Tuesday, July 8, 2008


This just in from my good friend Mark at zenpundit Nancy Pelosi vs. Social Media, Free Speech and Democracy

Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who would like very much to reimpose the old, so-called, “Fairness Doctrine” that once censored conservative opinion on television and radio broadcasting, is scheming to impose rules barring any member of Congress from posting opinions on any internet site without first obtaining prior approval from the Democratic leadership of Congress. No blogs, twitter, online forums - nothing.

Set aside the nakedly partisan aspect of this plan for a moment - on the technological merits alone this may be the goddamn dumbest thing I’ve heard of regarding the internet coming out of Congress in a long, long time. The dinosaurs who are uncomfortable witrh computers, the unwashed masses being aware of their actions and free political debate want to turn the clock back to the 1970’s. Except during the 1970’s no one would have dared to propose controlling what a democratically elected member of Congress could say to their constituents.

Take the time to visit the link and then consider what this "rule" if imposed on Congress would look like on the open Web. Speak up now and kill this plan by contacting your congress person, Dem or Rep, both will be hurt by this stupid rule.

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