Censoring the internet

Thomas Lifson
The rise of the new media has already had profound political consequences. And it has provoked a reaction from the left, upset that its near-monopoly has been broken. When awkward questions are raised by internet sites like Powerline and Little Green Footballs (which uncovered and proved the Rathergate fake memo was phony), the likes of CBS News and its leftist friends get very uncomfortable.

What can the left do? One response is censorship. Beginning with making access to these sites difficult or impossible in various public places.

Jack Risko of Dinocrat.com is a frequent traveler, and he has discovered that at least one airline's club room seems to be filtering out various conservative websites. Knowing Jack a bit, I am sure that American Airlines has heard from him. But other voices need to be heard.

Political filtering is despicable. It is fine to get rid of porn sites, as far as I am concerned. But in general, let the internet be free. Like the discredited and discarded "fairness doctrine", the left seeks to silence those voices it cannot answer.
The rise of the new media has already had profound political consequences. And it has provoked a reaction from the left, upset that its near-monopoly has been broken. When awkward questions are raised by internet sites like Powerline and Little Green Footballs (which uncovered and proved the Rathergate fake memo was phony), the likes of CBS News and its leftist friends get very uncomfortable.

What can the left do? One response is censorship. Beginning with making access to these sites difficult or impossible in various public places.

Jack Risko of Dinocrat.com is a frequent traveler, and he has discovered that at least one airline's club room seems to be filtering out various conservative websites. Knowing Jack a bit, I am sure that American Airlines has heard from him. But other voices need to be heard.

Political filtering is despicable. It is fine to get rid of porn sites, as far as I am concerned. But in general, let the internet be free. Like the discredited and discarded "fairness doctrine", the left seeks to silence those voices it cannot answer.