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11/23/09

Obama Czar wants to silence websites that spread "Rumors"

A very troubling report from World Net Daily:

Websites should be obliged to remove "false rumors" while libel laws should be altered to make it easier to sue for spreading such "rumors," argued Cass Sunstein, Obama's regulatory czar.

In his recently released book, "On Rumors," Sunstein specifically cited as a primary example of "absurd" and "hateful" remarks, reports by "right-wing websites" alleging an association between President Obama and Weatherman terrorist Bill Ayers...

"In the era of the Internet, it has become easy to spread false or misleading rumors about almost anyone," Sunstein writes...

Sunstein proposes the imposition of a "chilling effect" on "damaging rumors" – or the use of strong "corrective" measures to deter future rumormongers.

For websites, Sunstein suggests a "right to notice and take down" in which "those who run websites would be obliged to take down falsehoods upon notice."

Sunstein also argues for the "right to demand a retraction after a clear demonstration that a statement is both false and damaging." But he does not explain which agency would determine whether any statement is false and damaging.

Sunstein further pushes for "deterrence" through making libel lawsuits easier to bring.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

This is ridiculous considering the most vile and hateful political statements I've read online have been from leftist bloggers. And it's not even limited to the internet. Look at what Newsweek, CNN and MSNBC have done to Sarah Palin, Glenn Beck and Limbaugh. Whether it's lying, death wishes, sexual ridicule or just plain filthy language, they are the ones who need to be in check first.