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Thursday, July 21, 2005

What is Going on at The Columbia Journalism Review?

Pity poor Paul McCleary of the Columbia Journalism Review. Or maybe we should be writing "pity poor CJR." Frankly, it's not clear who should be more embarrassed, the reporter who wrote "And the beat goes on" or the once-esteemed academic review that published it on its web site?

You know McCleary doesn't understand anything about the FEC's proposed rule regulating political speech on the Internet when you read this sentence at the outset of his third paragraph in a report on the recent federal Appeals court decision upholding Kotar-Kotelly:

"The crux of the issue is the ability of blogs to raise money for candidates and political organizations while being exempt from any 'controlling legal authority,' as Al Gore once unfortunately put it."

Uh, no, Paul, that is not the crux of the issue. The First Amendment is the crux of the issue.

I could go on, but RedState.org's Mike Krempasky - who, let me say it again fellow Blogospherians, deserves our first-ever Hero of the First Amendment Award - has already done such a fine job of slicing and dicing McCleary that I don't want to delay your getting to the meat of the issue. Go here. Be forewarned, it is not pretty.