WordPress Blogs Support Being Censored By The Government
Posted by Casey on November 16, 2008
We all know the results of the recent election. WordPress was interested in how their users were voting, and did their own poll on who WordPress bloggers were voting for. While the results were predictable, they were also humorous.
Here’s the graphic WordPress has put up:
As you can see, WordPress bloggers chose an Obama/Biden ticket with 69% of the vote. That’s 17% more than the US population.
The results are interesting because of the fairness doctrine, which some in government would also apply to blogs. While Obama’s most recent statement on the fairness doctrine is that he doesn’t support it, he has gone back and forth on the issue, and does support various other fairness type initiatives. But forget what he says … actions speak louder than words.
We all know that Obama is blatantly opposed to free speech, and has put great effort into censoring news and broadcast elements during the campaign. Even censoring a debate between a critic, and supporter, of his. Obama is also a huge supporter of net neutrality laws which are a form of internet fairness doctrine. However, the most concerning event with Obama and the fairness doctrine is his appointing former Federal Communications Commissioner Henry Rivera to head the team that will select the next FCC chairman. Why is Rivera’s appointment so concerning? He is an extreme supporter of the fairness doctrine.
While we may not be 100% positive Obama supports the legal restoration of the Fairness Doctrine … we do know that Democrats in Congress do, especially Pelosi. The question then shifts from whether Obama supports it, to will Obama veto it. I’m not so sure he would use his veto power to kill the fairness doctrine if it passes Congress.
So what about Biden … does he support the fairness doctrine? Biden does have a history of censoring news outlets himself. CNET is also pretty concerned about the lies Biden has told us during the campaign about technology fairness, and privacy issues. Given Biden’s vast history of not supporting internet privacy, and his support of various fairness initiatives as well … can we really deduce that he doesn’t support the fairness doctrine?
69% of WordPress bloggers expressed their support for a ticket that has all the makings of an executive branch that will put in place provisions that may censor them. Intriguing … isn’t it?
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