...(via soon to be added to the blogroll- QandO)
CBS NEWS reports-
Internet blogs are providing a new and unregulated medium for politically motivated attacks. With the same First Amendment protections as newspapers, blogs are increasingly gaining influence.
First Amendment attorney Kevin Goldberg called blogs “definitely new territory.”
“[The question is] whether blogs are analogous to a sole person campaigning or whether they are very much a media publication, which is essentially akin to an online newspaper,” said Goldberg, who is the legal counsel to the American Society of Newspaper Editors.
“Ultimately, I think, the decision will have to come down to whether the public will be allowed to decide whether bloggers are credible or whether some regulation needs to occur.”
Man, I guess Rather got pretty pissed that a few blogs blew his entire Bush/National Gaurd story to absolute shit, and thus accelerated his departure from broadcasting.
Taken from- the United States Constitution Bill of Rights
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.
In other words, Big journalism better start paying closer attention to the crap they continually shove down America's throat, because individual citizens in the blog world will continue to call them out if they are peddling bullshit. I don't see exactly how the government could possibly regulate "blogs" to the point where it wouldn't infringe on the first amendment. I understand the argument about political speech and the funding thereof, but those are ethical, not legal problems. And considering the amount of incredibly unethical crap floating around on the net as it is, I don't see why they would start with blogs.
So, to Kevin Goldberg and the other hired goons from the legal counsel to the American Society of Newspaper Editors, CBS, and the rest of the Major News Media, here's what I think about your ideas to supress my right to call you all a bunch of lying condescending elitists-
All together now......"awwwwwwwwwwww......"