Skip to comments.LST pledges to help defend Blogosphere from McCain-Feingold crackdown
Posted on 03/04/2005 3:39:46 PM PST by churchillbuff
In a startling interview with CNET.com, Federal Election Commission member (and strong free-speech advocate) Bradley Smith warns of a very real possibility that McCain-Feingold campaign finance restrictions may soon be applied to the Internet.
The devastating consequences of such a move might well mean that bloggers
Could be fined by the federal government for linking to a candidates website; Might face sanctions for forwarding (via email) or extensively quoting a candidates literature; Would be faced with the chilling prospect of either hiring a high-priced lawyer to vet all political commentary and linking, or (more likely) would simply avoid speaking out on political issues altogether. That such restrictions are even being contemplated by our government is outrageous.
We will fight any attempt to impose them.
And we believe we may have a unique role to play in the battle ahead.
LoneStarTimes.com is affiliated with KSEV 700 AM, an independently owned talk-radio station in Houston, TX.
As such, we believe that we enjoy the "broadcast exemption" that prohibits the federal government from regulating our speech in the manner they are proposing for "mere" citizen bloggers.
While we still need to talk to some sharp lawyers and nail down the details, if these restrictions come to pass, KSEV and LST are committed to working out a legally sound way in which individual bloggers of every ideological persuasion and partisan affiliation can somehow register with us and be credentialed as a press representative of KSEV and LST.
Like Raoul Wallenberg handing out passports, we will start issuing press credentials to any blogger that asks for one.
Dan Patrick Owner, KSEV 700 AM Publisher, LoneStarTimes.com
David Benzion Managing Editor, LoneStarTimes.com
Can I help? I'm shocked at this. We need to attack suddenly and with a heavy hand. Our freedom is being checked by these specious monsters we pay to destroy us.
There was once a First Amendment.
Well a big thank you to them.
This IS Bush's fault.
The problem with advertising on broadcast TV is that there is only so much bandwidth to go around. But when it comes to the internet, speech for Bush did not displace speech for Kerry. Speech can't crowd out other speech in a free internet.
I just don't see this restriction going forward, or being accepted by the Supreme Court. If it were, there would be massive civil disobedience, and if that didn't fix the problem, there would be massive uncivil disobedience.
One thing we can depend on the Gov't to do is to make lots of laws and then fail to enforce any, except on a selective basis. IMO That would be the real problem here - Any laws enacted would be selectively enforced on a partisan basis.
Hope you're right!
And when Hillary gets in power, I wouldn't be surprised to see McCain Feingold used against Republican internet folks, BIG TIME. Remember she said, on Today Show, that the internet is "a problem," or something like that. She meant Drudge - but also, I'm sure, JimRob, and me - and you. I don't know why McCain had to sponsor this travesty - or why Bush had to sign it. The Founding Fathers weep.
Thanks, CAPT McCain. I honor your Navy service, but since you've been back you've become a real Nutbag. What happened to you? Did those Hanoi brainwashings take?
This kind is S$it regulation is like the Tax Code - Manipulated very easily by insiders and the politician in power who are charged with enforcement. We still have a free-for-all despite all of this absurd regulation so I would vote for elimination of most of it - IMO we would hardly notice the difference.
I wonder about that too. John McCain has earned our respect for what he had to endure in the service to our country, but in all honesty, he should leave the political stage. It's getting rather embarrassing.
See topic Posted on 03/03/2005 7:38:06 AM EST by Crackingham
"China has closed 47,000 internet cafes in a campaign aimed at creating a more "wholesome environment" for children"
Let's see how the Chinese handle the problem.
"I just don't see this restriction going forward, or being accepted by the Supreme Court"
Famous last words....
How about not bringing illegal immigration into every thread. You people already flood the forum with plenty so why must you try to hijack more?
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