"But what really scares me about this affront on Internet liberty is that it is all wrapped up in a package called "child pornography"; the public will probably clamor for this bill. Is this right out of Karl Roves play-book or what? Ralph Reed used his evangelicals to take out competing casinos, and now McCain will try to use these same people to try to take out bloggers, in the name of child pornography.
Doesn't this seem to be somewhat of a Trojan Horse?
Here's what the right wings Glenn Renolds at Instapundit says:I've given the bill a quick read -- text here -- and it doesn't seem entirely clear to me that it doesn't reach individual bloggers, regardless of intent.
And from the left, here's Connecticut Man of Booman Tribune:This could wreak havoc on sites like Booman Tribune, dKOs and other big communities. Nevermind the fact that little Blogs like your Blogspot could end up shutting down completely. How many of us can afford a $300,000 dollar fine?
This is what Cnet said:
After child pornography or some forms of "obscenity" are found and reported, the Web site must retain any "information relating to the facts or circumstances" of the incident for at least six months. Webmasters would be immune from civil and criminal liability if they followed the specified procedures exactly.
Internet service providers already must follow those reporting requirements. But McCain's proposal is liable to be controversial because it levies the same regulatory scheme--and even stiffer penalties--on even individual bloggers who offer discussion areas on their Web sites."
Not that Renolds is particularly good at what he does (How good can you be when you have to write stuff for the Bush cheerleader faction at instapundit? Bush just doesn't give you much good news to work with) BUT even I realize that CoolAqua must have really wanted to insult Renolds to put his quote up beside the ranting and ravings of this here lunatic...
And for that I will thank CoolAqua for their outstanding effort in going above and beyond when it comes to informing their local readers in a fun and educational way. Maybe I will give YOU the award as Time Magazine's Person of the Year! heh
[update]I think I should give My Floating Worlds the award, as well, for having the good sense to leave me wondering whether I should be insulted or just Glen Beck... Either way, they would likely be correct.