Sunday, November 23, 2008

Move Over, Charlie: The Bloggers Are Next

Well, only in Washington State...for the time being.

”Blogger beware? State regulators are wondering whether online political activism amounts to lobbying, which could force Web-based activists to file public reports detailing their finances.”

“In a collision of 21st century media and 1970s political reforms, the inquiry hints at a showdown over press freedoms for bloggers, whose self-published journals can shift between news reporting, opinion writing, political organizing and campaign fundraising.”


Doesn't look like it's going anywhere soon.

But don't be surprised if one of Doylie's henchmen puts out something similar (hint: it's spelled G A B. (That's short for "Decripit Old Judges With Virulent Legal Positivism Syndrome Given a Job by Doyle.")

HT: Ace

2 comments:

Reasonable Progressive said...

Hmm...I'd be interested in seeing the legal argument in support of such a plan. There are a lot of things that people on my side support that have no basis whatsoever in the law as it currently exists.

But it is possible that laws dealing with this topic have not caught up with technology. Witness cyberstalking and such as notable examples of society moving beyond the bounds of traditional legislation.

Dad29 said...

Umnnnh....unless it's done for profit, blogging is no more than letters to Congresscritters, (and whoever.)

Lobbying, my ass.

Free Speech.

But I'll be perfectly happy to take $10K/month and write a 'particular perspective' blog, and register as a lobbyist.

No less than $10K.