Pelosi tries to censor… Congress on the ‘Net!

An important post from my friend Mark Safanski:

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Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who would like very much to reimpose the old, so-called, “Fairness Doctrine” that once censored conservative opinion on television and radio broadcasting, is scheming to impose rules barring any member of Congress from posting opinions on any internet site without first obtaining prior approval from the Democratic leadership of Congress. No blogs, twitter, online forums – nothing.

This was first reported to me by Congressman John Culberson (R-Tx) and I asked for approval to cite him and for any media links to this story. He provided the following link of regulations proposed by the Chair of the Congressional Commission on Mailing Standards (PDF) Congressman Michael Capuno (D-Mass) that was sent to Rep. Robert Brady, Chairman of the House Committee for Administration. The net effect of the regs would be to make it practically impossible for members of Congress to use social media tools to discuss official business or share video of the same with the public while creating a partisan disparity in what little approved messages might be permitted. It would be a very considerable error to assume that the House leadership intends to let dissenting Democratic members post any more freely than Republicans.

Mark is out front on this one. I don’t see anything from other blogs, but Safranski’s serious and knowledgeable, so this is for real.

Stop Pelosi! Free the Congress!

5 thoughts on “Pelosi tries to censor… Congress on the ‘Net!”

  1. *sigh* I may be liberal, but I’ve got to agree with you on this one–the more I hear about Pelosi, the more I decide she’s an idiot:P

  2. Michael,

    I had real hopes for Pelosi, because when she came to power I thought she was truly interested in comprehensive immigration reform.

    I was hoping a Democratic Congress and a Republican President could work together to pass it, the same way that Clinton and Gingrich worked together to pass NAFTA.

    No such luck. Given a historic legislative achievement and embarrasing the Republicans, she chose the latter. The country is poorer for it.

    zenpundit,

    No problem! Congrats on making slashdot [1] (not to mention oz [2], and hidden unities [3], and….) !

    [1] http://yro.slashdot.org/yro/08/07/09/1744240.shtml
    [2] http://oz.deichman.net/2008/07/house-of-representatives-v-web-20.html
    [3] http://hiddenunities.wordpress.com/2008/07/09/nancy-pelosi-confuses-congress-with-the-duma/

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