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    CNN Host Calls for Crackdown on 'Bloggers' in Wake of Sherrod Incident:

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    'Something’s Going to Have to be Done Legally'

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    Quote(Should there be a "gatekeeper" regulating internet bloggers? In the aftermath of the Shirley Sherrod incident, that's what CNN promoted on July 23.

    Anchors Kyra Phillips and John Roberts discussed the "mixed blessing of the internet," and agreed that there should be a crackdown on anonymous bloggers who disparage others on the internet.)

    I can think of a couple of reasons why people especially in the 'News' industry might suppose this to be a good idea and one that the administration might think of instituting.
    1) It would remove at a stroke one of the Constitutions main points.
    Right to FREE speech.
    2) It would remove any news item being disseminated except by those who are in the 'News' industry, thus perpetuating their jobs and freeing them from any competition.
    3) It would muzzle any criticism of CNN and others of similar ilk.
    I am certain there are many other reasons why these two 'clowns' would think it a good idea.
    There are already sufficient laws in this country to protect anyone who might feel they are being abused online.
    I wonder how other bloggers feel about these proposals,, are they in favor or against?

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    Re: CNN Host Calls for Crackdown on 'Bloggers' in Wake of Sherrod Incident:

    Free Speech is one thing, but when its used to, essentially destroy someones life, wrongfully, then something has to be done, but I believe there are already options for recourse in these cases. Something needs to be done legally, but between the individuals involved in this matter.

    Having said that, the damage people can do to each other over the internet is becoming immeasurable, and sometimes once that damage is done, its hard to reverse.

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    Re: CNN Host Calls for Crackdown on 'Bloggers' in Wake of Sherrod Incident:

    There is free speech and their is libel.

    When a blogger cross's over to libel, the blogger's should be punished like any other
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    Re: CNN Host Calls for Crackdown on 'Bloggers' in Wake of Sherrod Incident:

    It's no joke.They are chipping away at free speech.
    Here are some clues off the top of my head
    REMEMBER WHEN
    Obama told his administration not to go on Drudge
    Obama told us to read Huffington post
    Obama told us to stop watching cable news
    The WH was asking you to report any "misrepresentations" of the HC bill to them
    The fairness doctrine kept being brought up
    They changed that to "localization and diversity"
    Glenn Beck boycotts
    Goldline being brought before Congress
    The journolist talking about ways the government should get Fox off the air
    The TSA ? being told they weren't allowed to go to any "controvertial" websites
    Now, if I'm not mistaken, Obama has the Power to completely shut down the internet in case of a "crisis"

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    Re: CNN Host Calls for Crackdown on 'Bloggers' in Wake of Sherrod Incident:

    Free speech for everyone, unless you're a conservative.

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    Re: CNN Host Calls for Crackdown on 'Bloggers' in Wake of Sherrod Incident:

    Quote Originally Posted by Jetboogieman View Post
    Free Speech is one thing, but when its used to, essentially destroy someones life, wrongfully, then something has to be done, but I believe there are already options for recourse in these cases. Something needs to be done legally, but between the individuals involved in this matter.

    Having said that, the damage people can do to each other over the internet is becoming immeasurable, and sometimes once that damage is done, its hard to reverse.
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    At least Bill saved his transgressions for grown women. Not suggesting what he did was OK. But he didn't chase 14 year olds.

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    Re: CNN Host Calls for Crackdown on 'Bloggers' in Wake of Sherrod Incident:

    Quote Originally Posted by Jetboogieman View Post
    Free Speech is one thing, but when its used to, essentially destroy someones life, wrongfully, then something has to be done, but I believe there are already options for recourse in these cases. Something needs to be done legally, but between the individuals involved in this matter.

    Having said that, the damage people can do to each other over the internet is becoming immeasurable, and sometimes once that damage is done, its hard to reverse.
    It's akin to identity theft...once compromised it's very difficult to correct it or recover from the damage inflected. Still, I think the only true recourse as far as "journalism" is concerned is for the media to simply check their sources and verify the accuracy of the information being reported. If proved to be inaccurate, the individual being wrongfully accused has the right to file a liable lawsuit to recoup damages. Might take awhile for the suit to be taken up in court, but if a large enough settlement is set it just may set a precedent whereby others will think twice about what they claim is factual before posting it online or anywhere else for that matter. Otherwise, I don't think one will ever be about to set very many legal controls on blogging, if any, due to the 1st Amendment.
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    Re: CNN Host Calls for Crackdown on 'Bloggers' in Wake of Sherrod Incident:

    They have always had difficulty figuring out who qualifies as a blogger and who qualifies as a journalist, and the ethics surrounding it.
    That being said, a great deal of the time, it would be helpful if the mainstream media would be more reluctant to grab onto internet headlines and rumors.
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    Re: CNN Host Calls for Crackdown on 'Bloggers' in Wake of Sherrod Incident:

    Seems that the only damage done was the amazing incedible rush by the Obama Administration to fire this woman based on nothing but a rumor. Their failure to ascertain the facts before acting is typical of this gang, except when rapid action is needed, like when a million gallon oil spill is in progress in the Gulf of Mexico. For some strange reason, when something real happens, something that causes real harm to the United States, it's economy, and it's people, the Obama people have as much urge to move rapidly as a barnacle.

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    Re: CNN Host Calls for Crackdown on 'Bloggers' in Wake of Sherrod Incident:

    It's already been said but I'm pretty sure libel laws are in place to let people take action if someone has crossed the line, but even then it's up to the individual to take action. I wholeheartedly disagree that blog laws need to be created anymore than I think free speech laws need to be created.

    And on another note, this is why I am completely against government and corporation regulation of the internet. Once one group gains control, then it is susceptible to public outcries and policy formations. The internet should remain FREE and NEUTRAL. If someone is badmouthing you, then sue them!

    It should never be the place of nanny government to censor websites on your behalf. I don't care how damaging the material is. Take care of it yourself.

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