Saturday, July 24, 2010

The MSM Strikes Back

Cue the Darth Vader theme music.

As Many of you know, a newspaper in Las Vegas has filed a suit, out of the clear blue air, against some 80 bloggers and other internet presences, claiming copyright infringement over quoting and/or citing of the papers articles. Clayton Cramer of the Armed Citizen, has taken his blog down and gone private as a result, so score one for the paper.
Other defendants include, the Safe and Secure Internet Gambling Initiative, the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws and the Democrat National Committee of Nevada.
The whole point of the lawsuit is to get rid of competing news sources. If you have a monopoly, you can say anything and no one can call you on it. If you don't, then either your standards must go up, or your client base shrinks.

Most comments on the topic don't think the Review-Journal's suit has much merit, if any, but Las Vegas is a lot more like Chicago that most people realize, so anything could happen.

Think of this action as a reconnaissance in force. If successful, the MSM will reap the reward of supporting the President.

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