Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Politicians and MSM grimace, bloggers smile from ear to ear
FEC Won't Regulate Internet Politics

Regulators brought Internet political advertising under the nation's campaign finance law Monday but declared that all other political activity on the Internet would be untethered by federal rules.

The three Republicans and three Democrats on the Federal Election Commission unanimously adopted a rule requiring anyone placing a paid political ad on a Web site to abide by federal campaign spending and contribution limits.

But the rule also updates existing FEC regulations to make it clear that all other Internet political activity, such as blogging, e-mail communications and online publications, is not covered by the campaign law…

Under the new rule, bloggers on the Internet would be entitled to the same exemption from the campaign finance law that newspapers and other traditional forms of media have long received. "There will be no second class citizens among members of the media," Toner said...
Thinking about the implications of this unquestionably correct decision that protects free speech in America, I remembered a Chinese proverb:

The palest ink is better than the best memory

Politicians and the antique media have short memories and even shorter attention spans. The Internet does not. It will cough up previous speeches, legislative votes, editorials, campaign promises, ad hominem attacks and smears, and ‘news’ articles almost at will. And rational bloggers, unlike the liberal media and the politicians they protect, have no problem demonstrating that 2 + 2 = 4, again and again and again; and they just love to share.

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