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View Diary: California starts regulating political blogging. Why? (124 comments)

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  •  op-eds, ltte's and press-release 'news' (0+ / 0-)

    Campaigns write op-ed pages all the time. Will they have to write:

    "The author was paid by the Committee to Re-Elect Mayor Jane Doe in connection with this posting"

    Ditto Letters to the Editors -- campaigns will line those up for weeks or months ahead of time and submit them 2-3 per week to each town paper for many races.

    Additionally, campaigns send out press releases all the time that are written in such a way that local newspapers and small weeklies could print almost as is. Should the local weeklies and town papers that love this stuff -- free content of interest to the community -- have to include "The author was paid by the Committee to Re-Elect Mayor Jane Doe in connection with this posting."

    So, while California may be touching on a kind-of-sort-of issue, it's one the state has never applied to newspapers.

    My gut feeling: no matter how innoffensive the idea sounds, as stated in the quoted material from this blog, we should say no. Part of the blogosphere is that posts stand on their own, by their content and reason. The only thing we really should be worried about is sock-puppetting -- but that stuff gets sniffed out pretty easily these days, and if campaigns get caught doing it, the blowback could be severe.

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