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  •  Absolutely agreed. (none)
    This is akin to one's using his position in Congress to help Congress become irrelevant.

    That Democracy 21 is doing exactly what it is criticizing is patently clear.  The reason for their actions is likely that that they recognize that, by its very nature, this medium is friendlier to their opponents  than their preferred media -- media which may or may not be among those unnamed donors.

    What is unclear is whether big media interests are funding this assault on blogs.  If so, Democracy 21's campaign is not a case of one blog undoing the blog in general, but more akin to the "kicking out the ladder" syndrome, whereby an established institution tries to eliminate the possibility of competition by altering the playing field.

    The AFP-Google row is an example of this latter "ladder" syndrome.  AFP was founded by a guy who translated and quoted foreign newspapers, and sold the results of his labors (which in the beginning did not include any real reporting, merely monitoring the world press) to Parisians.  Google monitors news outlets and gives the results away free, without making a cent on their news page.  So, AFP is trying to prevent Google doing for free what AFP once did for a profit.  You can look it up.

    It is doubtful that Democracy 21 is a citizen-run blog.  

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