Skip to comments.BLOGGERS SCORE CBS VICTORY - Hillary's 1998 Take on Internet Bloggers (Future Free Speech Alert)
Posted on 09/15/2004 8:57:09 AM PDT by AWestCoaster
Our president's latest scandal was broken by Internet columnist Matt Drudge, who reported that Newsweek had spiked a story about Monica Lewinsky.
Some people see that as a black eye for the print media and a victory for the Internet. Not First Lady Hillary Clinton, who was asked about the Net's role in dissemination of news at a press conference on February 11.
"As exciting as these new developments are there are a number of serious issues without any kind of editing function or gate-keeping function. What does it mean to have the right to defend your reputation, or to respond to what someone says? There used to be this old saying that the lie can be halfway around the world before the truth gets its boots on. Well, today, the lie can be twice around the world before the truth gets out of bed to find its boots. I mean, it is just beyond imagination what can be disseminated."
Clinton was asked whether she favored regulation of the Net. She said she didn't yet know, but commented:
Anytime an individual or an institution or an invention leaps so far out ahead of that balance [contemplated by the Founders] and throws a system, whatever it might be -- political, economic, technological -- out of balance, you've got a problem, because then it can lead to the oppression of people's rights, it can lead to the manipulation of information, it can lead to all kinds of bad outcomes which we have seen historically. So we're going to have to deal with that." ....
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This is the same woman who suggested a national I.D. card program. Look for computers to come with built-in card readers if she gets elected in 2008.
God help us if the Left tries to regulate the Internet. Then we'll have no more freedom of speech than the Communist Chinese.
Gentlemen! We must do something! Immediately! We've got to protect our phoney baloney jobs! Harumph harumph!
"Editing function" - an euphemism for misinformation, spin, or mislead.
"Gate-keeping function" - We need someone to censor the news.
"There used to be this old saying that the lie can be halfway around the world before the truth gets its boots on. Well, today, the lie can be twice around the world before the truth gets out of bed to find its boots."
IIRC, the quote is attributed to Winston Churchill you wench. Churchill would not approve of you.
About three years ago Cass Sunstein wrote a book called Republic.Com, with gushy cover blurbs from Ted Kennedy and other liberals, advocating government control of the Internet to guarantee that Internet users are exposed to multiple points of view. Sunstein is apparently clueless that a site like this does just that - people post all sorts of contrary points of view, more than you get from watching CBS News. Sunstein worried about the fragmentation of opinion, and that the public is not getting a standard unifying dose of daily propaganda from a liberal Walter Cronkite-type. So liberals would very much like to control information on the Internet and suppress or mitigate non-liberal opinion, if only they could figure out how. Until they can do it, they will denigrate the Internet and New Media as much as possible, try to discredit it every way they can. Quite simply, many liberals want a monopoly in the media.
A great Mel Brooks movie quote. Unfortunately this whole matter isn't really very funny. A major news network aids and abets in trying to influence a Presidential election.
She Who Must Not Be Named intends all of these things, and more.
Don't make me post Her.
Maybe that is when the new American civil war will happen. When the leftists attempt to take away our guns AND our internet freedoms.
Hillary doesn't have to worry; the majority of the media will defend and propagate her and her husband's lies without question. That's what she really wants. Her pig of a husband and his minions smeared Kenneth Starr for three years with the full cooperation of the media.
And no eye contact from the peasants.
An error in recollection. I suspect Twain also wouldn't think nice thoughts about Hillary.
I should have Goooooooogled...before I boooobooo'd.
WE are out of balance????
Mark Twain (1835 - 1910)
And it's even more true today. The lies (both Clinton's and CBS's) were all the way around the world before the truth caught up to them.
Gatekeepers! We don't need no stinkin gatekeepers!
See - your post is a perfect example of fact-checking in the blogosphere.
Great, rational sentiment is posted. I presume you googled to see if the quote was accurate and with whom it originated, and voila! (voy-lah as they say in Rio Linda) the truth surfaces and the "editing" (albeit now a very public and very collaborative function) is properly accomplished.
This is actually a wonderful and FAIR revision of the pseudo "consensus" nonsense that I have seen foisted on groups by people who have or want to control a situation. As previously practiced, the group was manipulated into settling for (by "consensus") what the power brokers wanted in the first place. But the blogosphere allows everyone to be equal and removes the power brokers from their priveleged pedestal - yet "consensus" is truly achieved!
The blogosphere allows people to truly filter through the information, fact-check, and reach a group conclusion, with EVERYONE having an opportunity to post and provide information for fact checking and to weigh in on where the truth is.
Loads of people thought the new civil war would happen when the government started confiscating guns. Well, the government started confiscating legally-purchased guns (under the guise of "buy-back" programs and new "assault weapons" laws) back in the '90s. No revolt then.
The loss of liberties is something that is always done piecemeal and never recognized until long after nothing can be done about it.
In short, if the people aren't rising up now, they never will.
Yep, this pig is truly a pig.
My apologies to any swine I may have offended by comparing them to this evil commie pig.
And -- check it out -- both posts mixed editorial sentiment in with the news content. Just like the networks.
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