On July 27th CNN 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. Phillips stated that anonymous bloggers were cowardly and something should be done to hold them accountable.
As I’m a member of the worldwide population of anonymous bloggers I take offense to her comments.
As a citizen of the United States of America I’m shocked at CNN’s discounting of our free speech protection.
Their redesign foray into the U.S. Constitution first amendment right of free speech is entitled Mixed blessing of the internet Sherrod case highlights risks, rewards.
CNN’s two anchors used the Shirley Sherrod story about a truncated video recording, posted on Andrew Breitbart’s Big Government, as a foil for regulating anonymous speech on the internet.
Free speech is free speech whether you use your name or a nom de plume. Are they saying that novelists and other print writers should also be held to this new CNN “brain trust” standard of blogging or is it just the hated hate speech they disagree with? Roberts did exempt anonymous bloggers in China, Iran and other unnamed countries because they would be unable to blog otherwise.
CNN’s call for a new justified and properly credentialed sourcing standard doesn’t scare me; what scares me is that it fits so well with Obama’s version of “too much bad information on the internet confusing people”. CNN and the President should read the Constitution and realize that some of our weaknesses are also our strengths.
As I listened to this attack on free speech I heard not one utterance from these two “journalists” criticizing the disinformation from their colleagues on the Journolist — formerly 400 now winnowed down to 173 ultra liberal zealots. Maybe this was because its members use their real names and don’t try to wield collusive influence anonymously. Perhaps they believe it’s perfectly fine for those social justified bigoted myopic xenophobic alabaster race baiters to express themselves collectively in order to elect and protect the Community-Activist-In-Chief. I do not!
“For the 2012 Democratic convention, the DNC should simply refuse to give Fox News a skybox, like the rest of the networks…… I hate to open this can of worms, but is there any reason why the FCC couldn’t simply pull their broadcasting permit once it expires?”
So, in the eyes of CNN, collusion and intentional disinformation is ok if it’s for their cause i.e. labeling any Obama opposition as racist.
Selective free speech is an icy slope sprayed with silicone lubricant.
Shouldn’t journalists be held to a higher standard than those displayed by these two CNN employees? Armed with broad brushes and their jaundiced echo chamber ideals they have painted all anonymous bloggers around the world as cowards and they have done so without the benefit of reading my postings or those of other anonymous bloggers.
All we get from CNN are condemnations for being conservative, constitutionalists or for the high sin of not bellying up to the refreshment bar with the progressive drones to guzzle down a cherry flavored sugar beverage. This how dare they have an opinion contrary to that of our superior group think — off with their heads mentality– is a perfect fit with a central government which wants to control how many times we flush our toilets and what we use to wipe clean its aftermath.
With all of the recent apologies flying freely over the airwaves, shouldn’t CNN be sending one my way? Please send your comments and or apologies to my anonymous email address: email@example.com.
I will give you 7 days to air your group apology to the anonymous bloggers of the world.
If an apology has not been issued by the offending anchors within that time I will call for a boycott of all CNN channels.
Wait! I just checked the CNN ratings and it would appear that the boycott began months perhaps years ago.