed and passed, few thought of organizations like the Swift Boaters and the potential impact.

1:36 PM  
Blogger mnnngc said...

I think that as we move forward Sen Feingold will come through as more and more attractive. I have been waiting for him to take a shot for years so i guess it just makes sense to me. I think alot of people mistake pessimism with pragmatism.

He believes in the constitution and peoples rights. He listens to his constituents...but not in the way Bush does.


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