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A stinging attack by John Hartigan, the CEO of Rupert Murdoch’s News Limited, labels bloggers and alternative media outlets as “political extremists”. Hartigan implies that bloggers should be jailed as they are in oppressive police states like China and Burma.
In a speech to the National Press Club, Hartigan savagely dismissed blogs as, “Something of such little intellectual value as to be barely discernible from massive ignorance.”
“Bloggers don’t go to jail for their work. They simply aren’t held accountable like real reporters….It could be said the blogosphere is all eyeballs and no insights,” barked Hartigan.
Hartigan doesn’t seem to grasp the fact that the mainstream media is always found wanting because they habitually lie about news events and spin stories to suit the demands of their corporate owners.
John Hartigan is full of ~snip~. Bloggers have gone to jail for their work, and to protect their sources, in North Korea, Iran, Egypt, the list of countries persecuting bloggers grows longer by the week. And the CEO of Australia's biggest news corporation doesn't know this?
Federal hate crimes legislation, which in reality would criminalize “thought crimes,” has cleared the House and now faces the Senate as S.909, the Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Prevention Act (officially, the Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act).
S.909 is a direct violation of the First Amendment. It allows the federal government to prosecute people involved in “hate speech” transmitted over television, radio, and the internet
Originally posted by nine0099thousand
reply to post by ModernAcademia
I must agree with the man. Most bloggers I come across spew the most useless words ever to be spewed. Some are funny, informative and sometimes even smart. But I so agree that many of them should be forced into labor camps, or sent on free vacations.
However, nobody can question the might of the pen. It has gone places no man has gone before, and even when God himself rained acid upon the night sky of acropolis, the pen stood there alone waiting for his family to return.
Originally posted by Maxmars
What IS criminal is the notion that speech should be restrained and restricted to avoid upsetting them.
Television is a place of maturity and thought. The blogosphere is a place of “dickweeds.”
That’s according to CNBC host Dennis Kneale, who’s declared the recession over, and who went postal on critical financial bloggers Tuesday.