“First and foremost, more political speech is being published on the Internet, and for those who prefer greater regulation of politics, their regulatory attention will focus on the latest and most active forum for political activity, and that’s the internet,” he said.
“Second, those who desire greater regulation of political speech have decided to use the scare of a few Russian ads on Facebook as an excuse to restrict the free speech rights of millions of American citizens and American media and technology companies. I think the Russian excuse will fade as a justification to restrict the free speech rights of American citizens, just like the Red Scare of the 1950s eventually subsided. But there will always be an excuse invoked to regulate new media and Internet speech.” Lee Goodman departing member of the Federal Election Commission (FEC)
In an article published Friday February 16, 2018 Tyler Durden for ZeroHedge writes regarding the Federal Election Commission’s strategy to supress and punish conservative opinion through improper citation, disclosure and disclaimers on political ads. This presents a potential nightmarish scenario for Independent Media. Many of us use free platforms that supply ads to our audience as a way of generating revenue for the platform. In Halieus Media’s case, WordPress.com.
WordPress backend shows a small box at the end of each and every post, informing publishers there may be an ad placed in that location, which the audience will see. The editors & writers do not see the ad, it is randomly generated; we have zero control over what the audience will see at the end of any post. The image at the right is exactly what Halieus Media sees post publication.
The discussion going on internally by the FEC, is partisan and the punitave part is lead by Democrats. The case involved a newspaper in Ohio; the Chesterfield Examiner. (see citation below) Tyler Durden pulled this quote by Goodman from an interview by the Washington Examiner
“Too often colleagues here and throughout the government wish to regulate core First Amendment rights through the exercise of ‘discretion,’ or ‘prosecutorial discretion.’ They rely on vague ‘facts and circumstances tests to decide when to punish and when to let a violation slide. Regulation by human discretion means an inherent risk of bias and unequal treatment.” Goodman told The Examiner.(Washington Examiner)
Halieus Media pulled a quote from the comment section of the ZeroHedge article typical of the sentiment of commenters.
In reply to Drudge? ROTFL by peddling-fiction
Automatic Choke [replying to] Yen Cross Fri, 02/16/2018 – 21:14 Permalink
I get the impression, from my liberal friends and from the misc junk I see headlining the MSM, that there are a vast number of echo-chamber liberals out there, thinking that if enough bad things are said about Trump, that everybody will just sigh and say “ok, the election was invalid, let’s let Hillary be president”. I even think there are some not-so-smart people at the top in WDC that think this….perhaps even HRC and her close circle.
How about unsealing some of those buried indictments and getting the ball rolling….with wide dissemination of the evidence so that even the most unwilling will acknowledge it all….
In an effort to “cover-our-achem, potential liabilities”; Halieus Media has added yet another disclaimer, albeit a very broad and loose one, until we have determined precise wording.
- “FEC Democrats Waging “Underground” War On Drudge, Conservative Media” by Tyler D of ZeroHedge, February 16, 2018
- “FEC commissioner who blocked regulation of Drudge, Internet, steps down” by of Washington Examiner,
- Case documents Frank Durkalski et all vs MUR7200, FEC – Federal Elections Commission (FEC.gov)