April 06, 2004


Democrat congressional candidate Jeff Seemann thinks buying ads at Daily Kos demonstrates his commitment to freedom of speech:

The Jeff Seemann for Congress campaign recently learned of the controversy brewing regarding www.dailykos.com.

We were saddened to hear that three advertisers pulled their ads on the site because of the remarks posted on the blog. The comments may be controversial, but they are just as relevant. The ability to allow comments like those read on Daily Kos is a testament to the virtues this country was founded on, especially the right to free speech.

Our campaign has decided that because of the recent events we will step in and advertise on www.dailykos.com.

Seemannís love of free speech doesnít extend to actually saying anything about Kosís comments, however:

We understand that the decision to launch this advertising campaign will attract attention, both positive and negative. We will make no statement regarding the actual content of Kos' controversial statement, but we will always stand up for his right to dissent. Furthermore, we are campaigning to return this country to a Democratic majority in Congress and we will not allow our message to be written or altered by our opposition.

Brave, brave Democrat. Letís see Seemann prove his free-speech credentials by advertising here.

UPDATE. As usual, LGF has more.

Posted by Tim Blair at April 6, 2004 02:15 AM

The link is mistyped. Use http://www.wckkkk.com.

Posted by: Carey Gage at April 6, 2004 at 02:22 AM

But it wasn't about free speech; as usual the Democrats are wrong. It was about received ideas moving the mobs. Kos was a quick disappointment in the end, of course. The left wimps out.

Posted by: Ron Hardin at April 6, 2004 at 02:27 AM

Kos' free speech hasn't been affected. Nobody's pulled his blog or come to his door to drag him away in the middle of the night. He can blog for free like everybody else. A true democrat, you know, would not mind being one with "the people" who write for the sheer joy of expressing their views to the world at large.

This is all perfectly obvious, of course, but I wanted to state it anyway.

Posted by: Alice at April 6, 2004 at 02:31 AM

From Seemans website: "Very soon, Friends Of Jeff Seemann For Congress will be searching for interns."

Looks like he's in the Bill Clinton mold. Is his name really Seman?

Posted by: Wallace at April 6, 2004 at 02:36 AM

I agree with Alice - seems that dissent is only valid if someone is paying for it. Not paying for it is apparently tantamount to suppressing it.

You know, like Tim Robbins going on national TV to talk about how his freedom of expression is being infringed upon.

Posted by: Steve in Houston at April 6, 2004 at 03:53 AM

I've always found it amusing that "criticism" and actions related to that has become redefined as "crushing dissent."

Posted by: Big Dog at April 6, 2004 at 04:36 AM

"2) We refuse to allow our campaign to be bullied by the right wing like they bullied Kos' previous advertisers. " (From Seeman for Congress website).

Huh??!! How do right wingers bully Democratic candidates? If anything, they would wear it like a badge of honor to be "bullied" by the VRWC. Spermhead got it wrong, the Dems pulling their ads from Kos was an example (a far too rare example) of left wingers making the realization that some words and thoughts are so vile and disgusting that they need to disassociate from them.

Posted by: JohnO at April 6, 2004 at 05:14 AM

Markos Moulitsas Zķniga aka "Kos": Hero of the Fifth Column!

Posted by: Bill at April 6, 2004 at 05:41 AM

Like several previous posters here, I am amazed at how people believe freedom of speech means that *they* can say what they want, but other people cannot choose to take their money elsewhere. Idiots.

Posted by: Bostonian at April 6, 2004 at 06:22 AM

I was very happy to see one of the patient troll-bashers at LGF calmly and completely explain the First Amendment. I'm sure the trolls know, deep down, that for an asinine blogger to lose funding over deeply offensive statements is NOT censorship, but at some point you have to fight back and not let them control the argument. And a good place to start is by noting that (a) the government has done nothing to Kos and (b) all the people now criticizing him, delinking him, and publicly removing their funding are exercising THEIR freedom of speech.

If it must be explained over and over again to keep the trolls from hijacking "censorship" and "freedom of speech", so be it. Kos and his types are nothing if not the quiet fascists who believe in free speech for me, but not for thee.

Posted by: kimberly at April 6, 2004 at 10:26 AM

I tried googling for real cases of blogs being censored, but didn't have much luck. Anyone else willing to have a go?

Posted by: Andjam at April 6, 2004 at 11:03 AM

I'm heartened by Mr. Seeman's support of free speech. I'm sure he'll maintain that support when his opponents start running Kos' statement over his face in their campaign ads...

Posted by: Richard McEnroe at April 6, 2004 at 11:57 AM

A pet tactic of the Left has always been the boycott. Back in college, it was an article of faith that the owner of an international chain of pizzarias contributed to anti-abortion causes.

Many lefties at school would not eat the pizza. I thought the pizza was shite myself but in not eating it, was I "censoring" this millionaire, was I "crushing dissent"?

I won't eat the pizza (because it's shite) and I won't drink the lefty "kool-aid". Sue me.

Posted by: JDB at April 6, 2004 at 01:01 PM