Thursday, January 26, 2006

Journal-Sentinel Working on Story About Attempts to Control Bloggers

Lisa Sink at the Journal-Sentinel is working on a story about attempts to control bloggers through the use of campaign finance laws.

In recent years, liberals have been trying to insist that when blogs support a particular candidate that is a “campaign contribution” that needs to be regulated by the Federal Elections Commission (in Federal elections) or the state Elections Board.

In reality, bloggers are a species of journalists. But “mainstream media” journalists aren’t keen to concede that. The press is exempt from campaign finance laws, or at least laws that stipulate who can say what about whom and when. (Media corporations are like other corporations where political contributions are concerned.)

It will be interesting to see how the liberal paper comes down on this issue.

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