McCain versus Free Speech, Including Gather

Filed in Gather Politics News Channel by on December 13, 2006 0 Comments

I’ve got a whole pile of exams to grade, so this will be quick, but John McCain is introducing legislation that will hamper the ability of blogs to function, in particular blog “communities” like Daily Kos. I trust that I don’t need to explain to anyone who’s reading this why this is so !@#$% evil.

Those of us who care about Gather have particular interest in this bill, since (although this is based on the news stories above and should be fact-checked) it looks to me like it’d apply as much to Gather as to blog communities — hampering at the very least.

I’d say “so much for those who think that McCain is some sort of Goldwater-style libertarian”, except that anyone who still thinks that John “sign off on torture” McCain is a libertarian just isn’t paying attention. McCain is someone who wants to be president, and has shown himself willing to do anything, say anything and pander to anybody he needs to to make that happen.

The real question is what will the right-wing blogosphere think of this? They’re bloggers too. (Not as many of them have big comment sections or diaries the way DailyKos does… but some do.)

More if/when I see it. If anyone knows of any good actions to take to oppose this, please leave them in comments.

Update: Here’s commentary from Digby, who also links to this news story on the issue. And Patrick Nielsen Hayden’s not happy.

 (Cross-posted with alterations from my blog, Attempts.)

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