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In an interview on Yellowstone Public Radio Monday, Montana's Republican Representative Denny Rehberg said the blogs should be controlled because "you can write or say anything."

JIM GRANSBERRY: Well, we're almost to time, and here's a question, and I asked this one last on purpose because it says, "why do you refuse to debate your opponent, Monica Lindeen, in a public forum? Don't you think the citizens of Montana have a right to have both candidates answer questions in a debate format? Or are you afraid of having to defend your ideas and positions in person?" This comes from Jaime in Helena.

DENNIS REHBERG: Well, thank you, Jaime, because it once again gives me an opportunity to for me to correct blogs - blogs are something we're going to have to deal with in the future. You can write or say anything. Uh, Jim, you know as well as I do that - what was it, two months ago? You asked me to do a debate in Billings and I said, "yes."

This is not Rehberg's first brush with the First Amendment. He was one of the Republican House members that signed a June letter criticizing The New York Times for running a story on the administration's program of sifting through financial records without oversight:

Each of us swore an oath to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States, which includes the power of a free press. We also believe that this power comes with great responsibility, especially in wartime when the lives of millions of Americans are at stake. We believe that this power was abused by the New York Times for the most cynical of reasons: to end American involvement in Iraq no matter the long term cost in lives and national security.

From this letter it's obvious Rehberg and the other Republicans believe a free press is a priviledge, not a right.

What exactly Rehberg plans to do about the blogs remains a mystery. What isn't a mystery is that his opponent, Democrat Monica Lindeen deserves your support.


Originally posted to touchstone033 on Tue Sep 19, 2006 at 07:47 PM PDT.

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Comment Preferences

  •  Thank God Conrad Burns ran for reelection (0+ / 0-)

    This asswipe would've been much harder for Tester to beat.

  •  You misread, didn't you? (0+ / 0-)

    Denny indicated that the question came from erroneous info posted in blogs, and he said he was correcting the error. He didn't say he wants to control blogs.

    Perhaps you should delete this diary?

    •  I don't know about that (2+ / 0-)
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      baracon, whytwolf

      Even in context, what the hell does it mean if you say

      blogs are something we're going to have to deal with in the future. You can write or say anything

      A normal response would be, "I hate how the blogs get things wrong" or something, not "we're going to have to deal with"

      Is the guy a Republican? Then here's my take: use the most lethal, anti-Democratic, evil, fascist reading of any comment. Then watch how the Republicans will go beyond your wildest hostility to even lower depths than you could imagine.

      "There are four boxes to use in the defense of liberty: soap, ballot, jury, ammo. Use in that order." Ed Howdershelt

      by JuliaAnn on Tue Sep 19, 2006 at 08:49:29 PM PDT

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    •  Make no mistake (0+ / 0-)

      If Denny didn't say "the content of internet blogs should be controlled" that just means that he was coached not to prior to the interview.  This guy is eee-vil.

      Big Sky Democrats (with whom I'm affiliated), the under forty progressives in the party in Montana, had some fun with Rehberg's mouthpiece (who we affectionately call "mini me") last year, and were the recipients of a scolding by an attorney in the White House Counsel's office.  

      Bark at us, use your power to make the government fight your political battles, and you best duck and run, which they did after a letter back from one of our really smart friends on the Montana Bar.

      This guy's an asshole - no two ways about it.  He's scared of Monica Lindeen's intellect, candor, and drive, which is why he's avoiding her.  No benefit of the doubt needed for Denny, trust me.

  •  Rehberg Must Go (0+ / 0-)

    I deleted my post on this because yours was better. I agree w/Jen. If you know Rehberg, there's no question how this guy meant his remarks. His staff recently filed a complaint against the Lindeen campaign for a single misplaced word in a brochure and issued a press release to boot (which doubled Monica's web traffic for two days--thanks Dennis). I think you're being considerably more fair.

    From my perspective, at the end of the day, we're dealing with someone who's been in lockstep with Bush on every step of their criminal imperialist vision (check his record at vote-smart). Over one hundred thousand Iraqis and untold thousands (yes, untold) of our own brave men and women maimed, wounded, and killed. 14,000 Iraqis are in jail, the vast majority of them innocent. We run, with Rehberg's connivance, an international network of secret prisons where people are denied habeus corpus protections and tortured.

    And someone suggests that you delete this post because they're worried that there's not enough context for your assertions? Words fail me.


    •  Whether words fail you or not, (0+ / 0-)

      my comment had nothing to do with insufficiency of context.

      The problem with the diary is that both it and the headline explicitly falsify Rehberg's comment. They're not only mistaken, which was Rehberg's complaint, but they're aggressively, maliciously false. The diarist enables and furthers Rehberg's credibility.

      If people want to oust Rehberg, and everybody should, fine, but attack him with the truth, not garbage like this diary.

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