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Political Bloggers In The House Wednesday, November 02, 2005

The House debated a bill on the future of political blogging and it's relationship to free speech and campaign finance. Some political blogs make big money in ad revenues and some have been worried about the relationship for purposes of controlling campaign finance. The AP wire via the Herald Leader ran the story.

Political speech should be protected as an absolute. While money is the only real way to get elected, blogs and the Internet are the last bastion of free speech because while money is prevalent, the venues are wide open. Even in countries with hard speech laws, the message gets through stronger than ever before and will eventuall prevail.


posted by Stithmeister @ 11:21 PM
 
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At 11:38 PM, Blogger Daniel S. said...
The good news is that the bill passed.

Tbe bad news is that only 46 Democrats voted in FAVOR of it.
 

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At 10:22 AM, Blogger Cynicus said...
Yea, verily, behold the purest horseshit.

Campaign finance reforms are all predicated on a single notion: that money = speech. That idea is what keeps the $ rolling in. You see, the argument is that "we need money to buy time on broadcast media (TV, radio, newspaper ads, etc) to get our message out. Our message is political speech, we need the money to make our political speech, thus money is political speech."

And as we all know our First Amendment, the cash must flow.

Now, look at what blogging is. It is A MESSAGE SENT OUT BY A BROADCAST MEDIUM. Stupid or brilliant, you are saying something on the Internet, right? And if it can be read by both your next-door neighbor and somebody in Delhi, it's sure being broadcast, right? If the money for broadcast media is sacrosanct (sorta), how can the result not be?

Blogging is not just a broadcast medium, it's an AFFORDABLE one. Sure, most ppl sell ads to defray the costs (and some successful ones make some profit thus), but a reasonably well-off person could carry the bill as an entertainment expense - certainly more so than, say, buying a radio station.

THAT'S what they are trying to kill. The broad access to this broadcast medium. You want to keep politicians from using blogs for soft money? You make the politico pay for his own blog, no ads sold. He'll still put it down as a campaign expense, but it will then fall under existing statutes of how to spend donations for media access.

Specific anti-"blogging abuses" legislation is not targeted at the abuses, but at the blogging. i will back that assertion to the end.

Look to those voting against this bill, and discover Congresscritters who are coping with Internet organized grassroots resistance to them or their policies.

Cynicus' Law # 7 : When they start talking about defending free speech, they're trying to kill it.
 

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At 10:27 AM, Blogger Daniel S. said...
Wait a second, I think I had my own facts wrong. It did not pass but where were the Dems on this issue?
 

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At 11:07 AM, Anonymous Greymagius said...
Bloggers are starting to be listened to...
They are having impact on how people think...
They are serving as the means for social change...
THEY MUST BE STOPPED FOR THE GREATER GOOD!!!
Translation, Bloggers are usually a bit brighter than most and are paying attention to what's going on. The Politicos of BOTH sides are afraid of those who think.
Please follow the below link for a rather farcical if accurate Retro view...

http://www.eff.org/deeplinks/archives/004105.php
 

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At 10:21 PM, Blogger Stithmeister said...
The bill was defeated. It required two thirds of the House and it failed to get that tally. Only 46 Democrats voted in favor of the bill. Many, like Nancy Pelosi had no problems voting against the bill. Our local rep, Chandler did vote for it, which was a good thing. Some of his voting in recent months I've had some real problems with. It's weird that I'm siding with the Republicans but Denny Hastert, the Speaker of the House has started his own blog and I agreed with his post on the blogging law.

If people want to look back to one of my 10/5 posts, I posted a recent speech by Al Gore. He's got it right. The Internet is one of those rare forums where anyone can participate right now. Even the homeless could go visit a public library and start a blog or post on a forum. EVERYONE can have voice in this country. I'm saddened that the Democrats in this case failed to realize this. I suppose I should write Pelosi or someone and tell them what a crucial mistake they made but I think it would be pointless. They're the one's missing out because of their shortsightedness.
 

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At 1:02 AM, Blogger Daniel S. said...
I favored HR 1606 myself.
 

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