DATE: 3/04/2005 09:08:00 AM
Thank You, Texas - I'm a native Texan, and I have never been more proud of my home state. A Houston radio station is offering to give press credentials to any blogger that wants them, to keep the McCain-Feingold legislation from limiting the role blogs play in the country's politics. (H/T: Instapundit)
That such restrictions are even being contemplated by our government is outrageous.
We will fight any attempt to impose them.
And we believe we may have a unique role to play in the battle ahead.
LoneStarTimes.com is affiliated with KSEV 700 AM, an independently owned talk-radio station in Houston, TX.
As such, we believe that we enjoy the "broadcast exemption" that prohibits the federal government from regulating our speech in the manner they are proposing for "mere" citizen bloggers.
While we still need to talk to some sharp lawyers and nail down the details, if these restrictions come to pass, KSEV and LST are committed to working out a legally sound way in which individual bloggers - of every ideological persuasion and partisan affiliation - can somehow register with us and be credentialed as a press representative of KSEV and LST.I personally believe that civil disobedience of a sort is a good response to this power-grab on the part of the Senators. I'm not a huge blogger and would likely be ignored by the FEC. So I'm going to join a lot of others and just keep blogging. This regulation of internet speech has nothing to do with money in politics. It's about power and giving the government the ability to regulate speech they don't like or agree with.
I hope other radio stations follow the KSEV model and start offering press credentials to those who want them. I also hope bloggers of all ideological beliefs take KSEV up on their offer. This isn't a partisan issue and as Captain Ed has noted, it has sparked some rare blogger bipartisanship.