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View Diary: IPDI nonsense: "must protect media from bloggers!" (117 comments)

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  •  Two ways to go (none)
    Like many of you, I don't see much of a difference between Fox News, the National Review, The American Prospect, and Daily Kos.  I don't believe that it is fair to exempt one of these and not all the others.  We have a choice though - a choice to push for exemptions for all, or exemptions for none.  While I think it would be more difficult from a legal perspective, I find the fact that Fox News can spend unlimited funds on what amounts to political activity alarming.  I would like to see the FEC strengthen, not weaken regulation of the media.  If that means bloggers are covered too, so be it.

    Another option is to enforce strict rules for what a journalist can and can't do.  The writer of the letter that sparked this discussion brought up one such example - those receiving the journalist exemption would not be allowed to solicit funds for a campaign.  I'm sure other reasonable rules could be developed as well.

    What do you folks think?

    •  What do you folks think? (none)
      I think it would be the end of the first amendment.
      •  That's McConnell's Argument (none)
        Obviously any sort of campaign regulations impinge on free speech in some way.  It's a matter of balancing the necessity of clean elections with the necessity of free political speech.  That's how the Supreme Court ruled in the challenges to the BCRA, and I agree with it.

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