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  •  To a degree... (0+ / 0-)

    ...that's true.  However (as has been hashed out many, many times), the overall impact of this is small, and is quite likely to backfire if the deceit is discovered.

    The bottom line is, anyone can set up a blog; with that in mind, the buyer needs to beware, regardless.

    •  I'm thinking specifically (0+ / 0-)

      of Thune-Daschle in 2004 - the Thunebloggers definitely had an impact on the race, both through influencing traditional media and disseminnating oppo research.

      On the whole you're right - anonymous flacks generally have little influence on races. But if the Internet grows as a political arena, and I think we can agree that it will, then their influence will grow as well. It may not be a huge practical problem now, but it will be.

      •  I should note that (0+ / 0-)

        these regulations require campaigns to disclose payments of this sort on their FEC reports. There are ways around that, and even if the penalties are harsh, campaigns might decide that it's worth the risk.

      •  Doesn't mean... (0+ / 0-)

          ...that Dems can't fight back in a similar fashion.

          And unlike most Dem leaders, Dem bloggers WILL fight back.

          I'm not worried.

        Of course Republicans oppose abortion. If you kill them in the womb, they're not available to be killed on the battlefield.

        by Buzzer on Fri Mar 24, 2006 at 07:23:42 PM PST

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      •  This is true (0+ / 0-)

        I knew that was likely the one you were thinking of.  I thought of the same thing.

        The thing is, blogging on the whole will increase, on both sides.  Accusations of undisclosed influence will be traded, the possibility of such will be thoroughly hashed out, etc.  I'm not saying no one will be fooled, but at least all sides will have an equal chance, both to engage in such deceit and to expose it.

        And, of course, it can be rather difficult to cut a regulation that deals with this, but has few unintended consequences.

        I'm sure I'm not coming up with any new arguments, here.  I understand the concerns; in general, I'm very in favor of full disclosure.  But I think it's rather like journalism and plagiarism; it's not necessarily against the law, but if you're found out, you're essentially finished (unless you're a prominent writer at, in which case, they'll sink the ship along with you in an effort to  convince everyone and themselves you haven't really fallen overboard).

      •  more blogging is partly the answer (0+ / 0-)

        As blogging proliferates, it will be harder and harder for unknowns to blog with any power. The Thunebloggers were effective precisely because the medium was new and there were few others on the scene. They were a story.

        In the future, it will being taken seriously with increasingly rely on some sort of reputation.

        I don't think imposing record-keeping and disclosure requirements legally is the answer. As a matter of professional ethics, sure. But getting legal about it creates serious barriers to entry.

        Need a community website? I make 'em:

        by Outlandish Josh on Fri Mar 24, 2006 at 11:01:28 PM PST

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