Freedom of speech is dead.
After I recently posted about former Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney’s potential Green Party presidential run, Alex decided to cross-post the entry at a number of other sites, including Daily Kos. And while I braced myself for some harsh reactions, I never imagined I’d be threatened with banishment for pointing out McKinney’s possible candidacy. But, lo and behold, we found this in response to the McKinney posting at MyDD.com (motto: “Direct Democracy for People-Powered Politics”) :
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So there’s apparently no room for open political dialogue in America anymore . . . even if it’s on the left. And while I understand that MyDD.com is a privately owned site that can regulate itself however it wishes, it’s shameful that people who label themselves proponents of ‘direct democracy’ have taken up the censorship tactics of the right. After all, I didn’t even come close to endorsing McKinney; I only pointed out that she has a progressive record and has been hinting she may seek the White House.
That seems more like information than commentary, and the reaction from MyDD.com seems like something out of a playbook from FOX News. Their whole “say what I say or shut up” mentality seems more Soviet than American, and their strong-arming techniques would surely make the Bush FCC proud.
I’ve always been proud to label myself a progressive and a Democrat, in part because both strongly believe in, and defend, the constitution. The people over at MyDD.com, however, seem to pick and choose which freedoms really mean something, and which can just be thrown to the side. That’s truly unfortunate, because in killing free speech they are also muzzling important debates that move our country forward.
This blatant censorship is outrageous and their actions only reinforce why having an outspoken liberal like McKinney in the 2008 race would be a good thing. Of all the things you might be able to say about Cynthia, you’d never be able to say she was a hypocrite. If only the same were true of the people behind the “People-Powered Politics” of MyDD.com.