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  •  How is it even any form of censorship? (1+ / 0-)
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    Answer me that q first.  They were following the school's policy.  Are you suggesting the school's policy of censorship?

    •  You're mixed up on the policy. (0+ / 0-)

      From what I have read, and I tried to find the policy on the Boston College web site but it isn't available online, their policy is to give guest speakers the option to release or suppress a video.  That would be Melody Barnes, nobody else.  The policy also doesn't address any time lines.

      Here is the nugget that set Americablog and crew off:

      Hi Paul--first of all, nothing has been decided on the video one way or the other. The White House has not asked us to permanently withhold the video. Wayne is referring to a request from a faculty member to wait on doing anything with it until members of the White House team have a chance to watch a copy, which they now have in their possession. Feel free to touch base with me tomorrow to see if I have more info, but that's all I have at the moment.

      They ultimately made the right decision, but I really think there is a difference between the polite option to give individuals some control over media in which they are the primary content, and giving public officials who weren't at the event control over media whose content addresses a public policy issue.

      Aside from the above, there's an interesting question of whether something is censored if it is held from public view, even if it is ultimately released.  During the time it was unavailable to the public but discussed in the press, it was censored.  There was no logistical reason for its delay--the video surely existed in digital form, and didn't require editing.

      No on Prop 8::Sometimes I get to hitch a ride on the Democratic Bus--they let me stand on the back bumper.

      by steve04 on Fri Nov 13, 2009 at 11:55:38 AM PST

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      •  Like it or not she's part of the WH (2+ / 0-)
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        She was answering qs as part of her position as a WH advisor.  That's not censorship. There's no such thing as "temporary censorship".  Censorship by definition is suppression or deletion of speech.  Neither of which happened.  They're not holding it back permanently and they're not deleting any portions of it.  They followed the school's policy.  

        Newsflash.  Government is slow at doing things. Don't always assume the worst.

        •  Whatever. (1+ / 0-)
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          There's no such thing as "temporary censorship".

          Totalitarian regimes do it all the time.  China routinely engages in temporary censorship of hot button issues until they die down.  When they are faced with limited resources (censors) to monitor the web in real time, they censor a mix of permanent (tiananmen type) censoring actions, and temporary actions.

          No on Prop 8::Sometimes I get to hitch a ride on the Democratic Bus--they let me stand on the back bumper.

          by steve04 on Fri Nov 13, 2009 at 12:20:24 PM PST

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