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By Jesse Haff - January 19

John McCain has made clear that he doesn’t like the blogosphere. Now he has introduced legislation that would treat blogs like Internet service providers and hold them responsible for all activity in the comments sections and user profiles.

Kevin Bankston of the Electronic Frontier Foundation notes that this proposal may be based more “on fear or political considerations rather than on the facts.” When he introduced his legislation to the Senate, McCain offered no evidence that children are being victimized by people who post comments on blogs.

McCain’s legislation could deal a serious blow to the blogosphere. Lacking resources to police their sites, many individual blogs may have to shut down open discussion.


Joe said:

This is a test comment.

January 19, 2007 4:47 PM

Tim said:

This is a second comment.

January 19, 2007 4:59 PM

pendragon? said:

And this is a third. Can't stand stand to read the blogs knowing that the blogoshpere is on to you eh? Flip flop your way out of this.

January 29, 2007 9:09 AM

Mary K Hunt said:

For revealing information on the Real McCain.....go to this site to find out what he was up to in 1977:

The relocation of Native Americans is still going on, and John McCain is a and help out.

January 29, 2007 12:46 PM

Ah Clem said:

Better watch out bloggers, this is yet another attempt to censor the web, and though it goes directly against the whole concept of "Free Speach", it's probably going to get a lot of neocon support. Better keep an eye on this one cause I'm sure there are many politicians out there who are drooling all over themselves at the thought of making this a law.

January 29, 2007 2:18 PM

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About Cliff Schecter

Cliff Schecter has worked as a political consultant for numerous Democrats, including polling for the reelection of President Bill Clinton in 1996 and fundraising for the 2001 election of Virginia Gov. Mark Warner. More recently, he has provided regular political analysis for the FoxNews television program, Fox & Friends, and has also appeared on other Fox programming, as well as CNN, CNBC, CBC, National Public Radio and other news outlets. Schecter has also provided commentary as a political columnist for United Press International, and has authored articles for such other publications as The American Prospect, The Fordham Urban Law School Journal,, The Washington Times and The Sacramento Bee. Cliff has a master's degree in International Affairs from Columbia University and a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania; this fall he begins his doctoral studies in American History as a Graduate Honors Fellow at American University in the Fall of 2004.

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